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Is it possible to boot into Safe Mode with Networking and Sound?

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Time of this report: 7/13/2013, 11:28:01
       Machine name: ANON-PC
   Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Alienware
       System Model: M17xR4
               BIOS: InsydeH2O Version 03.72.02A02
          Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3610QM CPU @ 2.30GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
             Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 6114MB RAM
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        Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
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 System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
     DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode
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Yes you can, but I did not try it myself so be warned, download the .REG file here.


  1. Press Windows + R, type devmgmt.msc, press Enter and look for your sound device. (e.g. Reatlek High Definition Audio) Double-click it.
  2. Go to the tab 'Details' and click the drop-down list. Select 'Driver key' and copy the text from 'Value'
  3. Copy the text into a word processor (e.g. Notepad)
  4. Replace all lower-case letters with capital letters and remove the \0000.
  5. Open Registry Editor (Windows + R > regedit) and locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Network.
  6. Create a new key (Rightclick > New > Key)
  7. Copy the text from your word processor and paste it into the key name.
  8. Edit the '(Default)' key and type 'Sound, video and game controllers'.
  9. Create a new key called AudioEndpointBuilder, MMCSS and Audiosrv
  10. Edit all their (Default) keys and type Service.
  11. Restart your computer
  12. Go to Services (Windows + R > services.msc) and start Multimedia Class Scheduler and Windows Audio Endpoint Builder.
  13. Then start Windows Audio Service


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This worked for me! Thank you! – Mark Rowe Jul 13 '13 at 11:50
It's better to link to the source page rather than the file itself, and always credit the source if you're simply copy-pasting a complete answer. – Karan Jul 14 '13 at 0:46

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