Some users find it very difficult to access safe mode on Windows 10 or Windows 11, this article helps you to find several ways how to boot safe mode in Windows every computer user must know about safe mode this is the best tool part of Windows you can repair the system or access recovery screen with the help of the safe mode.

Booting your system in safe mode has always been an essential troubleshooting step for any computer user. Safe mode is a mode in which the operating system starts with the most minimal set of services and drives required to run the computer. It gives users a chance to investigate and resolve system issues either software or hardware without any interference from other third-party applications.


There are several methods to access or boot into safe mode on your computer.

Step 1: Boot safe mode from Windows

  1. Go to Settings by pressing the Windows key+I key to launch the settings
  2. Click on recovery>under Advanced startup click on the Restart option.

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3. You will get a Recovery screen by following the above method.


Step 2: Force Windows starts into safe mode

With this method, you can learn how to start Windows force safe mode when you select the option or enable it from the option this is the easiest way to enable the safe mode.

The system configuration tool available in Windows which you would access safe mode once you enable then you simply restart your computer to get into safe mode. To do this you can follow the simple method

  1. Press Windows + R key to launch the RUN command.
  2. Type “msconfig” and hit enter.

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3. Now you see the system configuration window popup.

4. Select the Boot tab and under the Boot options tick mark the safe mode

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5. Click ok


You can choose the type of safe mode to start the Windows into safe mode

  1. Minimal– Normal Safe mode
  2. Alternate Shell-Safe mode command prompt (CMD)
  3. Active Directory Repair– For repairing using Active Directory
  4. Network– Safe mode with Networking


Step 2: Boot Safe from the Windows login screen

In this method, you can boot the safe mode where you are computer unable to boot the Windows.

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  1. On the Windows sign-in screen, press and hold the Shift key while you select Power > Restart.
  2. This method takes you to the recovery options menu.
  3. From here, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.
  4. Click the “Restart” button and your computer will restart in the “Startup Settings” main menu.
  5. Press the number key corresponding to the desired safe mode option (use F4 to Enable safe mode or F5 to Enable safe mode with Networking).


For Mac OS computer

  1. First Shut down your Mac completely.
  2. Press the power button and immediately held down the “Shift” key.
  3. Keep holding the “Shift” key until you see the Apple logo on the screen and a progress bar.
  4. Once the progress bar appears, you may release the “Shift” key.
  5. Your Mac computer will then boot into safe mode.

    For Linux (Ubuntu):

    1. Restart your computer.
    2. When the GRUB bootloader menu appears on the screen, select the desired operating system to boot into your computer (if applicable).
    3. On the keyboard Press the “Esc” key or hold down the “Shift” key (only for newer versions) to bring up the GRUB menu.
    4. From the GRUB menu, select the desired kernel or operating system entry.
    5. You can press the “e” key to edit the selected entry.
    6. Locate the line starting with “Linux” or “linux16” and append “single” or “s” (without quotes) at the end.
    7. Now Press “Ctrl” + “X” or “F10” to boot into single-user mode (safe mode).


Step 3: Boot into safe mode through the Recovery screen

This method you can also use this when your computer doesn’t boot into Windows or is corrupted Windows you can recover the Windows from this option.

  1. For accessing the safe mode you must repeatedly turn on & turn off your computer.
  2. To turn off the computer hold & press the power button for 10-15 seconds until your computer turns off.
  3. Repeat the same steps again following point 2.
  4. By doing this your system enters the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE mode).
  5. On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  6. After your computer restarts, you’ll see a list of options. Select option 5 from the list or press F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

There are several methods to access or boot into safe mode on your computer and I hope the above methods you will understand the method of safe mode. for more details about the safe mode, you can refer to your computer manufacturing documentation briefly.

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