How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Safe mode in Windows 10 allows you to fix various problems on your computer. You can use one of the many ways to start your Windows 10 PC in safe mode.

You can use the built-in apps, choose an option on the login screen, and even use the install drive to start Windows 10 in safe mode.

Use Settings to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Use Setting to start your PC in safe mode if you can turn it on and sign in to your PC without any problems.

Make sure you save your unsaved work and close all applications before performing this procedure.

  1. Launch Setting application by pressing Windows + I keys at the same time. You can also search Setting inside Begin to launch this application.
  1. Option Update & Security at the bottom.
  1. Option The recuperation from the left sidebar on the Update & Security screen.
  1. Choose Restart now bottom button Advanced Start in the center of the Recovery screen.
  1. Above Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot.
  1. Choose Advance setting on the following screen.
  1. Option Startup Settings.
  1. Choose Restart button.
  1. On the following screen, type 4 to enter safe mode. Type 5 to boot in safe mode with networking. Use numbers 6 to enter safe mode with access to Command Prompt.

Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode from the Login Screen

If your PC turns on but won’t go through the login screenyou can use an option on this screen itself to boot into safe mode.

  1. When you are on the login screen on your PC, hold Change on your keyboard, select the power icon in the bottom right corner and select Restart.
  1. When you come Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advance setting > Startup Settings > Restart.
  1. Enter the BitLocker key when prompted if you have encrypted your content with BitLocker.
  2. Now you have various options to restart your PC. Press numbers 4 to enter safe mode, number 5 to use safe mode with network and number 6 to use Command Prompt in safe mode.

Use System Configuration to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Windows 10 includes a utility called System Configuration where you can start your PC in safe mode by following the steps below.

Note: Your PC will always boot in safe mode until you disable the safe mode option in the System Configuration utility.

  1. Open Begin menu on your PC, search System configurationand select the extension in the search results.
  1. Choose Start up at top.
  1. Turn on the box for Safe boot Below Boot options. Furthermore, choose Network optional if you want to access local network or internet in safe mode.
  1. Option Application and then select ALRIGHT at the bottom of the window.
  1. A prompt will appear asking you to restart your PC. Option Restart in this prompt to start your PC in safe mode.

To prevent your computer from starting in safe mode, open System configurationgo Start up And off Safe boot right to buy. Then choose Application and choose ALRIGHT to save your changes.

Enter Windows 10 Safe Mode from a blank screen

If your PC just shows blank or black screenyou can still restart your PC in safe mode.

  1. Turn off your Windows 10 PC.
  1. Click Power to turn on your PC.
  1. Repeat steps 1 and 2, 3 times.
  1. When you turn on your PC for the 3rd time, a window will take you to Choose an option screen. Option Troubleshoot > Advance setting > Startup Settings > Restart.
  1. On the following screen, press the number displayed next to safe mode to start your PC in safe mode.

Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode From the Settings Drive

In case your PC cannot turn on and you cannot access the login screen, you can use Windows 10’s installation media to enter safe mode.

Plug the Windows 10 bootable media into your PC and follow the steps below:

  1. Above Windows installation screen, select a language, select a time and currency format, select a keyboard method, and select Next at the bottom.
  1. Choose Fix your computer at the bottom.
  1. Option Troubleshoot > Advance setting > Command prompt to open a Command Prompt window.

Now this is where things get a little complicated. Depending on your version of Windows 10 and how your computer’s boot partition is set up, you may need to take some additional steps before trying step 4. First, go ahead and try entering the command below. from the default drive, this should be X: as shown below.

  1. Type bcdedit /set {default} secure minimal boot on the Command Prompt window and press enter.

If you get a message stating that the command “bcdedit” cannot be found, then you must try other drive letters and access the Windows/System32 folder. To do this, you can start with the C drive.

At the prompt, type C: and press enter. Then type dir and press enter. If you don’t see the Windows folder, try the next character, D: And after that E: next is dir request. Finally, you will see one of them with the Windows folder where Windows 10 is installed.

Now type in cd Windows / System32. This will take you to the directory where bcdedit.exe is located. Now you can re-enter the command in Step 4 and it should work.

  1. Close the Command Prompt window.
  1. Option Continue on your desktop and your PC will boot in safe mode.

Initially, this method did not work for us in our testing, however, once we found the Windows partition and navigated to the correct directory, we were able to run the command.

Extra Tip: How to exit Safe Mode

To boot your PC back into normal mode:

  1. Open Begin while your PC is in safe mode.
  2. Knock on system configuration and click System configuration.
  1. Above Shared go ahead and choose Normal start radio button.
  1. Above Start up go ahead and uncheck Safe boot box.
  1. Finally, click Start, select Power options and choose Restart.
  1. Your PC will restart in normal mode.

Do any of these methods allow you to boot your Windows 10 PC in safe mode? Let us know which method worked in the comments section below!

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