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Ultimate Guide to Windows 10 Safe Mode

ultimate guide to Windows 10 safe mode

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Safe mode is a Diagnostic mode to load the operating system with minimum settings to diagnose and solve problems in the operating system. Safe Mode is used in cases where it is not possible to open Windows 10 in the normal mode such as Blue Screen of Death, restart loop etc.

In Safe Mode, only the components that are necessary for starting the operating system such as the system files, basic device drivers and applications that come with the operating system is loaded. All third-party device drivers and applications are disabled.

There are different methods to enter safe mode. It is very easy to open safe mode in most cases. However, there are cases when some methods may not work for a variety of reasons such as system file corruption, keyboard problems, blue screen errors etc.

Here is an Ultimate guide to open Windows 10 safe mode.

Different methods to open safe mode in Windows 10

  1. msconfig

This might be the easiest method to open safe mode.

  • Press WinKey + R you open Run window
  • Type msconfig and click ok
  • In the system configuration window click Boot tab
  • Select Safe boot (automatically minimal is selected forces board which forces the operating system you lord with minimal f files. If it is necessary to go online in safe mode, select network. This will enable the network card which helps the computer to go online.)
  • After selection, click Apply and click OK.
  • A popup window will appear to confirm restart. Clicking on the restart will restart the computer in safe mode
  1. From Windows 10 Settings

Safe Mode can be activated to open from Windows Settings

  • Click Start
  • Click Settings
  • Go to update and security
  • click recovery
  • Under the advanced startup, select restart now
  • The system will go through a self-test and then display additional options for starting the computer
  • Click Troubleshoot
  • Select Advanced Options
  • Click See more recovery options
  • Click Startup Settings
  • Select Enable Safe Mode
  • Now select which mode of Safe Mode to boot.
    Enable Safe Mode
    Enable Safe Mode with networking
    Safe Mode with Command Prompt
  1. Windows 10 login screen using Shift + Restart

This method is ideal if you are only able to login till the windows 10 login screen and not to the desktop screen.

  • Press the shift button and click on the power button and select restart. Make sure the shift button is pressed down when selecting restart.
  • After the restart, you will be asked to choose an option. Select troubleshoot.
  • The remaining options are the same as those mentioned in the previous method.
  1. Start button using shift + restart

This method is the same as that of the previous method but done after logging into Windows 10 screen.

  • Hold down the shift key and then press start
  • Click the power button and select restart

After a restart, the Computer will show a Choose an option screen from where you need to select Troubleshoot. Continue the step mentioned in the second method.

  1. Interrupt Windows 10 booting up before reaching desktop three times continuously

This method works because if the Windows 10 fails to boot normally after three consecutive attempts, the 4th time it goes to an automatic repair mode. The trick is to restart Windows 10 during the booting process before it reaches the desktop. Power button or reset button can be used to restart Windows. The ideal option is the reset button as the power button might need an additional few seconds to turn off completely.

  • When the computer restarts 4th time, it automatically goes to Preparing Automatic Repair
  • Select an account to log in (account should be an administrator account)
  • Windows 10 goes through a diagnostic check
  • Inside automatic repair, select advanced options
  • Select troubleshoot

The remaining steps are the same as those mentioned in the second method.

  1. Windows installation disc

This method needs a Windows 10 setup disk or a USB memory stick containing the Windows 10 ISO file.

  • Boot Windows 10 from the Windows 10 setup disk or USB memory
  • Choose language, time and keyboard layout. Click next
  • In Windows setup window, select the option Repair your computer (the option is located on the left side bottom of the screen)
  • Under Choose an option, select Troubleshoot.

The remaining steps are the same as mentioned in the second method.

  1. Windows 10 USB recovery disk

This method is ideal if windows 10 installation media is not available. Create a USB recovery disk for Windows 10 which can be done from another working computer that is using Windows 10.

  • Create Windows 10 USB recovery disk
  • Boot the computer from a USB recovery disk
  • Choose the keyboard layout
  • Select troubleshoot

Follow the steps mentioned in Step 2

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