How to start Windows 10 in safe mode

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Windows 10 Safe Mode loads the operating system with a minimal set of system files and device drivers – just enough to boot the Windows operating system. In safe mode, startup programs, add-ons, etc. are not executed. Usually we start in safe mode when we need to solve problems. This article shows you how to enable and start or start Windows 10 in safe mode. There may be other ways, but we will only cover two of the more practical ways.

Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

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There are three simple ways to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode:

  1. Press Shift and then click Restart
  2. Open the Get Update & Settings section and click Restart Now.
  3. Use MSConfig or the System Configurator and select’Safe Start’ and’Minimum Options’ and restart.

Let us examine them in detail.

1] Use the advanced boot options

The easiest way to boot Windows 10 in safe mode would be to press Shift and then click Restart. This restarts your Windows 10 computer in Advanced Startup Options.


Alternatively, open Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. Under Advanced Start, click Restart Now.


If you follow any of the above methods, your Windows 10 computer will restart and you will see the following screen.


Click Troubleshooting to continue.

Follow the steps described in Advanced boot options in Windows 10. It guides you through the process, starting with – Troubleshooting > Advanced Options > Start Settings > Restart > Press key #4.

If you have performed the procedure correctly, you will finally be taken to the Startup Settings screen from which you can enable safe mode.

Press the’4′ key and your computer restarts and enters Safe mode. To restart in safe mode with Networking, press the’5′ key. To restart in Safe Mode at the command prompt , press the’6′ key.


You see a black desktop with a watermark in safe mode at the bottom left and right.

2] Use

and press Enter


Check the Safe boot and Minimum options in the Boot tab. Click Apply/OK and complete the process. When you restart your computer, it will go straight into safe mode.


You can now work in safe mode.

and uncheck the Safe Boot box, click Apply/OK, then click Restart so that your computer does not boot in Safe mode when you reboot, but on your desktop.

Read also:

  1. Add Safe Mode to Windows 10 Start Menu options;
  2. Restart directly to Safe Mode on Windows 10/8/7;
  3. PC is locked and cannot exit Safe Mode.

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