Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode
The technology has been changing drastically, so as the way of using such technology. The shortcut keys and commands that used to work in Windows XP might not work in Windows 10 because there has been lots of changes made to windows 10. While it was easy to boot into operating system earlier by pressing F8, it might not work in Windows 10. This post explains different ways to start Windows 10 in safe mode.
However, it’s not like it has become difficult to start PC in Safe Mode in Windows 10. The company has included several new features in Windows 10 that makes starting PC in Safe mode easier and by using different methods.
Also see: How to get help in Windows 10
We will be discussing several ways of doing so and I guarantee everyone including those with not much technical knowledge can follow these methods and boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode.
Here is how you can go about it:
How to Start Window 10 in Safe Mode:
We aren’t going into details as to why anyone would need to start Windows 10 in Safe mode as different people could have different reasons.
However, If you have to troubleshoot PC to fix some program error, Safe Mode allows you to open limited version of Windows operating system and blocks execution of unwanted software (virus) .
Safe Mode is helpful in case you have to uninstall any program or a driver that preventing your PC functional normally or booting normally.
So, whatever the reason is, here is methods of starting Windows 10 in Safe Mode:
METHOD #1– Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with “msconfig”
This is one of the easiest method to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode as its pretty straightforward method. It involves only 3 steps and you can restart PC in Safe Mode. Take a look:
- Press Win + R.
- Type “msconfig.exe” and hit enter or press “OK”. Alternatively, type “msconfig.exe” to Cortana on the bottom left corner as below and you will have “System Configuration” comes in search results. Click it and you will be able to open system configuration.
- By default, you will see controls from “General” Tab. Click on “Boot” Tab.
- Under “Boot Options” tick the check box that reads “Safe boot”. Leave the other things as it is. Click Ok or hit Press Enter.
- Now you have two options, either to restart right away or boot when you restart your PC later. Chose any of these and you are done !
Since you have tick”safe boot” check box it wouldn’t un-check itself on re-start. Hence, once you start Windows 10 in Safe Mode and restart your PC believing you will see the normal Windows, it wouldn’t happen.
What to do then to start Windows back in normal mode?
You need to go back to System Configuration and uncheck “boot option” and restart PC. It will now boot in normal mode.
METHOD #2– Boot into Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Troubleshoot
This is interesting to know that we have several options to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode and this is yet another way of doing that. Here is what you need to do:
- Go to start menu and click “Power” button.
- Press “Shift” key and while keep pressing Shift key, click “Restart“. Alternatively You can perform the same operation from Sign in screen as well.
- On restart, you will be asked to chose an options. Chose “Troubleshoot”
- After TroubleShoot, choose “Advance options”
- You will then taken to Advanced options. There will be several options to chose from. The first option can be used to restore the system from a restoration point however you can go to command prompt as well. We now need to select “Startup Settings”
- Then Startup settings will open. Press “Restart” button and the system will computer will restart.
- On restart you can chose any from options 4, 5, & 6 depending on your need. Chose Option 4- “Enable Safe Mode” in case you want to restart Windows 10 in safe mode with minimal version, which doesn’t allow you to open any program. Chose Option 5 – “Enable Safe Mode with Networking” in case you want to restart in Safe mode with network ability. This is an ideal option if you need to search for the help on the internet. Chose Option 6- “Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt” if you need big command prompt screen to fix the problem in case you know commands to do so.
METHOD #3– Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode from “All Settings“
This method is pretty much similar to above method. We will see how to reach to “Chose an Option” as we did in step 3 in above method (method #2). From “Chose and Option“, the process will remain same as above method. Here we go:
- Click on “notification” box on the bottom right side just adjacent to date & time and then click “All settings“
- The settings panel will opened. Click “Update & security“.
- Select “Recover” from left hand side menu and then click “Restart” from Advanced Setup.
- When the computer is restarted, you will see the same screen as in step-3 in above method (method #2). Follow same steps from this point to boot in Windows 10’s safe mode as we did in method #2.
Apart from these methods, you can boot into Windows 10’s Safe Mode with Bootable Pendrive, by improper shutting down PC thrice (not recommended though) as well.