While Windows is a versatile and powerful operating system, there are times that it can be frustrating. For example, when installing new software or drivers for new hardware, the computer crashes or locks up. Upon reboot, the computer begins loading, and a strange looking Windows desktop appears with the words “Safe Mode” in each of the four corners of the screen.

What is this?

Safe Mode is an advanced Windows troubleshooting mode that loads the computer in a minimal state. Only basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows are started in Safe Mode.

What should you do if a computer boots to Safe Mode?

First, try to determine what has changed on the system that could have caused Windows to fail to boot properly. If any new hardware has been added, contact the hardware manufacture’s support group for troubleshooting assistance. There may be an issue with the device, or its driver. If a new program has been installed, uninstalling it may fix the problem. To uninstall software, open Control Panel, then navigate to Programs and Features, or Add/Remove Programs. Find the software on the list, click it, and then click Uninstall or Remove. After removal process completes, attempt a reboot. If Windows boots properly, it is possible that there is some type of conflict with the program. Contact the program’s support group for assistance with resolving the issue.

It could also be that the system has been set to start in Safe Mode. To check press and hold the Windows key on the keyboard, and then click the R key. That should open the Run box.
Run Screen

Enter the following command into the Open field and then click OK: msconfig

This will open the System Configuration Utility Window. At the top of the window, click the Boot tab. On that screen, under Boot Options, uncheck “Safe Boot,” then click Apply, and OK.
System Config Boot Screen

Restart the computer and it should load into Normal startup.