How to start Windows 10 in safe mode?

If your PC does not turn off properly or refuses to start normally, safe mode is your best friend.

Unlike Windows XP, Vista or 7, where you just have to press the F8 key when you start your PC, booting in safe mode is not so easy on Windows 8 and 10.

Why use Safe Mode?

In safe mode, your computer starts with its basic programs and drivers.

Indeed, Windows will only load drivers that are strictly necessary, such as those of the mouse or the graphics card.

In addition, your computer will not connect to the Internet. So, if a virus is present on your PC, its state can not get worse.

It is, therefore, easier to identify and correct the problems that your PC encounters, without modifying your data or your hardware.

How to start Windows 10 in safe mode?

In case you get to run Windows normally.

Follow these 4 steps:

  • In the Start menu, go to Settings. At the bottom right, click Update and Security.
  • In the list on the left, select Recovery.
  • Under Advanced Startup, click Restart Now.
    When you restart your computer, 3 options will appear.
  • Select Troubleshooting.
  • Then 2 options are available: choose Advanced Options. Then, choose Settings and finally Enable safe mode.

Automatic troubleshooting messages

If you need to start your Windows in safe mode, it means that your PC has a malfunction (s) preventing it from starting properly.

In this case, Windows 10 detects this problem and should automatically reset itself in the recovery environment. Then appears an alert message of the type: “Recovery: It seems that Windows did not load correctly”. You should see the proposed Troubleshooting option.

If this is not the case, you can use another computer to download Windows 10 and save it to a DVD or USB key. This “portable” version of the system will allow you to repair your PC and reset it.

3 other techniques to start in safe mode

Your Windows starts normally, but you still want to start it in safe mode?

1st technique:

  •  Go to the search bar of the Start Menu.
  • Type in it: MSConfig.

The System Configuration window opens automatically:

  • Click the Start tab.
  • Then, you can check the Safe Start box, then Minimal (= safe mode).
  • Click OK. Then restart your PC in safe mode.

2nd technique:

When you start your computer:

  • Select Restart and hold down the Shift key.
  •  Then, select Safe Mode.

3rd technique:

If you have already started your computer and your screen is black.

  • Press the CTRL, ALT, and DEL keys simultaneously.
  • Then, select Disconnect.
  • Then Restart (under the icon at the bottom right of your screen).
  • And as before, hold down Shift and select Safe Mode.

Access advanced Windows 7 options under Windows 10

To do this, you must first create your Windows 10 restart disk on a DVD or a USB key.

Then, restart your computer with the DVD or USB key inserted in your PC (change the BIOS settings if necessary), then click Repair your computer.

1. Select the Troubleshooting option and Advanced options. The Command Prompt opens automatically.

2. Type in the prompt: “c: ”  (without the quotation marks), and then press Enter. This will change the default player in your Windows drive.

(If Windows was already installed with a different drive, select it.)

3. Next, type: BCD edit / set {default} boot menu policy legacy , and then press Enter .

4. Type Exit, and then press Enter to exit the prompt. You can now eject your USB or DVD drive and turn off your PC.

Now, when you restart your PC, you can press the F8 key, to access the advanced options menu of Windows 7.

To choose the restart mode, use the arrow keys on your keyboard and then Enter to confirm your choice.

Exit safe mode in Windows 10

To exit safe mode, you have 3 options:

  • Go to the Windows search bar, type: MSConfig and press Enter.
  • Press the Windows keys on your keyboard and R, and type: MSConfig and press Enter.
  • Go to the search bar and enter Run, then type MSConfig and press Enter.

Once the System Configuration window is open, click the Start tab.

In Startup Options, clear the Secure Boot checkbox. Then, click Apply, and then OK.

You will be asked to restart your PC to implement your restart option.

If nothing has asked you, to exit Safe Mode, simply restart your PC manually.