How to boot Windows 10 in Safe mode

Since the time Windows 8 came around, a lot in Windows changes. If you are a power user of Windows and used Windows 8 for quite a while, you might have noticed that older boot options do not work anymore. This even includes getting into advanced power options while booting as well as getting into the safe mode.

However, safe mode is still a handy thing as it lets you make many changes by booting Windows with limited components. It is still a very handy tool to troubleshoot many things related to Windows and hence, it can not be ignored. For the folks, who are wondering about the previous options like “pressing F8 or F10 at boot” not working, I have shared a couple of ways using which you can boot Windows 10 in safe mode.

However, before getting into more details, you should know that there are 3 types of Safe mode

  1. Safe Mode – This is the normal safe mode with the minimum number of available options which runs as less processes as possible. For the general troubleshooting, this mode works the best.
  2. Safe Mode with networking – If you are having trouble with the network, be it local area or Internet, then this options comes in handy. This is pretty much the normal safe more with network options. So if your computer is connected to any local area or wide area network, you can use that to download drivers or browse more helpful links.
  3. Safe mode with command prompt – This is the geekiest way of getting into safe mode of Windows. Often used by experts and admin users, this opens Windows 10 as a command line interface and it lets you get into the maximum details of your system.

Boot into Safe Mode using Advance Startup Option

  • This procedure still works pretty much like older version of Windows, however, you need to enter into the advance startup options from inside the windows interface. Follow the steps to Boot into Advance Startup Options.
  • Navigate to Troubleshoot Options –> Advanced Options –> Startup Settings –> Restart.
  • When computer restarts, press Enter for Normal mode, press F4 for safe mode, F5 for Safe mode with networking, F6 for Safe Mode with command prompt.

Boot into Safe mode using System Configuration

  • Open the Run dialogue box by pressing Window Button + R
  • Type misconfig and press Enter.
  • In the Window which opens up, select System configuration tab.
  • Find Safe Mode and tick the check box next to it. You will see a few options down, select the one accordingly.
    Minimal: normal safe mode
    Alternate Shell: safe mode with command prompt
    Networking: safe mode with networking
  • Click on the restart button right there to boot accordingly into the mode you have selected.

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