How to Boot Up Acer Aspire in Safe Mode

By Nick Davis

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).

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the “msconfig” function if you are not sure what is holding up your Acer Aspire system from booting. To use this function, click “Start,” “Run” and enter “msconfig” in the “Open” box. Click “OK” to execute the function. Click on the “Startup” tab once the “System Configuration Utility” box appears. The “Startup” tab shows all of the programs that are launched when the Windows operating system is first started. To stop a specific program from starting, click on the check mark present in the box by the program name. Once you have disabled the programs you want, click “OK” and restart your Acer Aspire so the changes can take place.