How to Fix a Computer That Won’t Start in Safe Mode

Safe Mode is a start Windows in a basic state, you can run a limited set of files and drivers. If there are some problems with your computer, you can enter Safe Mode to troubleshoot them:

If the same issue doesn’t happen in Safe Mode, you will know that this problem is caused by the third-party application rather than the default settings and basic device drivers.

If the problem happens again in Safe Mode, it means that there is something wrong with Windows operating system and you need to repair it.

However, some of you find that Windows won’t start in Safe Mode when you need to troubleshoot some problems urgently. After constant trials, Windows still can’t boot into Safe Mode. Then, it will be troublesome.

Many of you have reported Windows won’t boot in Safe Mode issue. Thus, we think it is necessary to tell you how to solve this issue effectively. In the following content, I summarize 4 possible solutions to fix this solutions including run system file checker, reset the PC, use system configuration unitility, and perform a system restore. The former several of these solutions are very simple, I decide to not elaborate them. Today, I mainly introduce the last solutions to perform a system restore.

If you have created a system restore point before, you can perform a system restore to return the computer to a prior good point when Safe Mode was still working. However, if there is no available system restore point, please move to the next solution.

To do this work, you need to:

Step 1: Type restore into the Search box and choose create a restore point from the search result. When seeing the User Account Control interface, please click on the Yes button to continue.

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Step 2: You will enter the System Properties interface as follows. Under the System Protection tab, please choose System Restore.

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Step 3: The System Restore interface will pop out.

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Then, you can click on the Next button to go the next interface where you can choose the restore point you have created beforehand. After selecting the target item, please click on the Next button and follow the wizard to finish the job.

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After these three steps, you can reboot Windows to see whether Safe Mode not working issue disappears.

Since Safe Mode not working happens in this case, you can’t enter it to fix the computer. In this situation, the most effective solution is to reinstall Windows. However, there should be some important files on the computer. To keep them safe, you’d better restore them to a suitable location before Windows reinstallation.

Here, this data recovery software – MiniTool Power Data Recovery – can scan your existing files on the computer. Besides, its Bootable Edition allows you to retrieve files from the unbootable machine. You have to use the MiniTool Media Builder which can be obtained from the software’s Personal or more advanced edition to create one. First, you need to install and register the software on a normal working computer. After that, you need to create a bootable media and then set the faulty computer to boot from the boot media.

After opening the software, you need to do these operations to recover your data from the computer:

Step 1: You will enter This PC interface directly and it is the exact recovery module you are going to use to recover your computer data. Then, choose the target drive and press the Scan button to continue.

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Step2: The software will begin to scan the selected drive. When it finishes, you will see the scan result interface where the scanned files are listed by path. You can open each path to find your needed files and check them.

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If you can’t find all of your needed items from the listed partition, you can click on Show More Partitions to check other partitions which are not displayed on the interface by default.

Additionally, you can also use the Type, Find and Filter features to find the target items quickly.

Step 3: When the needed files are chosen, please click on the Save button to choose the specific drive to keep these files.

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Then, you can reinstall Windows to make the computer work normal again.

When Safe Mode not working issue happens, you should not be worried anymore. The solutions introduced in this post can help you solve the Safe Mode not working issue effectively.

By Skylly

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