Computer Only Starts In Safe Mode – Solutions
There are a lot of different reasons when our computer won’t able to start normally and showing us some kind of problem while booting windows, but not every problem is the same, sometimes we are able to start our windows in safe mode even when your Operating System broke down.
First of all, don’t even get tensed about it because when your windows files get corrupted it won’t let you to open your computer in any single mode or condition but it’s a good thing that you can still able to boot your computer in the safe mode and it will be more helpful to you while when you’ll fixing your computer.
So, people having this problem in different conditions and that’s why I make this tutorial a little bit different and divide it into three different parts.
Every part having a list of solutions for a particular condition what people are facing while having this “Computer Only Starts In Safe Mode” problem.
Here’s the list of all three condition what people are facing:
- When you turn on your computer, it will automatically start in safe mode.
- When you turn on your computer, it will only show you black blank screen but your windows work normally in safe mode.
- When you turn on your computer, it will automatically restarts while in between windows is loading.
So, Let’s See the Solution
Solution for Condition No. 1 – System Automatically Starts In Safe Mode
When we change our system’s boot setting to open our computer in safe mode and after when we have done with the work in safe mode, we just restarts our computer to boot back in a normal mode, but sometimes things didn’t seem to turn out normal and create some kind of a problem.
So, yes it’s possible too, that your system can’t able to start normally and just automatically boot into the safe mode.
In that case, you can try two things to make your computer to boot in a normal mode and those two things are:
- Change OS Boot Setting
- Clean Boot
1; Change OS Boot Setting – Mainly I want you to open your Windows System Configuration and change the boot setting to default because it’s possible that it can be the reason for this problem to come up in your windows.
So, to change the setting you’ll need to open Windows System Configuration by using the run command or maybe search on the windows start menu. To open run command you’ll have to press “Windows + R” key and then type “msconfig” without quotes in the blank field and then press enter.
After that, you can able to see your Windows System Configuration pop-up and in the boot tab from the above menu, you will find the boot options setting what your windows is currently using right now.
If you found your safe mode options is ticked already then I’ll suggest you to uncheck that checkbox and save the setting by clicking on the “Apply” button, after that restarts your computer to see the changes.
If you found your system have already unchecked this option, then I want to move to the next solution listed down below.
2; Clean Boot – We are doing a clean boot to remove all extra startup process or features which can possibly cause this problem. Actually, the clean boot is performed to starts your operating system by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs.
To perform a clean boot, open your “System Configuration” again and disable all the extra services and startup programs. Here’s a picture attached below to show you how to do it.
Solution for Condition No. 2 – System Shows Black Screen But Works Normal In Safe Mode
Sometimes it does happen when we start our computer and it only shows us a black blank screen on the computer’s display and when we try to start our computer in safe mode it works just fine.
There are so make reasons behind this problem to come up and it’s be like your corrupted windows or drivers or maybe some system service is working improperly.
So, now I’ve written all possible solutions what you can try to fix your computer right now:
1st Solution. Sfc /Scannow: Sfc Scan is a great command run by CMD which can you to repair your windows by just typing a single command on your windows command prompt.
You’ll just only have to type the command on CMD and sit back until the scan completes and it will repair most of your windows file.
- Open the CMD as an administrator.
- Type the command “Sfc /Scannow” and hit enter.
Note: Doesn’t close this CMD window until the verification gets 100% complete.
- Restart your computer and test it, if the problem has gone, that’s good, if don’t, then move to the next solution.
2nd Solution. Fix Drivers: By saying fixing drivers I mean fixing video drivers, I’m suggesting this because sometimes our system video drivers got corrupted and our computer start to create this type of problem.
So, now I want you open your Windows Device Manager while using safe mode and then search for your Videos/Graphic Drivers in the driver’s list and uninstall that particular video driver, after that just restarts your computer and that time you don’t need to open your system in safe mode and I’m 90% sure it will defiantly fix your blank screen problem.
To do that, now you need to open your device manager by using run command. So, press “Windows + R” key to open the run commander and then type “devmgmt.msc” in the blank field to open the device manager.
And after that just unfold the display drivers folder and then select and right click on your display drivers and select uninstall and then click “OK” to confirm.
3rd Solution. Last Knows Good Configuration: If you are using an older version of windows and your windows is showing you advance boot options on system startup with the “Last Knows Good Configuration” option like the picture given below, then you’re so lucky because now you can quick fix your PC by just selecting this option.
Believe it or not, but it does fix the problem most of the times:
Solution For Condition No. 3 – System In Restart Loop While Booting Windows But Open Normal In Safe Mode
Sometimes it does happen when we start our computer and in the middle of system loading it does restart and repeat this whole booting and restart process again and again.
If you are having that kind of problem with you then it’s possible your windows got corrupted and forgot their boot volume or maybe your C: drive got inactive too.
So, now you have three things what you can still try even your window isn’t in running mode:
- Startup Repair – This feature is very useful and effective Windows Repairing tool and the main work what’s this feature do is to repair your windows when something prevents your Windows from starting or in a technical language I can say it restore boot volume files when your Operating system is having some problem to boot itself. You can check out the full article about startup repair by clicking here >> Startup Repair – What It Is And How To Use It?
- System Restore – System restore is a great utility tool made by the Microsoft in their Windows Operating System and with the help of this tool, you can make your computer’s OS back to normal if it gets faulty or corrupted. You can check out the full article about System Restore by clicking here >> System Restore – Explained With Uses And Features.
- Make Your C: Drive Active – An active partition is a partition in your computer’s hard disk which known as bootable partition who contain your PC’s operating system. Normally only one partition can be active at the time like C: drive where mainly our windows is installed.
Sometimes that partition got inactive due to some reasons and we’ll need to reactive it in order to show it on recovery options.
So, First open cmd on your computer’s screen and then type the command what I’m all listed down below:
Command #1 – diskpart
Command #2 – list disk
Command #3 – select disk 0
In this step, we’re selecting our main hard drive where your window is installed. In my case, I’m selecting disk 0 because that’s the only drive shown in my cmd and that’s also the one where my OS is installed.
Command #4 – list partition
Command #5 – select partition 2
Normally we are selecting partition 2 because that’s our windows partition, but that not proves we will always need to select the 2nd one because sometimes partition 1 can be our windows partition too. So, select the partition where your windows is installed.
Note: Never Select 100 MB, 350 MB And 500 MB Partitions.
Command #6 – active
Command #7 – exit
Now restart your computer and open the system recovery options again to see the changes in it.
Thank you very much, Madhur. I will now restart to see whether option 2 helped me out.
2nd Solution: Fix Drivers did the trick. Thank you so much
Am so excited,after trying so many different things for hours, #2 worked.
Thanks a million . u r the boss!!!!!
Hi, I have the issue of System In Restart Loop While Booting Windows But Open Normal In Safe Mode. But the same HDD is working properly in another workstation of same model. Please advise.
It look’s a Driver Related problem. So, just update all of it and I think that will help you.
Hi, I did as you said and activated partition 2. Now I’m getting an error saying there is no OS found and to disconnect any drives that dont have an OS.
Hi. I activated partition 2 and it broke my PC even more. Noe it is saying that it’s not detecting any OS at all.
Now try to activate your partition 1 and that might help.
Thanks for your help.
My problem was caused by my Nvidia video card failing.
I followed the steps to Safe Mode, uninstalled the video adaptors in Device Manager then rebooted ok.
The only problem was that the video adapters reinstalled every time I rebooted.
To stop this I disabled the view adapters, instead of uninstaling.
I attempted reinstalling the nividia software, but each time I did so the PC crashed.
However with the video adapters disabled the PC was stable and usable- but in low resolution
I replaced my $600 video card with a new one installed the new drivers and the PC is fine again.
Without your advice I would have had to put my PC in for repair and would have been out of action a few weeks, as well as paying for repairs!
Thanks for letting me know.
I uninstalled the display adapters, but now I get a mildly distorted view as I did in Safe Mode and the drivers have not reinstalled. How do I fix that?
Thank you Mathurji.. I uninstalled the driver and problem solved..
Thank you Madhur, a great help 🙂
So if I did your 3rd option on my computer dose that mean I have to click on f8 every time I try and start my computer??