Windows-safe-mode

Start your Computer in Safe Mode

Safe Mode is the way which is sufficient to troubleshoot any system, this is one of the famous option available in Windows operating system. In windows 8, 8.1, it’s a little bit tough. But in windows 10, booting into safe mode is quite easy.

This mode of Windows is basically a troubleshooting option for Windows that boots the computer with the limited source or application. In this mode you will see words “Safe Mode” appears in the corners of your monitor. If any application on your PC is causing problems then you can boot your PC into Safe Mode and verify that the issues are occurring in that mode or not.

How to Enter Safe Mode in Windows 10

Method #1: Safe Mode when you can’t boot normally

Safe Mode loads with a minimum set of drivers, software and service. Usually, when Windows doesn’t start normally, Safe Mode starts with no problem. It’s useful for you to troubleshoot the problem there.

  1. Make sure to hold the power button for 5-10 seconds while Windows is booting in order to interrupt it. Just make sure it doesn’t get past the boot screen or else you need to again start the process.
  2. Follow this 3 consecutive times as when Windows 10 fails to boot consecutively three times, the fourth time it enters Automatic Repair mode by default.
  3. When the PC starts 4th time it will prepare Automatic Repair and will give you the option to either Restart or Advanced options.
  4. Click on Advanced options and you would again be taken to Choose an option screen.
  5. Again follow this hierarchy Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Startup Settings -> Restart.
  6. Once the Windows 10 reboots, you could select which boot options you want to enable:
    F4 key to Enable Safe Mode Press 
    F5 key to Enable Safe Mode with Networking 
    F6 key to Enable SafeMode with Command Prompt

Once you have press the desired key, you will automatically log into the Safe Mode.

Method #2: Safe Mode from Normal Mode

If you’ve started Windows normally, you can boot into the safe mode using the System Configuration tool. The System Configuration tool allows you to configure how your PC starts, the startup items, the boot procedure, etc.

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key +R  at the same time to invoke the Run box.
  2. Type msconfig and click OK. Then the System Configurations will open.
  3. When System Configuration opens, click the Boot tab. Under Boot options, check Safe boot then click OK. (Make sure Minimal radio button is check marked and click OK.)
  4. When you’re prompted to restart your computer to apply these changes, click Restart then you will boot into the Safe Mode.

IMPORTANT: If you want to start Windows 10 in Normal Mode, ensure Safe boot is unchecked.

Method #3: Safe Mode from Login Screen

  1. If you can boot to the login screen, you can enter Safe Mode from the login screen
  2. Click on Power option (at the bottom right of the corner), press and hold Shift key and then click on Restart. Then Windows will bring up the Windows RE (Recovery environment) screen.
  3. Now once the PC reboot, from the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot.
  4. On the Troubleshoot screen, click on Advanced options.
  5. On the Advanced options screen, click on Startup Settings.
  6. Now from the Startup Settings click on the Restart button in the bottom.
  7. Once the Windows 10 reboots, you could select which boot options you want to enable:
F4 key to Enable Safe Mode
F5 key to Enable Safe Mode with Networking
F6 key to Enable SafeMode with Command Prompt

Hope the instructions in this post help you boot into Safe Mode.

How to Enter Safe Mode in Windows 8 and 8.1

Method #1: Safe Mode when you can’t boot normally

  1. Power up your PC more than 2 times until you see Windows screen display “Preparing Automatic Repair” then “Diagnosing your PC”. After this, the Startup Repair window will appear.
  2. Click Advanced options, then the system will direct the display to Windows RE (Recovery environment.)
  3.  In Windows RE (Recovery environment), click Troubleshoot.
  4. Click Advanced options and then Startup Settings
  5. Click Restart button
  6. You can press 4 number key to enter Safe Mode. (If you need Internet access, press 5 number key to enter Safe Mode with Networking.)

Method #2: Safe Mode from Normal Mode

  1. Press the Windows key + C, and then click Settings.
  2. Click Power, hold down Shift on your keyboard and then click Restart.
    In Windows RE (Recovery environment), click Troubleshoot.
  3. Click Advanced options and then Startup Settings
  4. Click Restart button.
  5. You can press 4 number key to enter Safe Mode. (If you need Internet access, press 5 to enter Safe Mode with Networking.)

How to Enter Safe Mode in Windows 7, Vista and XP

If your PC is running Windows 7, Windows Vista & Windows XP, to enter safe mode, you can refer steps below.

  1. After you power up your PC (and after it displays its own logo or post screen), but before you see the Windows logo, tap F8 key in 1 second intervals.
  2. Then the Advanced Boot Options menu will appear. Use the arrow key to select Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking (If you need internet access, select this mode.).
  3. Then press “Enter” key to enter the mode you selected.

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