Safe Mode Options
Safe Mode with Networking
If you start Windows 7 in Safe Mode using this option, you will have access to the Internet while in Safe Mode. If you are running virus scans or spyware scans, you need to update the software first. You need to have access to the Internet to do this. You may need to access the Internet for help when troubleshooting your computer. Most people use this option when booting into Safe Mode.
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Starting Windows in Safe Mode with Command Prompt loads up to a command prompt window. This option is usually used by IT professionals and administrators.
When you are finished troubleshooting in Safe Mode restart your computer normally.
Your desktop will looking different while in safe mode with networking. The Desktop icons look larger and grainy because the graphics card is in basic VGA mode. You will notice the startup items next to the clock in the bottom right corner are not there. Only the needed services run during Safe Mode. Since Safe Mode is used mostly for troubleshooting you are unable to do many things. You can’t make CDs, listen to music, download software, install, or uninstall programs if they use the Windows Installer. Malware/spyware and virus programs will run in Safe Mode, but a lot of other software won’t. That is okay because the only programs you will want to use in safe mode are troubleshooting programs such as malware/spyware removiers, virus applications, etc.