Windows 10/11 Safe Mode not working [FIX]

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The Safe Mode option in Windows 10 exists to help you start your PC in a way that bypasses whatever problem may be preventing your operating system from booting normally. It is a helpful tool, especially when you need to troubleshoot Windows.

Safe Mode uses the minimum set of drivers and functions to boot up your PC. However, you may sometimes find that even in Safe Mode your PC won’t start. The following solutions provide some basic troubleshooting steps to fix any Safe Mode issues you might encounter in Windows 10.

How to fix Safe Mode issues on Windows 10

System Restore

Restoring your computer to a previous point in time when it was working normally can help this situation. To perform this step, do the following:

  1. Enter System Restore in the Search menu and select Reset this PC.
  2. Select Get started. 
  3. Choose whether you would like Windows to keep your files or remove everything.
  4. Follow the instructions for restoring your PC to a previous normal condition.

Run System File Checker

Enter sfc /scannow in the Search menu and select the command prompt to run your System File Checker. Wait for the scan to run. Once complete, restart your PC and see if it reboots in Safe Mode this time.

Third-party software

If the basic troubleshooting steps outlined above do not work, you can use third-party tools to fix a broken Safe Mode. There are many free software products out there for that. Keep in mind, however, that you must first create a system restore point before running any program you may find.

System Configuration utility

You can also easily resolve Safe Mode errors using the System Configuration tool if you can’t enter the Safe Mode. However, this should be your last option as it forces your PC to boot in Safe Mode. That means your computer could go in a loop.

Use the “Run” window to launch the System Configuration in Windows 10. Simply press Windows button + R keys, and then type ‘msconfig’ in the text field. Click Enter. You can also use Cortana to access the System Configuration utility. Type “system configuration” in Cortana’s search field and click Enter.

Under Boot tab > Boot options, check the Safe boot and Minimal options and hit Apply. Reboot your PC. Once you are done working in Safe Mode, return to msconfig and uncheck Safe Boot.

If you have other ways of fixing Safe Mode issues, share them in the comments below.

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