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I Cannot Boot My Computer in Safe Mode

Yesterday was a tough day for me because of my old desktop computer. I couldn't  boot my PC in safe mode but it was working fine in normal mode. This tutorial is written based on my efforts to bring back safe boot on my PC with some extra tips. First part of this guide tells common reasons for getting trouble with restarting your computer in safe mode and the second part deals with solving this issue. I have Windows XP on the Desktop computer but the procedure to fix this issue is same for most Windows Operating Systems. Even if you are using Windows 8 or Windows 7, you can follow the instructions below.


Reasons For Having Troubles to Safe Boot a Computer
  1. Possible virus infection

  2. File system error

  3. Software / driver conflict

  4. Some windows files may be corrupted

  5. Windows update error

  6. False settings on the security suit installed on your computer
These are some of the possible reasons to prevent a laptop from restarting in safe mode. Now let us check how to troubleshoot the issue, identify the reason and fix it.

Solution to Issues With Safe Mode Restarting

First thing you must do is to find the exact reason which prevents your system from restarting in safe mode. For that you must use trial and error method. If you have no clue on how to do it, pattern of troubleshooting given below is best for you.
  1. Set Safe Boot in System Configuration

    First step you have to do is to access System Configuration page and enable Safe Boot option. You can do it by following the instructions below.

    • Type msconfig on Windows Search (or on Run Window and click OK)

    • Open msconfig Window and click Boot tab

    • Select Safe Boot under Boot options
      Issues with safe mode restarting

    • Click OK and When you are prompted to restart your computer press OK

    If still your computer is showing issues with safe mode booting, go to next step.

  2. Try Different Modes

    On boot menu options window, you can see other options like, start your computer in;

    • Safe mode with networking
    • Safe mode with command prompt

    Try to start your computer using these options.

    [ To get in to boot menu keep press on [F8] button while your computer starts restarting]


  3. Use Last Known Good Configuration

    If you have failed to start your computer in all available safe mode options, it is better try to boot your computer in last known good configuration by selecting that option from the menu.

  4. Run Check disk and correct disk errors

    The next troubleshooting step is to run the check disk and fix the disk errors. To do this type Chkdsk /f on the command prompt. Please note that you must have admin right to perform this task. After fixing the disk error, try to start your computer in safe mode. If the issue persists go to next step.

  5. Conflicts by Recently Installed software/driver

    Many users claim they had booting related issues after installing certain software products on their computers. According to many technology discussion forums, software products like DVD burning software, AntiVirus products, Data recovery products etc are accused causing booting issues. Before jump in to conclusion, I recommend you to disable each suspected programs and check the real culprit. It is recommended to perform a clean boot on your computer to identify the problem causing software. To know how to perform clean boot on your computer, click on the link below.
    How to perform clean boot and rectifies the software conflict

  6. False AntiVirus Settings

    Wrong settings on the security software (Firewall,AntiVirus etc) may prevent you from booting your computer in safe mode. So make sure security product installed on your laptop is having correct configuration.

  7. Possible virus infection

    Once my laptop was infected by a virus which blocked many features including safe restart. It is possible your PC might be infected and the malware is preventing it from restarting in safe mode. To remove any infection, you must perform a virus scan on your system with a reputed security software(updated with latest virus signature).

  8. Update to latest service pack and run windows update

    You must update Operating System to avoid known bugs and other issues. I recommend you to enable the option to check for latest Windows update to ensure your computer is having latest OS.

  9. Repair Windows files

    To repair corrupted Windows files on your system, follow the steps below.

    • Start your computer from Windows CD

    • Press R to repair the windows files while it ask you the option to install or repair Windows on your computer

    • After repairing Windows files, try to start your PC in safe mode

    If still you have the same issue, I recommend you to follow the next instructions.

  10. Reinstall Windows Operating System

  11. Format hard drive and reinstall Windows

  12. Try to disconnect the hardware devices like RAM, Hard disk etc from Motherboard and reconnect them

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