How to Boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to boot into Windows safe mode.

When you login to Windows and you’re experiencing issues you can’t understand or how to resolve, booting into safe mode might help you troubleshoot the problem.

Windows safe mode is a feature that starts Windows with a substantially reduced set of drivers and services. If the problem you’re having doesn’t happen in safe mode, then it means Windows default settings, the operating systems and basic drivers aren’t causing the issues.

Third party drivers or other apps that are installed is causing the problem. Observing Windows in safe mode enables you to narrow down the source of a problem your computer is experiencing.

To get started with booting Windows in safe mode, follow the steps below:

Windows allows you to boot into three types of safe modes:

  • Basic Windows 10 Safe Mode
  • Windows 10 Safe Mode with Networking
  • Windows 10 Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Each one has its pros and cons. In most instances, you should boot into Windows 10 safe mode with networking. This enables you to do more while in safe mode.

Only users with administrative rights using the administrator command prompt can initiate safe mode.

Open Windows command prompt as administrator.

command prompt administrator

When the command prompt opens, run the appropriate commands below to boot into the mode you wish to boot.

Basic Safe Mode

To boot Windows 10 in basic safe mode, run the commands below and press Enter.

bcdedit /copy {Current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode"

Safe Mode with Networking

To boot Windows into safe mode with networking, run the commands below and press Enter.

bcdedit /copy {Current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode with Networking”

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

To boot Windows into safe mode with command prompt, run the commands below:

bcdedit /copy {Current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode with Command Prompt” 

When you select the mode you want to boot into continue below to configure Widows Boot Menu option.

Windows Boot Menu Option

The next step will be to open Window msconfig option. To get there open the Windows command run windows by pressing the Windows key + R on your keyboard.

windows run msconfig

In the box, type the command below and press enter.

msconfig

When the option windows opens, select the Boot tab. Then for each of the safe mode option, choose a setting that matches.

If you’re going to boot into Safe Mode with networking, select that, then choose the Boot options:

Safe boot:

  • Network
  • Make all boot settings permanent
windows safe mode networking

For just basic Safe Mode choose the Minimal option.

windows safe mode

When you’re done, click OK.

When prompted if you want to continue, click Yes. You can safely ignore the warning because the above steps are reversible.

Restart when prompt.

If everything went as described above, you should get similar boot option as shown below. select the boot option you wish to enter.

windows safe mode boot option

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to boot into Windows Safe Mode option. If you find any error above, please use the form below to report.

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