How to Boot into Safe Mode Windows 10 in Every Possible Way

Starting Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode can help you fix some problems with your computer. How to boot into Safe in Windows 10? Check the 6 ways to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode to diagnose and fix issues on a Windows 10 PC. If you have data loss issues during the process, you can download and run EaseUS data recovery software to restore data.

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Quick Access - How to Boot to Safe Mode in Windows 10

  • At the sign-in screen, select "Power > Restart" and hold the Shift key down. 
  • After your PC restarts to the "Choose an Option" screen, select "Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart". 
  • After your PC restarts, a list of options should appear. Select "4" or "F4" to start your PC in Safe Mode.

What Is Windows 10 Safe Mode and Why You Use It

Although Windows 10 is very versatile and powerful, it gets problems sometimes. Thus, starting your computer in Safe Mode is a handy way to diagnose and fix common issues with your PC. (Windows 10 stuck on the loading screen, Windows 10 Won't boot after an update, etc.)

Safe Mode is a built-in diagnostic mode of Windows 10 (8, 7, etc.). It starts Windows in a basic state with a limited set of files and drivers. If a problem doesn't happen in Safe Mode, this means that default settings and basic device drivers aren't causing the issue. Checking Windows in Safe Mode enables you to narrow down the source of a problem, and can help you troubleshoot problems on your PC.

how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Windows 10 offers three types of Safe Mode. You can choose to boot Windows 10 in any type of Safe Mode according to your needs.

Enable Safe Mode

In this mode, the operating system is started with the bare minimum of installed drivers, and only the main Windows functions are used.

Enable Safe Mode with Networking

In this mode, the network drivers are also started.

Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt

In this mode, the operating system is started in text mode. This mode requires knowledge of computer commands and is, therefore, more suitable for professional users.

If you want to know more details about Safe Mode, you can go to Wikipedia to get additional information.

How Do I Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode (Official Tips)

If you are familiar with Windows 10, you may have noticed that pressing the F8 or the Shift + F8 keys on your keyboard to enter Safe Mode no longer works. The process to enter Safe Mode has changed. How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode, including when your PC doesn't boot correctly, or when you can't log into Windows 10? Here are six ways to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode (the full guide):

  1. 1. Start Safe Mode Directly from Windows 10
  2. 2. Enter Safe Mode from the Sign-in Screen
  3. 3. Restart Windows 10 in Safe Mode by Msconfig
  4. 4. Enter Safe Mode from the Settings App
  5. 5. Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode from a Black Screen

Solution 1. Start Safe Mode Directly from Windows 10

If you can log in to Windows 10, you can boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10 directly from your Start menu. Here are the detailed steps in booting into Windows 10 Safe Mode.

Step 1. Click the Windows button and select "Power".

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Step 2. Hold the "shift" key on the keyboard and click "Restart".

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Step 3. Click the "Troubleshoot" option.

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Step 4. Then, select the "Advanced options".

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Step 5. Go to "Advanced options" and click "Start-up Settings".

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Step 5. Under "Start-up Settings" click "Restart".

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Step 6. Various boot options are displayed.

  • The relevant options for booting in Safe Mode are numbers, 4,5, or 6.
  • Select an option by pressing one of the numbers or function keys F4, F5 or F6

select the Windows 10 Safe Mode according to your needs

Then, Windows 10 starts in Safe Mode. You can solve your problems in Safe Mode.

Solution 2. Enter Safe Mode in Windows 10 from the Sign-in Screen

If you cannot log into Windows 10, but you can get to the sign-in screen, you can enter Safe Mode by using Shift + Restart.

Step 1. Restart the Windows 10 PC. When you see the Sign-in screen, press the "Shift" key and don't release, and click the Power icon at the bottom-right and choose "Restart".

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Step 2. Windows 10 restarts and asks you to select an option. 

  • Choose "Troubleshoot" > Advanced options" > "Startup Settings" > "Restart".

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After the Windows 10 PC restarts, you can see a list of Windows startup options. Press F4 to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode, or press F5 to start in Safe Mode in Windows 10 with Networking.

Solution 3. Restart Windows 10 in Safe Mode by Windows System Configuration

You can also try another way to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10 if you can enter Windows 10 system normally.

Step 1. Press Windows + R key, input msconfig, and hit "Enter" to open the System Configuration utility.

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Step 2. Click the "Boot" tab. Under Boot options, you can choose a "Safe boot" option based on your own need.

  • Minimal equals Safe Mode.
  • Alternate shell refers to Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
  • Network refers to Safe Mode with Networking.
  • Active Directory repair option is used to repair the Active Directory server.

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Usually, you can choose either the Minimal or Network option to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode to troubleshoot problems in Windows 10 system.

Solution 4. Enter Windows 10 Safe Mode from the Settings App

If you can log in to Windows 10, this way also enables you to boot into Safe Mode. 

Step 1. Press Windows + I and head to the "Update & security" section.

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Step 2. On the left panel, press "Recovery". On the right side of the app, click or tap the "Restart now" button.

Step 3. After Windows 10 restarts, choose "Troubleshoot" > Advanced options" > "Startup Settings" > "Restart". Follow the same steps as those shown in Solution 1 from this guide.

Solution 5. How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode from a Black/Blank Screen

If your computer cannot boot the system successfully, you will need to directly enter Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE).

Step 1. To do this, you will repeatedly turn your device off, then on:

  • Hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.
  • Press the power button again to turn on your device.
  • On the first sign that Windows has started (for example, some devices show the manufacturer's logo when restarting) hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.
  • Press the power button again to turn on your device.
  • When Windows restarts, hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.
  • Press the power button again to turn on your device.
  • Allow your device to fully restart. You will enter winRE.

Now that you are in winRE, you will follow these steps to take you to safe mode:

Step 2. On the Choose an option screen, select "Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart". Follow the same steps as those shown in Solution 1 from this guide.

how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

After your device restarts, you'll see a list of options. Select option 5 from the list or press F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

Solution 6. How to Boot in Safe Mode Windows 10 While Booting through F8 Key

Note: This method doesn't work for UEFI legacy and SSD drives.

In Windows 7, you were able to press F8 just before Windows got loaded, to open the "Advanced Boot Options" window, where you could choose to start Windows 7 into Safe Mode. But in Windows 10, you can't do that. Some people advise you to press Shift + F8 just before Windows 10 starts loading so that you make it launch the recovery mode, from where you can boot into Safe Mode.

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The truth is that Shift + F8 and F8 do not work in Windows 10. If you have a modern PC with a UEFI legacy and a fast SSD drive, there is no way you can interrupt the boot procedure with your keypresses. Only Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can enter Safe Mode using F8.

How to Tell If You're in Safe Mode

How do you know that you have entered Windows 10 Safe Mode? While in Safe Mode, the Desktop background is replaced with black. There are the words Safe Mode at all four corners. The top of the screen also shows the current Windows build and service pack level.

how to make sure that you are in Safe Mode

How to Exit Windows 10 Safe Mode Easily

If you Want to exit safe mode, you can follow these steps.

  • Press the Windows logo key + R.
  • Type msconfig in the Open box and then select "OK".
  • Select the "Boot" tab.
  • Under Boot options, clear the "Safe boot" checkbox.

how to exit Safe Mode Windows 10

How to Troubleshoot Windows 10 Computer Issues in Safe Mode

Starting your Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode can help you fix some problems with your computer. If your computer or laptop gets infected by a virus, EaseUS data recovery software is highly recommended. This hard disk recovery software makes data recovery easy even your computer can't boot or even can't start in Safe Mode.

Note: To guarantee a high data recovery chance, install EaseUS data recovery software on another disk instead of the original disk where you lost files.

Step 1. Select the disk partition or storage location where you lost data in Windows 10 and click "Scan".

select the location on Windows 10

Step 2. Let EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard scan and find all lost files.

When the scan process completes, click "Filter" > "Type" to specify lost file types.

Then use the tree navigation bar, and go to "Deleted Files", "Other Lost Files > Files Lost Original Name" or "Tags" to locate your lost data. 

scan windows 10 data

Step 3. Preview and restore lost Windows 10 data.

You can double-click to preview the found files. Then, select the target data and click the "Recover" button to save them to another safe spot in the PC or an external storage device.

recover windows 10 lost data

Then, you can troubleshoot Windows computer problems when certain parts of the OS may not function or may not work as quickly as you're used to. In Safe Mode, you can:

Conclusion

As a diagnostic tool, you only need to boot into Safe Mode when you want to troubleshoot a problem with your device or computer. If your computer can boot normally, Solution 3 is the easiest and fastest one. If you cannot boot into Windows 10, Solution 5 is my recommendation.

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