What is safe mode?

Safe mode in Windows 11 / Windows 10 is a useful troubleshooting tool designed to help in situations where you PC can’t boot as normal. By starting your system with a limited set of features and drivers, it allows you to fix problems that you otherwise could not. However, this same limited feature set would also present a major issue if you were stuck in it. That’s why today we’re going to show you how to get out of safe mode in Windows 11 / Windows 10.

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Exiting safe mode will restore features like networking, higher resolutions, your desktop background, start-up programs, drivers, and much more. So long as you don’t have an underlying issue with your PC, it’ll return your PC to its normal functioning.

How to get out of safe mode

We’ll be showing you two methods ways to turn off safe mode in Windows 11 / Windows 10 today, but before you do so you should make sure that you’ve resolved the issue that caused you to boot into safe mode in the first place. Otherwise, you’ll probably end up having to just boot into safe mode again.

Once you’ve done that, you can follow one of the below sections to get back to your normal OS:

How to Get Out of Safe Mode in Windows 11 / Windows 10 via the Start Menu

By far the easiest way to turn safe mode off is a simple restart. So long as nothing else is wrong with your PC, pressing the restart button should give you the option to start Windows 11 normally. This is all you need to do to get there:

  1. Open the Start menu, press the power button in the bottom-right, and click “Restart”

    That’s it. You’ll be able to start normally from there so long as your operating system doesn’t have any critical errors.

    If you can’t access the start menu for whatever reason, you can always use the shutdown /r command in Command Prompt instead.

    Windows 11 - Start Menu - Power Icon - Restart

How To Turn off Safe Mode via System Configuration Settings

To turn off Safe mode in Windows 11 / Windows 10 without any prompts, you can untick it in the system configuration menu instead. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Press “Windows + R”, type “msconfig”, and press “OK”

    Windows 11 - Run - Open Sistem Configuration

  2. Open the “Boot” tab, untick “Safe boot”, and press “OK”

    When you next start your PC, it’ll automatically exit safe mode so that you can use your PC as normal.

    Windows 11 - Run - Sistem Configuration - Boot - Uncheck Safe Boot - Accept

How to Start Windows 11 / Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Windows 10 – System Configuration – Boot – Safe boot

If you’d like to boot back into safe mode again in the future, you can simply perform the opposite action to the previous section. If you are not able to access the system configuration tool, you can read our full how to boot in safe mode guide, which reveals several other methods.

How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 11 and Windows 10

Featured - How to Properly Reboot (Restart) a Windows Computer

In the future, you should also consider learning how to perform a clean boot rather than booting into safe mode. This allows you to troubleshoot startup services and drivers without disabling core Windows services.

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