Windows is a great operating system but it gets into a problem, Corrupted system files, drivers, etc. can cause an issue with system or Windows startup.
Windows Safe mode provides an excellent way to troubleshoot your system; safe mode is a stripped down mode of Windows operating system where system boots up using the generic drivers only and does not use any 3rd party drivers or launches any startup program.
This provides a safe environment for troubleshooting startup program, repair drivers, install antivirus or Anti-malware and scanning the system, system repair, etc.
Microsoft’s new operating system like Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have changed the old way of booting into safe mode to troubleshoot problems with your system.
Methods like Pressing F8 or “Shift” Key + F8 are no longer working on newer Windows systems. On Windows new systems, Microsoft has disabled the default boot process to make it faster. Now, the bootloader directly reads the operating system configuration and boots up. To enable safe mode boot, you will need to change few system settings that are explained below. System Configuration tool is the easiest method to boot into Windows 10 safe mode. Besides that, Microsoft has built some other settings too to make it easier to access safe mode configuration.
System Configuration Tool [Enable Safe mode boot settings]
System configuration tool or utility provides the easiest method to enable safe mode on Windows 10. MSCONFIG or Windows system configuration tool houses many settings including a control to enable or disable startup programs, services. You can also access many other built-in Windows tools like performance monitor, resource monitor, system restore, registry editor, event viewer, User account control settings.
Step 1– To start the process, right click on the windows button [generally present on the bottom left of screen] and then navigate to the run option. (You can directly access Run Windows using Shortcut which is “Windows Button + R key” on your keyboard).
Step 2– Once the run application window appears on the screen enter “msconfig” in the blank space and then click on “OK” or press the “Enter” key.
Step 3: Once the System Configuration Window is launched, click on the Boot Tab. Now, on the bottom left of this Window, you will find a checkbox to enabled Safe mode. Enable the toggle box and select the Minimal option as shown in below screenshot.
Step 4: Once you have setup above mentioned settings, go ahead and click on “Apply” button. Then Click on “Ok” Button, now a popup will appear which will ask to restart the system. There will be two options to choose from, “Exit without Restart” and “Restart”. Select restart option to boot into safe mode if you choose “Exit without restart”, the next time when you reboot your system, it will enter Safe boot automatically.
Shift + Restart Button
Using the shift + restart key, you can boot into the safe mode in Windows 10. This is one of the simplest methods through which the user can enjoy the instant access to the safe mode.
Step 1– Click on the settings menu and then tap the “Power” option.
Step 2– Next you are required to press the “Shift” key and then click on the “Restart” button.
Step 3– As your computer restarts you will find a menu on the screen from where the user must select the “Troubleshoot Advanced options” link to go ahead with the process.
Step 4– Click on the “Startup Settings” window and finally press the “Restart” button. Your computer/laptop will reboot and then you will be navigated to the startup settings screen.
On the Login Screen:
If you have reached Windows Login Screen, then you can do the same. Just Click on the Power options on the bottom right of the screen and then press shift button and select “Restart” option.
Using the Advanced Startup Option
Step 1– Navigate to the advanced startup options and then click on the “Troubleshoot” button from the menu.
Step 2– Next click on the “Advanced Options” button.
Step 3– Tap the “Startup Settings” button and finally press “Restart”.
Step 4– Your computer/laptop will restart within 10 seconds. Press the F4 key to enter the safe mode without any internet access, if you wish to use the internet for entering safe mode click F5 or 5 and F6 to enter safe mode with the command prompt.
Unable to access Windows Login
If you fail to boot into the Windows Login screen, then you will be surely taken to Recovery screen where you will be provided with two buttons. Try using the Shift Key + Restart button. If you are not taken to safe mode, then you will reach the same recovery options page again. This time, select the “See Advanced Repair Options”.
Step 1: Once you click the repair option button you will be taken to a Window where you will get three options – continue, Troubleshoot and Turn Off your PC. Click the “Troubleshoot” option.
Step 2: You will be taken to a Troubleshoot option page where you will get three options – Refresh your PC, Reset your PC and Advanced option. Select the Advanced option.
Step 3: On the Advanced option Window, select the Windows startup settings option.
Step 4: on the Next screen click the “Restart” Option. Now, the system will reboot into familiar advanced boot options screen. Where you can choose between multiple safe boot options.