3 easy ways to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode

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Windows is one of the most popular operating systems on the market and has been around for some time, now.

While Microsoft has been diligent and tried to optimize and improve the OS with every new version (and you already know that there are some great features in Windows 11 to upgrade for), there are still a lot of issues that come up in the newest Windows 10 or Windows 11.

For example, there are times when the Windows 11 Start menu is not working. Users also complain about repeated Microsoft Edge problems on the latest OS version. But whenever this happens, a solution is just around the corner.

And that’s one of the reasons why Safe Mode is the go-to option when it comes to diagnosing and solving bugs and errors.

This completely isolated environment offers you the option to better identify the apps, programs, or processes that affect your full-on OS.

How does Safe Mode work?

Before anything else, you should know that it starts your operating system in a basic state, using a limited set of files and drivers.

Thus, your device will work with minimal functionality, starting only the mandatory services, and avoiding the third-party start-up programs.

Getting your OS in Safe Mode allows you to check the source of a problem and also supports you in troubleshooting issues on your PC.

If you’re having problems with malicious files or processes that use a lot of RAM without a good reason, Safe Mode can definitely help you solve them or pinpoint their source. In addition, you should know that this also applies to performance issues or bugs related to the interface.

Here is a list of situations when you should start Windows 11 in Safe Mode:

  • When you’re not able to start your operating system
  • When your PC is infected with malware
  • Safe Mode can also help you when your computer has unstable hardware drivers that can lead to critical errors like BSoD (blue screen of death or black screen of death on Windows 11)

In today’s guide, you’ll find three options that will help you to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode. These are extremely simple, so don’t worry about consuming time performing them.

How can I boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode?

1. Through Start menu

  1. Click on the Start menu, then select the Power icon.
  2. Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard, then click on Restart.
  3. Once you’re redirected to the options screen, select Troubleshoot.
  4. Click on Advanced options.
  5. Select Startup Settings.
  6. Click on the Restart button.

After your PC restarts, on the next screen, choose the 4’th option by pressing the number 4 on your keyboard. After that, your PC will enter the Safe Mode environment.

2. Through Windows Recovery

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System, then select Recovery.
  3. Look at the Advanced startup option, then click on the Restart now button.
  4. You computer will reboot, then show the Advanced options screen, and select Troubleshoot.
  5. Click on Advanced options.
  6. Select Startup Settings.
  7. Click on the Restart button.
  8. Press the F4 key to get into Safe Mode.

Another similar solution to enter Safe Mode is through Windows Recovery. The steps are very similar to those above, but with a few key adjustments, just in case you have problems with your power options or your keyboard.

3. Through System Configuration

  1. Click on the Search button, then type Run, and select it.
  2. Once the Run dialog box is opened, type msconfig, then click on OK.
  3. Select the Boot tab, then take a look at the Boot options.
  4. Checkmark the Safe boot, then checkmark the Minimal option.
  5. Click on Apply, then select OK.
  6. In the pop-up window, click on Restart.
  7. Wait a few seconds, then you’ll be taken in the Safe Mode.

4. Use the Automatic Repair

  1. When your computer is off, power it on, and turn it off as soon as the Windows logo appears.
  2. Repeat this three times, then you’ll be redirected to the Automatic Repair screen.
  3. There, you have to click on the Advanced options.
  4. Choose Troubleshoot.
  5. Select Advanced options.
  6. Click on Startup Settings.
  7. Click on the Restart button.
  8. Press the F4 key to get in the Safe Mode.

As you can see, the last 5 steps are the same required in the first and the second presented options. Thus, as we mentioned before, if you need to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode, there are no major differences between options.

Can I disable the Windows 11 Safe Mode?

If you’re wondering whether or not you can exit the Safe Mode in Windows 11, then the answer is definitely yes, and it will take you only a few seconds.

When it comes to the first two solutions, after you restart your PC, you should exit Safe mode and start Windows normally.

For the third solution, you’ll have to backtrack the steps and change back the settings in System Configuration or Command Prompt.

The process of entering and exiting Safe Mode is pretty straightforward and is almost identical for Windows 10 and 11.

However, if you’re curious about other major differences between these two operating systems, you can check our in-depth Windows 10 and Windows 11 comparison and find out all the info you need.

Keep in mind that you can always install Windows 11’s latest build, but you’ll have to be prepared for a lot of bugs and issues.

Safe Mode will look and feel almost identical to Windows 10’s, so you won’t have to worry about messing things up if you’ve already seen it or used it before.

Don’t forget to use the comments section below if you have any other questions and we’ll be glad to continue the talk there.

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