The Safe Mode in Windows 10 is a troubleshooting mode that can help you isolate problems if you are having trouble with your PC. It is a stripped-down version of the OS that disables all the unnecessary drivers and programs at the startup. It helps you diagnose certain problems and scan for malware. Booting your PC to Safe Mode in Windows 10 is pretty simple. Here are the two ways to do it.
1- Advanced startup options in Windows 10
- Go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced Startup. Click on Restart Now to restart your PC in recovery mode
- Now you’ll see four options: Continue, Use a device, Troubleshoot, and Turn off your PC. Select Troubleshoot to continue
- In the Troubleshoot menu, click Advanced Options, followed by Startup Settings
- In the Startup Settings, tap the Restart button
- Your PC will now boot into a new Startup Settings screen with a bunch of options. Press 4 or F4 to startup in Safe Mode. If you want to startup in Safe Mode with networking, press 5 or F5
2- Using the System Configuration tool
Using the System Configuration tool seems even easier than the above method. Many users know this tool by its executable name msconfig.exe. Here’s how to boot your Windows 10 PC into Safe Mode using this method.
- Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run window
- Write msconfig in the text field and click on OK
- Now navigate to the Boot tab. Under Boot Options, check the Safe Boot option. If you want to maintain network connectivity in Safe Mode, select the Network option under Safe Boot
- Hit the OK or Apply button to restart your PC. It should now boot in Safe Mode.
Windows 10 is much faster than past versions of Windows, and equally fast is its boot process. After you are in Safe Mode, you will have to instruct the OS not to boot into Safe Mode during the next reboot. You can do it by launching System Configuration again and unchecking the Safe Boot option.