How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode (While Booting) [6 Ways] (2023)

Windows 10 Safe Mode is one essential diagnostic method to help you identify and fix possible causes of Windows 10 PC issues. This post provides 6 ways with step-by-step guides on how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode (while booting) to troubleshoot the problems you are having with your Windows 10 PC.

How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode - Quick Guide

  1. Press and hold Shift key and click Start > Power > Restart.
  2. Click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart after you enter into Win-RE.
  3. Press F4, F5, or F6 key to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10.

Windows 10 PC is not working well? Once the computer is infected with malware, virus or installed some improper drivers, the PC may not behave normally, and freeze or crash occasionally.

Windows 10 Safe Mode may be helpful to help you diagnose and fix the issues of your computer. So, how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode (while booting)?

Check the 6 ways with detailed guides on how to boot in Safe Mode Windows 10, and how to use Safe Mode to fix issues on Windows 10 PC.

If you suffer some data loss due to errors in Windows 10 PC, an ultimate data recovery guide is also provided in the second part of this tutorial to help you easily recover lost/deleted files for free.

Tip: MiniTool Power Data Recovery - Recover any deleted/lost files from Windows computer, USB, memory card, external hard drive, SSD, etc. Rescue data in various data loss situations.

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Windows 10 Safe Mode

What Is Safe Mode?

Safe Mode is a built-in diagnostic mode of Windows 10 (7, 8, etc.) computer operating system. If you start Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode, it will only allow starting up basic system programs and services in booting process. A Windows 10 PC booted in Safe Mode is a stripped down version of computer.

Windows 10 Safe Mode is designed to help users to troubleshoot most problems within the OS of Windows 10 PC. It is also widely used to remove malware or ransomware in computer.

How Does Windows 10 Safe Mode Work?

In Windows 10 Safe Mode, the OS will be started with only core components, and many other non-necessary drivers or services such as video drivers, sound will be disabled. Third-party startup programs are also prevented from loading. And this makes it easier to isolate causes of operating system problems.

For instance, you can start Windows 10 in Safe Mode to identify if it’s the Windows 10 default settings and drivers are causing the misbehaving of Windows 10 PC, or to diagnose if it’s the installation of poor-configured software/programs that prevents Windows 10 PC from booting in a normal state. Windows 10 Safe Mode allows you to safely remove bugged programs, solve driver issues, diagnose hardware conflicts, and more.

Besides, sometimes if you can’t start Windows 10 PC normally, but you can still start Windows 10 in Safe Mode. This makes it a good option to troubleshoot problems of PC, e.g. blue screen, black screen because of malware, virus infection, or inferior hardware drivers.

When You Need to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

If your Windows 10 PC seems to have some problems, doesn’t function well, keeps crashing/freezing, or occur blue screen/black screen time to time, then you may try to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode to fix some Windows 10 issues.

The Three Types of Windows 10 Safe Mode

Windows 10 offers three types of Safe Mode. You can choose to boot Windows 10 in any type of Safe Mode based on your own need.

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  • Enable Safe Mode: This is the most basic type of Safe Mode. It starts Windows 10 by loading the most essential settings and services of the system. Any other unnecessary programs, drivers or services won’t be loaded. This puts the PC in a safer status by cutting off the possible malware or virus that may move through third-party software, drivers, or local networks.
  • Enable Safe Mode with Networking: If you choose to start Windows 10 in safe mode with networking, then it will add other necessary drivers and services that are required to access the networks, while keeping the same set of drivers and services of Safe Mode. This is not as safe as Safe Mode, but it’s useful when you need to access the Internet.
  • Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt: If you choose to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Command Prompt, then your computer will display a big Command Prompt window. Professionals can easily use command lines to fix related issues of Windows 10 PC. However, if you don’t know much about CMD, it’s not advised to choose this option. Both Safe Mode and Safe Mode with Command Prompt are not connected to network.

Let’s cut to chase, check how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode in these 6 ways, namely, through Settings, msconfig (System Configuration), Start menu, F8 key, from sign-in screen, black/blank screen.

How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode - 6 Ways

  1. Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode from Settings
  2. Boot Windows 10 into Safe Mode through msconfig
  3. Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode While Booting from Start Menu
  4. Start Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode from Login Screen
  5. Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode from a Black/Blank Screen
  6. Boot in Safe Mode Windows 10 While Booting through F8 Key

Quick Video Guide:

1. How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode from Settings

If you’ve already logged into Windows 10 computer, then you can boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10 with Advanced Startup tool.

(Video) How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Step 1 – Open Windows Settings

You can click Start menu and click Settings on Windows 10 PC. Or press Windows and I keys on the keyboard to open Windows 10 Settings.

Step 2 – Enter into Startup Settings Window

Then you can click Update & Security, choose Recovery option from the left panel, and click Restart now under Advanced startup to enter Windows RE (Recovery Environment).

Next you can click Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Startup Settings -> Restart.

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Step 3 – Choose a Safe Mode Option

You can now choose preferred Safe Mode option to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode.

Press 4 or F4 on the keyboard to start Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode; press 5 or F5 to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking; press 6 or F6 to access Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

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2. How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode through msconfig

If you can enter into Windows 10 system, you can also try another way to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10, namely, using Windows System Configuration (msconfig.exe) tool.

Step 1 – Open Windows System Configuration Tool

You can press Windows + R key, input msconfig in Windows RUN window and hit Enter to open the System Configuration utility.

Step 2 – Select a Safe Boot Option

Then you can click Boot tab. Under Boot options, you can choose a preferred Safe boot option based on your own need.

  • Minimal equals to Safe Mode.
  • Alternate shell refers to Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
  • Network refers to Safe Mode with Networking.
  • Active Directory repair option is used to repair the Active Directory server.

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Generally, you can choose either Minimal or Network option to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode to troubleshoot problems in Windows 10 system.

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3. How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode While Booting from Start Menu

If you can log in Windows 10, you can also boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10 by using Start menu.

Step 1. You can press and hold Shift key on the keyboard, and click Start menu on Windows 10 at the same time. Then click the Power icon in the Start menu and choose Restart.

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Step 2. After you get into the Choose an option screen, you can click Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Startup Settings -> Restart, to enter into the Startup Settings window.

Step 3. Next press F4, F5, or F6 to choose a desired Safe Mode option to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode while booting.

4. How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode While Booting from Login Screen

If you can’t log in Windows 10, but you can enter into the Sign-in screen, you can also enter Safe Mode in Windows 10 from the login screen by using Shift + Restart.

Step 1. You can restart the Windows 10 PC. When you see the Sign-in screen, you can also press the Shift key and don’t release, and click the Power icon at the bottom-right and choose Restart.

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Step 2. After you enter into the WinRE screen, click as follows: Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Startup Settings -> Restart.

Step 3. After the Windows 10 PC restarts, you can see a list of Windows startup options. You can then press F4 to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode, or press F5 to start in Safe Mode in Windows 10 with Networking.

5. How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode from a Black/Blank Screen

If your Windows 10 PC can’t start normally, you can also choose to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode to troubleshoot problems there.

To boot your Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode from a black or blank screen, you need to enter into the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) at first by turning off and on the PC 3 times.

Step 1. Enter into WinRE

You can press and hold the Power button on your PC for 10 seconds to turn off the computer, then turn on the PC by pressing the Power button again. When the computer is going to boot the operating system (e.g., the computer manufacturer’s logo appears when restarting), rightly press the Power button again for about 10 seconds to turn off the device.

Follow the same process to turn off and on your Windows 10 PC 3 times. When the PC is turned on for the third time, the computer should enter into the Automatic Repair window now. If not, follow the same steps until the WinRE screen shows.

If the Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your Windows 10 PC problems, you can click Advanced options to enter into Windows Recovery Environment screen to try other options to repair PC.

Step 2. Enter into Startup Settings

In the WinRE window, you can then enter into the Startup Settings window by clicking Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Startup Settings -> Restart.

Step 3. Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

Then you can press F5 to start Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode with Networking. And this is a suggested option when you need to troubleshoot a black or blank computer screen. You can search on the Internet for solutions to the issues.

6. How to Boot in Safe Mode Windows 10 While Booting through F8 Key

In Windows 7, you can continuously press F8 key to enter into Advanced options window before logging into Windows. And we know that this method isn’t working in Windows 10 and 8 because Windows 10/8 has much faster booting speed.

However, you can still make F8 work again in Windows 10 with the BCD (Boot Configuration Data) Edit command.

Step 1. Open Administrator Command Prompt window

You can press Windows key and R key on computer keyboard at the same time to open RUN window. Then type cmd in the box, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter key at the same time to run the Administrator Command Prompt window. Please do not simply click OK, because it won’t open the Command Prompt (Admin) window.

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Step 2. Reactivate F8 key function

Then you can type this command line: bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy. And hit Enter key.

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Step 3. Reboot Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode

Next you can close the Command Prompt window, and restart your PC. Now before the Windows logo appears, you can constantly press F8 to enter into the Advanced Boot Options screen.

You can then use the arrow keys on the keyboard to choose to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

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Tip: Please be noted that you can only reactivate F8 function in Windows 10 on condition that the Windows PC can start normally. If you can’t access Windows 10 PC, you should try other ways in this post to boot in Safe Mode Windows 10.

If you want to get rid of the F8 key function in Windows 10, you can follow the same operation to get into the Administrator Command Prompt window, and input this command line: bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard. Hit Enter and restart computer again.

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(Video) How to Start Windows 10 in Safe mode While Booting

How to Get Out of Safe Mode Windows 10

To get out of Safe Mode in Windows 10, you can follow the steps below realize it.

Step 1. You can press Windows and R key on the keyboard. And then input msconfig and hit Enter again to open the System Configuration window.

Step 2. Tap Boot icon and uncheck the Safe boot option, and click OK. Then your Windows 10 computer will boot in normal screen next time you start the PC.

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How to Use Safe Mode to Fix Your Windows 10 PC Issues

Starting Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode can help you fix some problems of your computer.

1. Recover Lost Data/Files in PC

If your computer is infected by malware or virus, or has a system crash or hard drive error, you may lose some important data and files, and can’t start Windows 10 normally.

After you access Windows 10 in Safe Mode, you can use the best free data recovery software like MiniTool Power Data Recovery to easily recover deleted files or lost data in 3 simple steps.

MiniTool Power Data Recoveryis a 100% clean data recovery tool which is compatible with Windows 10/8/7.

You can use this software to recover lost or mistakenly deleted files from PC hard drive, external hard drive, SSD, USB flash drive, pen drive, SD card (from Android, cameras, etc.), and more, under various kinds of data loss situations.

Download and install MiniTool Power Data Recovery on Windows 10/8/7, and follow the detailed guide below to recover lost data and files with ease.

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Step 1 – Run MiniTool Power Data Recovery

Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery to enter into the main UI. All the detected drives and deviceson PC are displayed.

Step 2 – Scan for Lost Data on PC

Choose one partitionunder Logical Drives and click Scan button, and it will automatically scan for all lost, deleted and normal files on this partition. If you don't know which partition contains the deleted/lost files, you can click Devices tab and choose the whole disk to scan.

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Step 3 – Preview and save lost files

After the scanning is finished, you can browse from the scan result to find your needed files, and click Save button to store the wanted files to another drive or partition, or external hard drive, USB drive, etc.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery allows you to preview up to 70 types of files.

Show Lost Files, Find, Filter functions are available to help you quickly find the wanted files.

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(Video) How to Boot Into Safe Mode In Windows 10

Tip: If your Windows 10 PC can’t boot normally and your computer haven’t installed this software before, it’s advised to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking. Thus, you can download and install MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free on your PC in Safe Mode to recover lost data in PC.

If your computer can’t boot or even can’t start in Safe Mode, you can still recover data and files in Windows 10 PC with MiniTool Power Data Recovery. Related guide: How to Recover Data When PC Won't Boot

2. Remove Malware or Virus

If your computer is crashed or stops working because of malware or virus infection, you may boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode to scan and remove malware/virus.

You can also use Windows Defender in Windows 10 to scan and kill the malware and virus in PC. If you don’t have an antivirus program in your Windows 10 PC, it’s also possible to download and install one in Safe Mode only if you start Windows 10 in safe mode with Networking.

3. Uninstall Improper Software

If your Windows 10 computer can’t normally start or work because of some recently installed programs which may have conflicted drivers, you can uninstall the suspicious software from the Control Panel in Windows 10 Safe Mode. Then restart your computer to see if the problem is fixed.

4. Perform System Restore

If your Windows 10 computer runs unstable recently, you can perform a System Restore to restore the system to an earlier state which has a good configuration. But what if Windows 10 System Restore stucks in normal Windows 10 start mode? Then you may try to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode to run a successful System Restore without crashing.

Beyond above, you can also boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode to fix Windows 10 black screen, blue screen issues like the Kernel Data Inpage Error, and more.

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Bottom Line

This post illustrates 6 ways for how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode (while booting) with step-by-step guides. If your computer doesn’t run well, can’t boot, or has some other problems, you may try to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode to fix issues of your Windows 10 computer, and recover lost data and files with MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free.

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Windows 10 Safe Mode FAQ

How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode while booting?

This tutorial introduces 6 ways with detailed guides to allow you to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode while booting. You can try one of them.

How do I start Win 10 in Safe Mode?

You can check the 6 ways in this post to easily enter in Safe Mode on Windows 10.

How do I boot up in Safe Mode?

You can boot into Safe Mode on Windows 10 via Settings, msconfig, Start Menu, Login screen, F8 key, etc. The detailed instructions are included in this tutorial.

Can I boot in Safe Mode from BIOS?

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You can press F8 key during booting to enter into Windows Advanced Boot Options screen, and choose a Safe Mode option to boot Windows 10 into Safe Mode.

FAQs

How do I start Windows 10 in Safe Mode while booting? ›

After your PC restarts, you'll see a list of options. Select 4 or press F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode. Or if you'll need to use the internet, select 5 or press F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

What are the 4 ways to fix Windows 10 startup? ›

Four of the top approaches for solving Windows 10 boot problems are launching the Startup Repair tool, repairing the Master Boot Record (MBR), scanning the system for corrupt or missing files, and running the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool.

Is F8 Safe Mode for Windows 10? ›

In Windows 7 (and earlier versions) we could easily boot our computers into Safe Mode by repeatedly pressing the F8 key when Windows first started loading. Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft disabled that option in order to help speed up the boot process.

What to do if you cant boot into Safe Mode? ›

Using the Shift+ Restart combination when you can't enter Safe Mode:
  1. Open the 'Start' menu and click or tap on the 'Power' button.
  2. Keeping the Shift key pressed, click on Restart.
  3. One can also use the Shift+ Restart combination from the 'Sign In' screen.
  4. Windows 10/11 would then reboot, asking you to select an option.

Is Safe Mode f2 or F8? ›

Restart your PC, and press the F8 key repeatedly on the keyboard while it starts up and you'll see the Advanced Boot Options menu, from where you can select Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

Can you enter Safe Mode from boot menu? ›

Select Restart. The computer restarts and enters the Startup Settings menu. Select 4 or F4 to start the computer in Safe Mode. If you must use the Internet, select 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

How do I force a Windows 10 repair? ›

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click the power button icon.
  3. Press and hold down the Shift key and then click Restart. ...
  4. Select Troubleshoot.
  5. Go to Advanced Options > Startup Repair.
  6. After the startup repair process is complete, reboot the computer.
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How do I repair corrupted Windows 10? ›

Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files
  1. Open an elevated command prompt. ...
  2. If you are running Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, first run the inbox Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool prior to running the System File Checker.

Is Safe Mode F5 or F8? ›

Your computer may restart and open the Startup Settings screen automatically. Press the F4 key to boot into Safe Mode. For the other 2 options of Safe Mode, press F5 to boot into Safe Mode with Networking or press F6 to boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

Does F8 do anything? ›

F8. Function key used to enter the Windows startup menu, commonly used to access Windows Safe Mode. Used by some computers to access the Windows recovery system, but may require a Windows installation CD.

What is advanced boot options? ›

The Advanced Boot Options screen lets you start Windows in advanced troubleshooting modes. You can access the menu by turning on your computer and pressing the F8 key before Windows starts. Some options, such as safe mode, start Windows in a limited state, where only the bare essentials are started.

How do I start my computer in Safe Mode when F8 doesn t work? ›

If F8 isn't working and you've to restart your computer in Safe Mode immediately, try it via the Start menu. Open the Start menu and then Settings> Update & Security> Recovery> Restart Now option. While your computer is in reboot mode, you've to select Troubleshoot under the Select an Option screen.

How do I start my computer in Safe Mode using command prompt? ›

This article will demonstrate how to restart a Windows computer in to safe mode using the command prompt.
  1. From the command prompt type in the following and press Enter. bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal. ...
  2. Restart the computer using the following command: shutdown /r.

How do I force secure boot? ›

From the System Utilities screen, select System Configuration > BIOS/Platform Configuration (RBSU) > Server Security > Secure Boot Settings > Secure Boot Enforcement and press Enter. Select a setting and press Enter: Enabled — Enables Secure Boot.

What are the 3 types of Safe Mode? ›

Safe mode starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services to help troubleshoot issues.
...
There are three different safe mode options:
  • Enable Safe Mode. ...
  • Enable Safe Mode with Networking. ...
  • Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

What does F9 do on startup? ›

F8 – Used to access the boot menu in Windows when turning on the computer. F9 – Refreshes a document in Microsoft Word and sends and receives emails in Outlook. F10 – Activates the menu bar of an open application.

Is safe boot in BIOS? ›

F8 or Shift-F8 during boot (BIOS and HDDs only)

If (and only IF) your Windows computer uses a legacy BIOS and a spinning-platter-based hard drive, you may be able to invoke Safe Mode in Windows 10 using the familiar F8 or Shift-F8 keyboard shortcut during the computer's boot process.

What is Safe boot option? ›

Safe mode is a boot option in which the operating system starts in diagnostic mode rather than in normal operating mode. It is used primarily for troubleshooting a system that has crashed, failed to boot correctly or is experiencing instability after installing an update, device driver or new software installation.

What is Safe Mode command? ›

Type the command for the type of Safe Mode you want to use, and then press Enter. This will force the computer to reboot into that version of safe mode immediately after rebooting. Safe Mode: bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal. Safe Mode with Networking: bcdedit /set {current} safeboot network.

How do I run a repair command? ›

Repair Windows 10 Using Command Prompt FAQs
  1. Entering the CMD windows.
  2. Type in sfc /scannow, and press the Enter key. ...
  3. If the SFC command doesn't work. ...
  4. Type in DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth to scan the corruptions of Windows images.
  5. Type in DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:repairSource\install.
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How do I factory reset Windows 10 that won't boot? ›

Answer: Follow these simple steps below:
  1. Click on the ''Start'' button in Windows.
  2. Press shift and click on ''Restart''.
  3. The system will guide you through the troubleshooting section.
  4. Click on ''Reset my PC''.
  5. Click on ''Keep my files''.
  6. The system will reboot itself, and factory settings are restored.
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How do I fix a corrupted OS? ›

Step 1: Run CMD as administrator. Step 2: Type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth. Step 3: Let it run its course. This will most likely resolve any issues related to your operating system.

How do I fix system files? ›

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the search bar, type CMD .
  3. Right-click CMD.exe and select Run as Administrator.
  4. On the User Account Control (UAC) prompt, click Yes.
  5. In the command prompt window, type SFC /scannow and press Enter .
  6. System file checker utility checks the integrity of Windows system files and repairs them if required.
Jan 3, 2022

How do I uncorrupt a file? ›

Open a document after a file corruption error
  1. Click File > Open > Browse and then go to the location or folder where the document (Word), workbook (Excel), or presentation (PowerPoint) is stored. ...
  2. Click the file you want, and then click the arrow next to Open, and click Open and Repair.

Is there a Windows 10 repair tool? ›

Instead of fix-it tools, Windows 10 uses troubleshooters to help you solve problems with your PC. To run a troubleshooter: Select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot, or select the Find troubleshooters shortcut at the end of this topic.

How to factory reset Windows 10? ›

To reset your PC, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC > Get Started. Then, select Keep my files, choose cloud or local, change your settings, and set Restore preinstalled apps? to No.

Is F8 Safe Mode? ›

You now need to restart your computer for the change to go into effect. With these settings configured, you can now press F8 while Windows 8 starts in order to access Safe Mode and other Advanced Boot options.

How do I unlock the F8 key? ›

How to use the F8 key. Open the program that uses the key and press F8 . If the F8 key also has an icon on the key, it indicates the key has a secondary function. To use the secondary function, press and hold down the Fn key, and while continuing to hold the key, press F8 .

How do I enable F8 boot? ›

How to Enable F8 Key Safe Mode Option in Windows 10
  1. Right-click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. On the Command Prompt screen, type bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy and press the Enter key on the Keyboard of your computer.

What is F1 F2 F3 F4 f5 F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 F11 F12? ›

The function keys or F-keys on a computer keyboard, labeled F1 through F12, are keys that have a special function defined by the operating system, or by a currently running program. They may be combined with the Alt or Ctrl keys.

What is F11 key used for? ›

F11: Saves the file in the active window. F9: Sends the e-mail in the active window. F10: Starts the spell checking program in the active document, if the document's program has this feature. Shows or hides the Office task pane that was previously displayed.

What is F12 used for? ›

The F12 key is a function key found at the top of almost all computer keyboards. The key is often used to open Firebug, Chrome Developer Tools, or other browser debug tools.

Which boot mode is the best? ›

In general, install Windows using the newer UEFI mode, as it includes more security features than the legacy BIOS mode. If you're booting from a network that only supports BIOS, you'll need to boot to legacy BIOS mode.

What are the 2 types of booting called? ›

There are two types of the boot: Cold Boot/Hard Boot. Warm Boot/Soft Boot.

What is UEFI mode boot? ›

UEFI defines a new method by which OSes and platform firmware communicate, providing a lightweight BIOS alternative that uses only the information needed to launch the OS boot process. In addition, UEFI provides enhanced computer security features and supports most existing BIOS systems with backward compatibility.

Is F8 Safe Mode for Windows 11? ›

The old method of using F8 or Shift + F8 fails to boot Windows 11 PC into Safe Mode. This is because a Windows 11 PC's firmware communicates with the OS using UEFI instead of the traditional BIOS. In Safe Mode, Windows 11 starts with the most rudimentary and essential features and supporting drivers.

What is fast boot in BIOS? ›

Fast Boot is a feature in BIOS that reduces your computer boot time. If Fast Boot is enabled: Boot from Network, Optical, and Removable Devices are disabled. Video and USB devices (keyboard, mouse, drives) won't be available until the operating system loads.

Where is Secure Boot option? ›

Check Secure Boot status
  1. Go to Start.
  2. In the search bar, type msinfo32 and press enter.
  3. System Information opens. Select System Summary.
  4. On the right-side of the screen, look at BIOS Mode and Secure Boot State. If Bios Mode shows UEFI, and Secure Boot State shows Off, then Secure Boot is disabled.
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How to enable Secure Boot without BIOS? ›

How to Enable Secure Boot on Windows?
  1. Press the 'Windows + R' shortcut to open the Run application.
  2. Type msinfo32 and click Yes or press Enter.
  3. Under System Summary, you will find an option called Secure Boot State. If it reads On, it means that Secure Boot is enabled and if it reads Off, it's disabled.

How do I start my computer in Safe Mode with a black screen? ›

How to Boot in Safe Mode from a Black Screen
  1. Press your computer's power button to turn your PC on.
  2. While Windows is starting, hold down the power button again for at least 4 seconds. ...
  3. Repeat this process of turning your computer on and off with the power button 3 times.
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How to get in Safe Mode? ›

While the device is powered on, press and hold down the power key. In the pop-up menu, press the Power key. touch and hold Power off until the Reboot to safe mode message appears. Tap OK to restart in safe mode.

How to boot to BIOS? ›

BIOS Keys by Manufacturer
  1. ASRock: F2 or DEL.
  2. ASUS: F2 for all PCs, F2 or DEL for Motherboards.
  3. Acer: F2 or DEL.
  4. Dell: F2 or F12.
  5. ECS: DEL.
  6. Gigabyte / Aorus: F2 or DEL.
  7. HP: F10.
  8. Lenovo (Consumer Laptops): F2 or Fn + F2.
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How do I repair Windows startup? ›

Method 1: Startup repair tool
  1. Start the system to the installation media for the installed version of Windows. ...
  2. On the Install Windows screen, select Next > Repair your computer.
  3. On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot.
  4. On the Advanced options screen, select Startup Repair.
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Does F8 boot into Safe Mode? ›

The Advanced Boot Options screen lets you start Windows in advanced troubleshooting modes. You can access the menu by turning on your computer and pressing the F8 key before Windows starts. Some options, such as safe mode, start Windows in a limited state, where only the bare essentials are started.

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