How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

For troubleshooting purposes, you might need to start your Windows 10 in Safe Mode. Mostly to remove some stubborn programs or recover from system crashes etc. The Safe Mode makes troubleshooting way easier because in Safe Mode only necessary Windows services run. All other programs won’t start automatically allowing you to check which one caused the error.

Starting Windows 10 in Safe Mode is quite similar to Windows 8 or 8.1. In Safe Mode, Windows starts with limited functionality and options to start Windows with the Command prompt, with Network Connection, or without network connections. In this tutorial, we are going to show you, how to start your Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode.

You can also get help from this video:

Now, after you have checked the video, let’s see these steps in detail.

Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Follow these steps to get into Safe Mode on your Windows 10 PC.

Step 1: Go to Advanced Startup in Recovery

Click on Start, and select Settings. Alternatively, you can press the Windows + I key combination on the keyboard to open Settings.

Click On Start And Then Select Settings
Click Start and then select Settings

In the Settings window, click on Update & Security

Select Update And Security In Settings
Select Update & Security in Settings

In Update & Security, click on Recovery on the left side, and on the right side, click on Restart Now under Advanced Startup.

Click On Restart Now Under Advanced Startup In Recovery to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode
Click on Restart Now under Advanced Startup in Recovery

Step 2: Change Startup Behavior to Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Your PC will restart and show you startup options, click on Troubleshoot.

Select Troubleshoot From Advanced Startup Options
Select Troubleshoot from Advanced Startup Options

In the Troubleshoot menu, click on Advanced options.

Click On Advanced Options In Troubleshoot Menu
Click on Advanced Options in Troubleshoot

Now, in Advanced options, click on Startup Settings.

Select Startup Settings From Advanced Options Menu
Select Startup Settings from Advanced Options

Step 3: Choose Safe Mode in Startup Settings

In Startup Settings, you will see the list of modes that you can use. Here, click Restart to continue.

Click On Restart Button To Start Windows 10 Into Advanced Options For Safe Mode
Click Restart

After restarting, Windows will show you the Startup Settings page. Press an appropriate number key or function key to start Windows 10 in the desired mode. To start in Safe Mode, simply press number key 4 or Function key 4 (F4).

Press Number 4 Key Or F4 Key To Start Windows 10 In Safe Mode
Press Number 4 or F4 Key to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Step 4: Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Your Windows 10 will start in Safe Mode. Login to your account. You will see the desktop with a black background and Safe Mode written in all four corners.

Windows 10 Started In Safe Mode
Windows 10 Started in Safe Mode

Step 5: Start Windows 10 in Normal Mode

After you are done with troubleshooting, simply restart your Windows 10 to boot into Normal Mode. Click on Start > Power > Restart.

Restart Your Computer
Restart Your Computer

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Boot Windows 10 into Safe Mode

After you have successfully booted into Safe Mode, you can continue with your troubleshooting. You can fix issues or uninstall malicious programs in Safe Mode. After you are done with your troubleshooting, you can simply restart your computer to boot Windows 10 into Normal Mode.

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