Starting Windows 10 in Safe Mode

If you are unable to access your computer for whatever reason, or you are getting errors. Safe Mode can be helpful in accessing your files to backup, or for IT support to help resolve a software issue.

Here is how to start in Safe Mode in Windows 10.

  1. Click the Start Button and then the the power option, hold the SHIFT key and click Restart.
  2. Your PC will boot up to a startup screen asking you to “Choose an Option”. Click “Troubleshoot” then “Advanced Options”, followed by “Startup Settings”. Then click Restart.
  3. The PC will boot again asking you to choose a Startup Type, please press F5.

    Windows will load now in Safe Mode, it may not appear the same, and you won’t have full functionality, but you should be able to now access your desktop.