"Normal" mode is when Windows is operated per usual—power on the PC and log in. The "Advanced Boot Options" menu enables users to perform advanced troubleshooting on the operating system, out of a normal mode. For example, "Safe Mode" puts Windows in a "limited" state so users can determine if a computer problem is related to basic computer functions. If you are not sure if your computer is entering a normal mode of operation at start-up, use "Advanced Boot Options" to manually select it.
Click on "Start" or the Windows orb logo at the bottom of the desktop to show the Start menu. Click on the arrow to show the shutdown/lock options menu, then select "Restart."
Press the "F8" key on the keyboard after the operating system has restarted; do this before the Windows logo screen shows. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 if the start-up process goes too fast and you miss the opportunity.
Press the down or up arrow key on the keyboard to select and highlight the "Start Windows Normally" option in the "Advanced Boot Options" section.
Press the "Enter" key on the keyboard to start your computer in normal mode. Log in as usual.
If the computer has more than one operating system installed, known as "multiboot" (see Resources), then decide which operating system you want to restart in normal mode, then use the arrow keys to select and highlight it, as in Step 3.
Other problems may exist if the PC does not start in normal mode after following this method.
- Microsoft: Advanced Startup Options Including Safe Mode
- Microsoft: Start Your Computer in Safe Mode
- Microsoft: What Are the System Recovery Options in Windows Vista?
- Microsoft: Startup Repair: Frequently Asked Questions
- Microsoft: Can I have More than One Operating System on My Computer (Multiboot)?