Resolve an issue where Windows only boots in safe mode

Resolve an issue where Windows only boots in safe mode

Method 1: Disable Safe Mode

The most trivial advice that can be given on this subject, when Windows boots only in safe mode, is to disable this very safe mode. Different versions of operating systems do this in different ways, either by displaying the boot screen or directly through the graphical menu when you're already logged in with your local account. If you haven't tried simply exiting safe mode yet, do so as instructed in the article at the link below.

Read more: How to disable "Safe Mode" on a Windows computer

Method 2: Check the integrity of system files

Windows may refuse to boot normally due to system file integrity issues. The most common way to check them is to use system tools in the form of console utilities. They can be run through the operating system interface, or through a recovery tool if you need to. For the ins and outs of using the utilities, check out the rest of the material at the link below to understand the launch sequence of the tools and their effectiveness in a given situation.

More information: Use and restore system file integrity checks in Windows 10

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Method 3: Delete the graphics driver

For the most part, this method is suitable for users who have recently installed or updated their graphics adapter drivers. This may even have happened automatically without your knowledge, so we recommend that everyone use this method if the others don't work. The idea is to uninstall the graphics card driver and reinstall it after booting the OS in normal mode. Don't worry, in this case a black screen will not appear, since the default driver present in Windows will be used. You can only change the screen resolution, going down to the minimum resolution.

  1. Once Windows has booted into safe mode, click "Start" right-click and, in the context menu that appears, select "Device administrator.
  2. In the new window, find the list of "Video adapters" and expand it.
  3. Right-click on the graphic adapter you are using and select «Delete device»and then confirm your withdrawal together with the driver.

Once removed successfully, make your computer restart and check if it can boot normally. If so, it's time to reinstall your video card driver by searching for the latest version and make sure your PC's performance won't be affected afterwards. See the material below for possible methods of finding and installing graphics card drivers.

Read more: Installing the graphics card drivers

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Method 4: Remove the latest Windows updates

It is possible that after not installing the latest updates to your operating system, Windows has stopped booting normally, permanently going into safe mode. This may be due to a system crash or an interrupted update installation process. Changes can be manually reverted through system settings.

  1. Open the menu "Starts and go to "Options".clicking on the gear icon.
  2. In the new window, look for the section "Windows Update Center" and go to the category "Update record".
  3. You can now check the list of recent updates to see if anything new has been added in the last few days, when in fact the problem itself appeared.
  4. If there are updates, click "Remove updates". You can also use "Recovery options".but more on this in the next method.
  5. When you click the uninstall button, you will be redirected to a new window, where you will see a list of all installations and you can uninstall the latest ones one by one. We recommend that you do this gradually, restarting your computer after each uninstall and checking that it works.

Method 5: Restore Windows

If none of the above works for you, you will have to resort to Windows Restore to check the system files with the available tools, find and fix the errors that prevent the OS from booting normally. There are several recovery options available for booting. They are explained in more detail in another article on our website.

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Read More: Windows 10 Bootable Recovery Options

If for some reason you cannot invoke the menu described in the previous article to start the recovery, there is most likely a problem with the bootloader itself. For now, you can avoid reinstalling the operating system, but you will have to use a USB stick to restore Windows through it. Read on to know more about this.

Read More: Recover Windows 10 from USB Flash Drive

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