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Boost your computer know-how with these Howcast videos, which address frequently asked questions about how to use both PCs and Macs.
You Will Need
- PC in Safe Mode
- Windows XP
- or 7 OS
- Navigation skills
Determine PC is in Safe Mode
Make sure your computer is actually in Safe Mode. People sometimes suspect their machine is in Safe Mode because of incorrect video settings. If the PC is in Safe Mode, your monitor will say "Safe Mode" in each corner.
Enter msconfig in Run
Click on Start and go to Accessories or to the side bar and click Run. In the text box, type "msconfig" and press Enter.Select the Boot.ini tab in the new window and then uncheck "/SafeBoot." Reboot your computer and it should start in Normal Mode.
Click on the Start button and select Shut Down. When the menu prompts, select Shut Down.
Reboot the computer
Reboot your computer if it continues to start in Safe Mode. While it's rebooting and the Windows logo is displayed, press the F8 key to display the reboot options. Select the Last Known Good Configuration option. Windows will attempt to find and load the last successful settings.
Boot in Safe Mode
Allow your computer to boot in Safe Mode if it still doesn't boot in Normal Mode. Click Start and select Control Panel. Select System and Security, and then click "Restore your computer to an earlier time" in the Action Center field.
Navigate to System Properties
Click on Performance and Maintenance. Then click the System icon to open the System Properties window in XP or Vista, or click Open System Restore in Windows 7.
Reload device drivers
Click on the Hardware tab and then the Device Manager button and reload the device driver for any entries with a question mark or exclamation point next to them for Windows XP or Vista. Select the point you want to restore to in Windows 7, click Next, and then Restore.
Navigate to the System Configuration utility
Click the Start button, select All Programs, and then select the System Tools category if you're still booting in Safe Mode. Then select the System Information option. In the new window, click on the Tools menu and select System Configuration Utility.
Change setting to Normal Startup
Select the Normal Startup option under the General tab, click OK, and then restart your computer. This will load Windows in Normal Mode.