How to Boot Up Acer Aspire in Safe Mode

It's a work day. You have numbers to key into a spreadsheet and a presentation in four hours. You turn on your Acer Aspire netbook and the system starts booting up. The Windows operating system hangs before completing the boot-up process. You turn off the Acer Aspire and restart it, but the operating system still hangs. Don't panic. Like other Windows-based systems, you can boot the Acer Aspire into Windows “Safe Mode” so you can troubleshoot the booting problem (or use the system on a minimal basis).

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Restart the Acer Aspire netbook by pressing the “power” button on the netbook's keyboard or by pressing the “CTRL,” “ALT” and “DEL” keys at the same time.

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During startup, hold down the “F8” function key immediately when you see the “Acer” splash screen and the option for entering “Setup.”

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Keep pressing the “F8” key until the “Advanced Boot Options” menu appears. If you receive a “keyboard error,” restart the Acer Aspire and repeat step 2.

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Use the arrow keys to navigate to the “Safe Mode” selection on the “Advanced Boot Options” menu. The arrow keys are located on the right-hand side of the Acer Aspire keyboard.

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Press the “Enter” key to execute the “Safe Mode” selection. The Windows operating system will now start in “Safe Mode” and you can perform a system restore or make needed changes to get your Acer Aspire to boot normally again.