Safe Mode

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Safe Mode may refer to any of the following:

1. Safe Mode is a software mode that enables users of Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10 to enter an altered version of Windows and correct any problems that may be preventing them from entering booting up normally. Safe Mode differs from the Normal operating mode in that it uses default drivers and settings upon startup, and only system required software programs are loaded upon startup. Below is an example of what the Windows boot menu looks like with Safe Mode selected.

Windows safe mode

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2. With a software program or computer game, Safe Mode refers to a state in which the program is loaded with default settings. For example, in a computer game, Safe Mode would not load any mods or other add-ons that have been installed. A good example of a program that uses Safe Mode is the Internet browser Mozilla Firefox, which can boot into a Safe Mode.

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3. On a Cell Phone, Safe Mode allows a phone to load all the default settings and software included with the phone. This mode is useful if you've change a setting or have added a new app that prevents the phone from working. While in Safe Mode on Android phones, the words "Safe Mode" appear in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.

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