Solutions to problem of safe mode not working in Windows® 7
What is 'Safe Mode' in Windows 7? What needs to be done when it stops working?
Safe mode is an alternate way to log on to Windows operating systems. On normal booting, almost all kinds of programs and drives are loaded. But if you boot in the ‘safe mode’, only the startup program for the operating system and the necessary drivers for devices like mouse, keyboard etc. will be loaded. We normally use the safe mode if we want to enter our system after a critical system error has occurred. The safe mode helps users identify and troubleshoot the errors that occur in Windows 7. There are times when the “safe mode” of the operating system stops working. The reason behind the improper working of the safe mode may vary. There could be some conflicts or malware issues that may prevent the safe mode from functioning properly. Some malicious software may make changes to the essential LSA registry entry or some partial changes in the settings may also corrupt the registry entry. So, any kind of issues with the registry may be responsible for the improper working of the safe mode in Windows 7.
Following details give users more information on how to fix the problem of safe mode not working in Windows 7:
- System configuration
- MaintainingWindows 7
- Removing malware
To fix the problems with the safe mode inWindows 7, try to restart the system. For restarting, click the ‘Start’ menu and then select ‘Run’. Then type ‘msconfig’ in the 'Run' box and press 'Enter'. The ‘System Configuration’ window will open. Then click on the ‘Boot’ tab. Then under the ‘Boot Option’ menu, tick ‘Safe Boot’. Also verify whether the ‘minimal’ option has been selected. Then click on the 'OK' button to save it. Then a dialog box will appear with two options - ‘Restart now' or ‘Exit without restart’. Select ‘Restart now’ and then the system will restart in safe mode.
Another way to fix the issue is to maintain Windows 7and its registry by using the Windows 7 installation CD. Insert the CD and enter BIOS. There change the boot order to CD from hard disk. Save it and restart the system. Then the system will boot on Windows CD. Press 'R' to select the recovery console. The recovery console will work and it will repair Windows 7 and its registry. After the installation is over, restart the system and try to get into ‘Safe Mode’.
Removing malware and worms also helps in resolving the safe mode issue. To remove malware and worms from a system, you first have to reboot it. Then press the ‘F8’ key repeatedly and select ‘Recommend Use Safe Mode with Networking’ from the menu. Then log on to Windows 7 through the ‘Administrator’ account. Then download and scan the system with ‘Norman Malware Cleaner’. With the help of an antispyware, remove all the spyware, adware, malware, Trojans, dialers, worms, keyloggers, hijacker etc. from the system. After deleting all these files, restart the system. Then try to enter into safe mode.
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