How to Start a Gateway Laptop in Safe Mode

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You can use Safe Mode on your Gateway laptop to start your computer using the minimal number of programs and drivers. Starting your Gateway laptop in Safe Mode allows you to open and close programs and roll back drivers to troubleshoot and find out which programs or drivers may be causing a disruption in your operating system. Once you locate a troublesome program, you can uninstall that program from the Windows Control Panel using the Add/Remove Programs feature.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Access Safe Mode from the Windows 7, Vista or XP Startup Screen

  1. 1

    Shut down your Gateway laptop, unplug any cables and devices, and restart your machine.

  2. 2

    Press "F8" repeatedly when the Gateway logo appears on your computer monitor. The advanced start-up options will appear on your screen.

  3. 3

    Highlight "Safe Mode" using the arrow keys, and press "Enter."

    Within Windows 7 and Vista Using Msconfig

  1. 1

    Shut down your Gateway laptop, unplug any cables and devices, and restart your machine.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" in the lower-left corner of your Vista or Windows 7 home screen, type "Msconfig" in the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu and press "Enter." The System Configuration dialogue box appears on your screen.

  3. 3

    Click the "Boot" tab, and click the box to the left of "Safe Mode" in the "Boot Options" section. Click "OK."

  4. 4

    Click "Restart" to restart the Gateway laptop in Safe Mode.

  5. 5

    Click "Start" and type "Msconfig" in the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu and press "Enter." Follow the above steps and uncheck the "Safe Mode" box so the computer does not continue to start in Safe Mode. Restart your computer so that it boots up normally.

    Within Windows XP Using Msconfig

  1. 1

    Shut down your Gateway laptop, unplug any cables and devices, and restart your machine.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" button in the lower-left corner of your Windows XP home screen, and click "Run."

  3. 3

    Type "Msconfig" in the Run dialogue box and click "OK." The System Configuration dialogue box appears on your screen.

  4. 4

    Select the "BOOT.INI" tab. Beneath "Boot Options" click the box to the left of "/SAFEBOOT," and click "OK."

  5. 5

    Click "Restart" to restart your computer in Safe Mode.

  6. 6

    Click "Start" and "Run" when you are done working in Safe Mode. Type "Msconfig" in the Run dialogue box and click "OK." Follow the above steps and uncheck the "/SAFEMODE" box so the computer does not continue to start in Safe Mode. Restart your computer so that it boots up normally.

Tips and warnings

  • Your Windows home screen will look a little fuzzy when you boot your Gateway laptop in Safe Mode; this is how the home screen is supposed to look. In addition, it may take a few minutes for your computer to boot up in Safe Mode, so don't panic and restart the computer. Let the computer finish the boot process.

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