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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Boot Into Safe Mode on Windows 11

 Windows 11 Logo with Wallpaper

How to Enter Safe Mode from Windows

There are several different ways to restart your computer into an “Advanced Startup” mode on Windows 11 that will allow you to select “Safe Mode” after several choices. The easiest way? Open the Start menu and click the power icon in the lower-right corner. Then, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click “Restart.”

Click the power button in Start, then hold down Shift while clicking "Restart."

Alternately, you can begin the long road to Safe Mode through the Settings app. First, launch Settings by pressing Windows+i (Or, you can find it by searching in Start.). When Settings opens, click “System” in the sidebar, and then select “Recovery.”

In Settings, click "System," then select "Recovery."

In Recovery Options, locate the “Advanced Startup” option and click the “Restart Now” button beside it.

Select "Restart Now."

Windows will confirm with a pop-up dialog box that asks you to save your work before you restart. When you’re ready, click “Restart Now.”

Select "Restart Now."

After that, Windows will shut down and restart into a blue-colored screen titled “Choose an Option,” with several options in a brief list. Select “Troubleshoot.”

Select "Troubleshoot."

In Troubleshoot, select “Advanced Options.”

Select "Advanced Options."

In Advanced Options, select “Startup Settings.”

Select "Startup Settings."

In Startup Settings, click “Restart.”

Click "Restart."

The PC will restart into a “Startup Settings” menu with nine numbered options. Press the “4” key on your keyboard for Safe Mode, “5” for Safe Mode with Networking, or “6” for Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

Generally, you’ll want to press 4 or 5 here, but 6 can be useful for advanced troubleshooting if you’re good with the Windows command line.

On the "Startup Settings" screen, press 4, 5, or 6 on your keyboard for Safe Mode.

Once you’ve made your selection, Windows will finally boot into Safe mode. Your display will be at a lower resolution, and Windows will replace your desktop image with a black background that says “Safe Mode” in the corners.

In Windows 11 safe mode, you'll see "Safe Mode" written in the corners of the desktop.

At this point, you can do whatever troubleshooting tasks you need to accomplish. When you’re done, just restart (or shut down) your Windows 11 PC as usual. If all goes well and your problem has been fixed, when you reboot the next time, you’ll be back in regular non-safe Windows mode. Good luck!

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