How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Dec. 01, 2014 11:45 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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"How to access Windows 10 in Safe Mode?"

Windows 10 inherited the feature of Safe Mode from Windows 8 to troubleshoot some startup issues. As you have acquired how to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8.1 and 8 here, we also provide you with the handy method to boot into Windows 10 in Safe Mode in this article. Here are instructions on how you can start Windows 10 in Safe Mode.

Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode via Troubleshoot

  • 1. Open the Start menu, get the power options menu..

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  • 2. Press and hold down the Shift key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the Shift key.
  • 3. Windows 10 will reboot. After that, it will show the Troubleshoot options. Click the Troubleshoot icon.

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  • 4. Next, click the Advanced options icon.

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  • 5. On the Advanced options screen, click the Startup options icon.

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  • 6. Click the Restart button and your Windows 10 PC will reboot.

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  • 7. After your PC restart, you will see the Startup settings screen shown as below. Figure out what kind of mode you'd like to choose, and then press the appropriate function key.

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    • 4 or F4 for Safe Mode
    • 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking
    • 6 or F6 for Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode from Command Prompt

If you share your Windows 10 computer with another person who has administrator privilege, you can borrow this account to crack your own forgotten password. Just go through the following steps below.

  • 1. Click or tap Start menu, type cmd.exe there and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to launch the elevated command prompt and type the corresponding command for the different requirements.
    • For Safe Mode, enter the following command:
      bcdedit /set {current} safeboot network
    • For Safe Mode with Networking, enter the following command:
      bcdedit /set {current} safeboot network
    • For Safe Mode with Command Prompt, enter the following command:
      bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal
      bcdedit /set {current} safebootalternateshell yes
  • 2. Now, restart your Windows 10 computer.

Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Bootloader Option

  • 1. Launch the elevated command prompt and type the command:
    Bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes
  • 2. The regular text-based boot menu will be enabled. Restart Windows and then press F8 before Windows starts booting.
  • 3. After the checks of the BIOS are complete, the textual boot menu will appear. Press F8 to get the boot menu. There you can choose Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking, then press Enter.

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  • 4. After that, you can choose to close the boot loader using the command:
    Bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu no

Choose whichever you'd like to boot into Windows 10 computer. Note that try to remember your Windows 10 login password all the time if you created one. Just make sure you have the full access to your computer.

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