Plenty of discussions going around the Internet regarding Windows 10, mostly so because of how Microsoft has really revamped its latest OS setting it apart from the earlier offerings. If you’ve just moved onto Windows 10 and are experiencing boot failures due to some incompatible installations, such as drivers or apps, Safe Mode is your savior. We show you how to boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to reboot your computer running Windows 10 into Safe Mode. We will be walking you through two methods here.

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Advanced Startup Options

Step 1: To begin, right-click the Start button and move the mouse over Shut down or sign out, which will reveal a bunch of power options.

Step 2: Hold down the Shift key and click the Restart option. This should reboot your computer straight into the Advanced options screens.

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There’s also an alternative way of accessing the Advanced options. Launch the Settings app (Windows key + I) and navigate to Update & security > Recovery. You should now see an Advanced startup banner followed by a Restart now button. Click it.

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Step 3: Your Windows powered machine will now boot into an option-laden screen as seen below. Here, select Troubleshoot to continue.

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Step 4: Without wasting further time, click Advanced options followed by Startup Settings and then click on Restart.

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Step 5: Your PC will now automatically boot into another Startup Settings screen, with a bunch of startup options listed, each accompanied by a number. To reboot into Safe Mode simply hit the ‘4’ key or ‘F4’ key on your keyboard to initiate the restart. If you wish to boot into Safe Mode with Networking, press ‘5’ or ‘F5’.

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System Configuration Utility

Step 1: Right-click the Start button and select Run.

Step 2: Type msconfig in the Run box and hit Enter.

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Step 3: Once System Configuration is launched, navigate to the Boot tab and check the Safe boot option under Boot options. Make sure Minimal is also selected as the sub-option. Additionally, if you wish to maintain network connectivity in Safe Mode, check the Network option.

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Step 4: Once the options are all set, hit the OK or Apply button, and restart your computer, which should now boot straight into Safe Mode.

It is important to note that once you’re in Safe Mode, you will have to instruct Windows to not boot into Safe Mode upon next reboot. To do this, simply launch System Configuration again and ‘uncheck’ the Safe boot option.

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