When using safe mode to troubleshoot problems with your computer, you might find the following tools and features helpful.

  • Open System Restore by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking System Tools, and then clicking System Restore. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Restore the state of your computer's system to a previous point in time. For more information, see System Restore: frequently asked questions.

  • Open Control Panel by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel.

    Access various tools for changing settings in Windows.

  • Open Device Manager by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Device Manager. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Update device drivers and configure hardware installed on your computer. You must be logged on as an administrator to use this program. If you are not logged on as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account.

  • Open Event Viewer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Event Viewer. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    View detailed entries about system and program events on your computer. You must be logged on as an administrator to use this program. If you are not logged on as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account. For more information, see What information appears in event logs?

  • Open System Information by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking System Tools, and then clicking System Information.

    View details about your computer's hardware configuration, components, and drivers. For more information, see What is System Information?

  • Open the Command Prompt window by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Command Prompt.

    For advanced users, open the Command Prompt window to use command line tools. You must be logged on as an administrator to use this program. If you are not logged on as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account. For more information, see Command Prompt: frequently asked questions.

  • Open the Registry Editor by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, typing regedit into the Search box, and then pressing ENTER. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    For advanced users, make changes to Windows registry files. You must be logged on as an administrator to use this program. If you are not logged on as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account. For more information, see What is Registry Editor?