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Safe Mode: Start PC in Safe Mode (XP/Vista/7/8/10)

What is Safe Mode in Windows

Safe mode is an amazing option for Windows computers. People always keep getting into trouble with some app or software or malware issues. If you are troubleshooting your computer then you will need to start PC in Safe Mode. Windows OS provides the safe mode of the operating system with administrator privilege with a minimal interface. Safe Mode is a troubleshooting option that limits Windows operation to basic functions this is why it is not for regular use.

Start PC in Safe Mode

The Internet is a necessity that we can’t avoid and cybercriminals use this for their benefit. You can run into problems by just clicking on an advertisement or opening a link. Malicious programs once they get inside your PC can collect your data, bring more threats, and make your PC useless.

In such a case, you will need to Boot PC into Safe Mode to repair your computer. You will need raw access to your system to troubleshoot your computer issues. I think it is the most important feature of Windows PC that most people often need now and then.

Safe Mode strips down all the extra load on your device and only focuses on features that you need to troubleshoot your computer. You can run antivirus scans, remove any unwanted programs, uninstall browser extensions, and create or delete registry keys to fix your system issues.

Types of Safe Boot Mode of Windows

Windows offers several types of Safe Mode options. They are used in different scenarios for specific purposes. Safe mode starts your Windows PC with limited functions using a selected set of files and drivers. Below are the three different safe modes Windows offers you:

1. Safe Mode – Starts your PC with the most basic and default options. You can check if your basic drivers and default settings are right in this mode.

2. Safe Mode With Networking – This option will include the network option to the basic Safe Boot option. You will be able to access the Internet as well as other computers on your network.

3. Safe Mode With Command Prompt – This option gives you the ability to access your PC in safe mode and provides you access to the command prompt.

How to Start XP/7 And Vista in Safe Mode

  • First, you need to press the Restart button and wait for Windows to load.
  • Before the Windows startup screen shows, start pressing the F8 button.

F8

  • The advanced Boot option will soon appear on your computer screen.
  • Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select between different Safe Mode options.

Start PC in Safe Mode Windows 7

  • After selecting, press the ENTER button to start the PC in Safe Mode.

How to Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode

  • Press the “Windows + C” buttons together then click on the Settings option.

Windows + C

  • Press and hold the Shift key then click on the Restart button from the Power option.

Boot Windows 8 In Safe Mode

  • Select the Troubleshoot option from the screen.

Windows 8 Troubleshoot

  • Click on Advanced Options from the Troubleshoot menu.

Windows 8 Advanced Options

  • Hit the Startup Settings from the Advanced options.

Startup Settings

  • Then press the Restart button.

Start Windows In Safe Mode

  • Finally, select the Safe Mode option.

Start PC in Safe Mode

Guide to Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

  • Click the Windows or Start button.

Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

  • Go to the Power option, press and hold the Shift key then hit the Restart option.

Boot Windows 10 In Safe Mode

  • Select the Troubleshoot option from the screen.

Windows 8 Advanced Options

  • Click on Advanced Options from the Troubleshoot menu.

Windows 8 Advanced Options

  • Hit the Startup Settings from the Advanced options.

Startup Settings

  • Then press the Restart button.

Boot Windows 8 In Safe Mode

  • Finally, select the Safe Mode option.

Start PC in Safe Mode

How to Start Windows 11 in Safe Mode

Starting Windows 11 Safe Mode is quite similar to Windows 10. Follow the below steps carefully to restart your Windows 11 in safe mode.

  • Press the “Windows & I” keys to open the Settings page then select the Recovery option.

Windows & I

  • From the Advanced Startup option click on the Restart Now button.

Windows 8 Advanced Options

  • Select the Troubleshoot option from the screen.

Windows 8 Troubleshoot

  • Click on Advanced Options from the Troubleshoot menu.

Windows 8 Advanced Options

  • Hit the Startup Settings from the Advanced options.

Startup Settings

  • Then press the Restart button.

Boot Windows 8 In Safe Mode

  • Finally, select the Safe Mode option.

Note: To exit the Safe Mode just simply restart your PC and it will automatically boot in normal mode.

Universal Method For All Windows (11/10/8/7)

  • Press the “Windows + R” keys on your keyboard together.

Windows + R

  • Type “msconfig” in the Run box and hit the OK button.

Type “msconfig” in the Run box

 

  • Go to the Boot tab when the System Configuration window appears.

Boot tab when the System Configuration

  • Choose Safe Boot then click Apply and press the OK button.

Choose Safe Boot then click Apply and press the OK button

Note: Follow the same process to exit the Safe Mode and uncheck the Safe Mode option.

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