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Windows 10: start in Safe mode

  • Oct 18, 2020
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No longer or only to a limited extent, is launching Windows 10 not able to start the System in safe mode. In this practical tip we will provide you with all the options, with which you start the mode.

Windows 10: Safe mode via the Start menu or lock screen to open the

Under older Windows versions, you could access safe mode conveniently via a key combination at startup of Windows. The works for Windows 10 is still, however, the time window in the case of some computers, so small that the operation usually fails. Depending on the PC you need to press the key combination [shift] and [F8], or other button such as [Esc], [Del], [F1], [F2], [F8] or [F10] key. Windows 10 is still to launch, it goes as follows usually easier:

  1. Click in the bottom left of the Windows icon, you will find at the top right of the Power Button. You can find this also at the bottom right in the lock screen when you start Windows.
  2. Click on the Power Button that appears under the Option "restart".
  3. Press and hold the [shift] key pressed and click with the mouse on "restart". Then, the UEFI is loaded.
  4. If you get to the UEFI, you can see on the light blue Background. First of all, choose the "Troubleshooting".
  5. Under the "Advanced options", find the "Windows startup settings". Click on the Button "restart".
  6. Wait a Moment until the System has been loaded. Now tap on the button [4], is to start Windows in safe mode.
Windows 10: The Safe Mode
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System configuration: Windows 10 start in safe mode

Windows you can start and access the System, you can access the safe mode via the system configuration.

  1. Simultaneously press the keys [Windows] and [R], so that the command "Run" will open.
  2. Type in there "msconfig" and confirm with "OK". Subsequently, the system configuration starts.
  3. You can switch to the "startup" tab and activate the Option "safe boot" and "network".
  4. Confirm with the "OK" Button and restart Windows. Then you go directly into safe mode.
Windows 10: start in Safe mode
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Windows 10: Safe mode via command prompt, start

Alternatively, you can use a cmd command to start the mode.

  1. Simultaneously press the keys [Windows] and [X], opens in the bottom left of the context menu.
  2. Here, select the Option "command prompt (Administrator)" and confirm the subsequent security query.
  3. Then type the command "bcdedit /set {current} safeboot network", Windows will start in safe mode.
Safe mode via the cmd start (image: Screenshot)

Windows 10: shortcut to safe mode, create

You have to go more frequently in future in safe mode, can eliminate the need for links to many clicks.

  1. Click with the right mouse button on a free area on the Desktop and select "New" and a "link".
  2. Enter as path "shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 00" without the quotes and click "Next" and "Finish".
  3. Now click on the file "shutdown.exe", Windows is started in safe mode.
Link for safe mode (image: Screenshot)

Windows 10: last Chance for safe mode

You can access on your Computer, there are also in this Not a solution for the Problem.

  • You have a DVD with Windows 10 on Hand, insert this. The CD is loaded, click in the installation screen at the bottom right on the "repair your computer".
  • Starts Windows, as well as not, there are still a last, aggressive method: Restart your Computer and hold the Power Button down again until the Computer runs out again. Repeat the process four times, you get to the UEFI.

In case of emergency: repairing and new purchase

You can't solve your Problem even in safe mode, you should allow your computer to send and repair. However, especially in the case of older devices, which is no longer under warranty, it is worth the repair rarely.

  • Therefore, you should think in the case of larger problems, or low Performance on a new Notebook for Windows 10. Powerful models are already available for little money, as our list proves.
  • In addition, we can provide you with in a special article, currently the best Laptop for under 500 Euro in more detail before.
Powerful Laptops for Windows 10

Here you can for free on Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro update. In the next practical tip we show you how to Windows 10 without CD restore. In our News section you can find all the latest news about Windows 10 and other Software topics. Should you individual help for Windows 10, then they turn to the experts in the CHIP Forum.