Booting in safe mode is often necessary for the Windows users. In older version of Windows, booting in safe mode was quite easy – pressing the F8 key while the PC is starting. But in Windows 10 (and also in 8), often this method doesn’t work. Microsoft has reduced the startup time of its new OS. As a side effect – any key-press while your PC is starting doesn’t get enough time to have any effect.
So how can we start Windows 10 in safe mode? Actually there are several ways to boot into safe mode in Windows 10.
Safe Mode in Windows 10 & windows 8
- Using the advanced options
Hold down the Shift key and click on the power button. Then click on Restart. After your PC restarts, you will be given three options: Continue, Troubleshoot and Turn off. Click on Troubleshoot. Now go to Advanced options. From here select the Startup Settings and click Restart. Once your PC restarts, you will be given 9 options. Option 4, 5 and 6 are Safe modes. Choose one by pressing the associated number key. Your PC will start in Safe mode.
- Using the msconfig
In the Run box, type “msconfig”and hit enter. Go to the Boot tab of msconfig window. In the Boot options, check mark the Safe boot box and chose Minimal. You will be prompted to restart your PC. Your PC will restart in Safe mode.
- Using a Recovery drive
The above two options shows you how to get to the Safe mode, assuming that you have access to your OS. But what if your PC doesn’t even boot properly? Then you need to use a Recovery drive to get into Safe mode. The irony is – if you are already in the problem (i.e. your PC doesn’t boot) this method won’t work unless you have made a Recovery drive beforehand. Here we are assuming that you have one. (By the way, if you are reading this and your PC can boot, you should immediately make a Recovery drive and keep it for the bad day.)
Connect your Recovery USB drive to your PC and start the computer. Press any key. You will see a screen where you will need to choose a keyboard layout. Select one (preferably US). Next click on Troubleshoot. Now select Advanced options and then go to Startup settings and click Restart. Once your PC restarts, you will be given options to start Windows in Safe mode.
- Using a bootable DVD
If you don’t have a recovery USB and your PC can’t boot, then you need a bootable Windows 10 DVD to get into Safe mode. The process is same as using a Recovery drive. Here, you need to enter the Windows bootable DVD in the disk drive and restart. Then follow the steps described above.
While following method 3 or 4, you might face trouble if the boot priority list of your BIOS is not properly set. In that case you won’t see the “Press any key to continue” massage and you might be unable to enter the recovery menu. To get around this problem, you must set the USB or DVD drive as the top bootable option in the BIOS. The BIOS menu is different for different manufacturers. So if you are unsure, contact someone knowledgeable.