How To Boot Into Windows 10 Safe Mode Contents: ● Method One: System Configuration ● Method Two: Tapping F8 ● Method Three: Shift + Restart Combination ● Method Four: Boot ...

How To Boot Into Windows 10 Safe Mode

Boot Into Windows 10 Safe Mode

● Method One: System Configuration
● Method Two: Tapping F8
● Method Three: Shift + Restart Combination
● Method Four: Boot From A Recovery Drive
● Method Five: With Auto Registry

Method One: System Configuration

The fastest way to launch System Configuration in Windows 10 is to use the Run window. To do that, press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard. Then, write msconfig in the text field and and press Enter or OK.


Another way, to reach the System Configuration screen by using Cortana search. Typing either msconfig or system configuration and pressing Enter will open the System Configuration panel.

system configuration

Head to Boot, and note the Boot Options. Selecting Safe Boot from the options will force your system to boot into Safe Mode followings its next restart.

Boot Options

You can choose from additional options. Here’s what they do:

Minimal: Starts Safe Mode with the absolute minimal amount of drivers and services, but with the standard Windows GUI (Graphical User Interface).

Alternate Shell: Starts Safe Mode with a Command Prompt, without the Windows GUI. Requires knowledge of advanced text commands, as well as navigating the operating system without a mouse.

Active Directory Repair: Starts Safe Mode with access to machine-specific information, such as hardware models. If we unsuccessfully install new hardware, corrupting the Active Directory, Safe Mode can be used to restore system stability by repairing corrupted data, or adding new data to the directory.

Network: Starts Safe Mode with the necessary services and drivers for networking, with the standard Windows GUI.

Select Minimal, followed by Apply, and OK. Windows 10 will tell you that you need to reboot your device in order for the new setting to take effect. You can select to "Exit Without Restart" if you want this effect to happen later. If not, you can Restart Now and your device will automatically boot into Safe Mode.

Exit Without Restart

Method Two: Tapping F8

The most common method of reaching Safe Mode was by tapping F8 but Windows 10 has F8 Safe Mode disabled. But here I will show you how to enable that option by using Command Prompt.
Right-click the Start menu and select Command Prompt (Admin). Select Yes in the User Account Control dialogue, if it appears. Command Prompt should now be open.

Command Prompt (Admin)

Type or Copy/Paste (Don't use CTRL+C or CTRL +V) the following command:
bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

And press Enter. Job done!

Command Prompt

To undo this legacy command at any time, reopen the elevated Command Prompt as per the above instructions and type:
bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

Method Three: Shift + Restart Combination

Use the SHIFT + Restart combination. Open the Start Menu and click or tap on the Power button.


Then, keep the SHIFT key pressed and click or tap on Restart.


Then, Windows 10 will reboot and will open Advance Boot Options. Choose Troubleshoot.


Then, on the Troubleshoot screen, select Advanced Options.

Advanced Options

On the Advanced Options screen, choose Startup Settings.

Startup Settings

Windows 10 will tell you that you can restart your device in order to change Advanced Boot Options, including enabling Safe Mode. Press Restart.

Advanced Boot Options

After Windows 10 reboots, you can choose which boot options you want to use; use F4 - F6 to use the Safe Mode boot option.

Safe Mode boot option

Shortcut Method:

Open the Settings menu and head to Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced Startup. Clicking Restart Now will restart your system in recovery mode.

Method Four: Boot From A Recovery Drive

Use the Recovery Drive app to create a system Recovery USB Drive.

Recovery Drive

Once USB recovery drive is created, use the drive to boot your Windows 10 device and, when you're asked to load its content, do so.

The first screen will ask you to choose the layout for your keyboard. Select the one you want to use, or if you don't see it listed, press on "See More Keyboard Layouts" to get the complete list of available layouts.

See More Keyboard Layouts

Once you chose your Keyboard Layout, on the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot.


After selecting the Troubleshoot option, follow the instructions giving in the "Method 3".

Method Five: With Auto Registry

To Boot into Safe Mode you can copy the text below to Notepad and save it the extention .REG and then launch the file.

RunWait('bcdedit /set {current} safeboot Minimal', "", @SW_HIDE)
;Runwait(@ComSpec & ' /c ' & @WindowsDir & '\system32
eagentc /enable', "", @SW_HIDE)
RunWait('bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 10 (Safe Mode)"', "", @SW_HIDE)
RunWait('bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot', "", @SW_HIDE)
RunWait('bcdedit /set {current} bootmenupolicy standard', "", @SW_HIDE)
RunWait('bcdedit /timeout 5', "", @SW_HIDE)

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