How to Boot in Safe Mode (Windows 10 and earlier)

Welcome to our guide on how to boot your PC into Safe Mode. It will show you how you can access Safe Mode in Windows 10, as well as Windows 8.1, 8 and 7.

Oftentimes, when troubleshooting a certain error or some other problem, you’d need to boot your machine into Safe Mode. When in it, your PC runs only the most essential processes needed for it to function properly, leaving out anything that is unnecessary. Generally, this makes the system more stable and makes it easier to troubleshoot uninterrupted by recurrence of the problem/error.

How to Boot in Safe Mode – WIndows 7

  1. Open the Start Menu and click on the arrow that is next to the Shut Down button.
  2. Select Restart and wait until your machine shuts down and then starts back again.safe-mode-1
  3. The moment you see that your computer starts turning on, start spamming the F8 button on your keyboard.
  4. This should get you into the Boot Menu. Once there, use the arrow keys to highlight the Safe Mode with Networking option.                      safe-mode-2
    • Know that depending on your PC/laptop model, the key to access the Boot Menu might not be F8. Therefore, we suggest looking online for the boot key for your specific machine, before trying to get to the Boot Menu.
  1. Press Enter and wait for Windows to load.

Windows 8, 8.1 – Safe Mode Guide

 

  1. Use the Winkey+R keyboard combination. This will open the Run window.
  2. In the search field, type Control Panel and hit Enter.
  3. In the Control Panel, go to Administrative Tools > System Configuration.
  4. Check the Safe Boot option and then select Networking.safe-mode-2
  5. Now, click on Restart – your computer should now boot into Safe Mode.

Windows 10 – Safe Mode Guide

  1. Open the Start Menu and select Settings.
  2. Go to Update and Security and then click on Recovery.safe-mode-3
  3. Select the Restart Now option.      safe-mode-4
  4. After your machine restarts it will load into the Boot Menu. In the Choose an Option screen, select Troubleshoot.
  5. Go to Advanced Options > Startup Settings.
  6. Using the number keys on your keyboard, choose the option Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Your PC will not load into Safe Mode.

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How to Create a System Restore Point for Windows

The following guide will teach you how you to create a restore point for Windows 7,8 and 10. We’ll also teach you how to use the system restore point to rollback Windows should any problems occur.

How to Create a System Restore Point

Creating a system restore point is a very good idea, especially if you are about to uninstall programs or try various fixes. Sometimes even a minor mistake can cause a lot of headaches and creating a system restore point is the fastest and easiest way to deal with any such issues. Also included belo0w are the instructions on how to use the restore point should the need arise.

  • Please note that System Restore point will only rollback your computer to the state in which the system restore point was made. That is why it is a good idea to make another restore point once you are done fixing all issues with your computer. Additionally, you can also set Windows to automatically create a restore point after set amonts of time. More on that below.
  1. Right-click on your My Computer icon and select Properties.1
  2. From the left panel, choose System Protection.2
  3. Choose a device from the list and make sure that its Protection setting is turned on.
    • If the Protection is off (which is usually the case with Windows 10), turn it on by selecting the device and clicking on Configure. In the resulting window check Restore system settings and previous versions of files and after that click on OK.5
  4. Click on Create and in the resulting text field type in the name of the Restore point you’re about to create and then select Create.

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  • You can also set your computer to automatically create restore points through the Task Scheduler. Here is a short guide on how to do that:
  1. In the Start Menu search field type Task Scheduler.
  2. Open the first result.
  3. In the left pane, expand Task Scheduler Library>Microsoft>Windows and then click on System Restore.
  4. In the right panel, double-click on the sigle task named SR.
  5. In the resulting window, go to the Triggers tab. If there are no triggers, click on New. If you want to change an existing trigger, double-click on the one you want to have altered.1
  6. By setting the trigger, you tell your PC when to automatically run the specific task, which in this case is creating a restore point. After you have created and editted the triggers to your liking, make sure to have them enabled.2

How to Use the System Restore Point

  1. In order to use a Restore Point to restore your system to a previous state, go back to System Protection in the System Properties window and select System Restore.
  2. In the resulting window, click on Next.
  3. From the list of restore points, choose the one you need, click on Next and then select Finish.

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Netflix on Linux – Chrome/Firefox Guide

In this guide you’ll find everything you need to watch Netflix on Linux. We’ve provided Chrome and Firefox instruction, as well as a Pipeline alternative.

If you are not a Windows user and you want to watch Netflix on Linux, you’ve probably found out that you’ll need assistance to set up Netflix on your machine. There are quite a few different methods for how you can do that, but so far their effectiveness has been varying. In the following article we will attempt to provide you with and explain to you the most common ones, so that you can choose the best way to watch Netflix on Linux. Naturally, the easiest way is to use a browser add-on. Both Chrome and Firefox have one readily available.

How to watch Netflix on Linux

The Guide

Netflix on Linux using Chrome

Currently Chrome seems to be the browser that is best suited to support Netflix on Linux since it provides a native method to stream Netflix. However, sometimes users seem to have privacy issues with it. Also, as of March, 2016 the 32-bit x86 version of Chrome is no longer supported. Thus, Chrome might not be the best option for some Linux users. If you are fine with using Chrome and have no privacy issues, then it still provides an easy way to watch Netflix on your Linux device. It is simple – all you have to do is just open your Chrome browser and go to the Netflix site. That’s all there is to it. In addition, you have the option to get Netflix as a desktop app with the help of Chrome’s Web-App tool.

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Netflix on Linux using Firefox

If you cannot or do not want to use Chrome for the reasons we mentioned or any other reason, you can try with Firefox instead. Here you will need the help of an add-on that you’ll have to install on the browser in order to get the native Netflix support for Firefox. However, before you do that, you need to make sure that your version of Firefox is 49 or above. In order to check that, here is what you need to do:

  1. Open your browser and go to Help.
  2. Select About. There, make sure that your version is at least 49.
  3. If the version is below 49, there should be an Update button. Click on that and wait for the update to finish before you proceed.

Once you’ve ensured that your Firefox browser is the correct version, it’s time to get the User Agent Overrider extension in order to enable the native Netflix support.

  1. Open your browser and go to its main menu (top-right corner).
  2. Select the Add-ons icon.
  3. In the search field, type User Agent Overrider and look through the search results.
    • Make sure to find the add-on that has the exact same name as you’ve typed in the search field. There might be several similarly-named extensions that you don’t need.
  1. Once you find it, install the User Agent Overrider add-on.
  2. Go back to your Add-ons manager in the Firefox main menu.
  3. Next to the User Agent Overrider extension, select Preferences.
  4. In the User-Agent entries area delete everything.4
  5. Now copy the following line and paste it there: Linux / Chrome 53: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/535.11 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/53.0.2785.34 Safari/537.36
  6. Next, look for a User Agent Overrider icon at the top of your screen, somewhere next to the Firefox search bar. Click on that icon and in the resulting menu select Linux / Chrome 53.

  All that is left for you to do now is to go to the Netflix website, sign in and have a good time.

  • Note: It is possible that you’d see above the sign-in button a notification that requires you to install DRM updates. Click on it and install them, before you sign in with your account.

Netflix on Linux using Pipelight

This is an older method that you should probably not have the need to resort to. However, if for whatever reason the previous two suggestions did not do it for you, you can still give this one a try.

  1. Get Pipelight online.
  2. Open your Linux Terminal and use one of the following sets of commands depending on the system you’re using.                     3
    •  Ubuntu: Copy-paste and execute sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable and sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pipelight-multi in that order.
    •  Fedora: Use the command sudo yum install cabextract && sudo rpm -i http://sourceforge.net/projects/mscorefonts2/files/rpms/msttcore-fonts-installer-2.6-1.noarch.rpm and then sudo wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/DarkPlayer:/Pipelight/Fedora_19/home:DarkPlayer:Pipelight.repo -O /etc/yum.repos.d/pipelight.repo && sudo yum install pipelight
  3. Once you’ve installed Pipelight, use the command sudo pipelight-plugin –enable silverlight to be able to stream Netflix on your Linux device.

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