How to: Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Windows 10 Safe Mode is a diagnostic boot option allowing you to start Windows with only the essential programs and services required. It is often used to revert new changes that have had a negative impact on a system or diagnose the root cause of an issue being experienced.
In this post I’ll show you two ways in which you can boot your Windows 10 machine into safe mode.

1. Advanced Startup Options

The first method of booting to safe mode is windows advanced Startup Options. You can initiate an advanced Startup one of two ways:
  1. Hold Shift and click on Restart.
  2. Navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. Under Advanced Startup click Restart Now.
Upon reboot you’ll be taken to an options menu. Navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings and press 4 to reboot in safe mode.


The second method to boot Windows 10 into Safe Boot is utilizing the system tool, MSCONFIG.
On your keyboard press the Windows Key + R. This will open the run prompt, type msconfig and hit enter. You will be shown the MSCONFIG system utility.
Under the Boot tab select the safe boot checkbox and click ok.
On the next system restart you will be taken to safe mode. To leave safe mode you much remove the above setting from MSCONFIG before restarting.