Since the arrival of the new Windows 10 booting into Safe Mode has been not so easier than ever. But today we are going to discuss various ways to boot into windows 10 safe mode. As Windows 10 boots faster than its predecessors it’s difficult to boot in safe mode using the previous methods.
Safe mode is used to start Windows in the basic state which used a limited set of files and drives. If your system does not run into major issues during the running of safe mode, your system is working fine in default settings and on basic device drivers.
Hence observing the Windows in safe mode enables you to narrow down the source of a problem and lets you troubleshoot the problem you have.
There are two types of options of Safe Mode provided by Windows 10. One is Safe Mode and another one is Safe Mode with Networking adds the network drivers and services you require to access the internet and other computers on your network.
But let discuss the most common methods used and which are easiest to boot into safe mode in windows 10.
1. Using F8 or Shift + F8:
As you might be already aware if you are a previous user of Windows 7 that just pressing F8 during boot time gives you the option of selecting Boot Mode. And after various updates given to Windows 10, you can also boot into safe mode by pressing F8 or Shift + F8 during boot i.e. just after you power up your desktop or laptop.
But for some of the Systems, Shift + F8 might not work because of UEFI BIOS and SSD drives. This is explained on the official blog of Microsoft which tells its because of the fast boot options they created for the users. Below lines were quoted by someone.
“Windows 8 has a problem – it really can boot up too quickly. So quickly, in fact, that there is no longer time for anything to interrupt boot. When you turn on a Windows 8 PC, there’s no longer long enough to detect keystrokes like F2 or F8, much less time to read a message such as “Press F2 for Setup.” For the first time in decades, you will no longer be able to interrupt boot and tell your PC to do anything different than what it was already expecting to do.”
2. From Windows Setting Option:
Windows 10 setting also provides you the options to run the system in safe mode. It’s the most convenient way to do it if you are not able to boot using the first method and you are already on the Windows Screen.
- Press the Windows logo key + I on your keyboard to open settings. If in case it is not working then you can go to select the start button and then select the setting.
- Select the Update and Security option and then Press Open Recovery Settings.
- Under the Advanced startup option displayed on Right side in the last in case you are not able to see it scroll it down to see it, Select Restart Now.
- After this, your PC will restart with a Choose an option Window screen. Select Troubleshoot on that window screen and then select Advanced Options, > Startup Settings>Restart.
- Once your PC is restarted, you can see the list of options. Select 4 or press F4 to start your PC in safe mode. Or you want to start your PC in networking mode then select F5 or option 5 to get started in Safe Mode plus networking.
3. From the Sign-in Screen or the Lock Screen:
Are you not able to open windows settings as well for some reasons, we got you covered over there as well. In this case, if you are stuck on the Sign-in screen of Windows then you need to follow the below steps to boot into Windows 10 safe mode.
- On the Windows Sign-in screen, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard, and then while keeping pressed the shift key press the power button on the right-hand corner of the screen and then select Restart.
- Once your PC gets restarted, you will reach the screen named Choose an Option screen, select Troubleshooting > Advance Options> Startup Settings > Restart.
- After your PC restarts, you’ll see a list of options. Select 4 or F4 to start your PC in safe mode. Or if you’ll need to use the Internet, select 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.
4. From Blank or Black Screen:
If you are on Blank Screen or Black Screen because of some Windows failure occurred and you want to start your PC in safe mode then you need to follow the below steps to get a boot into Windows in Safe Mode. For this, you need to turn off your device first for which you may need to press the power button for more than 10 sec unless the power turns off.
- Hold down the power button for more than 10 seconds so that your PC gets turned off.
- Press the power button again to start your PC freshly.
- On the first sign that Windows has started (for example, some devices show the manufacture’s logo when restarting) hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device again.
- Press the Power button again to restart your PC again.
- When Windows restarts, again hold the power button for more than 10seconds to turn off the device for the third time.
- Press the Power Button again to start the Windows and Turn on the device.
- This time allow your PC to restart completely. After which you will enter in winRE mode.
Now you are in winRE mode, you can follow the same method as mentioned above or shown in the above pictures, On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
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. You can read more about Troubleshooting black or blank screen errors if it still persists.
5. By Using Shift + Restart on the Windows 10 Start Menu.
Another way to start your system in Safe mode is to restart the Windows from the Start menu by keeping the Shift key pressed on the keyboard. After you keep Shift + restart on the start menu windows will restart and will take you to the Choose an option screen.
Next, you have to follow the same steps as those we have shown in the first method from this guide. Go to Advanced options -> Startup Settings -> Restart. Then, press 4 or F4 on your keyboard to start in Safe Mode, press 5 or F5 to boot into Safe Mode with Networking, or press 6 or F6 to go into Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
That’s all for today in guide to how to boot into windows 10 safe mode. If you want you can read more articles related to Windows such as how to delete the backup in Windows 10.