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How To Boot Your Windows OS To Safe Mode

This article explains the step-by-step procedure to boot your Windows OS in safe mode. To do this, first of all, you need to remove all external media like any USBs, CDs and flash drives and so.

Lets us take an overview of all the boot options available for Windows OS, so that you can choose the best option for you.

There are three boot options available:

  • Safe Mode – This boot option starts the Windows with only necessary processes without the networking. This is usually the default boot mode when you don’t need the internet connection and unnecessary programs.
  • Safe Mode with Networking – This boot option will start the windows with the same necessary processes but along with networking functions. So you need to choose this option when you need an internet connection or access your local network while troubleshooting windows.
  • Safe Mode with Command Prompt – This option of safe mode starts with the Command prompt interface instead of normal windows desktop interface. This safe mode option also loads of minimum processes and can be used when the safe mode boot option does not work well for you.
Windows 7/Vista/XP - Safe Mode
  1. Click on the Start menu, then on click the arrow next to “Shut Down.” Select Restart. (Just as you normally Restart your PC).
  2. Once the computer screen is powered on, immediately start tapping “F8” key till you see “Advanced Boot Options” screen. if you don’t enter to the boot screen, then restart the process again and press F8 while the PC is restarting.
  3. Here, you need to choose Safe Mode with Networking option and press “enter” key to troubleshooting windows. As later on, you need to access the internet.
  4. Once you choose the Safe Mode with Networking option wait for the system to load necessary system files.
    Open In Safe Mode Win 7
    Open In Safe Mode Win 7
  5. And you will now see the login screen. Now log in with your Administrator Account.

NOTE: To get back to your normal windows configuration, you need to repeat steps 1-3 and select Start Windows Normally.

Windows 10, 8/8.1 - Safe Mode
  1. For Windows 10: Click StartPower and then hold the Shift key on your keyboard and click Restart.
  2. For Windows 8/8.1:  Press the “Windows key + C“, and then click “Settings“. Click “Power“, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and then click “Restart“.
  3. From here steps are same for Windows 10 and 8.
  4. Click Troubleshoot.
    Choose Troubleshoot
    Choose Troubleshoot
  5. Click Advanced options.
    Choose Advanced Options
    Choose Advanced Options
  6. Click Startup Settings.
    Choose Start-up Setting
    Choose Start-up Setting
  7. Click Restart.
    Press Restart
    Press Restart
  8. After your computer restarts, press 5 or F5 on your keyboard to select Safe Mode with Networking.
    Choose Safe Mode With Networking
    Choose Safe Mode With Networking
  9. Enter your Administrative username and password to start Windows in Safe Mode with Networking.

NOTE: To get back to normal Windows configuration you need to Click StartPower and then click Restart.

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