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 How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode?

How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode?

Windows is launched in Safe Mode with a minimal set of drivers and data. Safe mode can be used to test whether default settings or outdated device drivers are the root of a problem. You can identify the root of a problem and assist with PC troubleshooting by watching Windows in safe mode.

Safe Mode is available in two different iterations: Safe Mode and Safe Mode with Networking. You may access the internet and other computers on your network by using Safe Mode with Networking, which adds the network drivers and services you need.

To learn how to start your computer in safe mode from Settings, the sign-in page, or a black or blank screen, choose from one of the following sections.

Method 1: Start Safe Mode by pressing F8 at startup

First, you have to enable the F8 key method

On Windows 7, you could press the F8 key as your computer was booting to access the Advanced Boot Options menu. From there, you could access Safe Mode.

But on Windows 10, the F8 key method doesn’t work by default. You have to manually enable it.

Here’s how to get the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 10:

  • Click the Windows start menuand type cmd, then click Run as administrator.
  • Copy this command: bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
  • 3) Paste the copied command into the Command Prompt (right-click in the Command Prompt to paste), then press the Enterkey on your keyboard.
  • Reboot your PC.

Now you can start Safe Mode using the F8 key

Now that you’ve enabled the F8 method, you can use it to start Safe Mode:

1) Ensure your computer is turned off.

2) Turn your computer on.

3) Before anything appears on your screen, press F8 repeatedly until the Boot Options menu below displays. Then select Safe Mode.

If the Boot Options menu above doesn’t display, and instead Windows just launches normally, it’s likely that you didn’t press F8 early enough.

Method 2: Start Safe Mode by turning off your PC 3 times

If you’re unable to launch Windows, and you haven’t enabled the F8 method above, this is how to start Safe Mode:

1) Ensure your computer is off.

2) Press the power button to turn on your PC, and when you see the small spinning circle of dots that indicates Windows is starting, press and hold the power button until your PC shuts down. You’ll have to hold it for 4-5 seconds.

Do this again, and then again. After you’ve done it 3 times, start your computer again and let it run. It should now go into Automatic Repair mode:

3) Wait for Windows to diagnose your PC.

4) Click Advanced Options.

5) Click Troubleshoot.

6) Click Advanced options

7) Click Startup Settings

.

8) Click Restart.

Your computer will restart and present a list of different startup options.

9) On your keyboard, press the number 4 key to enter Safe Mode without internet access or the number 5 key to enter Safe Mode with internet access.

Method 3: Start Safe Mode using the System Configuration tool

 

If you’re able to launch Windows normally, you can boot into Safe Mode using the System Configuration tool:

1) Click the Windows start menu and type msconfig, then click Open:

2) Select the Boot 

tab, then check Safe boot and click OK.

3) When you’re prompted to restart your computer to apply these changes, click Restart and you’ll boot into Safe Mode.

To turn off Safe Mode and go back to normal mode

When you want to return Windows to normal mode, you just have to undo your changes:

1) Click the Windows start menu and type msconfig, then click Open:

2) Select the Boot tab, then UNcheck Safe boot and click OK.

3) When you’re prompted to restart your computer to apply these changes, click Restart and you’ll boot into normal mode.

Method 4: Start Safe Mode from the login screen

If you can boot to the login screen, you can enter Safe Mode from there:

1) On your keyboard, hold down the Shift key.

2) While holding down the Shift key, click the power button at the bottom right of the screen, then select Restart.

The Windows RE (Recovery environment) screen will then display.

3) Click Troubleshoot:

4)  Click Advanced options:

5) Click Startup Settings:

6) Click Restart.

Your computer will then restart and another screen opens showing a lot of different startup options.

7) On your keyboard, press the number 4 key to enter Safe Mode without internet access or the number 5 key to enter Safe Mode with internet access:

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FAQs

Q. How do I boot up in Safe Mode?

Press your phone’s power button. When the animation starts, press and hold your phone’s volume down button. Keep holding it until the animation ends and your phone starts in safe mode. You’ll see “Safe mode” at the bottom of your screen.

Q. Is F8 Safe Mode for Windows 10?

Unlike the earlier version of Windows(7, XP), Windows 10 does not allow you to enter into safe mode by pressing the F8 key. There are other different ways to access the safe mode and other startup options in Windows 10.

Q. How do I start my computer in Safe Mode with power button?

To activate Safe Mode, click on the “Windows/Start” menu, click the “Power” button, then hold the “Shift” key and click “Restart” simultaneously.

Q. How do I start my computer in Safe Mode when F8 doesn’t work?

If F8 isn’t working and you’ve to restart your computer in Safe Mode immediately, try it via the Start menu. Open the Start menu and then Settings> Update & Security> Recovery> Restart Now option. While your computer is in reboot mode, you’ve to select Troubleshoot under the Select an Option screen.

Shreya Sarkar

Shreya Sarkar

A tech enthusiast, who wants to use her knowledge to help others.
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