How to boot in safe mode

#1. Use the System Configuration Tool : This is the easiest method to enable Safe Mode in Windows with the help of System Configuration tool. Click on search and find Run desktop app or press Win + R key combination and type msconfig in the run box, hit enter. System Configuration WindowsGo to Boot tab, check the box that says “Safe boot”. You can also choose the type of Safe Mode you want to boot into:

  • Minimal is normal safe mode.
  • Alternate Shell is safe mode with command prompt
  • Network is safe mode with networking.

Once you’ve chosen your option click the OK button and restart your machine. Your PC will be booted into Safe Mode automatically.

Note : To exit from Safe Mode, open msconfig again and uncheck the Safe Boot option, then tap OK button.#2. Use Shift + Restart :

Hold Shift and press the Power button at the Windows login screen or in the Settings. Windows will ask you to choose an option, Press Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings and press “Restart”.

Windows Startup Settings

Once your PC restarted, it displays options like enable debugging, enable boot logging, enable low resolution video, enable Safe Mode, enable safe mode with Command Prompt, disable driver signature enforcement, disable early launch anti-malware protection and disable automatic restart after failure. You need to press number key or function key from F1 to F9, to choose options.#3. Boot from System Recovery DVD  :

Insert the System recovery DVD into DVD ROM and press any key to boot from it. Choose your keyboard layout and click on Troubleshoot. The other steps are identical shown in method 2. #4. Boot from a System Recovery Memory Stick :

You can use the Recovery Media Creator to create a system recovery drive on a USB flash drive. Boot from the USB flash drive and follow the same instructions as in Method 3.#5. Use F8 or Shift + F8 :

When you turn on a Windows 8 or 10 PC, there’s no enough time to detect keystrokes like F2 or F8, much less time to read a message such as “Press F2 for Setup”. If you have modern PC with a UEFI BIOS and a fast SSD drive, there’s no way, you can interrupt the boot procedure with F8 key or Shift + F8.  On older PCs, with a classic BIOS and no SSD drive, pressing these keys might still work though.#6. Add Safe Mode to Boot Menu :

Open the Command Prompt and type the any of the command given below, hit enter.

bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode”

Command Prompt

Tap on Start, type msconfig and then select System Configuration. Now click on the Boot tab, you’ll see the default OS, and the new entries you created. 

System Configuration Boot Options Windows

Click the new entry you created for Windows 10 Safe Mode (or whatever you named it). Enable the “Safe boot” check box and make sure that the Minimal option is selected underneath it. Enable the “Make all boot settings permanent” option if it isn’t already. You can also delay the boot time by entering the timeout values from 0 to 9999 seconds. To see the Boot Menu until you pick an OS, set the value to -1. You’ll be asked to confirm the changes with a Scary warning about everything you’ve done being permanent. Go ahead and click Yes and restart your computer.

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How to Boot into Safe Mode


If you are still on the login screen, this is an effective way to quickly boot into Safe Mode — and it may also work if Windows has suddenly frozen or programs like Outlook have become unresponsive.

Step 1: From the login screen, hold down “Shift,” and then click the power button on the screen (not your physical power button on the PC or laptop). A small box should pop up with a few different shut down options. Choose the “Restart” option.

Step 2: Windows should revert to a window that says “Choose an option” (it may take a little time so don’t try anything until you see this). From here you will need to go through a few different menus to find the right restart option. First choose “Troubleshoot,” then “Advanced options,” then “Startup Settings,” and then “Restart.”

Step 3: Windows should now open up to a new window that says “Startup Settings” and includes a list of different options. The first “Safe Mode” options should be “4,” with the other Safe Mode options following after. Press the number key for the Safe Mode that you want.


There’s a slightly more roundabout way to boot into Safe Mode from inside Windows 10. This method may be more useful if you want Windows to shut down and restart safely while preserving as much data as it can — while avoiding complex command lines.

Windows Restart Now

Step 1: Head to your “Start” menu, and then choose or search for “Settings.”

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Step 2: In Settings, look for “Update & Security” and select it. This will open a new window with a sidebar on the left side. In this sidebar, look for “Recovery,” and select that.

Step 3: Under the “Advanced startup option,” you should see a “Restart now” button. Choose it. This will take you to the same selection screen as the first method of entering “Safe Mode.”

Windows Advanced Options

Step 4: Move through these menus by selecting “Troubleshoot,” then “Advanced options,” then “Startup Settings,” and then “Restart.”

Step 5: Give Windows time to load your selection of Startup settings. The “Safe Mode” options start at number 4. Press the number key for the Safe Mode you want.

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