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  1. #11


    Greece
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    You don't actually mention clicking on that option in the tutorial when you start safe mode, just when you want to return to normal mode.

    And I assume that warning message about making the changes permanent if you choose that option doesn't mean you can't EVER change them again? I would hate to be stuck in safe mode - can't play any videos on the interweb

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  2. #12


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    Nar, when you do step 6A in Option Four, it will undo it.
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  3. #13


    Greece
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    So you need to check the 'Make Settings Permanent' box to automatically start in safe mode, then again, to change back to automatically starting in normal mode then?

    You might want to have a look at Step 5 of Option 4, and compare the boot tab screenshot there to the one in Step 6. The first doesn't say anything about checking the box, or show it checked, while the second does.
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  4. #14


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    The check box is only if you want it to always stay set to boot in the mode you selected.

    If you don't check the box when selecting to boot into Safe Mode, then it'll only boot into Safe Mode that one time, and then boot to Windows the next time.

    That's why I only included to check the box when selecting to boot into Windows (normal mode) to make sure it stays that way in case someone checked the box to select to always boot into Safe Mode.
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  5. #15


    Greece
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    Thanks Shawn. I did find it confusing, because at Step 5 of Option 4 you have this:

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    which I assumed meant that following these instructions (that don't include checking the Make all boot settings permanent box) DID mean that I would automatically start in Safe Mode . Oh well, I understand better now.

    Something that happened in Safe Mode has got me a bit confused though (as opposed to my general confusion ). I was logged in to my normal account that has Admin rights. I tried to open a Store App (Microsoft Sudoku) and got a message saying the Built In Admin account could not open Store Apps. I've also just been reading a thread that says you can't install programs in Safe Mode but I did (and uninstalled them too).

    Any idea what was happening? Was I automatically logged into the Built In Admin account when I chose Safe Mode?
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  6. #16


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    You can install and uninstall desktop apps in Safe Mode, but not modern Store apps. Modern apps will not work when signed in to an elevated account like the built-in Administrator.
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  7. #17


    Greece
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You can install and uninstall desktop apps in Safe Mode, but not modern Store apps. Modern apps will not work when signed in to an elevated account like the built-in Administrator.
    Ok, that makes sense, and fits with what I could and couldn't do, but I wasn't logged in to the built in Administrator account, just a normal Admin account. Is this the same thing in Safe Mode?
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  8. #18


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You might want to consider ---

    WinAero: Boot UI Tuner

    It gives options at boot up for Safe Mode among others.
    Freeware.

    You must choose an option or press Enter to continue booting.

    I use it.
    I like it.

    edit--- See picture---

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  9. #19


    Greece
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    You might want to consider ---

    WinAero: Boot UI Tuner

    It gives options at boot up for Safe Mode among others.
    Freeware.

    You must choose an option or press Enter to continue booting.

    I use it.
    I like it.

    edit--- See picture---

    Click image for larger version
    Thanks David. I did look at this a few days ago as you attached a link earlier in this thread (I think, or I saw it where you'd put it someplace else). Seems like it may be a better option for me than changing the msconfig setting to automatically boot to Safe Mode, as I then have the opportunity to make the choice each time (and am less likely to forget to change it back). I'm not one of those people who is desperate for the laptop to boot up as quickly as possible so the additional second or two involved in using this wouldn't bother me at all.

    Does it seem odd to you that when I had logged into Safe Mode on my normal Admin account I got a message related to the Built In Admin account? (see comments in my posts above)
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  10. #20


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I have poor short term memory.

    About the account, I do not know.
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