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Unable to boot into normal mode, machine keeps booting into safe mode


Machine is unable to boot into the normal mode and it keeps on restarting into the safe mode.


This issue happens when “SAFEBOOT” option is checked in the “System Configuration Utility”, under the “Boot” tab.


To fix the issue, follow the steps:

Using the System Configuration Tool on Windows 2003 / Windows XP:

Step 1: Close all programs so that you have nothing open and are at the desktop.

Step 2: Click on the Start button then click on Run.

Step 3: In the Run field type ‘msconfig as shown in the image below.


Step 4: Press the OK button and the System Configuration Utility will start up.

You will then see a screen similar to image below.

Step 5: You should now click on BOOT.INI tab designated by the red box in the figure above and you will see a screen similar to image below.

Step 6: Uncheck the mark in the checkbox labeled "/SAFEBOOT" designated by the red box above. Then press the OK button and then the OK button again. Windows will now prompt if you would like to reboot. Press the Yes button and machine should now be able to boot into normal mode.

Note: With "/SAFEBOOT" option checked you will notice an additional entry in Boot.ini file as seen below. If you see the box check for/SAFEBOOT remove the check. 


Even though this document focuses primarily on Windows 2003 Server and Windows XP, this information applies to Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. 

On the Operating System running Vista or above Boot Configuration Data Editor (Bcdedit.exe) command-line tool can be really handy:

Following command will delete the “/SAFEBOOT” option and help machine boot into normal mode:

bcdedit /deletevalue {default} safeboot

Open administrative command prompt to run above bcdedit command. For detailed command and option information at the command prompt, type bcdedit.exe /? command.

More Information

Boot Configuration Data Editor Frequently Asked Questions

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Article ID: 2543632 - Last Review: 06/02/2011 15:32:00 - Revision: 8.0

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