Posts Tagged ‘Safe Mode’

What to do when Firefox uses too much Memory

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

If you’ve noticed Firefox slowing down from time to time, you might want to take a look at this …

Firefox’s memory usage has been a hot topic ever since it was released. The main complaint is that the browser uses too much RAM while running. Some users experience issues because of this, for instance slow downs on their system, while others may not notice any issues but still want something done about it.


Last Resort to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 or Newer

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

I haven’t experimented with Windows 8 very much so far, but apparently, starting with Windows 8 it’s now a lot more difficult (but not impossible) to restart in Safe Mode …

Microsoft optimized the boot process of its Windows 8 operating system in a way that it is booting faster than previous versions of Windows. A side-effect of this is that it is difficult to get the operating system to load Safe Mode. The mode is useful to troubleshoot the operating system. You can use it for example to undo changes or uninstall software that you have recently installed on the system.


10 Firefox Productivity Tips and Tools

Friday, November 7th, 2014

This article describes some pretty cool/useful shortcuts and tricks for Firefox … most of which are new to me.

As a long time Firefox user I have come to love the options to customize the browser as well as the functionality that it offers and its add-on developers. While it’s fine to use Firefox as it comes by default, you will never reach the browser’s full potential. Little tweaks and add-ons can improve how you work with Firefox significantly so that you save time by optimizing workflows.


Using Windows “Safe Boot” to Diagnose and Repair Problems

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Here’s a cool trick that can come in very handy when dealing with problems with Windows …

When something goes wrong with Windows it can be very difficult to diagnose or repair, and there are times when booting your computer into Safe Mode just isn’t good enough.  Safe Mode, a special diagnostic mode built into Windows strips the OS of all drivers and start-up software and presents you with a very limited version of Windows in which to diagnose what might be causing a problem, and repair it.  Many Windows features simply won’t operate in Safe Mode so there’s not very much you can do.


The Benefits of Windows Diagnostic Startup Mode

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Here’s a useful Windows feature that’s often overlooked …

Sometimes when you need to perform diagnostics on a faulty or malfunctioning copy of Windows, Safe Mode is too restrictive, too frustrating in use and unable to provide an environment that has the functions or permissions you need to repair the problems that you’re facing with Windows.


How To Uninstall Software In Windows Safe Mode

Monday, July 19th, 2010

This is news to me; it sounds like an incredibly helpful trick …

Safe Mode in Windows loads the operating system in a limited state, which can be helpful for troubleshooting and correcting PC issues. Many of the standard services and features of the Windows operating system are not available in safe mode, including the Windows Installer Service.

It is not possible to uninstall software in Safe Mode if the service is not running, that is highly problematic if a software is responsible for PC issues.

There is however an option to start the Windows Installer Service in Safe Mode, so that software can be uninstalled afterward.