Safe mode is a method of booting your system in diagnostic mode. It is mainly using to detect and fix errors, malware, and viruses. In safe mode, Windows only allows essential system programs and services to run. Advanced functionalities will be disabled automatically. It is the best spot to troubleshoot Windows and restore your computer to normal mode.
We were able to boot into safe mode, by pressing the F8 key at the exact moment when Windows first loads. But this method is not working since the launch of the Windows 8 version. Microsoft disabled the option to reduce the startup time. Still, you can turn on safe mode in several ways.
Ways to restart Windows in safe mode
1 By using the system configuration utility
Press Windows+R keys together to access the Run program. Type msconfig in the box. System Configuration tool will open.
Or type msconfig in the Cortana’s search box of your taskbar.
Click on the app shortcut.
Go to boot tab of the app window.
Enable safe boot and click OK.
A dialog box will open to confirm restart. Tap Restart button to boot Windows into safe mode. Within a few seconds, your computer will be rebooted to the safe mode. Once you finished troubleshooting, don’t forget to open the system configuration tool again and disable the safe boot option.
Go to the Windows start menu, click the power button to get additional options. By pressing the Shift key, choose the Restart option.
Windows will be rebooted with advanced startup options.
Choose Troubleshoot, followed by Advanced options, Startup settings, and Restart. The system will restart and ask you to choose from different startup options. For safe mode, press the number key 4 or F4 key on your keyboard.
3. Windows settings
Open Settings from the Windows start menu.
Choose Update & Security, then recovery.
Tap Restart now button under Advanced startup option. Once Windows restarts, you should follow the same steps that we’ve seen in the second method.
4. Login screen
In the Windows login screen, you will see a power button on the bottom right corner of the screen. Click on that. By holding the Shift key, choose restart to reboot Windows with advanced startup options.
When the operating system doesn’t load properly, Windows attempts to fix the problem automatically. To make this feature work, turn off your pc first.
When it completely turned off, press the Power button on your keyboard. Once Windows starts loading, press Power button again to shutdown pc. Repeat this process 2-3 times. Then, Windows will diagnose your pc via automatic repair tool. Once it finished, tap on Advanced options from the screen, then Troubleshoot, Advanced options, Startup settings, and Restart.
Press the number key 4 or F4 key to enter safe mode.
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