Windows 10: Cannot get into safe mode
I can boot into normal setup media, just not your Bootable PE Rescue Disk one.
Just to be safe I did this too, but to no avail. To list everything I did in regards to the black screen issue: Cleaned out my case (especially the video card), did a bios reset, ran chkdsk /f on all my drives, and did a memory test too with no errors reported.
Actually I'm really wondering about the whole being able to see the BIOs and logos thing--as mentioned in the first post, pressing F5 or F12 gets me to an intermediate screen which then tells me to press F8 for advanced startup options. That 'advanced startup options' screen should be the exact same thing as the rest of the screens (plain white courier text on black background), and yet, I can never see it. It seems like there are just certain screens that either don't load or don't display.
Edit: So I tried your PE Rescue Disk again (replacing Boot.wim on a normal Windows 10 installation image) and after an hour of waiting for something to happen, it actually worked this time! I see the desktop shown in the thread. Am going to try it out right now, thanks for this!
Edit2: It seems that my GPU isn't being recognized. The only video device reads "Video Controller (VGA Compatible)" and its driver comes up as "Microsoft basic display adapter". I tried downloading the latest version of the Nvidia driver for my card and installing that, but it keeps failing--when installing it through "update drivers", it says that I don't have enough space, even though I mostly definitely do (8.16 GB in my C Drive). There are also two unknown devices, and I could not update the driver to the Nvidia one on either of them. I also can't get internet to work--no devices available apparently. There are some services that can't be found, like msconfig and the network troubleshooter. Is this normal or is my OS in general actually broken?
Last edited by ymiaw; 10 Jun 2016 at 16:05.
Because you are booted into WinPE and you are trying to add the driver to WinPE......
It seems that my GPU isn't being recognized. The only video device reads "Video Controller (VGA Compatible)" and its driver comes up as "Microsoft basic display adapter". I tried downloading the latest version of the Nvidia driver for my card and installing that, but it keeps failing--when installing it through "update drivers", it says that I don't have enough space,
Now that you have access to your current drive -
copy any files you need or want to save to another drive
then run the setup.exe to clean install the OS to your non working drive..
So it is just a reset in the end...
Is there any way to force booting into safe mode without access to msconfig in WinPE?
you already said that F8 returned you to a flashing cursor
F8 after F5 or F12 brought me to a black screen. The flashing cursor screen is what comes up before the black screen.
However with msconfig, I can set it up so that it will automatically boot into safe mode without needing to press anything. Is there functionality like that in WinPE?
type in msconfig in PE and see if show windows 10 OS
or you could go through the process of removing the video driver from the off-line image using dism while booted into PE
Just a small update to say that I have tried the dism thing, as well as done some more chkdsk calls (which actually found bad sectors to fix this time), but the situation has not become better. MSconfig of course doesn't show up either.
Going to somehow get a new GPU to test if that's the problem. Would be ridiculous if it is, not to mention intensely time wasting, but at this point I think I'm more willing to reset anyway than to continue trucking on--could've spent these three days just reinstalling everything and resuming with life, but what do you know I guess.
Edit: It wasn't the problem.
Last edited by ymiaw; 12 Jun 2016 at 20:05.
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