4 Best Ways to Boot Windows 11 Into Safe Mode
Safe Mode is a built-in feature in Windows used to diagnose and fix issues. It can be used to remove malware, repair registry errors, or fix driver problems that may prevent your computer from starting correctly.
With changing times, there are four best ways you can boot your Windows 11 computer into Safe Mode.
To boot a Windows 11 PC into Safe Mode, use a shortcut to access the Advanced Boot Options. Simply boot your computer and press a specific key to bring up the options.
To launch Startup Settings and start your computer in Safe Mode, follow these steps:
1. Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard.
Step 2: Hold the Shift key while going to the Power menu in Start and selecting Restart.
Step 3: After your PC restarts and you reach the blue ‘Choose an option’ screen, release the Shift key and click on Troubleshoot.
Step 4: Click on Advanced options.
Step 5: Click on ‘Startup Settings.’
Step 6: Click restart.
Step 7: Startup Settings screen, press number keys (4, 5, or 6) or function keys (F4, F5, or F6) on the keyboard to choose between minimal Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt respectively.
2. Boot Into Safe Mode Using the Settings App
Waiting for your computer to boot while pressing the Shift key is easy. However, you can skip that and command your Windows 11 PC to boot in Safe Mode using the Settings app. You’ll need to trigger the Advanced Startup option in the Settings app. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings app, scroll down, and click on Recovery.
Step 2: Under recovery settings, click Restart Now in the Advance startup section.
Step 3: When your PC restarts and you reach the blue ‘Choose an option’ screen, click on Troubleshoot.
Step 4: Click Advanced options.
Step 5: Click Startup Settings.
Step 6: Click the Restart button.
Step 7: On the Startup Settings screen, press the number keys or function keys on the keyboard to enter Safe Mode.
3. Boot Into Safe Mode Using the System Configuration Tool
Fans of older Windows versions may remember the System Configuration Tool, which allows you to reboot a Windows computer in safe mode by selecting a specific option. It’s an old-school method of accessing Safe Mode. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Press Windows + R keys, type “msconfig” into the text field, and click OK.
Step 2: Go to the Boot tab in the System Configuration window.
Step 3: Select Safe boot and Network options in Boot options section. Then click OK, followed by Apply.
Step 4: Close all open applications and click Restart when prompted to restart the system.
When your computer reboots, it will boot into Safe Mode, where the text will appear in every corner of the desktop view.
To exit Safe Mode, reverse the changes by following the steps above and deselecting the Safe boot and Network options you chose in step 3 before restarting your PC.
4. Boot Into Safe Mode Using Command Prompt
Apart from the methods above, you can use Command Prompt to access the Startup Settings page and press the number or function keys on your keyboard to boot Windows 11 PC into Safe Mode. Here’s how you can boot into Safe Mode using Command Prompt:
Step 1: Press Windows + S keys and type Command Prompt. Then, from the results, click ‘Run as administrator’.
Step 2: When a User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears, click Yes.
Step 3: Copy and paste the following command into the Command Prompt window and press Enter.
Bcdedit /set displaybootmenu yes
Step 4: Copy and paste the following command to restart your PC.
shutdown /r /t 0
Step 5: When the Windows Boot Manager screen appears, press the F8 key to access Startup Settings.
Step 6: On the Startup Settings screen, press the number keys (4, 5, or 6) or function keys (F4, F5, or F6) on the keyboard to enable Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt, respectively.
To quickly exit Safe Mode, restart your PC. However, you will still see the Windows Boot Manager for 30 seconds every time you boot. To stop this, follow steps 1 and 2 to open Command Prompt and execute the command:
“`bcdedit /set displaybootmenu no“`
To boot your Windows 11 PC into Safe Mode, follow these steps. This will help you troubleshoot software or driver-related issues and remove any malicious code. Apps will run in default settings only, allowing you to determine which configuration or setting is causing the problem.
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