How to start Windows 10 in safe mode

Unlike in previous versions of Windows (XP, Vista and 7), in Windows 8 and Windows 10 you cannot simply press the F8 key when your PC is starting to see the advanced options menu, among which is the mode safe.

When your computer has shut down incorrectly or has stopped working properly, safe mode is the option that allows you to work fail-safe.

Safe mode starts Windows with a limited set of files and drivers, no program starts automatically, and the PC does not connect to the network. All this ensures that your computer's error situation worsens.

This also means that it is possible to find and solve problems on your PC without jeopardizing your hardware or data stored on the computer.

How to start safe mode in Windows 10

If you can you can start Windows, you just have to go to the menu of Start, Click on Configuration at the bottom and then on Update and security.

Then choose the Recovery option, and in the section on Advanced startclick on Restart now. When the computer is restarting, see some options.

Choose the option of Solve problems and then Advanced options> Startup Settings> Restart. Then, select from the list that Safe Mode appears (it should be the fourth option).

Troubleshooting Messages

If you need to use the safe mode, it is probably because you have some kind of problem that prevents Windows from starting from its normal startup.

If this is the case, then Windows 10 should start automatically in recovery mode in which you see a message that says something similar to: Windows did not load correctly. In addition, you should see the option to solve problems as it appears in the previous section.

Otherwise, you can use another computer to download and create a Windows 10 boot flash drive and use it to try to fix what is causing the boot problem.

Alternatively, we recommend you take a look at this article in which we offer you 5 steps to follow to troubleshoot your PC boot.

Other ways to start Windows in safe mode

If you can start Windows normally, but you still need to start in safe mode, you can skip the most complicated previous method, go to the start search bar and write msconfig (This also works in Windows 8).

Select the Startup tab and check the Safe start box to start the computer in safe mode. (Vers that there are different types of safe mode available).

Click OK and then Restart for Windows to boot in safe mode.

As expected, if you are carrying out this process it is because you have a problem with your computer. That is why if you have already logged in, you can only see a black screen.

In this case, press the CTRL + ALT + DEL keys to display the selection screen. Choose to log out and restart. Then press and hold the Shift key and access the window through which you can also choose the option in a safe way.

How to access the old advanced boot options in Windows 10

First you will have to create the bootable USB flash drive (or DVD) of Windows 10 that we talked about in the first method.

Boot from this flash drive (change the BIOS boot device settings if necessary) and then click on the initial language screen to access the link Repair the computer.

Choose the option of Troubleshooting, then Advanced options> Command Prompt.

On the command screen that appears type c: and press enter. This will change the default X unit to your WIndows unit. If you know that Windows is installed on a drive with a different letter, use it instead of c.

Then type the following command: bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy and press enter again.

Type exit and press enter to exit the command prompt. Now you can remove your boot drive from Windows 10 and turn off the computer.

The next time you start your PC you can press F8 to get the advanced system boot options menu that was used in Windows 7. Simply use the cursor keys to select the mode you want and press Enter.

How to exit safely in Windows 10

To exit safely in Windows 10 you will have to write msconfig in the Windows start search bar. Alternatively, you can also press the Windows and F symbol keys at the same time and type msconfig in the window that appears.

Once you open msconfig, select the boot tab and delete the ticks you have marked in boot options, click on accept and restart your computer. When it comes back on it will no longer do so in safe mode.

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