Advanced Boot Options

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How to Boot to the Advanced Boot Options in Vista
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This will show you how to boot into the Advanced Boot Options screen to select options to start Vista in advanced troubleshooting modes.
How to Boot to the Advanced Boot Options in Vista

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This will show you how to boot into the Advanced Boot Options screen to select options to start Vista in advanced troubleshooting modes.


Here's How:
1. Start or restart the computer.​
2. If you Multi Boot with more than One Operating System
A) At the Windows Boot Manager screen, select the OS you want to use the Advanced Boot Options for, then press F8. (see screenshot below)​
Boot_Manager.jpg

3. If you Only Boot with One Operating System (ex: Vista)
A) Press (tap) F8 on your keyboard about every second as soon as you turn the computer on until you see​
the screenshot below.​
NOTE: If the Windows logo appears, you will need to repeat steps 1 and 3 again. If you dual boot, then you will need to select the OS you want to use the Advanced Boot Option for and then press F8.​
Advanced_Boot_Options.jpg

4. Use the arrow keys to select an advanced option to start Vista into and press Enter.​

Advanced Option

Description

Repair Your Computer

This options will only be available if you have a OEM computer with a recovery partition on your hard drive. Otherwise, you will need to use the System Recovery Options from your retail Vista installation disk. Repair Your Computer shows a list of system recovery tools that you can use to repair startup problems, run diagnostics, or restore your system.

Safe Mode

This starts Vista with a minimal set of drivers and services.

Safe Mode with Networking

This starts Vista in safe mode and includes the network drivers and services needed to access the Internet or other computers on your network.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

This starts Vista in safe mode with a command prompt window instead of the usual Windows interface. To exit from here, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete or type Exit and press Enter.

Enable Boot Logging

Creates a file named ntbtlog.txt, that lists all the drivers that are installed during startup.

Enable Low Resolution Video (640 X 480)

Starts Vista using your current video driver and using low resolution and refresh rate settings. You can use this mode to reset your display settings, or to use a television monitor with your computer if needed.

Last Know Good Configuration (advanced)

Starts Vista with the last registry and driver configurations that worked successfully. For more information, see: Windows Help and How-to: Using Last Known Good Configuration

Directory Services Restore Mode

Starts Vista's domain controller running Active Directory so that the directory service can be restored. This option is intended for IT professionals and administrators.

Debugging Mode

Starts Vista in an advanced troubleshooting mode intended for IT professionals and system administrators.

Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure

Prevents Vista from automatically restarting if an error causes Vista to fail. Choose this option only if Vista is stuck in a loop where Vista fails, attempts to restart, and fails again repeatedly.

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement

Allows drivers containing improper signatures to be installed.

Start Windows Normally

Starts Vista in its normal mode to the logon screen or user desktop.

That's it,
Shawn


 
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Shawn Brink

Comments

Brink, thanks buddy. I have about as much computer geek in me as the Eelephant Man had good looks, but I got through this mess nonetheless. I used Option 1 and it worked like a charm. Many thanks and I owe you a beer.;)
 
Hello!
I'm also a computer challended guy. Just wondering, what does the advance boot do? does it speed up the booting time?

Thanks.
 
Hi Bennys,

Umm, the description of them had disappeared for some reason. They are back now. The Advanced Boot Options are used to help troubleshoot and fix problems with the computer.
 
hey i realy need help pls!!i have vista basic and after i log on i get a black screen with a cursor on it TEMPORARILY ONLY (AFTER IT SAYS WELCOME I GET A BLACK SCREEN WITH A CURSOR ON IT TEMPORARILY FOR ABOUT 1 MIN AND 15 SECONDS )i can get in to the task manager i also tried explorer.exe but to no avail then after 1 min 15 secs i get to my desktop ive read few other threads on here but their case is worse but the biggest problem is that i had vista pre-installed (so no installation cd :cry:)pls can u guys help me as it is vista takes some time to load and besides that this black screen
Ive heard of few other people getting it but in their case it never goes into their desktop Ive herad its called the black screen of death
 
Hi Bling,

Sorry my post did not clarify what I was suggesting :o

It's possible to perform a start-up repair for vista, using a retail DVD, unfortunately the disks provided by most, but not all, larger manufacturers are not MS disks but their own which use an image to restore the system to it's state when leaving the factory. This is an "all or nothing" solution and may not be appropriate for many issues which can be better solved by using the options available with a repair disk, which provides the options in Shawn's tutorial

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/91467-startup-repair.html

If you want to try the startup repair option to solve your issues you will need either and original Vista Retail disk or the disk in my first post.

hope this is a little clearer :D
 
k im downloading the torrent file which you specified to make the recovery disk for my 32 bit thank you so much

im sorry barman i tried it ,it says theres no problem and the problem persists
 
k im downloading the torrent file which you specified to make the recovery disk for my 32 bit thank you so much

im sorry barman i tried it ,it says theres no problem and the problem persists
OK you could checkout your manufactures site for updated drivers for your system, (vista will often state that drivers are up-to-date although updates exists but have not been added to the Microsoft database).

if that doesn't help the next thing I can think of (As the black screen appears after the welcome message and the fact that you can get to Task Manager), is that the delay is caused by a program set to run on startup. the only real way to prove or disprove this is to see if the problem exists in safe mode

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/123496-safe-mode.html

If the problem does not happen in safe mode then its a case of disabling each startup item in turn via Control Panel - Programs - Change start-up options, and re-booting until the culprit is located.

This may of course take a while to locate the exact cause
 
ok i went into safe boot and the black screen did not appear so i am tryin what u said and checking each startup item ill post when im done
 
ok barman i took it to hp and i got a vista ultimate disk yaaay!! but the only problem its not an upgrade disk so ill have to do a fresh install so i had another question well i wanted to know now if i reinstall the operating system to ultimate from basic if i usethe recovery disk will it revrt back to basic
 
Hello Bling,

If that recovery disk is the original one that came with your computer, then Yes it will reinstall Vista Basic back.

Shawn
 
Hell Teaman, and welcome to Vista Forums.

The Repair option will only be available if you have a OEM computer with a recovery partition on your hard drive. Otherwise, you will need to use the System Recovery Options from your Vista installation disk.
 
when I hit the F8 key I go to a screen that gives me the option to start up with:
1) Floppy
2) HD
3) CD ROM
The screen has colors similar to the BIOS screen
I can start in Safe Mode but I am unable to change my refresh rate in Safe Mode, this of course being the problem... I mistakenly changed my refresh rate to 85MHZ at the same time I changed my res... now I get a black screen with a small blue box in the middle that says: Out of Range and has the res and several Mhz and Ghz values. I have tried finding the monitor in the Device Manager but it isn't there... I am having a hard time figuring out how to fix my refresh rate dilemna. Thanks for any help that might come from this post.
 
Hello Mediocrates,

While in Safe Mode, see if you may be able to uninstall your video drivers. This should give you the default settings so that you can restart back into Vista (normal), then reinstall the video drivers and hopefully set the correct settings.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Thanks Brink,
Would the video drivers be on a disk? or would they be in the OS and it would auto-install when it boots up? That kinda scares me to do that...
 
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