How to Install & Uninstall programs in Safe Mode in Windows 10/8/7

Sometimes when you go on to uninstall a program via the Control Panel, programs may not uninstall in the regular mode correctly, and you may at times have to boot in safe mode to uninstall the software. However, Windows Installer will not work under Safe Mode; this means that programs cannot be installed or uninstalled in safe mode without giving a specific command using msiexec in command prompt. This post will show you how to uninstall programs in Windows Safe Mode.

Uninstall programs in Safe Mode

To make Windows Installer to work under Safe Mode you need to create registry entries. To know how to do it manually, click – How to make Windows Installer work in Safe Mode.

Alternatively, you can also download and use this freeware utility which automates the entire process and makes thing easier for you.

Simply download SafeMSI, boot in safe mode and then run this utility.

SafeMSI starts Windows Installer Service in Safe mode. It is designed to let you uninstall programs in safe mode. The tool modifies registry, so Windows Installer is made a safe service and it will launch the Windows Installer service.

That’s it! 

You will now be able to uninstall software in safe mode in Windows.

You might want to read about Safe Mode in Windows 10/8.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

7 Comments

  1. a very useful tool… Thank you very much bro 😉

  2. Grr

    Thanks.

    This is of great help. I run into such issues at times.

    Thanks, Grr

  3. diho

    thanks thanks

  4. MOBILESPACE

    great tips very usefull for other

  5. Anonymous

    SO USE A DIFFERENT UNINSTALLER YOU DONT HAVE TO USE WINDOWS UNINSTALL PROGRAM IN SAFE MODE ANYHOW

  6. Andra

    Very useful! Lifesaving! Thank you soooo much!

  7. Bhawesh

    Thank you so much for this post…really helped

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