Software & Apps Windows What Is Normal Mode? Normal Mode Definition by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on May 16, 2019 Windows 10 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email Normal mode is the term used to define Windows starting "normally" where all of the typical drivers and services are loaded. Normal mode is usually only called such when discussed in reference to Safe Mode. For example, if your computer keeps booting into Safe Mode, you'd want to boot into Normal mode to have Windows start like it typically should. How to Start Windows in Normal Mode You can start Windows 10 and Windows 8 in normal mode by selecting Continue on the Advanced Startup Options menu. In Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, you can start Windows in normal mode by choosing the Start Windows Normally option from the Advanced Boot Options menu.