You may have already noticed that you cannot start your Windows 10 computer using the old ways. The most commonly used method to boot a PC in safe mode is to repeatedly press the F8 key while the machine is initializing or booting up. But such method doesn’t work on new computers because the boot process has become so fast you can no longer interrupt it. But there are, of course, other ways to start your new machine in safe mode.
In this post, I will walk you through in trying to reboot your Windows 10 PC in safe mode wherein only core services and drivers are loaded during boot up. Personally, I know 4 ways to enable this mode but I will only show you two methods as the other two may be a bit complicated for some of our readers. So, if you own a Windows 10 computer and are currently being bugged by an issue or two that you need to start it up in safe mode, then read on!
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The System Configuration tool (msconfig.exe) still works
That’s right, the msconfig tool still works on your Windows 10 computer and this is the first method I’m gonna show you.
Step 1: To open System Configuration tool, search ‘system configuration’ from the taskbar
You will be shown a short list of results and first one to show would be the tool you’re looking for. So, click on it so that it will be opened and you can make necessary changes. Alternatively, you can press Windows + R keys then type msconfig and hit Enter or click OK to immediately open the tool.
Step 2: Click Boot tab and make necessary changes
When the msconfig tool launches, you will see five tabs: General, Boot, Services, Startup and Tools. Click on Boot tab to reveal its contents and then find Boot options. Under that, tick the Safe mode checkbox and ‘Minimal’ is selected by default. Change it to ‘Network’ if you want to access the Internet or other computers in your network even while in safe mode, then click OK.
Step 3: Restart your Win 10 computer to boot it up in safe mode
The moment you hit OK, you will be prompted with this message: “You may need to restart your computer to apply these changes. Before restarting, save any open files and close all programs.”
You have two options, either to ‘Restart’ the computer immediately or to ‘Exit without restart’ the configuration tool. Click on the button one of the buttons depending on the situation.
When you hit Restart, the phone will automatically boot up in Safe mode, otherwise, it will in the next reboot.
While your computer is in Safe mode, try to troubleshoot it to fix problems that may have occurred after changing some settings, installing programs or updating drivers.
Make use of the Shift + Restart combo to boot Win 10 in Safe mode
Aside from the msconfig tool, another method that works well in Windows 10 as far as booting in safe mode is concerned is the Shift + Restart combo. But unlike the previous method, you will have to go through various steps just to make your phone to start with only core services and drivers loaded. So, to begin this tutorial, here’s what you need to do:
Once the start menu is opened, the power button will become visible on the lower-left corner of the screen. You can then tap or click on it and unlike the older versions of Windows, clicking on it will reveal more options.
Step 2: Find the Restart option and do the combo
There are actually (usually) three options you can find when you click on the power button: Sleep, Shut down and Restart.
You may now press and hold the Shift key and click on the Restart option. Oh by the way, you can also use this combo while in sign-in screen, wherein you also have to click the Power icon to display the options.
Step 3: Your Windows 10 will reboot and ask you to choose an option
Once you’ve done the combo, your computer will restart and upon bootup, you will be asked to choose from the following: Continue (exit the current screen and continue to Win 10), Troubleshoot and Turn off you PC. You have to click on Troubleshoot so that you can see advanced options.
Step 4: Choose Advanced options on the next screen
Well, you only have two options once you hit Troubleshoot: Reset this PC and Advanced options. Choose the latter.
Step 5: Go to Startup Settings so you can modify how the PC boots
Under Advanced options, there are, at least, six options but don’t mind the others, just click on Startup Settings as that’s where you can make the computer reboot in safe mode.
Step 6: Restart your PC again to have Safe mode options displayed
After clicking on Startup Settings, you will be prompted to restart your computer once again and you are required to do so if you want to continue booting up in safe mode.
Step 7: Choose among three Safe mode options
After the restart, there will be options you can choose from and you don’t mind the others except the three Safe mode options: Enable Safe mode, Enable Safe mode with Networking and Enable Safe mode with Command Prompt. These options are numbers 4, 5 and 6, respectively, but instead of entering the number, you would actually have to press F4, F5 or F6 depending on your choice.
If you want to just run the computer in safe mode alone, then you should hit F4, if you want to access the Internet or other computers in the network, then F5 and so on. Upon making your choice, you computer will restart one more time and run in safe mode.
I hope this guide helps.
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