How to boot into safe mode with Windows 10

Windows 10 brings many changes, but it also inherits several peculiarities specific to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Take, for example, it doesn't offer “safe mode”. Not like on previous systems and not without tweaking, anyway. There is indeed a much more complete alternative solution, and above all much more flexible.

Basically, “safe mode” allows you to start the operating system with a minimum of functions to correct any problems preventing its proper functioning.

How To Boot Into Safe Mode With Windows 10

It's very easy to re-enable Windows 10 Safe Mode … when you know how.

It is very handy in the event of an infection, for example, since it prevents malware from launching. Same thing when a machine refuses to start because of a hardware problem.

Start the diagnostic tool

Microsoft has ignored this mode by working Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

The firm actually preferred to design a more complete tool capable of quickly solving most of the problems encountered by a computer.

There are two ways to start it:

  1. If you still have control of your system: Start your machine. Hold down the “SHIFT” key located on the left of the keyboard and then click on the “Shut down” option then “Restart”.
  2. If you no longer have control of your computer: Turn it off. Wait a few seconds. Turn it on by pressing “SHIFT” + “F8” several times. Remember to cross your fingers. Those on the other hand.

If you are lucky, then a blue screen will appear on the screen, with five different buttons.

The first will allow you to exit the assistant as if nothing had happened, and start your Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

The second goes a little further since it will help you repair your computer by relying on a device connected by USB or even on a reinstallation CD / DVD. If your bike is completely stuck, and you want to reset it, this is the option for you.

Unless you go through the third button, which goes even further and which brings together a series of very useful options. Thanks to them, you will be able to reinstall the system, do a “reset”, launch a restore, repair the startup, access the UEFI options or even execute the commands of your choice through the terminal.

Finally, with the last button, you can shut down your computer.

If you have installed the Technical Preview of Windows 10, you will also find in this menu an option to go back to the old build, and therefore to Windows 8.1. The procedure is completely transparent and it will not jeopardize your data.

I also had the opportunity to test it on my Q704 if you want to know everything.

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The Windows 10 diagnostic tool. Very complete.

Reactivate “safe mode”

This tool is great, but it might not be to your liking. The good news is, you don't have to use it, and you can easily re-enable “safe mode” if you feel like it.

Be careful though because you will have to get your hands dirty to complete the operation. The reactivation of this mode can only be done from the command lines. Rest assured, however, because you do not need to master the subject to get by.

Start by starting your machine. Then press the “Windows” and “X” keys to open the context menu for the “start” button. If the heart tells you, you can also take your mouse, place its cursor on the button and right click in stride.

The result will be exactly the same.

Then look for the option “Command prompt (admin)” in the menu. The console appears a few seconds later. Simply enter the following command, and validate by pressing the “enter” key:

 bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

When this is done, the terminal tells you that the order was successful. To be sure, restart your machine and quickly press the “F8” key on its keyboard. The “Advanced Boot Options” should appear on the screen, with all the usual options.

Including Safe Mode.

If you want to restore the original system configuration, just type the following command in the command prompt:

 bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

And now, voila !

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