Safe Mode thinks Windows is still installing, Normal mode is A-OK

I reinstalled Win7 on my laptop yesterday (a recovery reinstall, not a clean one). The install worked fine, I'm able to boot up and use all my programs again no prob, but when I attempt to go into Safe Mode, it thinks Windows hasn't completed the install. While the message “Setup is starting services” is on the screen, a popup appears saying "Windows cannot complete installation in Safe Mode. To continue installing Windows, restart the computer".

I'm thinking there's got to be a simple registry key fix for this but am having a bear of a time finding anything applicable online. Hoping there is some wisdom to be found here. Thanks!
10 answers Last reply
More about safe mode thinks windows installing normal mode
  1. Hi :)

    Check MSCONFIG ...

    All the best Brett :)
  2. I've done that, but no joy. At least, I can't find anything that's affecting it.
  3. flobaby said:
    I've done that, but no joy. At least, I can't find anything that's affecting it.



    Hi :)

    In Msconfig.. go into STARTUP and try DISABLE ALL ...

    If it works put them back in ONE at a time etc...

    All the best Brett :)
  4. Thanks Brett, great suggestion but alas, no change. That pop-up continues to taunt me.
  5. flobaby said:
    Thanks Brett, great suggestion but alas, no change. That pop-up continues to taunt me.



    Hi :)

    Interesting....

    Is Windows totally up to date ? SP1 plus ALL updates after that ... ?

    All the best Brett :)
  6. Yep, everything's updated. Here's one thing, when it was reinstalling, it got stuck on some bloatware at the end, so I finished it out early. I'm thinking maybe there's a key involved with ChildCompletion or something. But the headscratcher is that it loads normally in Normal mode with nary a hint of anything weird.
  7. flobaby said:
    Yep, everything's updated. Here's one thing, when it was reinstalling, it got stuck on some bloatware at the end, so I finished it out early. I'm thinking maybe there's a key involved with ChildCompletion or something. But the headscratcher is that it loads normally in Normal mode with nary a hint of anything weird.



    Hi :)

    I would uninstall ALL the manufacturers Bloatware... see if that helps, if not live with it if normal mode is fine...

    All the best Brett :)
  8. Lol, I know, it's not like I HAVE to use Safe Mode right now, but it bothers me for future debugging. Oh well, thanks for the suggestion.
  9. Unfortunately a repair installation is just that....a repair.

    In order to truly resolve the issue you are having, which may only be one right now, is to backup your info and perform a clean install. You've essentially done what's called a "dirty" reinstall in the tech industry and usually is only a band-aid for the initial problem to allow for someone to backup their information before doing a clean install.
  10. Thanks. I'll be doing a clean reinstall over the weekend. All decided. :)
Ask a new question

Read More

Data Recovery Safe Mode Windows 7