How to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10

It is not so easy to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10. First of all you need to find it in troubleshooting options. We will try to list all possible ways to enter Safe Mode. Hope you will find a suitable one.

How to enter Safe Mode if the PC boots to the Login Screen

1. Activate Safe Mode in System Configuration

Within the user account press Win+R, type msconfig:


Go to Boot tab and set the checkbox Safe boot:. Press OK and Restart:


1.This method will make your PC boot directly into Safe Mode.
2.When you need to boot Windows normally launch msconfig again and uncheck ‘Safe boot’ flag.

2. Enter troubleshoot mode from login screen or user account

At the login screen hold Shift and press Restart:


The same can be done within the user account. You can hold Shift and press Restart:


The PC will restart. Here select:



Advanced options:


Startup settings:


Press Restart button:


Select Safe Mode:


How to boot into Safe Mode if the PC doesn’t boot

1. Automatic prompt to recover

Very often the Recovery screen appears automatically if Windows failed to boot previous time. Hopefully it would work in your case. Here you are to press See advanced repair options and follow instructions from the previous section:


2. Create and use a recovery USB disk to enter Safe Mode

You can create a bootable flash drive using Microsoft Media Creation tool.


All you need to do is:

1. Boot PC from USB.

2. Click on Repair your computer:


3. Select Troubleshoot.

4. Advanced options.

5. Select Command prompt.


6. Type:

bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal for Safe Mode


bcdedit /set {default} safeboot network for Safe Mode with networking support.


7. Reboot.

PC would boot into Safe Mode.

For normal boot you need to uncheck the flag:


or run command prompt as admin and type:

bcdedit /deletevalue {default} safeboot

How to add Safe Mode boot option to OS selector

If you use this method you will be able to select Safe Mode at any time.

1. Run command prompt as admin (how to).

2. Type

bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Safe Mode”


From this moment you will have a choice whether to start Windows 10 normally or boot into Safe Mode:


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