Using MSConfig to access (force) safe mode can be problematic when there is malware on your system and can make your computer unusable. Some types of malware can delete or alter the safeboot key in the registry resulting in the inability to reboot into safe mode
. If you use the /Safeboot
option on the Boot.ini Tab to force safe mode when booting into safe mode with the F8 key does not work, it could have disastrous results. The Safeboot option modifies the Boot.ini file
and you may be locked in a continuous reboot loop
afterwards where you cannot get back to MSConfig and undo your selection.
Try using System Restore
to return to a previous state before your problems began.
If that does not resolve the problem, download SafeBootKeyRepair.exe
by sUBs and save to your desktop.
- Double-click on it and follow the instructions.
- When finished, reboot and see if you can access safe mode.