Safe Mode RIP – Alt PC Emergency Recovery Breakdown Service…

This is what happened when a driver update killed my system and I needed to fix it. 

This was the moment I found out there was no longer an F8 Safe Mode in Windows 1o…



So, at this moment in time, it seems like there’s a good change I may have broken my computer.

Well, actually… not me. NVIDIA, actually. To be presice, it was their GeForce Driver update [375.70]. It showed an error message then it stopped working properly. Then it stopped working at all.

It won’t boot properly. It starts, goes through the BIOS, gets to the Windows 10 blue squares, then… nothing. Doesn’t keep on booting after that. It took a while but I finally managed to get it into Safe Mode  – and boy did that take some time and doing too.

Windows 10 – SAFE MODE:

No more is there an F8 … and MS can F-***

Apparently the trick is to get to fail to boot 3 times – at this point the system finally clocks onto the fact it’s not working properly.

This is when you are given actual Troubleshooting options – the RE(covery Environment): SELECT: Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart > Select option 4 [Safe Mode] with Curser / Function Keys.

The Scouts didn’t have it wrong when they said always be prepared.

Without a Recovery Point from System Restore, or a Recovery Disk [USB], I am very limited with what I can do. So I have put whatever is portant on the OS SSD onto a USB backup drive – just in case it really does need to be reformatted – and uninstalled the NVIDIA Drivers that caused the issue.

Now… It’s Reboot Time.

Restarting now…..



Well, I can tell you the first thing I’ve done is create a restore point…

I’m going to be brave now and try that driver again. Yes. Call me an idiot. But I have to try. And I’ve tried something called a Clean Installation. I don’t know if that will help or not, though.


Wow… All done. Took just a few minutes… Nothing’s exploded yet so I’ll take that as a good thing.

I didn’t get that same window popup again, so I maybe in luck that I made the right choice with that Clean Installation thing (it was under Custom Installation settings).

I’ve run an extra Restart to test. All good – I got back in. However, there’s been a strange side-effect to Safe Mode: The One Drive folder is no longer recognised – although it’s still there (on a 2nd HDD). I’ve re-set it up and pointed it back to the folder it’s already inhabiting, and all I can say is it better not duplicate anything…  I think it’s just re-synching itself, though.


And now for the ultimate tester – playing Dragon Age: Inquisition on it … which it crashed and burned before dying on me…

Unfortunately, this isn’t kicking back in first time. I’m obviously concerned about corruption to the saved games, and I’ve requested a Repair via the Origins desktop  client. For some reason it still had difficulty actually booting, just a black screen with the little green Rift icon flashing away in the corner relentlessly.

Still naught. It looks like I may have to reinstall it. It’s possible the corruption got into it … No, actually, strangely enough I go back to shut it down, but start up the ASUS GPU Tweak II desktop client instead – and suddenly the damn thing comes to life after a good 5 minutes of just spinning on its heels. The thing is it’s taken another 5 minutes to get into the Save file, so now I’m getting quite concerned…

And it’s only taken until 2:20am to accomplish this so far … Thank you, NVIDIA.




About delphinemusic

Over-enthusiastic Gamer, Goth, Geek, Techaholic, Dabbling Writer & Blogger, and Raging Coffeeholic ~ Loves Gadgets, Games, Tech... And Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. ~ Obsessively-loving: Dragon Age Series, Mass Effect Triligy, The Witcher Games, Skyrim Special Edition, Elder Scrolls Online, Divinity: Original Sin Series (amongst others!) ~ ~ Self-Built Gaming Rig: i7-4970K, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1TB + 3TB HDD Storage, GTX 1070 8GB OC, 1150 ASUS Z97-A ATX mobo, Windows 10 ... Oh, and did I mention I love coffee...?

Posted on November 26, 2016, in Gaming, Glitches & Issues, Graphics, Graphics Cards, NVIDIA GeForce, PC Building, Windows 10 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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