How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode?

Safe Mode has been around for many Windows versions and can be quite useful to troubleshoot system problems if nothing else is working anymore, especially for solving Malware related issues it can be a great tool. In earlier Windows versions you could simply press the F5 key before Windows started loading, but many new systems do not support this anymore.

In this tutorial I will show you some methods of reaching Safe Mode in Windows 10. Please see the list below of which method you would need.

  • If you still got access to your system and can successfully sign-in then use Method 1 (Page 1) or Method 2 (Page 1)
  • In all other cases use Method 3, 4, 5 (Page 2)

Method 1: Trough Settings

1. Open Start and click on Settings, or type Settings in the Cortana search box and click on Settings (Modern Application)

2. Once Settings has opened click on Update and Recovery

Windows 10: Update and Recovery How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode? safe mode

Windows 10: Update and Recovery

3. In the left pane click on Recovery

4. Then scroll down till you see the option “Advanced Start-up“, click on the button Restart Now

5. Your system will now reboot, and you will see a page asking “Choose an Option” click on Troubleshoot

Windows 10 RE: Troubleshooting How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode? safe mode

Windows 10 RE: Troubleshooting

6. Then click on Startup Settings, you will be asked to Restart your system, click on the restart button.

Windows 10: Startup Settings How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode? safe mode

Windows 10: Startup Settings

7. Now press the 6 or F6 key, or any other key instructed by Windows to enable Safe Mode. Windows will now automatically boot into Safe Mode.

Windows 10: Enable Safe Mode How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode? safe mode

Windows 10: Enable Safe Mode

Method 2: Using MSConfig

1. Press the Windows + R key on your keyboard at the same time, or type Run into the Cortana Search Box, then choose Run (Windows Application), or right-click the Start icon and choose Run

2. a Run window should now appear, in that Window type “Msconfig” and click on OK or hit enter.

Run MSConfig How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode? safe mode

Run MSConfig

3. Once MSConfig has opened, click on Boot, then under Boot Options check the box “Safe Mode

Windows 10 MSConfig: Safe Mode How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode? safe mode

Windows 10 MSConfig: Safe Mode

4. Click on OK and when prompted to reboot your system, reboot it.

5. You will automatically be booted into Safe Mode.

 

Method 3, 4 and 5 of how to boot into Safe Mode can be found on the Next page. 

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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