How to Boot Windows in Safe Mode

Booting into safe mode can be helpful when trying to troubleshoot certain problems like removing viruses, adware, and spyware.
Running Windows in safe mode can be helpful when trying to troubleshoot certain problems like removing viruses or spyware. If you are able to detect but not remove a virus or adware, try booting into safe mode and removing it there.
Note: You cannot uninstall programs through the Control Panel in safe mode. This must be done in normal mode.
To boot Windows into safe mode do the following:

Windows 7

  1. Turn off your computer.
  2. Turn your computer back on and begin pressing the F8 key every second or so. (If you computer begins beeping when you press the F8 key, you are pressing it too fast.)
  3. At the Windows Advanced Options Menu select Safe Mode and press Enter.
  4. Select your operating system and press Enter
  5. Windows will now begin loading into Safe Mode. Some text will stream across your screen - this is normal.
  6. A window will open which says, Windows is running in safe mode. Click Yes.
    You are now running Windows in Safe Mode. While in Safe Mode, you can scan your computer for viruses or spyware. When you are done troubleshooting in Safe Mode, restart your computer. It will load Windows normally.

Windows 10

From Settings

  1. On the Windows sign-in screen, press and hold the Shift key while you select the Power  Restart .
  2. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart

     

    Choose an option screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.

     

    Troubleshoot screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.

     

    Advanced options screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.

     

    Startup Settings  screen in the Windows Recovery Environment.

  3. After your PC restarts, you'll see a list of options. Select 4 or F4 to start your PC in safe mode. Or if you'll need to use the Internet, select 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

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Article ID: 79200
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