Accessing Safe Mode in Windows 10 is a bit different to the earlier versions. Since the F8 or the Shift + F8 formulae don’t work on it, things seem to be a bit foreign and users might even start to wonder whether the latest Windows carries the Safe Mode option or not. Don’t worry! Just like before, your computer still can boot in Safe Mode. It’s just a different way now to do that…in fact, ways.
In this post, we will walk you through 5 ways with which you can access Safe Mode while starting up your computer. Let’s get started.
How to Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode
1. Press “Shift + Restart”
If you can see the Sign In screen (but cannot sign into the Windows), long press Shift and simultaneously click the Power button
• Click Restart on the menu that appears next
• When your computer starts and it asks you to choose an option, click Troubleshoot
• Head to Advanced to open the next screen
• Click Startup Settings (If this option is not visible, select the link: “See more recovery options” and click Startup Settings)
• Press Restart
• When it restarts, choose any of these options to enable Safe Mode: Press 4 or F4 to access Standard Safe Mode. Press 5 or F5 to access Safe Mode with Networking. Press 6 or F6 to access Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Log into your Windows 10 account and do your tweaks.
2. Disturb your Windows 10 Boot Process
You can also access Safe Mode by disturbing your Windows boot process three times consecutively. This is called the Automatic Repair mode which opens when your Windows can’t boot properly for three times in a row. You can do it manually by this way. Power the computer on or restart it. Before it could complete the boot, long press the power button again to interrupt the Windows boot. Do it thrice and you will enter the Automatic Repair mode.
• Access the administrator account if you have multiple accounts on the computer
• Wait while your Windows is automatically diagnosing your computer
When the Automatic Repair mode opens, click Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > restart your Windows > Safe Mode, and so on… (Just like the way we described in the previous section)
3. Use System Configuration
In case you can log into your Windows 10, you can use the msconfig.exe option to enter the Safe Mode. Here’s how you can do this:
• Go to the search bar, type system configuration and Enter
• When the tool’s window opens, click Boot > Safe boot
• Click Ok
Restart your computer when your Windows asks you to. You will automatically enter into Safe Mode on the startup.
4. Windows 10 Installation Disk with the Command Prompt
Why would you need to use an external installation drive? It is of use when your computer is broken or not responding at all, not even booting. Create an installation drive by downloading it on a USB drive or a setup DVD. Use any working PC to do this task. Once done, insert or connect this device on your PC and follow these steps:
• Wait while the Windows loads
• Select your desired language and click Next
• Head to the left side of your screen and select “Repair your computer”
• Click Troubleshoot > Advanced Options
• Select “Command Prompt (Use the Command Prompt for advanced troubleshooting”
• When the window opens, enter this command:
bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal
• Press Enter
• When you see the message, “The operation completed successfully,” close the window
• On the next screen, click Continue
It will start your Windows 10 in Safe Mode. Once you make the necessary modifications, don’t forget to disable the Safe Mode for the next time Windows boot. Simply, follow the same steps and use this command this time: bcdedit /deletevalue {default} safeboot
5. Use System Recovery USB Drive
Windows 10 lets you make a flash USB recovery drive. Use any working PC to do this task. Once done, connect the USB with your PC or laptop that you want to fix. Follow these steps:
• Choose your preferred keyboard layout
• Click Troubleshoot on the next screen
Next, access Safe Mode just the way we described in the first section: “Advanced options -> Startup Settings -> Restart”… and so on.