How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

The new operating system from Microsoft is characterized by stability and a high level of security, according to the developers of Windows 10.

But ordinary users are in no hurry to agree because the “raw” operating room is full of errors and incompatibilities, against the background of which all its positive aspects become not so positive.

Windows 7 is well remembered for its ability to start in safe mode via the F8 key when starting the computer. This option is also present in Windows 10 – but this option does not work for everyone. Microsoft’s official response to this issue explains why this happens. A fast system boot causes this behavior – Windows 10 does not have time to detect keystrokes.

Safe mode is an optional option to load the device with basic settings and minimal load on all components, including hardware.

Starting in Windows 10 safe mode allows you to remove malicious and incompatible programs, restore damaged drivers, etc.

Windows 10’s safe mode is stressful for everyone who has updated to the latest version, or rather, the fact that a rare user knows how to activate it.

Let’s consider several ways to enter the safe mode of Windows 10. Unfortunately, the familiar route to launch safe mode via F8 no longer works, so you can use other methods.

Ways to activate Windows 10 safe mode

The latest OS from Microsoft allows two methods to boot into safe mode:

  • from an external medium;
  • from the computer’s hard drive.

The first option is to start from an external medium; it helps when the computer does not turn on. And if the device can boot, albeit with errors, then it is most convenient to enter safe mode directly from the system.

Setting uploading from external media

Insert a disc or other external media with a bootable version of Windows 10 into the device and boot from it.

You can skip the first window offering to select the installed system’s language settings and time zone by clicking on the “Next” button.

In the installation startup window, you need to not click on the large button in the center but on “System Restore” in the lower-left corner.

Recovery mode provides various built-in capabilities, but to start BR in Windows 10, you must stop at the “Diagnostics” item.

Then stop at the “Additional options” option. We found what we were looking for – the command line. That’s what you need to run.

In the black console window, type the following command: “bcdedit /set global settings advanced options true.” When you’re done typing, press the Enter key and close the window.

In the newly opened menu, select “Continue.” Clicking on the button should reboot the system in boot mode.

Now the operating system loading will begin with the mode selection menu, which you need to select through the function keys F1-F9. Safe mode — F4-F6.

Setting the mode when booting from the hard disk

You can cope without an external medium when it is possible to load the system. The principle of activating the boot mode selection menu is almost the same as in the case of external media unless you need a command line.

Run the Start menu or press the Win R key. In the booted start window, enter the MSCONFIG command. This command opens an application responsible for setting up the boot configuration of the operating system.

In the System Configuration window, click Download. At the bottom of the tab is a list of download modes, from which you can select the desired one. To save the settings, click the “Apply” or “OK” button.

After saving the changes, you can reboot the device in any convenient way. The system will boot into safe mode without problems with files and hardware components.

Consider! If you do not change the settings after using safe mode, the operating system will be loaded only in it.

An alternative way to start BR when booting from the hard disk is to reboot through the standard Start menu with the Shift key held down. The combination opens a menu where you should click on the Diagnostics button.

In the window, select “Advanced options.”

Next, “Download Options.”

On the next screen, press the “Reboot” button and wait for the system to turn on.

Now the power-on screen should offer a mode choice, and you can select “Safe mode” by pressing the F4 key.

Additional ways to start safe mode

More ways allow you to start Windows 10 in safe mode in addition to the above methods.

If you can get to the lock screen but can’t sign in, tap the power button image at the bottom right of the lock screen, then hold Shift and tap Restart. The computer will reboot into the recovery environment, where, as in the particular boot options method, you will be able to enter safe mode.

We don’t recommend this method because it could potentially lead to problems with your drives. But start the Windows 10 download and turn off the computer or laptop incorrectly twice (by holding down the power button for a long time). Then you will get to the “Automatic recovery” window, where you can also enter safe mode by clicking the “Advanced options” button and going to the “boot options” item.

How to add the Safe Mode item to the Windows 10 boot menu

If you need to protect yourself from possible problems or if you often use Windows 10 safe mode, you can add it to the boot menu of your computer or laptop.

Run a command prompt as an administrator and use the following commands, pressing Enter after each command. After running the first command, a GUID will be displayed, which you will need to use in the second command.

  • bcdedit /copy {default} /d “Safe Mode”
  • bcdedit /set {displayed_GUID} safeboot minimal
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Now when you turn on the computer, you will see a menu in which, in addition to simply starting Windows 10, you can also begin to safe mode.

If necessary, you can change the waiting time in the boot menu (that is the time after which Windows 10 will automatically boot in normal mode). To do this, use the bcdedit /timeout Time_in_seconds command.

We hope that one of the described methods will suit you.

Conclusions and thoughts about Safe Mode in Windows 10

Windows 10 is incredibly fast booting, so entering safe mode may not work as well as in older Microsoft operating systems. However, this Windows 8 trick and therefore 8-10 entering safe mode is identical. If you know of other ways, be sure to write about them, we will update this guide.

P.S. After some methods, the computer will always start in safe mode. It doesn’t matter which way you use, but to start in normal mode – look at the first method in the list of this note and remove the “Safe mode” checkmark – all the best!