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Thread: Disable Windows Safe Mode for Extra Security to Prevent Tampering

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    Wink Disable Windows Safe Mode for Extra Security to Prevent Tampering

    Although Safe Mode is very useful for troubleshooting computer problems, it can also be used to bypass some security software that autostarts in normal Windows. An example is if you installed an internet monitoring software which restricts your children to use the computer an hour a day, your kid can simple boot in to Safe Mode and use the computer the whole day… There are times we need to disable Safe Mode for extra security.

    1. Go to Start > Run
    2. Type regedit and click OK
    3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\SafeBoot
    4. Expand SafeBoot by clicking the + sign and you should see 2 keys with the name Minimal and Network.
    5. Rename both of the keys to something else, example, Minimal to MinimalX and Network to NetworkX.

    Now if you try to boot in to Safe Mode, doesn’t matter if you select the normal Safe Mode, or Safe Mode with Networking or Safe Mode with Command Prompt, the computer will auto reboot or get a blue screen of death (BSOD).

    To enable Safe Mode back, just rename MinimalX to Minimal and NetworkX to Network. I know that this solution is not perfect because if the person knows about this trick, he/she can simply modify the registry to re-enable back Safe Mode. However, it does give some level of protection against an average computer user.

    Actually if you can create a Limited User account, you wouldn’t need to use this registry hack because a limited user cannot even access the registry. So this is a solution to those that for some reason don’t want to create a Limiter User.


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    I didn't know this tweak..Thanks..

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