Various Methods to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10/11

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In Safe Mode, Windows boots in a basic state by using a limited set of files and drivers. In case no problem occurs during the booting in Safe Mode, then the drivers are not the issue.


When you boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10/11, you can easily identify the problem’s source and troubleshoot your system quickly.

There are different safe mode booting options when you check the advanced boot settings:

Safe Mode – This option boots the Windows 10/11 system with minimal drivers and files.

Safe Mode with Networking – This booting option works similar to the Safe Mode but adds the network drivers needed to access the internet and other computers on the LAN. If you want to use devices like a USB flash drive, you will definitely need to reboot in this mode.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt – This mode also functions similar to the normal safe mode, but the ‘Command Prompt’ acts as the user interface instead of the traditional Windows Graphic User Interface.

In this article, we have listed some of the common and best possible ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10 or 11.

Methods to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10/11

Here are a few methods to boot into safe mode in Windows 10/11

Using F8 Key in Windows 10/11

Unlike Windows 7, pressing the F8 key on your Windows 10/11 will not take you to advance boot options. You need to enable the F8 key option for booting manually.


For that, follow the steps mentioned below:

Navigate on Start Menu > CMD > Run as Administrator

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  • Now, copy and paste this command in the command prompt window:
bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
  • After you type the above command, hit the Enter button on the keyboard.
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  • Now reboot your PC.

After you set up the F8 key, you can now start in Safe Mode.

  • Make sure your computer is turned off.
  • Now, turn on your system.
  • Before anything appears on the screen, keep tapping on the F8 button continuously. You can see the boot options. Now, click on the “Safe Mode” option.
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In case, if you did not press the F8 button properly, the windows are likely to launch as usual, in normal mode.


Boot Windows 10/11 in Safe Mode by Turning the PC off 3 Times

In case the F8 method does not work as mentioned above, you can try the method as mentioned below:

  • Turn off the computer.
  • Press the power button to turn on the PC and wait till the buffer symbol appears. When Windows is about to load, hold the power button for 4-5 seconds till it shuts down. Repeat this process for 3 times.
  • After the third attempt, Windows by default goes into the Automatic Repair Mode (as shown in the image below)
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  • Now, wait for Windows to diagnose the problem in your PC, and then click on the “advanced options.”
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  • Now, click on Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings and then click on Restart.
  • After your system restarts, you can press number 4 to enter “Safe Mode” without internet or press 5 to enter Safe Mode with internet access.
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Boot into Safe Mode from the Login Screen in Windows 10 or Windows 11

  • Firstly, turn off your system.
  • On the login screen, press the Shift Button and Press on the Power Icon and then Click the Restart option.
  • After the Windows 10 or 11 system restarts, click on “Choose an option” and then select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart as shown in the image below.

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  • Now, click on the restart option to boot Windows 10 or 11 in safe mode. Like the above step, you can either select option 4 to boot the system without an internet connection or option 5 to boot the system with an internet connection.

Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode through Advanced Start Method

  • Firstly, click on Windows + I to open the settings from the start menu
  • Now, from the sidebar menu, choose “System.”
  • Now, look for the “Recovery” option and click on it.
  • There you can find the “Advanced Startup” option. Click on it.

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  • You can find a popup on the screen that states, “We will reboot the system, so save your work.”
  • Click on the “Restart” option and wait for your Windows system to reboot.
  • Start Safe Mode Using System Configuration Tool

If none of the processes seems to be working, you can follow this final method to boot Windows 10 or 11 in safe mode:

  • Go to Windows start menu and then type msconfig > open.
  • Now, select Boot > Safe Boot > Click OK.
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  • Click on restart once you are done with the above selections.

Conclusion – Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10/11

We hope that the above-mentioned methods come in handy for you to boot the Windows 10 or 11 system. Once your reboot is done, you are good to use Windows 10 or 11 in normal mode.

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