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In Safe Mode, msconfig won't allow normal startup

  1. #1


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8

    In Safe Mode, msconfig won't allow normal startup


    I'm running Windows 8.1x64. I booted to safe mode today by changing the boot options in msconfig.exe. Now, msconfig won't let me change back to Normal startup, and I'm stuck in safe mode. When I check the Normal Startup box under the General Tab in msconfig and hit OK, I receive this message:

    "System Configuration cannot save the original boot configuration for later restoration. Boot changes will be reverted.

    "The system cannot find the file specified."

    No file is specified.

    I've booted to safe mode on other occasions but never have experienced this problem. Windows 8.1 has been running normally with no problems. The reason I went into safe mode is that a non-bootable drive has disappeared from Explorer and I wanted to see if it showed up in Safe Mode.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello John,

    You might see if you may be able to use one of the options in the tutorial below to boot back into normal mode.

    Safe Mode - Start Windows 8 in
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  3. #3


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8


    After about 10 reboots, I just rebooted into Normal mode, even though I had received the above error message when I checked the box for normal bootup. Thus, the problem went away. I will now be very reluctant to use Safe Mode in Windows 8.1.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Glad you got it sorted.
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