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What is Safe mode boot, how to boot windows 10 in safe mode?

Safe Mode is an inbuilt Troubleshooting feature, Allows users to enter an altered version of Windows. And helps to correct any problems that may be preventing Windows boot normally. Safe mode starts windows into a basic state, using a limited set of files and drivers, And disables unnecessary drivers, and programs during the startup process. In simple words we can say safe mode boot provides a simple, stripped-down version of the operating system which Didn’t load any startup programs, applications only use the most generic drivers.

What is the Safe mode boot?

Safe mode is different from the normal operating mode in that it uses default drivers and setting upon startup and the only system-required software programs are loaded upon startup. It is very useful to detect problems with programs and drivers that might not start correctly or prevent Windows from starting normally.

Windows has Three Types of safe mode Options available.

  1. Boot Into Safe mode
  2. Safe Mode with Networking
  3. Safe Mode With the command prompt

Enable safe mode boot


  • When you boot in Safe Mode the very basic configuration is loaded.
  • When you boot into Safe Mode with Networking the networking drivers get loaded. And that allows you to connect the computer to your network or the Internet.
  • When you boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt, you do not boot in the Windows GUI. You are directly given access to an open Command Prompt window.

How to start windows 10 in safe mode?

Windows has different ways to access the safe mode. Windows 7 users press the F8 key during the boot process, to access the Advanced options screen. here use the up and down Arrow keys to Access the safe mode, safe mode with networking, or safe mode with command prompt. But In Windows 10 boot procedure became faster than ever before so this F8 option doesn’t work. but using some other ways you can access the safe mode on windows 10.

  • Press Windows + R, type msconfig, and ok
  • This will open the System Configuration panel.
  • Move to the boot Tab And Check the Safe Boot below Boot options
  • Select the Minimal option and click Apply, and OK.

System configuration

There are some additional options available if you select Minimal Starts Safe Mode with the absolute minimal amount of drivers and services. with the standard Windows GUI (Graphical User Interface).

Alternate Shell Starts Safe Mode with a Command Prompt, without the Windows GUI. Requires knowledge of advanced text commands, as well as navigating the operating system without a mouse.

Active Directory Repair Starts Safe Mode with access to machine-specific information, such as hardware models. If we unsuccessfully install new hardware, corrupting the Active Directory, Safe Mode can be used to restore system stability by repairing corrupted data or adding new data to the directory.

Network Starts Safe Mode with the necessary services and drivers for networking, with the standard Windows GUI.

And restart windows to boot into safe mode.

How to exit from safe mode in windows 10?

After performing troubleshooting, follow the steps below to get out of Windows Safe Mode

  • Again open System Configuration using msconfig 
  • Move to the Boot tab and uncheck the safe boot option
  • Click apply and ok, Restart Windows,
  • On the next boot, windows start normally.

Safe mode from advanced options

Also, you can start safe mode from advanced options, It is especially useful if windows 10 fails to start normally, Frequently restart with BSOD error, or is Stuck at a black screen with the cursor.

As windows did not start normally we need to boot from an installation media,

skip the first screen, and select repair your computer,

Now click on Troubleshoot then Advanced options

advanced options

Select Startup Settings and on the next screen select Restart

safe mode

This will re-present the screen below, here press F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode. if you’ll need to use the Internet, select F5 for Safe Mode with Networking,  to enable “Safe Mode with Command Prompt” press F6.

Enable safe mode boot

When the troubleshooting completes simply Restart the windows To Boot into Normal Mode.

How to Enable f8 safe mode windows 10

If you want to enable the F8 Advanced Boot Options screen, here simple workaround for you.

  • Open the command prompt as administrator,
  • Type the command below and press enter key.

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes

  • Close the command prompt and restart windows,
  • while windows Boot the computer repeatedly press and release the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options menu pops up.
  • Then you can select Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking.

That’s All About Windows 10 Safe Mode Boot, have any query, a suggestion feel free to discuss them in the comments below.

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