Microsoft implements in Windows 10, and in previous versions of its operating system, a series of advanced options for the boot. Most of them, aimed at solving problems with the operation or performance of the computer. And one of these advanced options is the secure mode of Windows 10, which limits the software functions that are loaded together with the operating system. We tell you how to boot Windows 10 in safe mode, what exactly is this advanced boot option. And how it can help us solve various types of problems in our computer.
What is the safe mode of Windows 10?
The boot in safe mode of Windows 10 allows us, as we said, to limit the functions of software in the ignition of the computer and the load of the operating system. Quite simply, certain drivers are disabled for hardware components that are not essential. The system services that are executed at startup are also limited and the number of programs that are loaded automatically is reduced. In short, during the boot of Windows 10, in safe mode, the essential software is used so that the computer works, in such a way that problems of compatibility, operation, and performance can be avoided.
The safe mode of Windows 10 is designed to solve startup problems, but it can also help us to avoid problems of operation – of another type – of our computer. When there is an error BSoD, which is known as the blue screen of Windows. This is the advanced startup mode that we should use. But it also helps us to avoid problems with malware of various types. Or failures in the compatibility of hardware or software components.
When should you use the safe mode of Windows 10 and how does it help you solve problems
You should use the boot in safe mode of Windows 10 when you encounter problems at the start of the operating system. If you suffer a BSoD error, a blue screen, then you should start in this way to try to find what is causing the failure and, obviously, to avoid it and solve it. But it can also serve to solve problems such as, for example, an operating system startup too slow. To modify the configuration of the computer – or to attack with greater guarantees various types of malware that directly attack the operating system boot.
On the other hand, this advanced mode of starting the operating system, the safe mode. Will help us to solve compatibility problems with drivers. Or to avoid other problems using the system restore functions in Windows 10. In short, as we mentioned before, the boot in safe mode of Windows 10 can help us to attack all kinds of problems in the operating system, but especially when they are related to the very beginning of it.
The process will start with the computer off, obviously. Therefore, if at this time it is on, even in BSoD with the blue screen, we will have to turn it off. If we can not do it in a conventional way, we can always press the physical shutdown button of the computer for a few seconds, until we see that it is completely turned off. If it is on, and we are already in Windows 10. What we can do is click on the power on options and select Restart while we are pressing the Shift key. Which will allow us to access the advanced operating system boot options directly?
While in the Windows 10 advanced startup options screen. Then we will have access to an option where it says Troubleshoot. From here we can select Advanced options. Once we are in the Advanced Options section, we will be able to select the Start configuration option in the lower right corner and, from here, we will have to click on restart. Once the computer is restarted, then yes, among some other options we will find the possibility of starting Windows 10 in safe mode.
Other ways to boot safe mode in Windows 10
If the computer boots up correctly, one of the fastest ways to start Windows 10 in safe mode is from Configuration. In the Windows 10 main screen, in the taskbar, we can click on the Start menu to open Settings; Or, simply use the Windows + I keyboard shortcut to open it directly. From here, in Update and security, we will have to move to Recovery. And in the Advanced Start section, we can click on Restart now. Then, as before, we will have to follow the path Solve problems> Advanced options> Start configuration> Restart.
If we are in the login screen, with the computer already on. Then we can press the power button in the lower right corner of the screen. But while we keep pressing the Mayus key, as mentioned above. And then, when the computer restarts on its own, we will have to follow the path again Troubleshoot> Advanced options> Startup configuration> Restart.
But if our computer is on a white or black screen completely. Then we can boot safe mode inWindows 10 otherwise. We will first have to access the Windows Recovery Environment, as follows:
Press the physical power button 10 seconds to turn off the computer, then turn it on by pressing again. When you give the first sample of having started Windows. Then keep the power button again for 10 seconds to turn it off. And once again start the system by pressing this same button. Repeat exactly the same process once again. And now it should turn on directly in the Windows recovery environment or winRE. Now it will be enough to follow, once again, the route Troubleshoot problems> Advanced options> Start configuration> Restart.
Other advanced options for Windows 10 boot
Although the safe mode of Windows 10 is used to solve certain types of problems. There are other advanced options for booting the operating system. Depending on the problem that our device is experiencing, as is evident, we should use one or the other.
- Enable low-resolution video mode.
- On debug mode.
- Enable boot record.
- Enable safe mode.
- Disable the mandatory use of signed drivers.
- Stop early-start antimalware protection.
- Disable automatic restart in case of system error.