safe mode : Java Glossary

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safe mode
Windows can boot in a safe mode where it loads a minimum of fancy device drivers or resident software. This can be useful if some program or device driver has stopped your computer working entirely. Programs like defragger can work more efficiently without the interference. To get into safe mode, you frantically tap the F8 key during reboot. I find that about one in ten boots, Vista/W2008/W7-32/W7-64/W8-32/W8-64 will start up in safe mode.
If you have a boot manager, such as Boot-It Bare Metal, the trick in to start hammering on the F8 key the instant you have selected the partition to boot from.
It is very frustrating! I don’t know of a way to reboot to safe mode from the command line or from Java. If you discover one, please let me know. You can use msconfig to set the /SAFEBOOT flag in the boot.ini file, which makes all subsequent boots safe boots, until you edit it back off.

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