How to Start Windows 11 in Safe Mode – Restarting your Windows 11 computer in safe mode, which momentarily turns off drivers and features to improve stability, can be helpful if you’re having trouble getting it to boot up. Before proceeding with ITEEGEEK guide on How to Start Windows 11 in Safe Mode you read How to reinstall an update in Windows 11?
How to boot Windows 11 in safe mode
After turning on your computer, you can typically launch Safe Mode with Windows 7 and earlier by pressing a function key (like F8). Microsoft removed this function starting with Windows 8 because boot times have gotten too quick for someone to press F8 before Windows loads as a rewindowsult of new technologies.
Microsoft instead created a “automatic failover” workaround for situations where your PC has issues and Windows fails to load correctly. If your computer fails to start twice in a row, it will automatically enter an advanced boot troubleshooting mode. By turning on your computer and then pressing the physical power button in the same manner that the manufacturer’s logo appears, you can force this. You will see an advanced “Choose an option” boot screen after doing this twice. Then enter Safe Mode by following the directions provided in the section below.
How to enter Safe Mode in Windows
In Windows 11, you can restart your computer in a number of different ways, and after making a number of choices, you can choose “Safe Mode.” The simplest method? Click on the power icon in the lower right corner of the start menu once it has been opened. Then click “Restart” while holding down the Shift key on your keyboard.
You can also launch the lengthy process to enter Safe Mode through the Settings app. Start Settings by pressing Windows + I first (or you can find it by searching Start.). Click “System” in the sidebar when Settings opens, then choose “Recovery”.
Locate the “Advanced Startup” option under Recovery Options and click the “Restart Now” button next to it.
A pop-up dialogue asking you to save your work before restarting Windows will confirm the action. Click “Restart Now” when ready.
After that, Windows will shut down and restart to a “Choose an option” blue screen with a list of options. Choose “Troubleshoot.”
Select “Advanced Options” from the Troubleshooting section.
Select “Startup Settings” from the Advanced Options menu.
Click “Restart” in the Startup Settings section.
A “Startup Settings” menu with nine numbered options will appear when the computer restarts. Use the “4”, “5”, or “6” keys on your keyboard to enter safe mode, networking, or command prompt, respectively.
Normally, you’ll want to press 4 or 5, but if you’re proficient with the Windows command line, pressing 6 can be helpful for advanced troubleshooting.
Windows will replace your desktop image with a black background that says “Safe Mode” in the corners and lower the resolution of your screen.
Any necessary tasks for troubleshooting can now be finished. Simply restart (or shut down) your Windows 11 computer as usual when finished. If everything runs well and your issue has been resolved, Windows unsafe mode will be back when you restart the next time.Advertisement