If Windows 10 starts in Safe Mode but not normal time and again, System Configuration is usually at fault and you may want to change it. In addition to that, it’s wise to consider using Startup Repair to fix corrupted startup files. Depending on the situation, you should take advantage of System Restore to revert your computer to a point in the past. Continue reading to learn what must be done.
The Root Of The Problem
If you notice your Windows 10 computer starting in Safe Mode against your wish, it must have been configured to do so. As long as the Safe boot checkbox in the Boot tab of System Configuration is checked, Windows computers won’t start normally. Fortunately, if configuration is the one responsible, it takes little work to get back to normal startup.
For your information, startup files define the way that computers start up and if they go missing, get damaged and so on, problems ensue. You notice that Windows 10 starts in Safe Mode but not normal repeatedly? Then it’s strongly recommended that you give startup files some thought.
In layman’s terms, drivers allow computers to manage devices but if they run into issues, computer operations could go haywire. Thus, if Windows 10 starts in Safe Mode but not normal, you should add drivers to your list of suspects.
What Must Be Done
Apply Changes To System Configuration
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type System Configuration and press Enter.
- Step 2: Navigate to Boot tab then uncheck the checkbox next to Safe boot.
- Step 3: Select Apply, choose OK and restart your computer.
Use Startup Repair
- Step 1: Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, pick Update & Security and click Recovery.
- Step 2: Hit Restart now under Advanced startup to reach Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE).
- Step 3: Select Troubleshoot, choose Advanced Options and hit Startup Repair.
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
- Step 2: In Device Manager, right-click each of the drivers and pick Update it.
- Step 3: After you finish, restart your computer.
Take Advantage Of System Restore
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type System Restore and press Enter.
- Step 2: Select System Restore, choose a restore point and initiate the restoration.
- Step 3: The moment the process completes, determine whether the issue persists.
Additional Safe Mode Questions
What exactly is Safe Mode?
Safe Mode is a diagnostic mode that makes Windows use a minimal number of apps, services, drivers and alike on startup. By taking advantage of Safe Mode, you could identify the causes of errors and fix them.
Are there different types of Safe Mode?
There are three types of Safe Mode: Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking and Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
Can I use Safe Mode for long periods of time?
While Windows Safe Mode is usually used for troubleshooting, it’s fine to make Safe Mode the standard mode of operation for your PC.
Does Windows Safe Mode delete files?
Windows Safe Mode does not delete files so there is no need to worry about losing data.
Can I play games in Safe Mode?
Yes, you can. However, you should keep in mind that you will be playing in stripped-down conditions.
As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.