I'm stuck in Safe Mode and can't get out of it.

I'm on Windows 7 and have tried F8 and msconfig. Both show options to get out of safe mode, but once I'm booted up, I'm always still in safe mode.

In other words:

  1. F8: Pressed this at startup and selected "Normal Mode"
  2. MSCONFIG: Selected the "Normal Mode" radio choice.
  • Any events in the event logs which might explain what is happening?
    – Dave M
    Apr 13 '12 at 21:30

Safe boot is administered in the registry:


You can change OptionValue back to 0 the return to normal mode (after reboot).

A description can be found here.

Check the environment variable SAFEBOOT_OPTION. If it exists, this is usally an indication that you are still in safe mode. If setting OptionValue does not work, you can rename or delete the \SafeBoot\Option tree in the registry (backup!?). I don't know why, but this helped me back to normal mode.


Go to msconfig again. Click on "Boot" and unselect "Safe boot" and select "Make all boot settings permanent".

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