How to access MsConfig in Windows 10 [SIMPLE GUIDE]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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access MsConfig in Windows 10

Using the good ol’ msconfig in Windows 10 is very, very simple; read our basic advice to learn how easy it is to access this useful function.

MsConfig is one of the most used commands for Windows. It allows users to modify settings regarding Windows boot and what programs launch at startup. By controlling these startup programs, users will be able to improve the startup time of their devices.

For those who want to use MsConfig in Windows 10 to customize the different options of their devices, MsConfig is very easily accessible.

But do keep in mind that starting with Windows 10, MsConfig will not manage startup programs, as these will be modified via Task Manager.

Even so, the MsConfig utility still retains many of the features that it had, such as selecting OS boot order and many others. Users will still find it very useful even though it doesn’t manage startup programs anymore.

How can I access MsConfig in Windows 10?

  1. Use the Run command
  2. Open MsConfig with Command Prompt
  3. Go to Safe Mode with MsConfig

Method 1 – Use the Run command

Just like you did in previous versions on Windows, opening MsConfig can be done with the “Run” command.

Use the keyboard shortcutWindows Key + R” and the “Run” window will open. In the text box, write “msconfig” and press Enter or OK and the MsConfig window will open.

You can also open the Run window from the shortcuts menu in the bottom left corner.

In Windows 10, by right-clicking on the Start button, you will see the same options menu, along with some additions. Additionally, you can use the Search charm to search for “msconfig” and it will find the command.


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Method 2 – Open MsConfig with Command Prompt

Another equally easy way to open MsConfig is with the Command Prompt. All you need to do is open the Command Prompt, enter a simple command, and you’re good to go. Here’s exactly what you should do:

  1. Go to Search, type cmd, right-click Command Prompt, and run it as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command, and press Enter: Start msconfigmsconfig cmd

You should also keep in mind that using just the ‘msconfig’ command gets you nowhere. If you just enter this, Windows won’t find anything, and you’ll get the “‘msconfig‘ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file” error message.

So, stick to the right command, and you should have no problems.

If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, then you better take a closer look on this guide.

Method 3 – Go to Safe Mode with MsConfig

If you already know what you’ll be using MsConfig for, there’s no need to keep reading. However, I feel I should mention the most popular feature of MSConfig, and that’s Safe Start.

A lot of people think using MsConfig is the most straightforward way of entering the Safe Mode in Windows. So, let’s see how it’s done:

  1. Open MsConfig by using one of the methods from above
  2. Go to the Boot tab
  3. Check Safe Boot, and choose one of the following options:system configuration
  4. Minimal. On startup, opens the File Explorer in the Safe Mode, with critical system services only. Networking is disabled.
  5. Alternate shell. On startup, opens the Command Prompt in the Safe Mode, with critical system services only. Networking and File Explorer are disabled.
  6. Active Directory repair. On startup, opens File Explorer in the Safe Mode, critical system services and Active Directory.
  7. Network. On startup, opens File Explorer in the Safe Mode, with critical system services only. Networking is enabled.
  8. Restart your computer

Once you’re done with your business in the Safe Mode, simply go back to MsConfig, and uncheck Safe Boot. Restart your computer, and you’re back to normal.

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As you can see, accessing MsConfig in Windows 10 is very simple. You have more than one way to open it, so you can choose which works best for you.

As always, if you have any other suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below and we’ll surely check them out.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2013 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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