[Solution] How To Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Windows Safe mode is a way to use your computer in the most basic state. You can only use and access the most basic Windows features during the safe mode.

In this mode, only a minimal set of files and folders are only accessible to the user. Starting the Windows in safe mode helps you troubleshoot the problems on your computer. 

In the safe mood of your Windows Operating system, you won’t be able to access or use most of the window’s features. Some of these inaccessible features include restrictions to the hearing option or access to sound or audio, the inability to print documents, etc. 

There are two types of safe mode: the safe mode and safe mode Networking. Although, both the safe mode and the safe mode networking option are similar in nature. The safe mode networking allows you to access the network drovers, services on your computer, and others.

Today in this blog, we will share a short guide to startup in safe mode. We will also look at how to reboot and restart in safe mode.

How to start Windows 10 in safe mode

When it comes to starting a computer in safe mode, different methods are available to help you start your windows OS in safe mode. Here are some of the alternatives that you can follow to start your pc safe mode.

In the later section of the blog, we will also see a step-by-step guide on how to safe mode and boot up in safe mode.

  1. Start the safe mode option, by pressing F8 Windows 10
  2. Start the safe mode option, by using the combination of shift key + Start.
  3. Start the safe mode option, by using the system configuration option.
  4. Start the safe mode option, by using the login screen.
  5. Exit the safe mode option, the black screen option.

The step-by-step Guide to restart windows in safe mode

  • Starting the safe mode in windows by Pressing the F8 key:
    • First of all, enable the Windows F8 button if it is not already enabled. (Note that in most Windows 10 OS, the F8 button is not already enabled. To know more about how to enable the F8 windows 10, check our FAQs at the end of the blog.)
    • After being sure of enabled F8 button on your windows 10, turn of your computer, by shutting it down.
    • Now turn your computer on.
    • Before the system is completely turned on and the default windows OS is launched. Start continuously pressing the F8 button till the Boot options menu arrives.
    • Now from the ‘Advanced boot option’ menu, select ‘Safe Mode’.

Note that if the Boot options menu doesn’t appear as per the instruction stated above, then it is more likely that you have not pressed F8 enough times. In such cases, try turning off your computer again.

And follow the steps again, or you can try to follow the other suggestive alternatives to boot into safe mode.

  • Start the Safe Mode option, by using the Combination of Shift key and Restart key To restart in safe mode with the help of windows key, and without shutting down your PC. Follow the below-mentioned steps.
  1. First of all, to follow this method, you need to press the Windows Logo key + X on your computer.
  2. Now Hold the Shift key, while clicking the Restart button from shout down or the sign-out menu.
  3. Now, your computer will restart.
  4. After that your PC restarts, a ‘choose an option’ screen will appear.
  5. Now select Troubleshoot (followed by) > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  6. Now after your PC restarts again, you will be shown with a window prompt option to select 4 or press F4 to enter safe mode, while Press 5 or F5 to enter the safe mode network.

The above-mentioned steps will help you to restart windows in safe mode.

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Start the safe mode option, by using the system configuration option:

Follow the given steps to start the safe mode option through the list of setting options on your Windows 10 PC. These steps of how to start the safe mode option in windows 10, by configuring the settings are similar to the steps discussed in the restart safe mode option by pressing the shift and Restart key.

  1. First of all, Press the Windows Logo key + ‘I’ key on your keyboard, these combination keys will open the setting dialogue box.
  2. Now scroll through the setting menu, and select ‘Update & Security’ options.
  3. From the ‘Update &   Security’ options, now select ‘Recovery’.
  4. Now under the ‘Advance startup’, select ‘Restart now’ option from the menu of Recovery settings.
  5. After the PC restarts, you will now see ‘choose an option’ dialogue box.
  6. Now select Troubleshoot (followed by) > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  7. After the PC restarts again, you will be shown with a window prompt option to select 4 or press F4 to enter safe mode, while Press 5 or F5 to enter the safe mode network. 
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Start the safe mode option, by using the login screen

Below mentioned steps are to reboot in safe mode by using the login screen option. This step is similar to the steps discussed in the how to enter safe mode through pressing the combination keys of the Shift key and the restart key.

  1. First of all, restart your PC to follow the steps to boot up in safe mode.
  2. After the windows OS starts, now click the sign-in screen option.
  3. Now hold the Shift key and click the power button. Now from the power button menu, click ‘Restart’.
  4. After that your PC restarts, a ‘choose an option’ screen will appear.
  5. Now select Troubleshoot (followed by) > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  6. Now after your PC restarts again, you will be shown with a window prompt option to select 4 or press F4 to enter safe mode, while Press 5 or F5 to enter the safe mode network.

Exit the safe mode option, the black screen option:

The Black screen is not an option to enter safe mode in windows. But sometimes, existing from a safe mode can be a little tricky. And that is where this step comes to the rescue.

Though, simply restarting your PC should be enough to exit the safe mode and enter the normal mode again.

But if you are having trouble exiting the safe mode from windows. Then follow this step-by-step guide and the below-mentioned steps to exit the safe mode option.

  1. First of all, to exit the safe mode or the black screen option, Press the combination of Windows logo key + ‘R’ keys from your keyboard.
  2. Now Type the ‘msconfig’ in the Open box and then select OK.
  3. Now Click the Boot Tab option.
  4. In the Boot options, untick the ‘Safe boot checkbox’.

These were the different methods to enter the safe mode option in windows. In the last method, we have also discussed and shared a guide to exit this safe mode option.

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FAQs

How to enable the F8 key in windows 10?

Though Windows 7 comes with an automatic key to F8, that maybe pressed without any concern. Most of the Windows 10 OS don’t have a direct access to the F8 key. Below mentioned is a step-by-step process that will help you to enable the F8 button in windows key. This F8 windows 10 key will also help you to start your PC in safe mode.

  1. Click the Windows start menu and type ‘cmd’, then click ‘Run as administrator option’ from the menu.
  2. Now copy the quoted text “bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy”
  3. Now paste the copied text in the Command Prompt, and click Enter.
  4. Now reboot your PC.
  5. You are now enabled with the F8 key.

What is Safe boot?

To perform the safe boot, open the configuration settings, as discussed above. Now scroll down the configuration option, and click the Boot Tab. Now check the box for the safe boot option.

Now a list of menus with different options will appear. This menu list consists of options like, minimal, alternative shell, active directory repair, and network. Now from these list of options, select ‘Minimal’.

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