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Chapter 16. Troubleshooting and Recoveri... > Recovering Using the System Recovery...

Recovering Using the System Recovery Options

If Windows Vista won’t start normally, your first troubleshooting step is almost always to start the system in Safe mode. When you make it to Windows Vista, you can investigate the problem and make the necessary changes (such as disabling or rolling back a device driver). But what if your system won’t even start in Safe mode?

Your next step should be booting with the last known good configuration. And if that doesn’t work either? Don’t worry, there’s still hope in the form of the System Recovery Options, a utility that enables you to launch recovery tools or access the command line. Here’s how to use it:


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