How to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10

Is your Windows machine malfunctioning, or having driver issues, or isn’t just working as it should? To solve this, one way could be by booting Windows in Safe Mode, which prevents certain applications and drivers from starting. Previously Windows used to offer the F8 key functionality to help users easily boot into safe mode, but as of now, it has been disabled, and therefore In this post, I will guide you on how to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10.

How to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10

Various methods could certainly be used for booting Windows into safe mode in Windows 10. Here’s the list of all the methods that could be followed to accomplish the task.

  1. Bring Back F8 Key Functionality
  2. Via Windows Settings
  3. Using Sign-in Options
  4. Using System Configuration

These are straightforward options, and anybody should be able to get this done.

1] Bringing Back F8 Key Functionality

Boot Safe Mode using F8 Key

The F8 Key used to be one of the fastest methods to boot Windows into safe mode previously, but Windows decided to bring it down. However, there’s a workaround using which one could bring back the F8 Key functionality, here’s how:

  • Open up Command Prompt in Administrative Mode using the Run Dialog and pressing Control + Shift + Enter or searching for the same in the Start Search Box.
  • Copy and paste bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy into the command line and press Enter.
  • Now, reboot the PC and before the Windows logo shows up, press the F8 key on the keyboard.
  • Then navigate and select Safe Mode and press Enter. Now Windows will boot into Safe Mode.

2] Via Settings

Boot Safe Mode Advanced Startup

Windows also does let one boot into Safe Mode via the Settings Panel, and it’s quite easy. Here’s how to do so:

  • Open Settings in Windows 10 (Win + I)
  • Navigate to Update & Security > Recovery.
  • Here, Under Advanced Startup, choose Restart Now.
  • Once the PC restarts, and from Choose an Option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  • Here, a list of options will appear. Choose 4 or F4 to boot into Safe Mode or select 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

3] Using Sign-in Options

Windows Sign-in Option

In certain instances, when one cannot log in into Windows but can access the sign-in options. There is certainly a way which could be used to access Safe Mode; here’s how:

  • On the Sign-in page for Windows, you’ll find a couple of options.
  • At the bottom right corner, click on the Power icon and hover your mouse over to the Restart option.
  • Here, hold the Shift button on your keyboard and press the Restart button.
  • Once the PC restarts, and from Choose an Option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  • Here, a list of options will appear. Choose 4 or F4 to boot into Safe Mode or select 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

4] Using System Configuration

System Configuration and Services

The System Configuration tool in Windows 10 could also lead us to the final destination of booting into safe mode in Windows 10. Here’s how to do so:

  • Bring up the Run Dialog in Windows 10 (Win + R)
  • Here, type in msconfig and press Enter.
  • In the System Configuration tool, navigate to the Boot tab. Under Boot options, check the option stating Safe boot, then click OK.
  • On being prompted to restart your computer to apply these changes, click Restart, and then you will boot into the Safe Mode.

How to Fix Broken Windows Safe Mode?

Windows Safe Mode is, most of the time, the last resort for novice users to get their windows working when they are unable to login to their account or many times cannot launch any application. The reason for this can be many; most of the time is virus infection or corrupt files. Now, what happens when you cannot launch a safe mode? Please read our guide get to know about how one can fix the broken Safe Mode in Windows.

With that said, How often do you boot into Safe Mode, and why? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

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