To turn Safe Boot ON, run MSCONFIG.EXE, select Boot and then Safe Boot and Network. Restart Windows.
To turn Safe Boot OFF, run MSCONFIG.EXE, select Boot and then clear the Safe Boot option. Restart Windows.
The following programs were tested on the author's Windows 11 machine running in Safe Mode with Networking:The computer is a development machine and has no other software installed on it.
Visual Studio NAT32 Version 2 Wireshark Microsoft Word Microsoft Installer Remote file access to local machines Remote Desktop connections to local Windows 7 machines
The following programs and features were not available:The list of Services and Drivers that Windows starts in Safe Mode can be found in the following Registry Key:
Printer Service UPnP Service Remote Desktop ServiceHKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\NetworkThe following table lists a few relevant measurements made on the author's machine:
Feature Safe Mode Normal Mode Boot Time (to Desktop) 25 sec 25 sec Windows Update Disabled Enabled Telemetry, Tracking, Advertising Disabled Enabled NAT32 Rebuild 40 sec 68 sec System Processes 49 135 System Services 36 102 Device Drivers (Installed *, Running **) 389 164 390 150
* All Device Drivers are installed in Safe Mode, except the Malware Protection driver.
** A different combination of Device Drivers runs in each mode.
Such systems can also be configured to perform all Internet I/O via NAT32 simply by setting the Adapter Gateway and DNS Server values to the NAT32 Special IP Address shown in the NAT32 Interface Configuration dialog box.
Interestingly, the NAT32 WebBrowser Control still works correctly, even though Internet Explorer is not installed and Microsot Edge has been uninstalled.