Getting Sound In Windows Safe Mode With Networking That Uses The Built-In Sound Card


I thought it would be a good idea to get this topic into the Chat Subgroup Archive, so here it is.

It is entirely possible to have sound in Safe Mode without the use of an external sound card.  Why Microsoft has not (as yet, anyway) made this particular set of registry tweaks itself, particularly after all the effort to get Narrator working in safe mode, is a mystery.   This will work only for Safe Mode with Networking.  Though it's entirely possible to make the same registry changes for straight Safe Mode, it's been my experience that very few people use Safe Mode sans Networking in case they need to download something (via a wired connection, of course) when using it.

I have created batch script used to achieve this end.  This one works under Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 and has been tested in those environments.  Everything is disposable after you've run the batch script.

The ZIP file is on my Google Drive, and can be downloaded by activating this link:

The first two steps in the installation instructions are:

You MUST be logged in using a Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 account with admin privileges in order for this to work.
    to your Desktop. (That Google Drive address is the "naked" version of the click-through link I gave previously.)
2. Unzip the SoundInSafeMode.ZIP file on your Desktop.  Simply select the ZIP file, bring up the context menu,
and choose Extract All.  You should end up with a folder named SoundInSafeMode on your Desktop. 

The remaining instructions are in the file InstallationInstructions.txt which will be one of 4 files that get unzipped into the SoundInSafeMode folder on your Desktop.

Brian - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1809, Build 17763  

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Sharon Austin <saustin@...>

Thank you, very much, Brian!