How do you open Safe Mode in Windows 10?

windows-safe-modeNothing gets you out of trouble like Windows Safe Mode. This was always easy to open by simply pressing the F8 or Shift+F8 keys as a PC started up.

In Windows 10 you can no longer enter Safe Mode by pressing F8 or Shift+F8 at boot. Although it is still available you have to boot into Windows first, then either restart holding the left Shift key or via an option within Update & Security which can be found in the Settings app. However, neither option is helpful if your computer cannot boot into Windows 10 in the first place.

To get around this serious limitation, you will need to create a boot time Safe Mode option before any trouble arrives.

Hit Win+x (The Windows Key and X key) and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list of options. Now type bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode” and hit Enter.

From the Start Search Menu type msconfig, run System Configuration in the results and navigate to the Boot tab. Now highlight the Windows 10 Safe Mode option that you just created, tick Safe boot and select Minimal under the Boot options and – if necessary – reduce the Timeout value so you won’t be inconvenienced – the minimum value is three seconds. Tick Make all boot settings permanent (in fact you can simply return here later and delete the Safe Mode entry) and click OK.

When you restart your PC you should now have a boot menu offering a choice of your normal Windows Operating System and the New Windows 10 Safe Mode option you just created.

So if you cannot boot into Windows, by restarting your PC you can now select Windows 10 Safe Mode.

To find out more about Windows Safe Mode see the article Safe Mode and It’s Uses.

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