Windows fails to boot, into safe mode or normal mode Solved

  1. Posts : 33
    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10 Pro AU 1607, Linux Mint 17.4, Ubuntu 15.04 LTS
       08 Sep 2016 #1

    Windows fails to boot, into safe mode or normal mode

    In MSconfig I set windows to boot into safe mode, now it will not boot at all. Previously it booted into normal mode.

    I used a Windows recovery disc from which the only option that works is the command prompt. From the cmd prompt I can see all of C: drive and also run regedit.

    Is there anyway from the cmd prompt to reset Boot from safe mode back to normal mode?
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  2.    08 Sep 2016 #2

    Safe Mode - Start Windows 10 in - Windows 10 Forums
    Option 3 and then number 5

    Hope that works. Always worth checking the Tutorial section. Please have a look.

    Or, if you have restore points, you can run System restore from your boot disk.

    Failing those, it is possible to restore the backup copy of your registry.

    When back running again (hopefully) I suggest you then do an in-place upgrade repair install.
    Instructions also in the Tutorial section.
    Keeps all your progs + data and most settings.

    Once you have a stable working PC, I would urge you then to start using disk imaging e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + its boot medium + external storage so you ca recover from many problems to a previous working state without technical help.
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  3. Posts : 33
    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10 Pro AU 1607, Linux Mint 17.4, Ubuntu 15.04 LTS
    Thread Starter
       08 Sep 2016 #3

    Windows fails to boot, into safe mode or normal mode Solved

    Thank you very much, Option 3 No 5 spot on.

    I do have a Windows image from last week, but, the boot disc could not do a startup repair or find the image on the external or internal drives.

    I did the anniversary install last week which cured all the obvious problems, such as SFC not able to repair corrupt files, not able to open update & security in settings and ChkDsk not completing.

    After the install Boot times were reduced dramatically and the other problems were solved.

    It would appear that something is preventing the system booting into safe mode.

    Thank you again for you timely help
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  4.    08 Sep 2016 #4

    Good, now you can do an in-place upgrade repair install to repair Safe Mode.

    Precede it with this in case sthg has happened to your file system:

    From an admin command prompt
    [Windows key + X, click command prompt (admin)]
    chkdsk C: /F
    Your PC will need to restart.
    Make sure the result is clear or fixed.
    Post back the result, which you can get after a restart as follows:
    How do I see the results of a CHKDSK that ran on boot? - Ask Leo!

    An In-place upgrade repair install will fix many things, but not those where the settings are not changed by the procedure.

    For this you need an installation medium with the same base build as you have installed, and x64 if you have a 64 bits OS, else x86 (32 bits).

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
    - this includes a link from which you can obtain Windows 10 iso file (" download a Windows 10 ISO"), or create a bootable medium.

    I would recommend creating the bootable medium, as this can be used
    - for any future in-place upgrade repair install
    - to boot from and use its recovery options should Windows become unbootable.
    - to clean install Windows

    This will refresh Windows, after the manner of a Windows installation.
    - all/most associations will be unchanged
    - all your programs will be left installed
    - you will lose any custom fonts
    - you will lose any customised system icons
    - you may need to re-establish your Wi-Fi connection
    - you will need to redo Windows updates subsequent to the build you have used for the repair install
    - Windows.old will be created
    - system restore will be turned off- you should turn it on again and I recommend you manually schedule a daily restore point.
    - you will need to redo any language downloads including the display language if you changed that)
    - inactive title bar colouring (if used) will be reset to default
    - if Qttabbar is installed, you need to re-enable it in explorer (Options, check Qttabbar)
    This is one of the better features of Win10: as each major build comes out, that's your updated reference build, and as updates are mostly cumulative, there will be few to do.

    Before you perform this major repair procedure, do create a disk image.

    Please consider using disk imaging regularly. It's a brilliant way to
    - preserve your system (and your sanity)
    - back up your data
    - restore your system to a previously working state in a relatively short time

    Recommended: Macrium Reflect (free/commercial) + boot disk/device + large enough external storage medium.
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  5. Posts : 33
    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10 Pro AU 1607, Linux Mint 17.4, Ubuntu 15.04 LTS
    Thread Starter
       09 Sep 2016 #5

    Windows fails to boot, into safe mode or normal mode Solved


    Thank you for all your help. Attached is the ChkDsk results from Event viewer.

    I have read the various links and downloaded the Windows 10 Pro ISO and will give Macrium a try.

    Windows fails to boot, into safe mode or normal mode Attached Files
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