For some reason I can only successfully boot into recovery mode. I want to install drivers software updates, etc. My question is. If I install these software in recovery mode will they be applies like they normally would in the normal (non-recovery)?
Why is your system not booting in the normal mode? Do you see any errors or indications why it failed?
You can install software in the recovery mode, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
Packages installed in the recovery mode do persist in the normal mode.
Proper way to upgrade/install/update Software in Recovery Mode:
Hope either of this method works for you.. Reply if something goes wrong.