How To Boot Safe Mode In Windows 10

Boot Safe Mode In Windows 10: Before the Windows 10, to boot a Windows OS into Safe Mode in previous versions entails striking the F8 or Shift + F8 keys during the start to boot your machine into the Safe ModeMode.

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Come windows 10; the operating system is faster; therefore, the popular way of booting your Windows into Safe ModeMode doesn’t work; this doesn’t mean the Safe mode feature doesn’t exist.

What is Safe Mode?

Safe Mode is a way of getting your PC or mobile device to a point where you can diagnose problems in the OS.

As opposed to normal operating ModeMode, a computer’s Safe Mode only loads the main software it needs,

either ignoring (or running at a low resolution) any third-party programs or drivers you may have installed.

It’s’s been a feature of Windows operating systems since the year 1995.

Types Of Windows Safe Mode

They are four types of Safe ModeMode each different offering capabilities, below are a definition for each.

     1. Active Directory Repair

Other Safe Mode types allow the Active Directory to run on Windows Startup, the Active Directory Repair type of Safe Mode doesn’t enable it on boot. The Active Directory authenticates applications, passwords, username, updating the system and other features that require authentication on your system. If you feel there is an issue with the Active Directory, this Safe Mode is right for you.

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     2. Alternate Shell

The Alternate Shell type of Safe Mode allows the use of your Windows command prompt to execute a task. If your goal is to solve a problem with the command prompt, this Safe Mode is for you.

     3. Minimal

Though its name is Minimal, it, however, is the opposite. This Safe Mode boots Windows with no extra software or driver running. Users use this method for troubleshooting Windows problems.

     4. Network

When you need an active internet connection to solve a task, the Network Safe Mode comes in handy. Here, only network drivers are loaded on boot.

Method 1: Loading Windows 10 To Safe Mode From Settings.

  1. Press Windows logo key( aka the home key) + I on your keyboard to open Settings. In rear cases it may not work, you then select the Start button, then select Settings.
  2. Navigate to Update & Security  > Recovery.
  3. Below Advanced startup, choose Restart now.
  4. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  5. After your PC restarts, you’ll see a list of options. Select 4 or press F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode. Or if you’ll need to use the Internet, select 5 or press F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

Method 2: Loading Windows 10 To Safe Mode From A Black Or Blank Screen

Before you enter safe ModeMode, you need to enter the Windows Recovery Environment (winRE). To do this, you will repeatedly turn your device off, then on:

  1. Hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.
  2. Press the power button again to turn on your device.
  3. On the first sign that Windows has started (for example, some devices show the manufacturer’s logo when restarting) hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.
  4. Press the power button again to turn on your device.
  5. When Windows restarts, hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.
  6. Press the power button again to turn on your device.
  7. Allow your device to restart entirely. You will enter winRE.
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Method 3: Boot Safe Mode In Windows 10 (Video)

Method 4: Interrupt The Normal Boot Process

This is a little bit tricky; here you aim to interrupt the windows normal booting process

If Windows 10 fails to boot normally three times over, the fourth time it enters by default in an Automatic Repair mode.

Using this ModeMode, you can Boot Safe Mode In Windows 10. To trigger the Automatic Repairmode, you must interrupt the normal boot process three consecutive times: use the Reset or the Power button on your Windows 10 PC to stop it during boot, before it finishes loading Windows 10.

If you use the Power button, you might have to keep it pressed for at least 4 seconds to force the power off. When Windows 10 enters the Automatic Repair mode, the first thing you see is a screen that tells you that the operating system is “Preparing Automatic Repair.”

Repairing mode - Boot Safe Mode In Windows 10
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Then, you may be asked to choose an account to continue. Here you Choose an administrative account and type its password. If you are not requested this information, skip to the next step.

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Wait for Windows 10 to try to make an automatic diagnosis of your PC. On the “Automatic Repair” screen, press the “Advanced options” button.

Accessing the advanced troubleshooting options

Then, choose Troubleshoot.

Troubleshoot - Windows 10 Safe Mode
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From here on, the steps you have to take are the same as those we have shown in the first method from this guide. Follow the path “Advanced options -> Startup Settings -> Restart.” Then, press the 4 or the F4 key on your keyboard boot into “Minimal Safe Mode,” press 5 or F5 to boot into “Safe Mode with Networking,” or press 6 or F6 to go into “Safe Mode with Command Prompt.”

Exit Windows 10 Safe Mode

If you need to exit safe ModeMode, here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows logo key  + R.
  2. Type msconfig in the Open box and then select OK.
  3. Select the Boot tab.
  4. Under Boot options, clear the Safe boot checkbox.


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