Uninstall Programs in Safemode

By default, the Windows Installer service does not start while in Safe Mode. This service allows you to not only install, but to uninstall software. It also does not allow you to start the service in Safe Mode. Here is how to create and start the service in Safe Mode.

1. Open a Command Prompt as Administrator.

2. Type REG ADD “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MSIServer” /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D “Service” and press enter.

2a. If you are in Safe Mode with Networking, you would type¬†REG ADD “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Network\MSIServer” /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D “Service” and press enter.

3. Type net start msiserver and press enter.

 

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Now you should be able to install or uninstall software while in Safe Mode. This comes in handy when a piece of software causes issues after being installed.

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Disable Safe Mode

For some reason, if you decide you don’t want users to use Safe Mode, here is a way to disable access.

1. Open the Registry Editor (Start > Type regedit and press enter.

2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSafeBoot.

3. Rename the Minimal and Network subkeys to Minimal.old and Network.old.

4. Reboot, and you will not be able to access Safe Mode by pressing F8

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