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Booting Windows into Safe Mode



Event Start Date: 2016/06/29


If you’re not able to boot your PC normally, you can try to enter Safe Mode, which is a diagnostic mode for Windows that allows you to troubleshoot problems that prevent normal booting.


In Safe Mode, Windows only loads the most essential services and drivers in order for it to run; all other normal Windows settings and start up programs are disabled in order to allow the user to fix the problem with their computer.

There are three types of Safe Modes:


Safe Mode – The basic option that loads Windows with a GUI interface and is usually what most people should choose when troubleshooting their computer.

Safe Mode with Networking– If you need access to the Internet or the network while in Safe Mode, then this is the option to choose. This mode is useful when you need to fix a problem that requires an Internet connection to download updates, drivers, or other files to help fix your problem.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt – This mode will load with just the MS DOS command line prompt. This is useful if you need to run a DOS command like fixboot or chkdsk.


The only way to get into Safe Mode in Windows 10 is to boot into System Recovery Options, which is where you can perform various troubleshooting tasks including starting in safe mode.

To do this, you can click on the new Start button, which is the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen, then hold down the SHIFT key, and click on the Power button. While still holding down the SHIFT key, click on Restart.


You’ll now see three options: Continue, Troubleshoot, and Turn off your PC. Click on the Troubleshoot option.


On the next screen, you need to click on Advanced Options.


Then you need to click on Startup Settings on the last dialog.


Finally, you have to click on the Restart button.


Now, you will get to the Startup Settings screen, where you have the following options:




Press 4 or F4 to restart your computer into Safe Mode.

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