How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode
How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Windows 10 Safe Mode

Before we learn how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode, let’s learn a bit about what safe mode is.  Safe mode is your computer operating system’s diagnostic mode.  By loading only the core components of the operating system, Safe Mode is the ideal environment for diagnosing and fixing operating system issues and removing viruses.

Safe Mode can be run in three configurations: Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking and Safe Mode from the Command Line.  Safe Mode with networking can be helpful when troubleshooting connectivity issues.  The Command Line option allows you to run any command you would from inside the OS.

How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode from in the Operating System

Safe Mode can be launched from within Windows 10 with the following method:

  1. Click the Windows button
  2. Hold the Shift key and select Restart from the Start Menu
  3. Select Troubleshootwindows-10-troublshoot-boot
  4. Click on Advanced Optionswindows-10-startup-options
  5. From the Advanced Options windows, select Startup Settings
  6. In the Start-up Settings Window select RestartWindows-Startup-Settings
  7. From the Boot Options window, select your option for booting into Safe Mode
    • 4) Enable Safe Mode
    • 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking
    • 6) Enable Safe Mode with Command Promptwindows-10-safe-mode-options
  8. You are now loaded into Safe Mode

How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode from Cold Boot

Safe Mode can also be launched from a cold boot.  In other words, in times when Windows 10 will not load, you can still start in Safe Mode by the method below.  All screens will be similar to those shown above.

  1. Shut you computer down and ensure that it is completely off
  2. Hold the power button in until your computer turns on, and continue to hold it until it turns off again
  3. Repeat step 2 two more times
  4. Turn the computer on again
  5. This will bring you to the Automatic Repair screen
  6. After the diagnostic runs, click Startup Repair
  7. From the Windows Recovery Environment window, click Troubleshoot
  8. In the troubleshoot window select Advanced Options
  9. From the Advanced Options menu select StartUp Settings
  10. In the Start-up Settings Window select Restart
  11. From the Boot Options window, select your option for booting into Safe Mode
    • 4) Enable Safe Mode
    • 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking
    • 6) Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Following the methods above, you can now boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode from both within and without the operating system.

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