How to add safe mode to the Windows 10 startup menu options

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Safe Mode is a special Windows 10/8/7 environment used for troubleshooting and system diagnostics. It allows you to fix malware and problems that cannot otherwise be fixed in normal office mode. For this reason, Microsoft has ensured that the Safe Mode option is not directly available, but is accessible via function keys such as F2, F8 (depending on your PC) or msconfig. This manual explains how to add safe mode to the Windows 10 boot menu options so that it appears when you turn on your PC.

It will be similar if you have several versions of the operating system installed on your PC. Learn more!

Adding Safe Mode to the Windows 10 Start Menu options

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Windows 10 now has advanced start options that allow you to start directly into Safe Mode and then press the special key repeatedly. However, if you need to use the safe mode frequently, it is best to add it as an option.

In the WinX menu, select ‘Command prompt (Admin)’ to open CMD.

Enter the command below and press Enter:

bcdit /copy {current} /d'Safe Mode'

You should see the following message :

The entry was successfully copied to {74a93982-9486-11e8-99df-00270e0f0e59}.


The command adds a safe mode entry to the start menu, which means you can start Windows directly in this mode.

To check if the safe mode has been added to the start menu, open msconfig. You must then use it to configure the start parameters for the’Safe Mode’ input.

Type msconfig at the Run command prompt and press Enter.

Go to the Boot tab and search for option Safe Mode. It should be available directly in the standard Windows 10 mode.

You must select the option Safe boot and in addition Minimum. Then select the Make all boot settings permanent option.

Also ensure that the waiting time is increased to at least 10 seconds. This prevents the menu from disappearing too quickly.

You can also add Safe Mode with Networking and Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

    • For safe mode with networking, select – Network
    • For safe mode with command prompt, select – Alternative Shell

Then click Apply and restart your computer.

You will see the changes in your start menu !

To delete the entry, open msconfig again, select Safe Mode and click Delete.

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