3 Simple Methods to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode? When F8 Key Doesn’t Work

Normally we were used to press F8 when windows boots to bring advanced startup options to boot Windows in Safe Mode upto Windows 7. But Windows 10 makes the boot time faster due to which windows was unable to detect any key press in PCs having UEFI bios or SSD drive. Though in some older systems (with Basic Bios and without SSD drives) F8 or Pressing Shift + F8 can still work.

Very often people ask me “Don’t Windows 10 have Safe Mode?”. The answer is “Of course they have”. Unlike other versions of Windows, Safe Mode of Windows 10 is much more efficient and fast.  Today we are going to explain some simple ways how we can Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode if F8 or Shift + F8 doesn’t not work.

If F8 is not working and system is not booting up then after restarting of 3-4 times it will automatically display the startup menu with safe mode option.

How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode?

Below are 3 simple methods methods to boot windows 10 in safe mode.

1. Shift + Restart Method

This method will only work when you are able to boot your windows Normally. If you are unable to boot Windows then you can try method 2.

Shift and restart can be used from desktop start menu or from the login screen. Follow below steps to reboot windows in safe mode using the Shift + Restart method.

  1. First open the “Start Menu” on the bottom and left of your Desktop Screen.
  2. Tap on the Power Menu where you can Sleep, Shut Down, or Restart your Computer.Power Button to shutdown restart sleep windows 10
  3. Now, keep pressing the “Shift”* button on your Keyboard and click the Option “Restart” from the Power Menu.Shift Button Keyboard
  4. When your computer will Restart, a screen like below will appear. Choose the Option “Troubleshoot”.Choose option in windows 10 restart
  5. On the “Troubleshoot” screen, select the option “Advanced Options”.Windows 10 troubleshoot options
  6. Then, on the next screen choose the option “Startup Settings”.Advanced options to troubleshoot windows 10
  7. On the next screen there is a notification. Windows inform you that in order to use the Advance options you have to Restart your computer. And in the Advance options is also the Safe Mode. So click the “Restart” Button below.Startup Settings Windows 10
  8. Finally, when Windows 10 will Restart, the menu as below will appear. To run your computer to Safe mode there are 3 options: “Safe Mode”, “Safe Mode with Networking”, “Safe Mode with Command Prompt”. Press the F4 key on your keyboard to enable “Safe Mode”, press F5 to enable “Safe Mode with Networking” or press F6 to enable “Safe Mode with Command Prompt”. Choose the one that you need. Then your computer will Boot on Safe mode.

Restart Windows 10 in Safe mode

2. Recovery Drive Method

Another way to boot Safe Mode on Windows 10 is by using your Recovery Drive. This option is suitable when you are unable to boot windows normally or unable to reach to desktop. In this article we will not explain how to create a recovery drive. But, let’s assume that you have already created your Recovery Drive. Connect your USB Recovery Drive and follow the steps below:

  1. Connect your USB Recovery Drive to the PC.
  2. You will be asking to load the content of your USB. So do it and load the content from the USB.
  3. The next screen that will appear will ask you for the layout of your keyboard. Choose the one that is properly for your keyboard, depends on your language. If you can’t see your Keyboard Layout listed, then click the option “See more keyboard layouts”.
  4. On the next Screen choose the Option “Troubleshoot”. Refer screenshots and follow the same steps onward step 4 as like in Method 1.
  5.  On the “Troubleshoot” screen, select the option “Advanced Options”.
  6. Then, on the next screen choose the option “Startup Settings”.
  7. On the next screen there is a notification. Windows inform you that in order to use the Advance options you have to Restart your computer.
  8. Finally, when Windows 10 will Restart, You can choose the mode you want to start using function keys.

3. System Configuration Method:

1. First we have to launch the “Run Window”. To do so, press simultaneously the “Windows Button” on your Keyboard + R.

Windows button on keyboard  + R

A new window like below will appear on your screen.

2. In the small box type the word “msconfig”. Then press the button “OK” on the window or simply press Enter.

Run MS Config in Windows 10

3. A new window will appear on your screen, like the one below. On the Menu Tabs choose the one with name “Boot”. Then below on that window, mark the box next to “Safe Boot”.
Then press the button “OK”.
Safe mode Boot using system configuration

4. When you will press OK a notification will appear on your screen that will say “You may need to restart your computer to apply these changes. Before restarting, save any open files and close all programs.” On that notification you can choose “Restart” or “Exit without restart”. If you are working on something and you want to finish it before boot the Safe mode then press the option “Exit without restart” and finish your work. Then you can Restart your computer by yourself. By pressing “Restart”, your computer will Restart on its own and all your work will be lost if you didn’t save it.

5. And finally when your computer will restart will boot in Safe Mode!

Why and when to reboot in Safe Mode

Let’s explain in Simple words what Safe Mode means. So anyone can understand When and why to reboot a system in Safe Mode.

Safe Mode is the simplest way that your Operating System can run. Programs that usually load automatically when you start your Computer, in safe mode they don’t launch. Safe mode does not operate all your drivers. Safe mode operates only the drivers that are necessary for your computer to work.

In general, Safe mode loads a minimal interface and executes only the basic Procedures and tasks for your computer to function. A very good use of safe mode is when you have some problems on your computer and you want to examine them. If you want to scan for viruses, malwares, worms etc., safe mode is the best way. Also if you have a problem with your drivers, in safe mode you can check if they work properly. Now let’s continue by explaining some simple ways to Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode.


Boot your Computer in Safe Mode using Windows 10 may not be so simple, but it’s faster! There are more ways that you can Boot to safe mode, but those 3 are the most common. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask so we can help you! Also if you know other Methods, you are welcome to share them with us! We are here to always learn something new. Thanks for your time and I hope I helped you with what you were searching.

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