Safe Mode is a troubleshooting tool that is built into Windows that when invoked, only the basic drivers needed to start Windows are installed. This is a lifesaver in the event a program install goes south or you are victim of malware.
Typically to get into Safe Mode you have to hold the F8 key as your computer starts before the Windows logo appears. If you see the Windows logo, then you will have to restart to try it again. It can be quite a frustrating endeavor to get into Safe Mode.
A surefire easy way to get into SafeMode is to do it right from Windows. Click on START, then RUN. In the Run dialog box type “msconfig” and press enter to start the MSCONFIG or System Configuration utility. Click on the “BOOT” tab, and then click the checkbox next to SAFE BOOT and select MINIMAL. If you need network connectivity you can click the checkbox next to “NETWORK”. Click “Apply”, then “Ok”; then restart your PC into Safe Mode.
Once you are finished troubleshooting, return to the MSCONFIG or System Configuration utility and uncheck SAFE BOOT and MINIMAL, then restart to return your computer to normal operation.
When your computer is in safe mode, you’ll see the words Safe Mode in the corners of the display. To exit safe mode, restart your computer and let Windows start normally.