How To Access Windows 10 Safe Mode

Safe ModeJust as in Windows 8, 8.1, the older way to access windows “F8” safe mode on Windows 10 is still disabled by default. With a simple command entry you can enable the old style “F8” boot entry key.

The recovery repair environment in windows 8, 8.1 and 10 actually provides you with additional repair & recovery features. The trouble is, accessing these features on a non bootable computer is not as easy as it use to be.



Windows 10 Recovery Repair (Advanced Startup)

From within Windows or a booting computer –

1st Method – Start Menu – Settings – Update & Security – Recovery – Advanced Startup, choose “Restart Now”. Windows 10 should now reboot into it’s recovery environment. (aka Safe Node)

2nd Method – Holding “Shift” key down, Start Menu – Power – Restart.
Holding “shift” key down while you press “restart” will start up to Windows 10 recovery environment. (aka Safe Node)

3rd Method – At Windows Log On Screen, same as above,, hold “Shift” key down while pressing “power” button icon in bottom lower right screen and choosing “restart”. (Only works if you have a password logon screen)

3 to 4 failed boots should automatically get you into the Advanced Startup Options also.
Create a Windows 10 Recovery Repair USB thumb drive using Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool to access the Advanced Startup options also.

Windows 10 “recovery environment” gives you a few more options for repair, full recovery, reset, system restore and safe mode (or diagnostics mode boot). This USB repair recovery drive can be created from a working computer running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Recommended to create and a save this bootable usb recovery drive to use for any problems you might encounter in the future.

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Enabling Older “F8” Safe Mode Function Windows 10

This needs to done before hand,, before problems arise.

You can enable it permanently or disabled it from an elevated command prompt – Right click on Start Menu button, select “Command Prompt (Admin)”

To enable, type or copy & paste the following in the command prompt and then press the enter key –

“bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy” (No quotes)

The above command will enable the older style F8 safe mode boot.
At boot screen, begin tapping the “F8” key repeatedly until you see “Safe Mode”
Use your arrow keys down or up to choose options, hit enter.
To disable it, from an elevated command prompt type –

“bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard” (No quotes)
I suggest doing this early on before problems arise and leaving it that way.
I have seen no difference in start up times at all.
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