BootSafe is a FREE utility for restarting Windows into the ‘Safe Mode’ of your choice, and having been available and working well since 2012, it rarely requires an update. Still, today it received a nice update you may want to know about!
Recently a user pointed out a digital certificate issue that just started occurring with the existing versions of BootSafe.exe in circulation, causing the yellow ‘User Account Control’ security warning when trying to run the program. As the executable was not updated in quite some time, I as concerned the download package had been tampered with. What I learned was this was actually not a problem with the executable or the digital certificate, but rather with the certificate of the particular Symantec timestamp server used when signing the file, which has since become invalidated for some reason.
In addition to re-signing the file to correct the issue, I discovered a bug where BootSafe.exe may not restore normal mode configuration upon starting into Safe Mode with Command Prompt Only. While resolving this issue, I decided to update the terminology, interface, and usability a bit to make a proper update.
NEW TODAY in v4.1
- Added descriptive text and clarified terminology, interface, and process.
- Added prompt on restart to continue restarting in Safe Mode, or reconfigure for Normal Mode on the next restart (formerly it did the latter without prompt.)
- Fixed BootSafe.exe not reconfiguring Windows for Normal Mode when restarting into Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
- Fixed an issue with a previous version’s digital certificate.
I also noticed the MajorGeeks.com page for BootSafe is still distributing v3.0 (I just now contacted them about the update) so here’s the v4.0 update notes:
UPDATE: Majorgeeks now has the v4.1 update, thanks for the quick response!
NEW in v4.0
- Added automated Safe Mode repair for Windows XP – 8.1u1, when Safe Mode registry entries have been deleted by malware causing a BSOD/restart when attempting to boot to Safe Mode. This repair is performed prior to any reboot operation.