5 Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10. If you’ve used Windows 10 for a while, you might have noticed that the “old ways” of booting into Safe Mode no longer work. By that, we mean trying things like pressing the F8 or Shift + F8 keys on your keyboard while booting. These methods stopped working in normal cases because the boot procedure became faster than ever before. Such actions simply don’t work. But that doesn’t mean Windows 10 has no Safe Mode. It’s just that to get to it, you have to follow other procedures. Let’s take a closer look and see how you can get into Safe Mode in Windows 10.

Safe mode starts Windows in a basic state, using a limited set of files and drivers. It can help you troubleshoot problems on your PC. For example, if the problem doesn’t happen in safe mode, you’ll know default settings and basic device drivers aren’t causing the issue.

There are 5 ways to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10. Having alternative ways at times come in handy as mentioned in the article below.

1. Boot into Safe Mode with System Configuration

The fastest way to launch System Configuration in Windows 10 is to use the Run window. To do that, simultaneously press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard. Then, write msconfig in the text field and press Enter or OK.

 Safe Mode with System Configuration
Safe Mode with System Configuration

Check the checkbox the left of Safe boot (/SAFEBOOT in Windows 8).

The radio buttons under the Safe boot options start the various other modes of Safe Mode:

  • Minimal:Starts the standard Safe Mode
  • Alternate shell:Starts Safe Mode with Command Prompt
  • Network:Starts Safe Mode with Networking
Boot into Safe Mode
Boot into Safe Mode

Once you hit the OK button you’ll be asked if you want to Restart now or wait until later. Either way, the next boot will take you into safe mode.

Safe Mode in Windows 10
Safe Mode in Windows 10

2. Using Shift + Restart

When the computer is booting, press and hold the Shift key, and Power repeatedly until the Recovery screen appears.

Shift + Restart
Shift + Restart

Select [Advanced options].

Safe Mode
Safe Mode

Select [Startup Settings].

Startup Settings
Startup Settings

Click [Restart].

Enable Safe Mode
Enable Safe Mode

You can select [4) Enable Safe Mode] to enter Safe Mode.

Boot Into Safe Mode
Boot Into Safe Mode

When the computer restarts, you should see the standard Choose Advanced Options screen, similar to the example below. Use your arrow keys to move to Safe Mode and press Enter.

3. Enable Legacy Advanced Boot Menu

The advanced boot options menu enabled you to start Windows in Safe Mode — great for troubleshooting — or to repair the computer, for instance when Windows is not booting properly anymore or when you need to use System Restore to roll back a recent installation or update.

To do this, open the command prompt as Administrator. Right-click on Start and click on Command Prompt (Admin).

Type the command below in the command prompt, press Enter

  • bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
Enable Legacy Advanced Boot Menu
Enable Legacy Advanced Boot Menu

After that you should see a message that says that “The operation completed successfully”.

Type Exit to exit command prompt window.

Remove the Windows install disk and restart (Turn Off) your computer.

From now on, you should be able to enter into Windows 8 Advanced Boot Options menu by pressing the F8 key.

4. Boot into Safe Mode using Advanced Startup

If you’re able to boot into Windows, it’s a simple case of going to the Start menu, clicking Settings near the bottom, then on Update and Security.

Choose Recovery, then Advanced startup. Click on Startup settings and then Restart now and when your computer reboots you will see some options.

Boot into Safe Mode using Advanced Startup
Boot into Safe Mode using Advanced Startup

Choose Troubleshoot and then Advanced optionsStartup settingsRestart. Then pick from the list, in which Safe Mode should be no. 4.

Enabling Safe Mode in Windows 10
Enabling Safe Mode in Windows 10

When the PC restarts, you will see a blue screen with few options. Press F4 / 4 to Start your PC in Safe Mode.

There are other options including Start PC in Safe Mode with Comand Prompt andStart PC in Safe Mode with Networking. Select the appropriate option and press the key.

5. Use Bootable Media in Windows 10

If you’ve installed Windows 10 via a disc or USB, you can boot straight into recovery mode by inserting said disc/USB before turning your system on. Choose your keyboard layout, followed by Repair Your Computer, in the bottom-left of the screen.

Boot Into Safe Mode in Windows 10
Boot Into Safe Mode in Windows 10

Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.

Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10
Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10

Now restart your PC and you will be taken to Advanced Boot Menu.

Select Safe Mode and press enter to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10.

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