All About Windows 10 Safe Mode

Safe mode is a Windows Diagnostic Mode where you can fix your computer by using your system in a minimum set of drivers or background services. Mostly people use this feature when they corrupted their system’s drivers by updating something or maybe they are having some BSOD while on their system’s startup.

Normally this feature is used by Advance Boot Option when you press the F8 key on your computer’s first booting, but when the Windows 8 came out in the market, Microsoft drop this feature from their Operating System to make the booting process much faster than it was before.

Actually, it is so fast, in fact, now your latest windows don’t even have any time to let interrupt anything. So, when you start your Windows 10 or 8, you’ll find your OS won’t let you to take some time to press some keystroke like F8 or something.

So, in Windows 10, when you press the power button you’ll able to see your bios boot screen at first and then suddenly your windows starts to load its files for OS startup.

There are a lot of different ways in Windows 10 to start this feature and in this tutorial article, I’m gonna help you out to know every little detail about opening or using this safe mode feature.

So first, let all things clear about;

What Is This Safe Mode Feature In Windows 10?

Lots of Operating System provides this feature in which you can open your system in diagnostic mode when your computer is in some kind of problem. This feature is only referred to the limited amount of operating system and you can’t access this in all available OS’s.

Mainly this feature widely used for repairing our computer and the best part is you can easily open and able to use this feature without making any trouble.

Windows Safe Mode – Every OS’s Safe Mode is different and that’s why your window’s safe mode is also a little bit different too. And in your Windows 10 safe mode, it will only give you the access to use your computer by using main necessary drivers and system’s services. So, when you boot your windows in safe mode, it’s gonna start with some basic drivers and ignore all the startup features like antivirus or background processes who can responsible for some sort of crash.

Here’s the list of drivers what you can access to:

  • Mouse
  • Monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Mass Storage
  • Base Video

And the rule is you can’t use any drivers other than these and because of that, if your computer is do suffering from some kind of BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error then by the help of this boot feature you can normally open your computer in diagnosis mode and easily fix your Operating System.

How To Open Safe Mode?

There are lots of different ways to open this feature but in this article, I’m gonna highlight all working method to open this safe mode feature in your Windows 10 computer. So, now it’s all on you, what method did you use to open your safe mode.

Method 1. Open It By Using System Configuration Option

In this method, you’ll gonna use your System Boot Configuration to give an order to your computer to make it boot in safe mode on next system startup.

To open your system boot configuration you can use your windows Run Commander or maybe search “System Configuration” on Cortana. So, it’s all on you to choose which method, and if you wanted to use the run commander then you’ll need to press “Windows + R” key to start run commander and then in the black field just type ”msconfig” and press enter.

After when the configuration pop-up open, click on the boot tab from the upper menu selection and look for the boot setting.

Now you’ll need to tick the “Safe boot” checkbox to make your system boot on next startup.

Normally, in this safe mode boot configuration the default setting set on minimal, but you can easily change it according to your use and here’s the listed detail about those options down below:

Minimal – In this option, your safe mode starts with the required amount of drivers and services in a normal Windows Graphical User Interface. So, you can’t use any extra drivers or background services like antivirus.

Alternate Shell – In this option, your safe mode starts only with the command prompt without the OS’s Graphical User Interface. So, when open your windows in this mode you can’t use anything besides the CMD.

Active Directory Repair – In this option, your safe mode start in a Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) and in this boot option your windows Server domain controllers let the user to repair, recover and restore an Active Directory database. Normally this safe mode option only used in Windows Server Operating System.

Network – In this option, you feel just like you are using normal safe mode but the benefit what you can take in this mode is you can access the internet and just because of that you can update and download drivers or maybe some program to make your system troubleshooting a lot easier.

Method 2. Use Shift + Restart Button Shortcut

The best or easy way to get into your safe mode is to open it by holding your keyboard’s shift key while clicking on the restart’s option.

So, you’ll need to go to your power option and now you have to hold the shift key whiling clicking on the restart option. And when you have done with that, you’ll see Windows RE (Recovery environment) option after the system’s restart.

In your Windows Recovery Environment you’ll need to select “Troubleshooting” options and when the second options appear, click on “Advanced options” and then choose “Startup Setting” and after that click on restart’s button shows on the screen.

After when your system gets restart, you’ll see your computer is showing your some startup options to choose. In those options, you can find all safe mode selection and by pressing the designated numeric or function key, you can easily open your system safe mode.

So, if you wanna to open only safe mode then press Number 4 key or F4 key, or maybe if wanted to open safe mode with networking then you’ll need to press Number 5 key or F5 key.

Method 3. Use Windows Advanced Startup Setting

The another best way to open this feature by using your Windows 10 Advanced Startup Setting, by this option your windows take you to the Windows RE (Recovery Environment) mode just like the method 2 above in this article and after that, you can choose options to make your computer boot in this safe mode feature.

So, first you’ll need to go to your Windows 10 setting page by pressing the Windows + I key on the keyboard, or otherwise, you can find this setting option in your Windows Start Menu’s options too.

After when the setting’s page gets open, you’ll need to click on “Update & Security” option in order to get into the startup configuration option.

Now click on the recovery selection and in that menu you can find the option name Advanced Startup. By just clicking on “Restart Now” button your computer will restart and while booting your computer it will show your Windows Recovery environment and by selecting correct options it will leads you to the startup setting, in where you can select safe mode to open it.

So, you can scroll above in this article and in the “Method 2” you can find the whole process what you need to do after opening your Windows Recovery Environment.

Method 4. Use F8 or Shift + F8 Key On Startup

In all previous versions of windows we use an F8 key on your computer’s startup to open advanced boot options where we are able to select the safe mode options to open it, but things changed a lot after when the Windows 8 came out and Microsoft disabled this feature by default.

If you’re using an old computer with latest windows in it, then it’s possible by pressing the Shift and F8 key on your system’s startup can pause the boot process and take you to the “Advanced Option” but if you’re using a latest computer with a latest UEFI bios or maybe using SSD drive, then there’s no way you can interrupt your computer’s booting process by using any keyboard’s key.

Actually Microsoft did this because they wanted to speed up their windows startup process and limit the time to minimum, but the best part is you can still enable back this boot option by just using your windows command prompt and disable it back again when you’ve done with your work what you’ve wanna to do in your safe mode.

So, here’s the link below to help you out about this boot option enabling method:

Steps To Enable Windows 10 Safe Mode By F8 Key


  1. Once I wz finally able to get F8 shift working and wz able to get to advanced recovery my blue screen problem disappeared! Thank u so much!!!

  2. The advanced boot option is a good feature of the windows operating system where we can stop all the boot loading and load only the minimum required peripherals to diagnose any trouble.


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