How To Exit Safe Mode in Windows 10 & 11

Safe Mode is useful in many ways. However, wondering how to get out of the Safe Mode in Windows 10 & 11. It’s easy. Here’s how.

When something goes wrong, to install a driver, to install or uninstall problematic software, you boot into the Safe Mode and get the job done. There are many ways to boot to Safe Mode in Windows.

After booting the Safe Mode, there is a chance that it automatically boots into Safe Mode almost every time, whether you want it or not. For example, if you select the “Safe Boot” checkbox in the MSConfig tool, the system might always boot that way unless the checkbox is removed. Alternatively, the computer might get stuck in Safe Mode, and you cannot reboot safely.

In those cases, you might wonder how to exit the Safe Mode in Windows. The good thing is, you can do that in multiple ways. It is pretty easy to do.

This easy-to-read Windows how-to guide shows you the steps to get out of the Safe Mode in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Note: The steps below work in Windows 10 and 11.

Exit Safe Mode in Windows 10 & 11

There are two main ways to exit the Safe Mode in Windows 10 & 11 operating systems. They are as follows:

Follow one of the above methods to safely get out of the safe mode and boot normally in Windows 10 and 11 operating systems.

Uncheck ‘Safe Mode’ in msconfig

The msconfig tool has a Safe Boot option that will make Windows 10 and 11 exit Safe Mode and boot normally when unchecked. It is one of the easiest ways to get out of the Safe Mode. Let me show you how to do it.

  1. Launch the Run window with “Start + R.”
  2. Type “msconfig” and click “Ok.”
  3. Go to the “Boot” tab.
  4. Uncheck the “Safe boot” option.
  5. Click the “Ok” button.
  6. Close the msconfig tool.
  7. Reboot the computer.
  8. You have exited the Safe Mode in Windows 10 and 11.

Steps with greater detail and screenshots:

First, we need to open the msconfig tool. To do that, there are two ways. Either use the “msconfig” Run (Start + I) command or open the Start menu, search for “msconfig,” and open it.

After opening the tool, go to the “Boot” tab. This is where you will find all the boot-related options. On this tab, uncheck the “Safe boot” checkbox. To confirm the action, click the “Ok” button.

exit safe mode in Windows 10 and 11

When prompted, click the “Restart Now” button. Alternatively, close the msconfig tool and reboot the system from the Start menu.

After restarting the system, the computer should boot normally. i.e., not in the Safe Mode.

Use the bcdedit command to exit safe mode

You can use the bcdedit command to exit safe mode in the current Windows installation. It takes a single-line command, and you are good to go.

  1. Press the Start key.
  2. Search for “Command Prompt.”
  3. Right-click on “Command Prompt.”
  4. Choose “Run as administrator.”
  5. Paste the below command and press “Enter.”
    bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot
  6. Type the below command and press Enter.
    shutdown /r
  7. With that, the system boots normally.

Steps with a bit more detail and screenshots:

Since we need to execute a command, we must open the Command Prompt window. To do that, search for “Command Prompt” in the  Start menu, right-click on the result and choose “Run as administrator.” Windows 11 users can open Windows Terminal as admin and open Command Prompt in it.

In the Command Prompt window, execute the below command. It will disable Safe Mode in the current Windows installation.

bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot

After that, use the below command to reboot the computer. You can also close the Command Prompt window and restart the system normally from the Start menu.

shutdown /r

Once the system is rebooted, it will boot normally. i.e., not in safe mode.

It is that simple to exit safe mode in Windows 10 and 11.

I hope the easy and straightforward Windows how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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