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Seven ways to access Safe Mode in Windows 10

 

  1. Settings
  1. From the desktop, click on the Start button, then click on Settings.
  2. Select Update & Security > Recovery.
  3. Under Advanced Startup, select Restart Now.
  4. After the device restarts, you’ll be prompted with a list of options. Select option 4 to boot to Safe Mode. If internet access is required, select option 5 to boot to Safe Mode With Networking.
  1. Logon screen
  1. At the logon screen, hold the Shift key down and click on the onscreen power button > Restart.
  2. Upon the device restarting, you will be prompted to choose an option. Click on Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  3. The device will restart a second time, this time displaying a list of options. Select option 4 or 5 to boot to Safe Mode or Safe Mode With Networking, respectively.

  1. System Configuration
  1. From the desktop, click on the Start button. Then, click on the search icon, enter msconfig, and press Enter to launch the System Configuration app.
  2. Click on the Boot tab, and under Boot options, select the Safe Boot check box and select the Minimal option.
  3. Click OK and you’ll be prompted to Restart or Exit Without Restart. To enter Safe Mode, click Restart and Windows will reboot and enter Safe Mode automatically.
  1. Boot from Windows Recovery Drive
  1. Create a recovery drive on USB by using the Recovery Drive app.
  2. Reboot the computer and boot to the recovery drive.
  3. Upon booting, you’ll be asked to select your keyboard layout based on your preferred language.
  4. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  5. Once the device reboots, you’ll be prompted to choose from several boot options. Select option 4 to boot into Safe Mode; option 5 to boot into Safe Mode With Networking; or option 6 to boot into Safe Mode With Command Prompt.
  1. Windows 10 installation media (DVD or USB)
  1. Boot the computer to the installation of your choice. At the Windows Setup screen, click Next.
  2. On the following screen, click on Repair Your Computer to access the options screen.
  3. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.
  4. When the command line appears, enter the following command and press Enter to execute it:

bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal

  1. Once the operation successfully completes, close the command prompt and select Continue to exit and boot into Safe Mode.
  2. Automatic Repair mode
  1. If three failed consecutive boot attempts are made, Windows 10 will boot to Automatic Repair mode on the fourth attempt.
  2. After Windows quickly diagnoses your PC, you will be prompted with the Automatic Repair screen. Click on Advanced Options > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  3. Once the device reboots, you’ll be prompted to choose from several boot options. Select option 4 to boot into Safe Mode or option 5 to boot into Safe Mode With Networking.
  1. F8 or Shift-F8 during boot (BIOS and HDDs only)

If (and only IF) your Windows computer uses a legacy BIOS and a spinning-platter-based hard drive, you may be able to invoke Safe Mode in Windows 10 using the familiar F8 or Shift-F8 keyboard shortcut during the computer’s boot process.

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Due to the way in which the UEFI BIOS was designed, coupled with the inherent speedy nature of solid-state drives, Windows 10 (and to be fair, Windows 8 as well) will not respond to the interrupt boot brought about by pressing F8 or Shift-F8.

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