Seven Strategies To Access Safe Mode In Windows 10

For years, Safe Mode has served to load the operating system, albeit with decreased performance, for the role of doing diagnostics by loading the core elements of the OS and troubleshooting PC-related issues. Eschewing also the loading of device drivers and the processing of system files, along with stopping services that are specific, provides a surface that makes it a lot easier to roll up back files which can have introduced system instability or otherwise prevented the computer from booting up.

The F8 way of invoking Safe Mode, which has been the strategy was altered with the debut of SSDs and UEFI BIOS and the release of Windows 8. But fear not: As with Windows shortcuts, there are a number of approaches. Listed below are seven of them.

1. Settings

  1. In the desktop, click on the Start button, then click on Settings.
  2. Select Update & Security > Retrieval.
  3. Beneath Advanced Startup, select Restart Now.
  4. After the system restarts, you will be prompted with a list of alternatives. Select option 4 to boot. Select option 5 to boot if web access is required.

2. Logon screen

  1. At the logon screen, hold the Shift key down and tap on the onscreen energy button > Restart.
  2. Upon the apparatus restarting, you will be prompted to choose an alternative. Click on Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  3. The apparatus will restart a second time, this time displaying a list of alternatives. Select option 5 or 4 to boot into Safe Mode or Safe Mode With Networking, respectively.

3. System Configuration

  1. In the desktop, click on the Start button. After that, click on the search icon, input msconfig, and press Enter to launch the System Configuration app.
  2. Click on the Boot tab, and below Boot options, Pick the Safe Boot check box and select the Minimal Choice.
  3. Click on OK and you’ll be prompted to reposition or Exit Without Restart. Click Restart and Windows will automatically reboot and enter Safe Mode to enter Safe Mode.

4. Boot from Windows Recovery Drive

  1. Create a retrieval drive on USB by using the Recovery Drive app.
  2. Reboot the computer and boot into the recovery drive.
  3. Upon booting, you will be asked to select your keyboard design based on your favorite language.
  4. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  5. Once the system reboots, you will be prompted to pick from several boot options. Select option 4 to boot into Safe Mode With Command Prompt to boot into Safe Mode; alternative 5 to boot into Safe Mode With Networking; or alternative 6.

5. Windows 10 setup network (DVD or USB)

  1. Connect the computer into the setup of your selection. Click Next.
  2. On the next screen, click on Repair Your Personal Computer to access the options screen.
  3. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.
  4. When the command line appears, enter the following command and press Enter to do it:
Bcdedit /set default safeboot minimal

5. Once the operation successfully completes, close the command prompt and select Continue to depart and boot.

6. Automated Repair manner

  1. If three failed consecutive boot efforts are created, Windows 10 will boot into Automatic Repair manner on the fourth effort.
  2. After Windows immediately diagnoses your PC, then you will be prompted using the Automatic Repair screen. Click Advanced Options > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  3. Once the system reboots, you will be prompted to pick from several boot options. Select option 4 to boot to boot.

7. F8 or Shift-F8 during boot (BIOS and HDDs only)

When (and only IF) your Windows computer utilizes a legacy BIOS along with a spinning-platter-based hard drive, you could be able to invoke Safe Mode in Windows 10 using the familiar F8 or even Shift-F8 keyboard shortcut during the computer’s boot process.

Due to the way by which the UEFI BIOS was created, coupled with the inherent speedy nature of drives that were cloned, Windows 10 (and to be honest, Windows 8 too) will not respond to the interrupt boot caused by pressing F8 or even Shift-F8.

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Jesus Vigo is currently a Network Administrator daily and proprietor of Mac|Jesus, LLC, specializing in Mac and Windows integration along with providing solutions to small- and medium-size companies. He brings 19 decades of expertise and a number of certifications such as Apple and CompTIA.