If you are a user of Windows 10, you might have observed that when you press F8 or SHIFT + F8 keys on the keyboard to enter the Safe Mode, it no longer works. This is because Windows 10 start procedure became much faster than earlier. Though it’s quite easy to get into Windows 10 Safe Mode, there are other methods of getting into it.

When a user boots into the Safe Mode in Windows 10, the operating system loads a minimal user interface with the essential services and drivers that are required for effective functioning. This mode makes it easier to troubleshoot problems as it doesn’t load any applications or things that can cause Windows to crash.

Windows 10 Safe Mode

Windows 10 Safe Mode Troubleshoot

Enter Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Using “Shift + Restart” on the Windows 10 Sign In screen

If you get to the Sign In screen, press and hold the SHIFT key on the keyboard. While keeping that key still pressed, click or tap the Power button and, in the menu that opens, click Restart.

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Windows 10 Safe Mode

Windows 10 would restart and ask you to select an option. Choose the Troubleshoot option. On the Troubleshoot screen, go to Advanced options.

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Windows 10 Safe Mode

Windows 10 Safe Mode Advanced Options

Windows 10 Safe Mode

Startup Settings of Windows 10 Safe Mode

Windows 10 Safe Mode

Enter into Windows 10 Safe Mode

After that, choose Startup Settings and then select the Startup Settings option. Windows 10 will say it would restart the device to change advanced boot options, including enabling Safe Mode. Press Restart. After Windows 10 restarts, you can select which boot options you want to be allowed. To get into Windows 10 Safe Mode, you will get three different options:

  • Standard Windows 10 Safe Mode – press the 4 or the F4 key on your keyboard to start it
  • Win 10 Safe Mode with Networking – press 5 or F5
  • Win 10 Safe Mode with Command Prompt – press either 6 or F6

Interrupt the normal boot process of Windows 10 three times in a row

If Windows 10 fails to boot normally three times over, you can do it the fourth time by default process in an Automatic Repair mode. With this mode once can boot into the Windows 10 Safe Mode. To trigger the Automatic Repair mode, one must interrupt the normal boot process three consecutive times. Use the Reset or the Power button on Windows 10 PC to stop it during boot, before it finishes loading Windows 10. If the Power button is selected, you would require to keep pressing it for at least 4 seconds to force the power off. When Windows 10 enters the Automatic Repair mode, the first thing that will come on the screen would be that the operating system is “Preparing Automatic Repair.”

Windows 10 Safe Mode Troubleshoot

You may be asked to choose an account to continue. Choose the account that has administrator permissions, and type the password. Wait for Windows 10 to make an automatic diagnosis of the PC. Once the “Automatic Repair” screen comes, press the “Advanced options” button and choose Troubleshoot.

After that, select “Advanced options -> Startup Settings -> Restart.”, press the 4 or the F4 key on the keyboard and boot into minimal Safe Mode, press 5 or F5 to boot into “Safe Mode with Networking,” or press 6 or F6 to go into “Safe Mode with Command Prompt.”

Using Windows 10 installation drive and the Command Prompt

If you have a Windows 10 setup DVD or USB memory stick, you can use it to boot the PC with Windows 10 into Safe Mode. Once you apply, wait for the installation environment to load. After that, select the language and keyboard layout and click on Next. Click on the link that highlights “Repair your computer” on the bottom left corner of the screen.

When asked prompt about the option, choose Troubleshoot. On the “Advanced options” screen, click or tap “Command Prompt. Once inside the Command Prompt window, type the command: bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal, and press Enter on the keyboard and, after a moment, it will feature “The operation completed successfully.” Close the Command Prompt and choose to Continue on the next screen. After the PC reboots, Windows 10 will start into Safe Mode. Log in with a user account that has administrator permissions, and perform the changes you want.

The Windows 10 operating system is faster and more advanced in comparison to the earlier versions. Though getting into the Win 10 Safe Mode might not work out the way it did in the previous Windows versions, but the methods are similar like in Windows 8.1.