My PC suddenly stopped being able to boot a little while ago, which I attributed to some kind of graphics driver issue (after booting, the display was just black, though I could hear windows sounds). To address this, I booted into Automatic Repair (by turning on/off three times).

From the Automatic Repair screen, I choose Advanced options > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart

This then displays a menu on boot where I can select lots of different boot modes. I choose Safe Mode with Networking.

Then, the machine restarts, only to show the Automatic Repair menu once again, and I'm back to where I started. So I cannot seem to enter safe mode at all. Any suggestions?

Edit: I also did enable the legacy safe mode key, F8. This gets me to the boot menu described above more quickly, but the same thing still ultimately happens.

  • If you installed Windows while in UEFI mode Legacy Mode must be disabled. Enabling it absolutely will not help or solve your problem.
    – Ramhound
    Jun 5, 2020 at 22:59
  • @Ramhound What I did was bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy Jun 6, 2020 at 0:49
  • Yeah; If your using GPT that absolutely is not recommend and will not result in a working Windows installation. You should not modify your boot configuration data like that.
    – Ramhound
    Jun 6, 2020 at 1:21
  • @Ramhound suggesting that turning this back off might help things? Jun 7, 2020 at 2:10

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The only way out I have ever seen from this is to pick the Reset Option.

See if you can boot from a bootable USB Key, and then get the data from your computer. Then try the Reset Option.

You should retain your data but I suggest backing it up beforehand.

It can be the case that the drive is badly corrupted and possibly damaged but do try backing it up.

  • There is a good chance that even Reset won’t work if the actual problem is caused by a failed storage device. I have never seen massive boot failures in a system that wasn’t cause by the system drive failing.
    – Ramhound
    Jun 5, 2020 at 22:58
  • I have seen it both ways and that I why I suggest backing up first.
    – John
    Jun 5, 2020 at 23:02
  • Thanks, I'll do this next. I'm backing up everything via CMD right now. Everything is going smoothly so it seems not to be failed storage Jun 6, 2020 at 0:47
  • Once backed up, try the Reset Process
    – John
    Jun 6, 2020 at 0:48
  • @John It immediately fails due to an unknown problem Jun 7, 2020 at 2:11

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