How To Boot Into Safe Mode in Windows 10 (2021)

The Safe Mode in Windows allows you to start the system will the minimal amount of processes and drivers needed. This allows you to perform maintenance and even pinpoint any problems. For example, if you’ve just installed a driver and it is causing BSOD error, you can boot into safe mode and remove that driver safely. Let me show you various different ways to boot into safe mode in Windows 10.

Booting into Safe Mode in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there are several different ways you can enter safe mode. All of these methods work perfectly fine. To make things easier, I’ve divided all the methods into two major sections. The first three methods are useful if you can normally boot into your system. The last two methods are useful if you cannot boot into Windows normally.

1. Enter Safe Mode with Shift + Click

The easiest way to access safe mode in Windows 10 to use the Shift + Click method.

To enter safe mode, hold down the Shift key and then click on the Restart option either in the start menu or on the lock screen.

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When you do this, your system will automatically boot into the safe mode on the next boot up. When you are done using the safe mode, restart the system it will boot normally.

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2. Safe Mode via Settings App

Along with the ability to reset Windows 10, the PC Settings app gives you the option to access safe mode in Windows 10.

1. Open the PC settings app by pressing the keyboard shortcut Win + I.

2. Go to “Update & Security -> Recovery” page. On the right panel, click on the “Restart Now” button under Advanced Startup section.

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3. When restarting you will be taken to the advanced startup screen. Here, select the “Troubleshoot” option.

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4. Select “Advanced Options” option.

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5. Now, select the “Start-up Settings” option.

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6. Click on the “Restart” button.

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7. In this screen, press the number associated with Safe Mode and the system will boot into Safe Mode. In my case, the number associated with Safe Mode is 4.

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3. Safe Mode via MSConfig Tool

As an alternative, you can also use the MSConfig Tool to access Safe Mode in Windows 10. If necessary, you can also clean boot using the MS Config tool. This method is useful if you want to boot into safe mode multiple times one after the other.

1. Press Win + R, type msconfig and click on the “Ok” button to open the MS Config tool.

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2. In the new window, go to the “Boot” tab. Here, select “Safe Mode” checkbox and click on the “Ok” button.

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3. Now, restart the system normally and it will boot into the Safe Mode.

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4. When you are done using the safe mode, simply uncheck the “Safe Mode” checkbox and reboot the system. It will get out of the safe mode. If you don’t do this, you will enter safe mode every time you start the system.

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4. Interrupt Boot Process 3 Times

If you cannot boot into Windows 10 then the easiest way to access the safe mode is to interrupt the boot process. There is a built-in Windows mechanism which triggers the recovery or advanced startup screen when the boot process is interrupted three times.

When your PC is booting up, simply turn it off, try to boot again and turn it off. Do this 3 times and Windows will show you a recovery screen. Here, select the Safe Mode and the system will boot into it.

5. Safe Mode via Windows 10 Installation Drive

If you have a Windows 10 installation drive, you can also use it access the safe mode.

1. First, insert the Windows 10 installation drive and boot into it.

2. On the installation screen, click on the “Next” button.

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3. In the next screen, select “Repair your computer” link.

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4. The above action will open the Advanced Startup page. Here, select “Troubleshoot“.

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5. In the Advanced Start page, select the “Command Prompt” option.

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6. In the Command Prompt window, execute the below command.

bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal

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7. Reboot system and it will boot into the safe mode automatically.

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Important: When you are done using the safe mode, excute bcdedit /deletevalue {default} safeboot command to turn off the safe mode. Otherwise the PC will enter safe mode every time you start it.

That is all.

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