Vista Advanced Boot Options

Vista Advanced Boot Options screen provide options to start windows vista in advanced troubleshooting modes. Vista Advanced Boot Options provides twelve different options to boot windows vista.

How to use Windows Vista Advanced Boot Options?

  • Start or restart the computer
  • Press F8, about every second as soon as you turn the computer on, until you see the screen below.


You will need to repeat the above steps,if the Windows logo appears.
Use the arrow keys to select an advanced option to boot or start Vista and press Enter.

Repair Your Computer:

Choosing Repair Your Computer option will list all system recovery tools.These system recovery tools can be used to run diagnostics, repair startup problems, or restore your system. Choosing Repair Your Computer option is only available if the tools are installed on your PC or computer system’s hard disk. For example, it is available only when you have a recovery partition from a OEM computer.
However, if you have a normal Vista installation DVD, the system recovery tools are located on the installation DVD.

Safe Mode:

Windows vista Safe Mode option starts Vista with a minimal set of drivers and services.

Safe Mode with Networking:

Windows vista Safe Mode with Networking option starts Vista in safe mode and it additionally includes the network drivers and services needed to access the Internet or other computers on your network.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt:

Windows vista Safe Mode with Command Prompt option starts Vista in safe mode with a command prompt window, instead of the usual Windows interface. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete or type Exit and press Enter, to exit from here.

Enable Boot Logging:

Windows vista Enable Boot Logging option creates a ntbtlog.txt file, that lists all the drivers that are installed during startup.

Enable Low Resolution Video (640 X 480):

Windows vista Enable Low Resolution Video (640 X 480) option starts Vista using your current video driver and using low resolution and refresh rate settings. This bootup mode can be used to reset your display settings, or to use a television monitor with your computer if needed.

Last Know Good Configuration (advanced):

Windows vista Last Know Good Configuration (advanced) option starts windows vista with the last registry and driver configurations that worked successfully.

Directory Services Restore Mode:

Windows vista Directory Services Restore Mode option 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:

Windows vista Debugging Mode option starts Vista in an advanced troubleshooting or debugging mode, intended for IT professionals and system administrators.

Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure:

Windows vista Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure option prevents vista from automatically restarting, if an error causes Vista to fail. This option may be chosen only if Vista is stuck in a loop where Vista fails, attempts to restart, and fails again repeatedly.

Disable Driver Signature Enforcement:

Windows vista Disable Driver Signature Enforcement option allows you to install drivers containing improper signatures.

Start Windows Normally:

Finally, Windows vista Start Windows Normally option starts Vista in its normal mode to the logon screen or user desktop.

One comment on “Vista Advanced Boot Options

  1. Not tried all these options, couldnt get time to explore Vista completely.

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