How to Boot In Safe Mode in Windows 10

By | March 8, 2022

If you’ve ever tried to troubleshoot your own computer, you’ve likely come across Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a built-in troubleshooting feature that disables unnecessary drivers and programs during the startup process. This allows us to isolate any settings or system errors and fix them on root, without interfering with non-essential apps.

In this article, how to enter safe mode windows 10

System Configuration

You can reach the System Configuration screen using Cortana search. Typing msconfig or system configuration and pressing Enter will open the System Configuration pane. Go to Boot, and pay attention to Boot Options. Selecting Safe Boot from the options will force your system to boot into Safe Mode after the next restart.

You can choose from additional options.

  • Minimal: Starts Safe Mode with the absolute minimum number of drivers and services, but with the standard Windows GUI (Graphical User Interface).
  • Alternate Shell: Start Safe Mode with Command Prompt, no Windows GUI. Requires knowledge of advanced text commands, as well as navigating the operating system without a mouse.
  • Active Directory Repair: Starts Safe Mode with access to machine-specific information, such as hardware model. If we fail to install new hardware, corrupt Active Directory, Safe Mode can be used to restore system stability by repairing corrupted data, or adding new data to the directory.
  • Networking: Starts Safe Mode with the necessary services and drivers for networking, with the standard Windows GUI.

Select Minimal, followed by Apply, and OK. System Configuration will now ask if you want to restart your system. Selecting Restart will immediately start the restart process, so be sure to save the active document or project.

Tapping (Tapping)

The most common method to reach Safe Mode is by tapping F8. This brings up the Safe Mode option during startup, allowing us to select the operating mode. However, to speed up the boot process, Windows 10 has disabled F8 Safe Mode. You can sacrifice a few seconds during startup by activating the F8 menu using the Command Prompt.

Start by opening an elevated Command Prompt. Right-click the Start menu and select Command Prompt (Admin). Select Yes in the User Account Control dialog, if it appears. Command Prompt should now open.

Type (or copy/paste) the following command:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

And press Enter. Completed work

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To cancel this legacy command at any time, reopen an elevated Command Prompt according to the instructions above and type:

bcdedit / set {default} default bootmenupolicy

This restores the startup to its original state, so to reach Safe Mode you will have to use one of the alternative options in this article.

Advanced Startup

For our next trick: Advanced Startup. Calm down my friend. It’s not very sophisticated, but very useful to know.

Open the Settings menu and head to Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced Startup. Clicking Restart Now will restart your system in recovery mode, where you will find three options: Continue, Troubleshoot, or Shut Down your PC. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options. You will now have a new set of options, such as:

Click Startup Settings, followed by Restart. Your system will now restart. On reboot, you will meet the Startup Settings screen. From here you can select the required function.


You can skip the rather lengthy clicking process by holding down Shift and clicking Restart under Power, found in the Windows 10 Start Menu. This reboot will take you straight to the Recovery options, where you can select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings.

If Nothing Works

Even if none of the above works, you still have two aces up your sleeve.

If you installed Windows 10 via disc or USB, you can boot directly into recovery mode by inserting the disc/USB before turning on your system. Select your keyboard layout, followed by Repair Your Computer, at the bottom left of the screen. From here, you can head to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options where you will find System Restore, System Image Restore, Startup Repair, Command Prompt, and Back to Previous Build.

For System Image Restore to work, you must create an image before your system error, something we recommend you do. You can create a System Image by typing Recovery into the search bar and selecting Recovery: Control Panel. You will now be in Advanced Recovery Tools. Select Create a Recovery Drive, and follow the steps.

System Repair Disc

Another useful tool at your disposal is the System Repair Disc. Unlike System Image, it’s not machine specific, so you can get it through a friend if things are really pear-shaped.

If you want to prepare for that inevitable moment, right-click the Start Menu icon and select Control Panel from the list. Go to System Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7). Don’t let the Windows 7 tag put you off: you’re at the right place. Select Create a System Repair Disc from the left column, and follow the instructions.

You should now feel very comfortable booting Windows 10 into Safe Mode, using one of the three methods outlined above. Be sure to take note of the last section on System Image Restore and System Repair Disk, remembering the former only works if you have set a recovery location

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