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How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode – Different ways

Windows 10 is a great Operating System from Microsoft, but it does run into a lot of problems every now and then. The best way to fix most of those problems is to boot into the safe mode and then fix those problems. Now, there are a few ways to boot into the Safe Mode, but which ones are the easiest ones and safest ones to carry out? Well, we’ll find that out today.

Safe Boot Windows 10

If you’re facing problems with your Windows 10 computer, there are a lot of tips that you can follow from our Ultimate Windows 10 Tips and Tricks, or if you have a certain specific issue, you can search for that on our blog, and hopefully you’ll find a solution for that.

Booting Windows 10 in Safe Mode

There are 4 ways that I’m going to discuss with you today to boot into the Safe Mode, 2 of which require certain specific things. One of the ways to boot into the safe mode would require you to have a recovery media, which I highly recommend you to make for your computer today. The other way would require you to be running on a mechanical hard drive and not using the UEFI BIOS. The rest two methods will work on all the computers, regardless of their configuration and specification.

Method 1

This method works with all types of installations of Windows 10. Simply follow these steps to boot into the Safe Mode.

  • Open the Start Menu and type “msconfig” and open System Configuration there
    msconfig Windows 10
  • Over there, choose the Boot tab on the top
    Boot Options Windows 10
  • Here, select the Safe Boot option and under that, make sure Minimal is selected
    Safe Boot Windows 10
  • Now, when you click Apply, it will ask if you want to restart now or later. Just choose Now if you want to go into the safe mode then.
  • When you’re done with Safe Mode, simply open the System Configuration again and disable Safe Mode in a similar way

If you do not disable Safe Mode, the next time you boot, you will boot into the safe mode again.

Method 2

This method does not need you to tinker with any settings whatsoever, and I’ve recommended this method in my older posts relating to fixing errors on Windows 10.

  • Open the Start Menu
  • While keeping the Shift Key pressed, click on Power and then Restart
    Start Menu Restart Windows 10
  • On the screen that comes up next, choose Troubleshoot and then Advanced Options
    Troubleshoot Windows 10
  • There, choose Startup Settings and then finally click on Restart.

This will boot your computer into the safe mode without much effort, and the next time you boot your computer, you’ll boot into the normal mode without any problem.

Method 3

This method works only on a system that is running on Legacy BIOS rather than UEFI BIOS, and mostly on mechanical hard drive systems because it requires proper timing, and when you’re booting from an SSD, it might be difficult to get that timing right!

  • Restart your computer and as soon as you see anything on the logo, try pressing the F8 Key on your Keyboard
  • If you timed it correctly, you will land on a screen that asks you how to boot Windows. Over there, choose Start Windows in Safe Mode.
  • If you can’t get to this menu, try pressing Shift + F8, that may work in some cases, or start tapping the F8 Key as soon as you hit the power button on your computer to turn it on.

Method 4

This method requires you to have a USB Recovery media for your computer. If you don’t have it, you’ll have to create one using the tutorial that I’ve written earlier.

  • The first step is to boot from the USB Recovery Media. Choose Boot from USB in your BIOS settings
  • Then, in the menu that you’re presented with, choose the Advanced options just like I’ve mentioned in Method 2 and follow the rest of the part for Method 2.

I’ve listed the most common and easy ways to boot into the safe mode on your Windows 10 computer. Which one of these methods did you think is the easiest? Let me know in the comments section below. I personally use the second method to boot into the safe mode because I find it is easy to do, without much tinkering with my computer.

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