Windows 10 safe mode

How to boot in safe mode in Windows 10

For those who boot with caution.
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Safe mode is a troubleshooting godsend. There are a couple of safe mode varieties in Windows 10. Let's look at what they are and how to enable them on your machine.

Safe Mode

This is your standard safe mode. If the OS isn't loading right, this is a great place to start.

Safe Mode With Networking

This mode is made for troubleshooting that requires network or internet access. Use this one if you plan to use the internet while you troubleshoot.

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Windows 10 safe mode settings
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Hold down the shift key while clicking the Power icon in the bottom right-hand corner.

The computer will reboot into a screen of options. Go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.

When you reboot the machine, you will be given another screen of options. From here, you can choose to enable safe mode or safe mode with networking.

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windows 10 settings

Press Windows Key + I to open settings and choose Update & Security.

Select Recovery from the left navigation menu. When you click Restart now, the machine will reboot to a screen of options.

Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.

When you click Restart, the machine will reboot for a second time. The next screen that loads will present you with an option to enable safe mode or safe mode with networking.

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Turn off safe mode windows 10

Press Windows Key + R to open the run dialogue. Enter msconfig and press Enter.

Under the Boot tab look for Boot options.

Uncheck the box next to Safe boot.