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How to Start Your Computer in Safe Mode in Windows 10

Year after year, our computers run certain features where they simply do not work as expected. When this happens, you can always try to call a technician for help or send the device for repair, but if you do not want to do this and want to get rid of it yourself, starting your computer in Safe Mode in Windows is one of the ways in which you can tackle the problems.

Safe Mode

There are several ways to start Windows 10 in Safe mode and this will depend on the problem and condition of your computer and here you will find the various methods you can use. Note that for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 the solution is different.

How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

From the settings

If you are still able to log on to your computer:

  1. Click Start and select Settings (or Windows + I)
  2. Select Update & Security
  3. Go to Recovery
  4. Under Advanced startup, click Restart
  5. Once your PC restarts, a few options will appear
  6. Select Troubleshoot> Advanced Options> Startup Settings
  7. Click "Restart" and your computer will restart again
  8. Once the restart is complete, press 4 or F4 to start your computer in Safe Mode or press 5 or F5 to start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

From the Sign-In screen

If you can not log in or access the Settings menu:

  1. Hold the Shift key and click the Power button in the bottom right corner of the login screen
  2. Once you restart your computer, some options will appear
  3. Select Troubleshoot> Advanced Options> Startup Settings
  4. Click "Restart" and your computer will restart again
  5. Once the restart is complete, press 4 or F4 to start your computer in Safe Mode or press 5 or F5 to start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

From a black screen

If Windows does not load and you can not access the login screen:

  1. Fully shut down your computer
  2. Turn it on again
  3. When your computer's manufacturer's logo appears (or the motherboard logo), press and hold the power button for 5-10 seconds until your device turns off
  4. Turn on your computer again and repeat the above step
  5. Turn your computer on again and let it run properly, then set it to Repair Mode
  6. In the Repair Mode, select Troubleshoot> Advanced Options> Startup Settings
  7. Click "Restart" and your computer will restart again
  8. Once the restart is complete, press 4 or F4 to start your computer in Safe Mode or press 5 or F5 to start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

Start Safe Mode by pressing F8

In earlier Windows constructions, users could do Safe Mode booting by pressing the F8 key on their keyboards while their computer is booting. Microsoft has disabled this action in Windows 10, but you can re-enable the feature for easier access in the future.

  1. Press the Windows + R key to display the Run application
  2. Type cmd to start the command line and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to run the application as administrator
  3. Type bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Now every time you restart your computer, you can press F8 before the Windows logo appears to access the "Boot Options" menu. From there you can choose to boot your computer to Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking.

What is Safe Mode?

Safe Mode can be a term that you often encounter when it comes to troubleshooting Windows-related problems. Basically it starts the computer and Windows in one of its most basic states, which means it will only load the software it needs, ignoring third-party applications or programs.

The idea is that by enabling users to enter Safe Mode, it provides them with access to the most basic version of Windows to help users understand what the problem is, such as defective drivers or third-party applications, or drivers.

Why start Safe Mode?

With Safe Mode introducing users with the most basic version of Windows, it will allow users to test and troubleshoot the problem themselves. For example, a third-party application can cause a problem, so while users are in Safe Mode, they can choose to remove the application or prevent it from booting.

It can also be useful when your computer is infected with malware running at Windows startup, so when booting in Safe Mode, it will prevent malware from booting and will give you the opportunity to find the files and remove them. You can also use this opportunity to download a malware scanner to locate and delete malware on your computer.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I gave with copy - paste the following:
    bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

    and I got it as an answer from cmd (in admin mode):
    An unknown command was specified.
    Run “bcdedit /?” For command line assistance

    And something else. Ctrl + shift + enter does not work. Does nothing.

  2. I found it from the MS page.
    In the text in your text
    bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
    there is a gap before the set, WHICH MUST NOT exist.

    Correct it (since we all go with copy-paste and you will not have a problem.

    Note: if someone wants to return their machine to normal mode without F8 being available, it must include:
    bcdedit / set {default} standard bootmenupolicy

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