Fix: Windows Defaults to Safe Mode, Can’t Boot into Normal Mode

Safe mode, used to troubleshoot problems on your PC, is a mode wherein Windows starts in a basic state, using a limited set of drivers. For example, if the problem doesn’t happen in safe mode, you’ll know default settings and basic device drivers aren’t causing the issue. Here is how to start Windows in Safe mode.

Sometimes you may find that Windows gets stuck in Safe Mode, and every restart leads you to Safe mode by default. If you’re unable to boot into normal mode and the machine gets stuck in safe mode, here is how to fix the issue and get it back to normal mode.

Fix: Windows Defaults to Safe mode

  1. Right-click Start, click Run.
  2. Type msconfig and click OK.
  3. This starts the System Configuration Utility. In the System Configuration Utility, select the Boot tab.
  4. If you have a multi-boot setup, select your Windows installation from the list. Under Boot options, uncheck “Safe boot”.
    windows 10 defaults to safe mode
  5. Enable the “Make all boot settings permanent” checkbox.
  6. Click Apply, and click OK. Click Yes when you see the following prompt:
    windows 10 defaults to safe mode

    You have chosen to commit the changes you’ve made in the “BOOT” tab, which includes all current and previous changes. This will make those changes permanent, and you will not be able to undo the changes at a later time. Are you sure you want continue?

Using Command Prompt

Alternately, open an elevated Command Prompt window and then type:



bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot

This removes Safeboot: Minimal boot loader configuration. After running the command, restart Windows. Windows should boot into normal mode again.


One small request: If you liked this post, please share this?

One "tiny" share from you would seriously help a lot with the growth of this blog. Some great suggestions:
  • Pin it!
  • Share it to your favorite blog + Facebook, Reddit
  • Tweet it!
So thank you so much for your support. It won't take more than 10 seconds of your time. The share buttons are right below. :)

Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

Leave a Comment