If you’re a Windows 10 user, you may have noticed that the old ways of booting into Safe Mode don’t work. That’s because Windows now boots even faster than it did before, so pressing F8 or Shift just won’t work. In this tutorial, we’re going to tell you a couple of different ways you can boot into Safe Mode.
Safe Mode via System Configuration Tool
Probably one of the easiest methods of booting into Safe Mode with Windows 10 is to use msconfig.exe, more commonly known as the System Configuration Tool. It’s also the fastest way.
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To use this tool, hold down the Windows and R keys simultaneously. When you see the RUN box appear, type in msconfig, and then press OK.
Another method of accessing the msconfig tool is to use Cortana. To do so, navigate to your Taskbar Search field and enter system configuration and then click System Configuration Tool.
Once you have completed the above, you will see the System configuration app,with the following tabs: General, Boot, Services, Startup, and Tools. Choose the Boot Tab and then select the Safe Boot option.
Now Windows 10 will let you know what to do so that you can reboot your computer and the new settings will take effect. However, if you have work open, it will allow you to choose Exit without restart. If you don’t have work to complete, choose restart now, and your computer will boot into Safe Mode.
Windows 10 Safe Mode via Shift + Restart
Both of the methods we are showing you today are easy and very quick ways of getting into Windows 10 Safe Mode. This second method uses the Shift + Restart method.
To use this method, go to the Start Menu and click the Power Button. Next, press and hold the Shift Key, and then click on Restart.
Windows 10 will now reboot, and you will be faced with a blue options screen. Of the three options available (Continue, Troubleshoot, and Turn off your PC), select Troubleshoot. This will lead you to the Troubleshoot screen, where you will be faced with the options Reset this PC and Advanced options. Select Advanced options.
Next, you will be taken to the Advanced Options screen where you will see six different choices. In the right column, second down, you will see Startup settings; select it. Windows 10 will now inform you that can restart your computer so that the advanced boot can be changed. At this point, you should Press Restart.
Please be patient while Windows 10 reboots; when it has, you will be able to choose different boot options, which will be shown to you on a blue startup settings screen. Your main choice to enable Safe Mode is Press F4. Next there’s Safe Mode with networking (Press F5), and there’s Safe Mode with Command Prompt (Press F6).
As promised, you now know two ways to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10. Both are easy to understand, making it possible for you to iron out any issues you may be experiencing with your current installation.
Windows 10 is a much faster operating system compared to the Windows 8.1, 7, and Vista systems. As as we mentioned earlier, this means the old methods of getting into Safe Mode no longer work. We hope you found this tutorial useful, but if you have anything you’d like to share, please do.
In the meantime, you may be interested in learning how to create a bootable Windows 10 flash drive.