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How to exit safe mode with command prompt

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1

    How to exit safe mode with command prompt


    Hello,

    I have here a pretty stupid problem. I had to enter Windows 8 in safe mode with command prompt to do something. After I did that, I pressed alt+F4 to exit the command prompt, so now I have a complete black screen with a cursor that I can move. I want to exit the safe mode now, to reboot again in normal mode. However, there is nothing to click on, alt+F4 doesn't work, ctrl+alt+del doesn't work, etc. There are some things that do work (for example win+P to connect a second screen, but I don't need that...). When I press the power button, it just goes to sleep. So I just want to get out of this situation. If anyone knows how to bring up command prompt again or shut it down completely, let me know please.

    Thanks,
    Japeroen

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  2. #2


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1


    Well guess what. After nearly 1 hour of trying to exit, I tried one more time after I posted this tread and it worked by pressing the power button... I don't understand it... But hey, it's solved, so I got that going for me, which is nice.
    Thanks!
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,139
    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!


    Glad to hear that it's working for you.
    Make a System Restore point now (just in case it happens again)
    Good luck!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1


    I already had one and could've restored, but I didn't want to do that immediately.
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  5. #5


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Japeroen View Post
    Well guess what. After nearly 1 hour of trying to exit, I tried one more time after I posted this tread and it worked by pressing the power button... I don't understand it... But hey, it's solved, so I got that going for me, which is nice.
    Thanks!
    An easy way to exit Safe Mode Command Prompt is to give command shutdown -r -t 1 to restart or shutdown -s -t 1 to shut down.
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  6. #6


    I just type exit in the Command Prompt window.

    Well, it used to work with Windows 7 but does not with Windows 8, just tried it and ended up with the same blank black screen.
    To get out of it, press Ctrl+Alt+Del, select Task Manager then File / Run new task and enter what Kari mentioned, shutdown /f /r /t 0
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