How to enter Windows 10 safe mode if it won't boot

How to enter Windows 10 safe mode if it won't boot

All Windows users have at some point had problems starting the operating system . In previous versions of Windows, accessing Safe Mode was an easy task that only required pressing certain keys repeatedly. With the arrival of Windows 10, accessing Safe Mode became more complicated. But we are going to teach you how to access from any computer, whether laptop or desktop and regardless of the manufacturer.

Starting in Safe Mode is only necessary if we have made changes to the computer's components and there is some driver incompatibility or if for some reason a problem has occurred that does not allow Windows to start correctly. But of course, this is easy if Windows 10 manages to start, although it does it incorrectly instead when we find ourselves with a black screen where Windows 10 does not respond, and our desperation increases we have to resort to more desperate measures.

Start in safe mode Windows 10, the odyssey

Until the arrival of Windows 10, to start in safe mode, it was only necessary to press the F8 key after having pressed the power button on the computer. The arrival of SSD hard drives has made it difficult to start in this mode, now Windows can start in seconds so we are not normally able to enter safe mode. Still, it is still a correct way to start in this mode if Windows succeeds in booting.

The issue that concerns us is to start in Safe Mode in Windows 10 when neither the computer nor the operating system responds. In these cases, we have to force the recovery boot. We will achieve this by turning the computer on and off several times from the power button or with the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Del . It is necessary that we do this step since it is the one that will indicate to the system that something is failing and the Recovery Options menu will appear.

How to enter Windows 10 safe mode if it won't boot

Within the Recovery Options menu we will find a multitude of options, they may seem overwhelming for any user new to Windows, but they do not have much complexity. The first ones that appear are "Continue" which restarts the computer and takes us to Windows 10, the second is "Troubleshoot" is the one that interests us and finally "Turn off the computer". We access the second option where another menu will appear , there are many steps, but that is how Microsoft has done it.


Once inside the "Troubleshoot" menu we will have two options, "Reset this computer" and "Advanced options". The first option, as its name suggests, will give us different ways of restoring the equipment, either by keeping files or by completely eliminating the contents of the computer. We access "Advanced options" , this menu is much broader. We have five options: "System Restore", "System Image Recovery", "Startup Repair", "Command Prompt" and "Startup Settings" being this last option useful on our way to Safe Mode.


The "Start Settings" menu will allow us to choose how to start our equipment to navigate through this menu we have to use the function keys or commonly known by F1 onwards. There are nine options that we will have. We are still interested in Safe Mode, which in particular is the fourth option , but we also have a variant that is the fifth option or Safe Mode with network functions. The rest of the options are interesting to solve other problems that we find in our team.


In summary, the steps to follow are: Restart the computer several times with the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Del> Troubleshoot> Advanced options> Startup settings> Enable safe mode or Enable safe mode with networking.

Safe Mode settings and options

We have found Safe Mode and we can finally start our computer to solve the problems we have had. But first we have to know exactly what we can do in this mode and in its variants. Windows 10 Safe Mode allows us to boot the system only with drivers, controllers and files necessary for its operation. We will not have programs installed or access to the internet, it is a way created to identify problems in the installation of programs, drivers or updates.

If we need an internet connection, the way we should access is Safe Mode with network functions. This mode is identical to the one mentioned, but with it we can update drivers via the internet or check if the connection devices work, either the ethernet port or the wireless WiFi connection. Safe Mode is used to have a safe environment where to check errors and correct them, if we continue to find faults within these environments, it is best to do a clean installation of Windows.