6 Ways to Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

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OS crashing is not a rare issue. It often happens with us that we start our system, and it hangs on the start screen. The condition is even worse when it happens before we log in. After that, the system can crash anytime, no matter whatever be the reason. Your unsaved files or any sort of work can go in vain. Sometimes even the Ctrl + Alt + Delete doesn’t work. So, to make it work sometimes you need to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode.

The only feasible solution to this problem is to boot into Safe Mode. So how to start windows 10 in safe mode? In safe mode, only the required files and drivers are loaded into the Windows, thus keeping away any other files or applications which may be causing the problem to your system.

Thus you should know how to boot your OS into Safe mode because who knows when you face a similar crashing situation. Every OS has different ways to boot into Safe mode. In this article, we will discuss 6 ways to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode.


6 Ways to Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Always launch Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

One way to solve such a problem is to always launch windows 10 in Safe mode. Thus whenever you need to troubleshoot Windows, you can just restart, and it automatically boots into safe mode while starting.

There are many ways to do so. One way is to press Windows + R to open Run and then type “MSConfig” and click “OK” now; the System Configuration dialogue box will open up. Now under the Boot tab, select Windows 10 at the top. Now choose Safe Boot in Boot options. Keep Safe Mode Type as Minimal if you wish to access regular Safe mode.

Otherwise, you can also choose  “Alternate shell” and “Network” modes for launching Safe Mode with Command Prompt or Network access. Now click OK and do restart if you wish, or you can do it later.

This effect will be permanent, and your windows 10 will boot into safe mode every time you start it. If you want to change this, just go to the System Configuration dialogue box and uncheck safe mode under Windows 10.

Press F8 to Boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode

One of the best ways to boot Windows into Safe mode is by pressing F8 when the Windows is loading up. The only issue present here is that Windows 10 is comparatively faster than another version of Windows, so the boot is so fast that sometimes it may not even recognise the F8 keypress.

So overall, it depends upon your system configuration. If you have a PC that has an older BIOS or uses a hard drive instead of an SSD, then you might have a shot at this trick. So all you’ve done is to press an F8 key while starting your system, then you’ll see some startup options in which Safe mode will also be there.

Hold Shift and Restart

Hold Shift and Restart keyboard

Another method to enter into Safe mode is to hold the Shift key while restarting the system. You can do it by clicking on the power button. Now hold the Shift key and click on the Restart button.

This can also be done by choosing Restart options after pressing Alt + F4 or from the Sign-in screen. This will open some boot options from where you’ve to click on Troubleshoot and then choose Advanced Options. From here, click on Startup settings and then click on Restart to access advanced boot options.

The PC will now restart, and you’ll see a variety of advanced boot options from which you’ve to choose the fourth option, which says Enable safe mode. You can also choose other safe mode options if you need to. You can do so by using Function Keys.

Add Safe Mode option in the Boot Menu

You can also add the safe mode option in the boot menu using the command prompt. Firstly, you have to create an entry in the boot menu and assign the required Safe Mode. To create an entry in the boot menu, you need to open Command Prompt.

You can do it either by clicking on the Windows icon and then choosing Command Prompt (Admin) or just press the Windows + X key. Now the command prompt will open, type bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Launch Windows 10 Safe Mode” and press Enter.

This will create an entry in the boot menu with “Launch Windows 10 Safe Mode”. You can create multiple entries by repeating the same process. Now go to system configuration as we did in method 1 and repeat all the steps. Make sure that you’ve checked; make all boot settings permanent. Later if you wish, you can delete this entry from the system configuration.

Use a Windows 10 Recovery Drive

This method is useful where you haven’t created any setup to load your Windows into Safe mode. All you’ve to do is attach your recovery USB drive to your system and boot it. You’ll be able to see a screen saying, Choose an option. Click on Troubleshoot here, and the rest of the process is the same as what we did in Step 3.

Force Windows 10 to Load the Boot options

This method is a bit extreme but will be helpful if you don’t have a windows recovery drive, and other methods aren’t working as expected.

Our objective here is to prevent Windows 10 from loading 2-3 times, due to which it will automatically enter the boot menu from which you’ve to choose to Troubleshoot option and repeat Method 3.

To prevent loading, you can press the power button for a short time, so the system is forced to shut down. Then, press the button while the Windows is starting up or loading. Repeat this 2-3 times, after which you’ll see Loading Repairing Options.

Do not force shut down this time; just wait for the Boot menu options to load up. Now do as told in Method 3.


So these were some of the best ways to boot your Windows 10 into safe mode. We would recommend that use options to load safe mode as soon as the windows are starting.

If you don’t like to go to Safe mode at the start-up time, make sure you have a recovery drive. If you don’t have either not them, go with Method 6. If you know of any other tricks or hacks to load Safe mode, please let us know.

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