Windows 10 Tutorials 48 – How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Welcome to our series of tutorials on the upcoming Windows 10.

In this tutorial you will learn how to start Windows 10 in safe mode.

Safe mode allows users to troubleshoot software related problems by booting up Windows with limited components. There are three different safe mode options:

  1. Safe Mode: This is the basic safe mode option with bare minimum components running and most users would be logging into this mode for troubleshooting.
  2. Safe Mode with Networking: If you want to have access to Internet or the network to which your computer is connected, choose this option. Under his mode you can access Internet in order to download drivers, software’s or browse helpful links.
  3. Safe Mode with Command Prompt: As the name suggest, under this mode you have access to command line instead of Windows. This mode is used by system admins or expert IT engineers.

Safe mode using Advanced Startup Option

  1. Boot into Advanced Startup Options (click here to learn more)
  2. Click on Troubleshoot option
  3. Click on Advanced Options
  4. Click on Startup Settings
  5. Click Restart
  6. When computer restarts press following keys for the options:
    Enter – Normal Mode
    4 or F4 – Safe Mode
    5 of F5 – Sake Mode with Networking
    6 or F6 – Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Safe mode using System Configuration

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to access Run dialog box.
  2. Type misconfig and press Ok button
  3. In System Configuration window which opens up, select Boot tab
  4. Check the box next to Safe Mode and select one of the following options to boot computer into normal, networking or networking mode:
    Minimal: normal safe mode
    Alternate Shell: safe mode with command prompt
    Networking: safe mode with networking
  5. Click on the Restart button in the next dialog box to restart computer in safe mode


Note: Follow same steps once in Safe Mode to uncheck the Safe mode option and boot the computer in normal mode.

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