How to start Windows 10 in safe mode

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  • What is Safe Mode

    Before explaining to you what are the operations that must be performed to be able to start Windows 10 in safe mode, it seems only right to provide you with some more info about the nature of this special feature, in case you don't know what I'm talking about, of course.

    Safe mode, as the name implies, is nothing more than a particular boot mode in which the operating system loads only its essential components, thus avoiding running third-party programs or drivers that could be at the root of its malfunctions . Using it, it is possible to restore access to Windows and remove the software (usually malware or incompatible drivers) at the base of the PC problems without having to go to format it.



    Its use is therefore very useful in all those situations in which the PC begins to "have a tantrum" and cannot be solved in any other way. As I have already anticipated, the use of safe mode does not guarantee, however, the fact that the problems encountered can be solved and in the most extreme cases, formatting remains the only viable solution.

    Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 10

    Now that you have a clearer idea of 鈥嬧媓ow Safe Mode works, let's try to figure out how to enable it on Windows 10. As mentioned in the previous lines, on the surface it may seem like a difficult thing to do but in reality it is not. Below you are therefore explained in detail how to proceed by intervening from the system settings, from the Start menu and from the lock screen and in various other ways. Good job!


    From the settings


    If you have the possibility to access the system you can start the safe mode on your PC equipped with Windows 10 by intervening from the OS settings. You ask me how? I'll explain it to you right away. To begin with, click on button Home located in the lower left corner (the Windows flag) and choose Settings (the gear icon) give the menu that I will share.

    In the window that opens, click Update and security, select the item Restoration from the left sidebar and presses the button Restart now placed under the heading Avvio Avanzato.

    Once this is done, it will load a few seconds and you will be shown all the options available for advanced computer startup. To view the menu that allows you to access Safe Mode, click on the button Troubleshooting, Then Advanced options, then on Startup Settings and to conclude on restarting then wait for the computer to restart.

    When your PC restarts you will be shown a screen with all the Windows startup options. To enter the safe mode you have to press the key 4 on the PC keyboard, while if you want to activate the safe mode with network support (i.e. with the Internet connection enabled) you have to press the key 5.

    From the Start menu and the lock screen

    As an alternative to the method I have just indicated to you or if for one reason or another you cannot start your PC in safe mode as seen above, you can still succeed in your intent in another way. Which? Now I'll explain it to you.


    To begin with, click on Start button on the taskbar then click on the button Stop (the Power symbol), move the cursor to Reboot the system and click on it, taking care to press and keep pressing the button at the same time Shift on the keyboard.


    Wait a few moments after which you will see the screen appear with all the options available for advanced computer startup. At this point, to access the safe mode, all you have to do is proceed as I indicated in the previous lines, when I explained how to enable it by intervening from the Windows settings.

    Keep in mind that in addition to the way I just indicated, you can enable Safe Mode in Windows 10 by holding down the key Shift on the PC keyboard also by acting from the lock screen, by clicking on the Power button bottom right.

    From Run

    Another way to start Windows 10 in safe mode is the one that involves the use of the Run window and a special command.

    It then calls up the Run using the key combination Win + R on the keyboard after you type shutdown / r / o in the field that you find next to the item You open: and click on the button OK.

    Windows will then restart and you will find yourself in front of the screen to access the safe mode in which you will have to first click on Troubleshooting, then on then on Advanced options, then on Startup Settings and to conclude on restarting. So wait for the computer to restart and proceed as I indicated at the beginning of the article, when I explained how to start the system in safe mode by intervening from the settings of the same.


    From recovery DVD or USB

    The computer does not want to know anything about starting in safe mode following the procedures I have already explained to you? Then try to intervene by acting from the DVD or from the OS recovery USB key.

    What you have to do is, essentially, insert the system installation disk or its pendrive with the installation files into the PC, boot from CD or USB (if you don't know how to do it you can read my article on how to enter the BIOS in which I have explained to you in detail how to proceed) and when prompted choose Reset your computer then press on Troubleshooting, then on Advanced options, then on Startup Settings and to conclude on restarting.


    Then proceed in the same way as I indicated in the previous lines, when I explained how to start the safe mode from the system settings.

    Automatic Safe Mode

    If difficulties are encountered in starting the system or if the computer is not shut down in the correct matter, the safe mode is proposed automatically by Windows 10. In the event of problems, Windows automatically opens an advanced start menu from which it is just click View advanced recovery options to access the menu to enter Safe Mode.

    Then he clicked on Advanced options, then on Startup Settings and then restarting then proceed in the same way as I indicated at the beginning of the guide, when I show you how to access the safe mode from the Windows 10 settings.

    Exit Safe Mode

    When you're done using Windows 10 in Safe Mode, you can exit Safe Mode by simply restarting your computer. To do this, click on the Start button located in the bottom left corner of the taskbar, click on the button Stop located on the left side of the menu that opened and then on the item Reboot the system.

    If you prefer to reboot the system manually, you can select the option Shut down the system and, when the computer has shut down, you can turn it on again by pressing the appropriate button Power button.

    In addition to the way I have just indicated, you can exit Safe Mode on Windows 10 using the tool System configuration. To use it, proceed to open the dialog box Run using the key combination Win + R then type msconfig within the field attached next to the item You open: in the window that opened on the desktop and click on the button OK.

    From the System Configuration window that opened, make sure the General is selected (and if not, you provide) then choose the option Normal startup che trovi in 鈥嬧媍orrispondenza della sezione Boot selection, select the scheda Boot options and remove the tick from the item Safe mode che trovi sotto the dicitura Boot options.

    To conclude, click on your button Apply and Ok in order to confirm and apply the changes made and then click on Restart in response to the startup you see appear on the screen.

    Alternative solutions to the problems encountered

    Even if you started Windows 10 in safe mode, have you not been able to cope with your problems? I'm sorry, but that doesn't mean you'll have to throw your computer away. In fact, before giving up, I suggest you do a good one formatting and to see if in this way you can solve. If the problems are of a software nature, you will almost certainly be able to cope with it by proceeding in this way. If not, you may owe yourself replace a few pieces of your workstation.

    As for formatting, if you don't know how to do it, you can follow the instructions I gave you in my article dedicated to how to format Windows 10. As for replacing one or more parts of the PC, if you are not very experienced on what to do I suggest you contact a specialized service center (even better for the brand of your PC) in your area.

    If, on the other hand, you have a minimum of computer skills, you own a laptop and you want to try your hand at the enterprise, you can consult my article dedicated to how to disassemble a laptop to understand what steps to take to be able to complete the whole procedure. But I recommend, if something is not clear to you or if you do not know where to put your hands, forget it ... otherwise you risk doing a much worse damage than the existing one!

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