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Windows Always Starts in Safe Mode

Article ID: 125
Last updated: 30 Sep, 2013
Article ID: 125
Last updated: 30 Sep, 2013
Revision: 6
Views: 924
Posted: 02 Aug, 2013
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Updated: 30 Sep, 2013
by Andrew Sharrad

Scenario

  • Your PC always starts in Windows Safe mode
  • It does this even though you have not selected Safe mode at any Windows boot menu

Cause

This can be caused by a configuration setting that may have been set by accident, or by malicious software. As a troubleshooting step, go to the System Configuration Utility (msconfig) and check that Safeboot is not selected (checked). You can find this on the Boot tab, under Boot Options - ensure the box is not checked for Safeboot.

To access the System Configuration Utility:

  • Windows XP:   Click Start > click Run > type in "MSCONFIG" > press Enter or click OK > Click the Boot Tab
  • Windows Vista/7: Click Start > type "MSCONFIG" (in search programs and files) > press Enter or click OK > Click the Boot Tab
  • Windows 8: Hold the Windows key + press "R" > type in "MSCONFIG" > press Enter or click OK > Click the Boot Tab

If you discover that Safeboot is checked, then simply uncheck it, click OK and then restart the system.

Example of a correctly configured system:

Applies to:

  • All systems running Windows XP or higher.

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Article ID: 125
Last updated: 30 Sep, 2013
Revision: 6
Views: 924
Posted: 02 Aug, 2013 by --
Updated: 30 Sep, 2013 by Andrew Sharrad