How to Get My Laptop Out of Safe Mode

By Juderson Jean-Baptiste

Safe Mode is a diagnostic environment in Windows operating systems that allows you to fix problems with your computer. Safe Mode uses minimal system resources and basic system components to provide a simple diagnostic environment. However, you will not be able to use all of the features of your operating system in Safe Mode. If your computer keeps booting to Safe Mode automatically, you can use the Microsoft System Configuration utility to change the boot options. You can also choose to start Windows normally from the boot menu.

Using the Microsoft System Configuration Utility

Step 1

Click the "Start" button.

Step 2

Type "System Configuration" (without quotes) in the search box and select "System Configuration" from the search results. This will open Microsoft's System Configuration utility.

Step 3

Click the "Boot" tab.

Step 4

Clear the "Safe Boot" check box under "Boot Options."

Using the Windows Boot Menu

Step 1

Turn on your computer.

Step 2

Press the "F8" key repeatedly immediately after the BIOS screen appears. The BIOS screen typically displays the logo of the computer manufacturer.

Step 3

Select "Start Windows Normally" from the boot menu and press "Enter" to proceed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Another way to access the Microsoft System Configuration utility is by typing "Run" in the search box from the "Start" menu. Next, type "msconfig" and press "Enter." If you have Windows XP, you can access the "Run" command directly from the "Start" menu.