How to add Safe Mode to the Boot menu in Windows 10

Marian Cularea By: Marian Cularea
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If you like the old boot menu of the Windows 7 operating system with the Safe mode feature included, then you’ve come to the right place. Follow the tutorial below to find out how exactly you can add the Safe Mode feature you loved from the previous versions of Windows to the new Windows 10 Boot menu. All this will take only 5 minutes of your time.
How to add the Safe Mode feature to the boot menu in Windows 10
To get to the Safe Mode feature in Windows 10, you first have to load the graphical user friendly interface and only afterwards can you pick the Safe Mode option. Therefore, by following the steps below, you will manage to add the Safe mode option directly to the first boot menu.

How to add Safe Mode to Windows 10 boot menu

  1. Use Command Prompt to add Safe boot minimal
  2. How to add Safe Mode with Networking
  3. How to add Safe Mode (Command Prompt)
  4. Add Safe Mode using System Configuration

1. Add Safe Mode Minimal using Command Prompt

  1. Press and hold the button “Windows” and the button “X”.
  2. From the menu that pops up in Windows 10 you will have to left click or tap on the “Command Prompt (Admin)” feature you have there.
    Note: If you are prompted by a user account control window you will have to left click or tap on the “Yes” button to allow access to command prompt.
  3. Now you should have the Command Prompt with administrator privileges in front of you.
  4. In the command prompt window write the following: bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode“
    Note: Write the command above exactly how you see it and do not forget to place the spaces in the command correctly.
  5. Press the Enter button on the keyboard for the command to execute.
    Note: If you successfully executed the command the last line in the command prompt window should be: “The entry was successfully copied to {xxxxx – xxxxx – xxxxx – xxxxxx}” , where instead of the “X” you have a unique code.
  6. Now copy the “{xxxxx – xxxxx – xxxxx – xxxxxx}” code you get above.
  7. Write the following command into the Command Prompt window: “bcdedit /set {guid} safeboot minimal” without the quotes.
    Note: instead of the “{guid}” paste the code you copied above.
  8. After you successfully written the command above press the “Enter” button on the keyboard to execute it.
  9. Write in the Command Prompt window the following: “Exit” without the quotes.
  10. Press the Enter button on the keyboard and your Command Prompt window should be closed.
  11. Reboot your Windows 10 operating system and check to see if you successfully added the Safe Mode feature to the boot menu.

2. How to add Safe Mode with Networking

  1. Open the Command Prompt window with administrator privileges as you did in the steps above.
  2. In the command prompt window write the following: bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode with Networking Support”
  3. Now press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  4. From the message you get in the command prompt window after you entered the command above copy the “{xxxxx – xxxxx – xxxxx – xxxxxx}” code to clipboard.
  5. After you copied the code above write in the command prompt the following: “bcdedit /set {guid} safeboot network” without the quotes.
    Note: Instead of the “{guid}” in the command above you will have to write the code you copied to clipboard.
  6. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  7. Write the in Command Prompt the following: “Exit” without the quotes.
  8. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  9. Reboot your Windows 10 operating system and check to see if you successfully added Safe Mode with Networking to your Boot Menu.

3. How to add Safe Mode (Command Prompt)

  1. Open the Command Prompt window with administrator privileges.
  2. Write in the command prompt window the following: bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode (Command Prompt)”
  3. Press the Enter button on the keyboard to execute the command.
  4. From the message you get after you executed the command copy the “{xxxxx – xxxxx – xxxxx – xxxxxx}” code to clipboard.
  5. Write in the command prompt the following line: “bcdedit /set {guid} safeboot minimal” without the quotes.
    Note: Instead of the “{guid}” in the command above you will have to write the code you copied to clipboard.
  6. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  7. Now write in the command prompt window the following: “bcdedit /set {guid} safebootalternateshell yes” without the quotes.
  8. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  9. Write in the command prompt window the following: “Exit” without the quotes.
  10. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  11. Reboot again you operating system and check if you get the “Safe Mode (Command Prompt)” feature in the Boot menu.

4. Add Safe Mode to Boot menu using System Configuration

If you’re looking for even a quicker way to bring Safe Mode to your Windows 10 Boot menu, then this fourth method is the right one for you. All you need to do is open a Run window and then type msconfig and hit Enter. Now, click on the Boot tab, go to Boot options and check Safe Boot. Select the Safe boot option that you want to use, as show in the screenshot below, hit Apply and restart your computer.

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And there you have it folks, a few quick methods on how to add the different Safe mode features directly to your Boot menu in Windows 10. If you have any questions or if you encountered any issues while following this tutorial, let us know in the comments below. We will help you further as soon as possible.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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