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I will assume you are stuck in a startup pattern…Windows 7 keeps booting in safe mode. You probably are unaware of what caused it, and have a question similar to…
My windows 7 desktop was fine a couple days ago, but for some reason, everytime it boots, it now boots only in safe mode. ~flame sword
This can occur for a number of reasons, typically it is Windows operating system sensing an issue and forcing you to load Windows into safe mode to keep autorun programs and installed drivers from running. The solution can vary, so let’s take a look at several possibilities.
Note that I use ‘computer’ interchangeably, as this relates to desktop PC’s, laptops, and tablet PC’s running Windows 7. Additionally, these solutions may also work with previous versions of the Windows operating system.
As you will notice, I have a few easy possible solutions, then ask you to scan for viruses. If you want to make certain you don’t have a computer corrupted by a virus, I recommend following those troubleshooting steps first, or in addition.
On a reboot of the computer, press the F8 key and select the option to start Windows normally.
This is the most common solution I have found to work
Note, this is NOT restoring your system to factory defaults, this is utilizing Windows 7 built-in System restore Points.
Let’s make certain you don’t have a virus that is causing Windows 7 to keep booting in safe mode. The best way to scan for viruses, and other malicious files, is outside of the operating system. There are a number of antivirus rescue disc’s, though I prefer utilizing the BitDefender Rescue CD.
Basically, it is a process of creating a CD/DVD with specific BitDefender scanning files loaded onto it, and booting to it. For complete instructions, please see: Using BitDefender Rescue CD to Scan For Viruses
Outside of a virus, check out the following other possible solutions…
This process may take some time, and be sure to have your Windows OS disc handy, as the process may ask you for it to replace files.
Once the scanning/fixing is complete, SFC will display a message telling you such
Using Windows recovery Environment CD, allow Windows to run a repair sequence to scan for and fix possible issues. You can follow the instructions here: Run Windows 7 Startup Repair
Also utilizing the Windows Recovery Environment CD, you will follow a process to fix, or replace the system MBR, and/or BCD.
Please see the following article for detailed instructions: Repair Windows 7 Master Boot Record
Again, this is a last resort, and I highly recommend trying to find a solution before doing so.
Hopefully, your computer problem, Windows 7 keeps booting in safe mode, is no longer occurring and you are back up and running using one of the solutions above. If not, you can always use our FREE Tech Support service.