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How to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows OS

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Written by Uday Kumar

Advanced Startup Options (ASO) is a principal node to use troubleshooting, recovery and repair in Windows Operating System. It’s very common that we face various issues in Windows Operating System and one should know the basic troubleshooting steps. ASO will provide you access to use the following Windows Login options.

  • Repair Your Computer
  • Safe Mode
  • Safe Mode with Networking
  • Safe Mode with Command Prompt
  • Directory Services Restore Mode
  • Debugging Mode
  • Disable automatic restart on system failure
  • Enable low-resolution video (640×480)
  • Last Known Good Configuration (advanced)
  • Disable Driver Signature Enforcement
  • Enable Boot Logging
  • Start Windows Normally

Safe Mode:

It is one of the mostly used troubleshooting options in Windows. It will let you start your computer in a limited state with basic drivers. Safe Mode is used to install unauthorized/non-certified drivers and software. Please follow the following procedure to Boot into Safe Mode.

There are a lot of methods available for you to Boot into Safe Mode. In this article, we will provide a few methods among them.

  1.  Using Power Options.
  2.  Using Advanced Startup Option from Windows PC Settings.
  3.  Using Command Prompt.
  4. Using Hard Restart Method.

1. Using Power Options

Press Windows button or Click on Windows icon Windows Icon and then Click on Power option available in the Windows frame. You will get Sleep, Shutdown and Restart options. Now press and hold the SHIFT key and select Restart option in Power options.

Power Options

Now a screen with Boot Menu Option will populate. Click on Advanced Options.Advanced Options

Now click on the Troubleshoot option to get into the screen with multiple troubleshooting procedures which are provided in Windows OS.

Troubleshoot options

In the next screen, you’ll have multiple options. Click on the Startup Settings which will populate the Windows startup options.

Startup_Selection

The entire list of ASO will populate in the next screen, find and Click on the Restart button. When your PC restarts, the Startup Settings menu displays. Select an option using the function keys F1-F9 with respect to your choice of logging in. Eg: For Safe Mode Press F4 functional key.

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2.  Using Advanced Startup Option from Windows PC Settings

Another alternative method is to go into PC Settings. Launching PC settings will vary with Operating System version which you are using on your PC.

For Windows 10, Press and Click on windows + I to open the PC Settings or Click/Press the Windows icon or button and then select the Settings icon and Click on the icon to launch the PC Settings. Click on Update and Security and go to Recovery tab there Click on Restart Now under Advanced Startup. Now your PC will push you to Boot Menu Options screen. Follow the same procedure Advanced Options + Startup Settings and then select the appropriate functional key.

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For Windows 8, Press and Click on Windows + I and then select Change PC settings. Now go to General Tab and then find Advanced Startup then Click on Restart Now button. Now follow the same process of after getting the Boot Menu Options screen.

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3.  Using Command Prompt

Click on Windows + X and then Click on Command Prompt in the available list. You can also open Command Prompt by using Run. Click on Windows + R and then type cmd and click on Enter. Another alternate method is to click on Windows and type cmd in the search bar and then click on Command Prompt app.

Command_Prompt_Options

After opening the cmd now type the following command in the command window and Press Enter.

shutdown.exe /r /o

Command_Prompt_Query

You will get a sign-off alert and your system will restart into Boot Menu Option there you can select an appropriate functional key to logging into your PC.

4. Using Hard Restart Method

The final method for logging into ASO is by restarting your PC using hard restart method.

Hard Restart Method is nothing but pressing and holding your Power button on PC for little more time.

Repeat the Hard Restart Method for two or more times until you will get a pop-up with Advanced Startup button. Click on Advanced Startup and follow the same process after getting the Boot Menu Options screen.

That’s it.

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