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4 ways to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10

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Safe Mode is the diagnostics mode of Windows 10. It is like normal Windows, minus all the distractions like internet, audio, various programs that start automatically with Windows which are not necessary for normal functioning of Windows 10 etc. If you want to find out the cause of any problem with your Windows 10 PC, you would need to boot into the Windows 10 Safe Mode at some point of time.

However, it is not as easy as it sounds. So, we have listed 4 different methods here to boot into the Windows 10 Safe Mode. Depending on your situation, you can choose any one of them, and follow the steps to boot into the Safe Mode.

1. Using Windows 10 Recovery Settings

This method uses the Recovery settings in Windows 10 Settings app to access the Recovery Options. From there, the user can restart their PC into the Safe Mode.

a. Click on the link given below. This is a special link that would open the Recovery Settings directly on your Windows 10 PC instead of going through Update & Security option in Windows 10 Settings app

Open Windows 10 Recovery Settings

b. Once you click on the above link, your browser would ask you how you would like to open this link. Here, you need to click on the Choose Application button
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c. Next, it will ask you whether you would like to open the link using the Settings application, which is the native Settings application of Windows 10. Click on Open Link button to continue
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d. This should open the Recovery window of the Windows 10 Settings app. Under the Advanced Startup section, click on the Restart now button
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e. This would restart your Windows 10 PC. After restarting, instead of your regular desktop, you will see the Recovery Options. Here, click on Troubleshoot, then Advanced options, and finally click on Startup Settings. This should bring up a screen with a Restart button. Click on this Restart button

f. Once your PC restart the second time, you'll see various options on the screen, one of which would be to restart your PC in Safe Mode (probably the 4th option from the top). It would also have another option (option 5) to boot into Safe Mode with Networking, in case you need to have internet access while you are in the Safe Mode. You can select the respective option by press the number key 4 or pressing the F4 button on your keyboard. This will restart your Windows 10 PC into the Safe Mode

2. From the Windows 10 login screen

This method is similar to the previous one from step e. However, you can use this in case you are unable to get into your Windows 10 desktop like you normally would, or is unable to login.

a. Once you are on the Windows 10 login screen, you'll see a Power button on the Sign-in screen. Press and hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, then click on that Power button, and then click on Restart

b. This should restart your Windows 10 PC into the Recovery Options screen, from there on you can follow the steps from the previous method (step e onwards)

3. Using the Windows 10 System Configuration Tool

We all remember our dear old MSConfig, the utility we used so often to turn off unwanted startup programs and make Windows faster. Well, we can use that same utility to boot into the Windows 10 Safe Mode.

a. Click and open the Windows Start menu, then type msconfig. Once it has found the program, click on Open
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b. This should open the System Configuration utility. From there, click on the Boot tab. There, check the option for Safe boot and click OK
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c. Once done, it would ask you whether you want to Restart your Windows 10 PC. Click on Restart to boot into the Windows 10 Safe Mode. Next time you would like to boot normally instead of Safe Mode, simply go over to the System Configuration Tool once again, and deselect the Safe boot option under the Boot tab

4. Using an elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10

If you are unable to follow the above methods for some reason, but you are able to access an elevated Command Prompt, then you can follow this method. An elevated Command Prompt is one which has Administrator rights.

a. Click and open the Windows Start menu, then type cmd. Once it has found the Command Prompt program, click on the option that says Run as administrator. This should open a Command Prompt window
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b. Type the below command in the Command Prompt window and press Enter. Make sure you give the spaces correctly, you can copy/paste it from here in case you are unsure

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

c. Once done, it should show you that the command was successfully executed on the Command Prompt window. Close the Command Prompt window by clicking on the X button on the top right, then restart your Windows 10 PC

d. As soon as your Windows 10 PC restarts, start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard till you see a screen with numerous options, including Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, and Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select the option of your choice, and then press the Enter key to boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode. Please note that if you do not see this screen with options, then you probably didn't press the F8 key soon enough, in which case you need to restart your PC once again and repeat the same process. Only this time, start tapping the F8 key sooner than you did the last time

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