windows 10 in safe mode

Windows 10 Safe Mode can be useful in solving a wide variety of computer problems: to remove viruses, fix driver errors, including those causing the blue screen of death, reset Windows 10 password or activate an administrator account, start system restore from a restore point.

In this manual, there are several ways to enter Windows 10 Safe Mode in cases when the system starts and you can enter it, as well as when it is impossible to start or enter the OS for one reason or another. Unfortunately, the familiar way of starting Safe Mode via F8 no longer works (but you can make it work: How to enable entering Safe Mode with the F8 key in Windows 10), and therefore you will have to use other methods.

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Entering safe mode through msconfig system configuration

The first, and probably familiar to many, way to start Windows 10 Safe Mode (it works in previous versions of the OS as well) is to use the built-in system configuration utility. The disadvantage of the method is the impossibility of entering safe mode if the system does not start. Steps to take:

Press the Win + R keys on your keyboard (Win is the Windows logo key), type msconfig into the Run window, and press Enter.

In the “System Configuration” window that opens, go to the “Boot” tab, select the OS (usually there is only one menu item and you do not need to select), which should start in safe mode and check the “Safe mode” item. Simultaneously, there are a few choices for the protected boot mode for it: insignificant – beginning the “ordinary” experimental mode, with a work area and a negligible arrangement of drivers and administrations; another shell is experimental mode with order line support; organization – dispatch with network support.

When completed, click “Alright” and restart your PC, Windows 10 will begin in experimental mode.Then, to return to normal startup mode, use msconfig again using the same method, but this time uncheck the previously set Safe Mode startup, apply the settings and restart your PC or laptop.

Launching Safe Mode via Special Boot Options

This method of starting Windows 10 Safe Mode generally also requires the OS on the computer to start. However, there are two variations of this method that allow you to enter Safe Mode even if you cannot log in or start the system, which I will also describe.

In general, the method involves the following simple steps:

Open Settings (the gear icon in the Start menu or the Win + I keys), go to the “Update and Security” item, select “Recovery” and in the “Special Boot Options” item, click “Restart Now”. (In some systems, this item may not be present. In this case, use the following method to enter safe mode).

On the Special Boot Options screen, select “Troubleshooting” – “Advanced Options” – “Boot Options”. If Boot Options is missing, click Advanced Recovery Options. On earlier versions of Windows 10, the path is “Diagnostics” – “Advanced options” – “Boot options”. And press the “Restart” button. On the boot options screen that appears after a system restart, press keys 4 (or F4) to 6 (or F6) to launch the appropriate safe mode option.

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

If you need to protect yourself from potential problems, or if you often use Windows 10 Safe Mode, you can add it to the boot menu of your computer or laptop: Run Command Prompt as Administrator and use the following commands, pressing Enter after each one. After running the first command, the GUID will be displayed, which you will need to use in the second command.

Done, now when you turn on your computer, you will have a menu in which, in addition to simply starting Windows 10, you can start 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 command.

How to enter Windows 10 Safe Mode using a bootable USB flash drive or recovery drive

And finally, if you can’t even get to the login screen, then there is another way, but you need a bootable USB flash drive or disk with Windows 10 (which can be easily created on another computer). Boot from such a drive, and then either press the Shift + F10 keys (this will open the command line), or after choosing the language, in the window with the “Install” button, click “System Restore”, then Diagnostics – Advanced options – Command line. Likewise, for these reasons, you can utilize not a circulation pack, but rather a Windows 10 recuperation circle, which is effectively done through the control board in the “Recuperation” thing.

At the command prompt, enter (safe mode will be applied to the default OS loaded on your computer, in case there are multiple such systems):

bcdedit / set {default} safeboot minimal – for the next boot in safe mode.

If you want to start safe mode with command line support, use the first of the above commands first and then: bcdedit / set {default} safebootalternateshell yes Subsequent to executing the orders, close the order provoke and restart your PC, it will naturally boot into protected mode.In the future, to enable normal startup of the computer, use the command in the command line running as administrator (or in the way described above):

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