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Want to boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode to do something? Or are you getting a serious problem that needs access to Safe Mode to fix?

You might know about the F8 or Shift + F8 combination key that will help to boot Windows PC into Safe Mode. Unfortunately, this old way doesn’t work anymore because the boot process has become too fast. Therefore, you can’t press the key fast enough to get into Safe Mode in Windows 10.

However, it doesn’t mean Microsoft has removed Safe Mode out of Windows 10. To access it, you need to follow other ways. In this guide, I’m going to share with you four methods to boot your Windows 10 PC into Safe Mode.

4 Ways To Boot Your Computer Into Safe Mode In Windows 10

The first method you can use to boot your Windows 10 PC into Safe Mode is to use System Configuration. It’s also the simplest way, and you can do it with a few clicks.

1. Boot Windows 10 Into Safe Mode With System Configuration

Many users know this tool with another name: msconfig, or msconfig.exe. It used to configure system settings, such as startup mode, boot mode & its options, startup items, services and other system tools.

To open the System Configuration tool in Windows 10, press Windows + R, type: msconfig and then press Enter.

Access System Configuration in Windows 10 via Run dialog box

Tip: You can also launch the System Configuration tool by pressing the Windows key, search forSystem Configuration, and then choose it from the result.

Open System Configuration in Windows 10

In System Configuration, click on the Boot tab. Look at the “Boot options” section, tick on the “Safe boot” checkbox and then click on the “OK” button.

Windows 10 System Configuration

What are the other options like MinimalAlternate shell, or Network?

They are types of Windows safe mode. Minimal is the normal safe boot with the user interface and no Internet access. It looks the same as when you access your PC through normal mode, but with a black background and restrictions to use services, third-party apps, as well as the Internet.

Meanwhile, when you choose “Alternate shell“, there is no user interface to select & click. Instead, you have to do everything through commands in the Command Prompt. The graphical user interface and networking services are disabled.

If you want to boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode with Networking, choose the “Network” selection box. It will boot your PC into the normal safe boot, but with the networking services enabled.

Boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode with Networking

You will be informed to restart your Windows 10 PC for your changes to take effect.

In case you still need to work, click on the “Exit without restart” button. Otherwise, the “Restart” button will help you reboot your PC and boot into Safe Mode automatically.

System Configuration Alert

Note: After you have done all things you need to do in Safe Mode, go to the System Configuration tool again and uncheck the “Safe boot” box. Otherwise, every time you power on (or restart) your PC, it will always automatically go to Safe Mode instead of normal mode.

2. Boot Windows 10 Into Safe Mode By Using Shift + Restart

When you click on the Windows 10 logo and then select Restart, your computer will restart as usual. However, when pressing and holding the Shift key and then clicking on Restart, it will help to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10. It’s also a good & fast method to use.

To get started, press and hold the Shift key, click on the Windows 10 Start logo (at the left bottom corner), click on the Power icon and choose Restart.

Press Shift + Restart to access Safe Mode Windows 10

Note: You can also press and hold the Shift key in the log-in screen and select the Restart option there. It isn’t necessary to log into your computer.

Your computer will be restarted. In the next step, navigate to Troubleshoot -> Advanced options ->Startup settings. Then click on the Restart button to reboot your Windows 10 PC and access theStartup settings, also known as advanced boot options.

Windows 10 Safe Mode: Startup Settings

Next, you will be able to choose the type of Windows 10 Safe Mode you want to access, such as:

  • Enable Safe Mode
  • Enable Safe Mode with Networking
  • Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt

along with some other settings, such as:

  • Enable debugging
  • Enable boot logging
  • Enable low-resolution video
  • Disable driver signature enforcement
  • Disable early launch anti-malware protection
  • Disable automatic restart after failure

You can use number keys, like 1 to 9, or functions keys, like F1 to F9 to select the mode you want to use.

Here’s what you will get for each Safe Mode option:

  • Enable Safe Mode: Boot your PC into Safe Mode without the Internet.
  • Enable Safe Mode with Networking: This option will allow your network adapter to work so you can access the Internet.
  • Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt: Only the Command Prompt is opened. If you only want to perform a few commands, this is a good choice.

Tip: If you are encountering a blue screen of death error, but your computer was restarted too fast, and you can’t see the error message, then choose the number #9 option, called “Disable automatic restart after failure” to turn off the automatic restart feature.

However, sometimes, it shows the Advanced Boot Options screen instead, like this:

Windows 10: Advanced Boot Options

In this case, you just need to use Up or Down arrow key to select the option you want, and then press Enter to access the Safe Mode.

3. Boot Into Safe Mode In Windows 10 With The Settings Application

This method is quite similar to the method above, which uses the Shift + Restart combination to boot into Safe Mode. However, you can access the Startup settings screen by using the Settings app instead of pressing Shift + Restart.

To get started, press the Windows key on your keyboard, and select Settings.

In the Settings app, navigate to Update & security -> Recovery -> and then click on the Restart nowbutton in the Advanced startup section.

Windows 10: Advanced Startup settings

All steps after restarting your computer will be the same as method number #2, which will be started at the Startup settings screen.

4. Boot Windows 10 PC Into Safe Mode With Command Prompt(需要进入PE模式)

All methods above are only useful when you can boot into the operating system successfully. But what if you are encountering some serious error, like a blue screen of death error, which prevents you from accessing the PC?

In that case, you can use the Command Prompt, and perform a few commands to boot your Windows 10 PC into Safe Mode. However, you will need a USB recovery drive to boot into Safe Mode.

Don’t have it? I have posted an article before that talks about how to create a recovery drive in Windows 10. Check it out! After creating it, you might want to test it to make sure it works before you find yourself in an awkward situation.

The next step is to power on your computer, access the BIOS or UEFI settings and then make changes to boot from USB drive, the recovery drive.

If you don’t know how to modify the boot priority, check the user manual of your mainboard (or your laptop).

After booting up from your recovery USB drive, select the keyboard layout and then navigate toTroubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Command Prompt.

In the Command Prompt window, type: “C:” (without the quotes) to switch from X:

Then, execute the command below:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode via Command Prompt

After that, type: exit to close the Command Prompt, and then choose “Turn off your PC” option.

In the next step, power on your Windows 10 PC and press the F8 key continuously until the advanced boot options screen shows up. All the next steps will be the same as per the above instructions in the method number #2.

Tip: To return to the original state, use this command:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

Command Prompt: bcdedit command

Instead of using the recovery USB drive, you can replace it with your bootable USB flash drive that contains the Windows 10 installation file, or a Windows 10 DVD installation. Both also work to help you boot Windows 10 into Safe Mode.

In addition, you can use the commands below in the Command Prompt to force your Windows 10 PC to boot into Safe Mode.

Perform the following command:

bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal

to access Safe Mode.

Execute the command below:

bcdedit /set {default} safeboot network

to access Safe Mode with Networking.

However, when you use these commands, your Windows 10 PC will continue to boot into Safe Mode every time unless you turn it off. You can go to System Configuration to disable or execute the following command:

bcdedit /deletevalue {default} safeboot

5. Use F8 Or Shift + F8 To Boot Into Windows 10 Safe Mode

According to the information from Microsoft, Windows has a very quick boot procedure. Hence, when you power on your PC, there is no time to press F8 (or Shift + F8). This is because the boot procedure is too quick so there’s not enough time to detect what you pressed. There is nothing can interrupt the boot process.

However, some users said pressing F8, or Shift + F8 still works. Maybe, they are using PCs with a traditional BIOS, without the solid-state drive (SSD). If you are using the same configuration, let’s try that way.


Windows 10 has a quick boot procedure, which only takes a few seconds to boot up, especially with an SSD. Therefore, booting Windows 10 into Safe Mode is harder, unlike what we often did in the older Windows operating systems, such as Windows XP, or Windows 7.

However, nothing is impossible! There are a few other methods you can use to boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode or force your PC to boot into by itself.

If you have any questions regarding this article or know a better way to do this, let me know by leaving your comment below. I will update this guide and add your method to help other users.

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