In this tutorial, I will show you a few simple steps on how to enable safe mode in Windows 10
There are two different methods to access safe mode in Windows 10:
Is by accessing the system configuration menu when the windows is running by:
Step 1. Click ( button+ R), then type (msconfig) and click OK.
Step 2. When the system configuration is opened, click on the Boot Tab on top then from boot options check Safe Boot and then choose either Minimal if you want to boot without network-enabled or Network if you want to access Internet Connection in Safe Mode
*Note: To Exit Safe Mode Repeat the steps in (Safe Mode) & Uncheck Safe Mode
Is when you’re signed out of the system or on Main entrance screen (the password screen), so sign out of the system by:
Step 1. Click on Start , then go to the user icon , then click on sign out.
Step 2. After you sign out or if you are already signed out and on the main “enter your password to enter page” on. Hold Left Shift Key and while holding CLICK the Power Button on the lower right side of your screen and then click on Restart while holding the shift key, then this menu will open up.
Step 3. Click on troubleshoot, and then Click on Advanced options
Step 4. After that Click on Startup Settings and then click on Restart, after Restart this will open up with different options for you to choose by pressing the numbers (4 or 5 or 6) on your keyboard with the appropriate Safe Mode that you wish to choose
*If you want to exit Safe Mode all that you have to do is restart your computer and your windows will boot normally.
Safe Mod Boot Options Explanation
Minimal: is the normal safe mode that you would get when using F8 method for safe mode. Minimal loads up the graphical user interface (GUI), but with only critical system services running.
This does not include your video card’s drivers, which is why when you boot to Minimal Safe Mode, your computer usually displays the minimum resolution of 800×600. Minimal Safe Mode is best when you have no idea what the problem is with your computer and you need to start from ground zero.
Alternate shell: Alternate Shell Safe Mode loads Windows with a command prompt with the GUI completely disabled. This Safe Mode requires advanced knowledge of how to navigate Windows with only text commands and without the aid of the mouse.
This mode is especially useful for troubleshooting graphics issues with your video card or when having problems with the hard drive or file system. Alternate Shell Mode also does not load any networking drivers or software, so you will not have access to your local network or the Internet.
Active Directory repair: Active Directory Safe Mode is a bit difficult to explain. Unlike the Windows Registry, Active Directory does not contain dynamic information or data that is likely to change often. One of the things stored in the Active Directory is machine-specific information such as print queues, contact information, and data pertaining to the hardware in your computer.
If Active Directory becomes corrupted or if you unsuccessfully change the hardware in your computer, you may experience instability problems with Windows. One of the most common issues occurs when a computer owner replaces a faulty motherboard with one that is not the same make and model of the old one. Active Directory Repair Safe Mode can help you restore your computer’s stability by storing new or repaired information in Active Directory.
Network safe mode: As its name implies, Network Safe Mode loads Windows with the GUI and with networking enabled. This means that you will have access to your local network and the Internet as well.
This Safe Mode is best used when your Windows computer is unstable and you need to upgrade or download a driver, patch, or update the hardware or software in your computer. Network Safe Mode is especially useful when you install new hardware such as a video card and you need to download the newest driver from the manufacturer’s website.
Network Safe Mode is also useful when you are certain that your computer’s problem is not the network. Restarting Windows 7 in this Safe Mode allows you to make backups on your local network and download drivers from the Internet before you troubleshoot and diagnose what is wrong with your computer.
In the last article in this series, we will discuss the remaining options available to you and explore how they differ from the Safe Mode options introduced above. Although technically not a part of the Windows Safe Mode options, they do complement the Safe Mode options to help you troubleshoot and diagnose computer errors.