How to Turn Off a Computer From Safe Mode


"Safe Mode" is a special diagnostic mode used for troubleshooting a Windows installation. While in Safe Mode, your computer will not load all of its typical files, drivers, programs and devices, enabling you to perform operations from the confines of a "sterile" environment. Turning off a computer that is in Safe Mode is no real challenge--the essential process mirrors that of shutting down a computer from within the normal Windows environment.

  • Close all open windows, programs, and files on your desktop, saving the information where required. This will prevent you from losing data in the event that your shutdown sequence lags or otherwise errors out.

  • Click on the "Start" menu, then on the small button that says "Turn Off Computer," located in the lower righthand corner of the screen.

  • Select the "Turn Off" button to initiate the automated shutdown procedure. The computer will dump all of its memory from RAM to the hard drive for safekeeping, then self-power down. You will be returned to the normal Windows environment the next time you start up your machine.

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