How to boot into Safe Mode on Windows 11

If you’re having trouble starting your Windows 11 PC, rebooting into Safe Mode, which temporarily disables drivers and features, can help make your PC more stable. That’s how it’s done.

How one Enter Safe mode at boot

On Windows 7 and earlier, you can usually enter Safe Mode by pressing a function key (e.g. F8) right after turning on your PC. Microsoft This function has been removed from Windows 8 thanks to new technologies, the startup times became too fast for someone to quickly press F8 before Windows loaded.

Instead, Microsoft has a “ automatic failover Workaround for times when your PC is not working properly and Windows is not loading properly. Your PC will automatically enter an advanced troubleshooting mode on startup if it does not start twice in a row. You can force this by turning on the PC and then pressing the physical power button while the manufacturer logo is displayed. Do this twice and you will see an expanded Choose an Option splash screen. Then follow the instructions in the section below to enter Safe Mode.

How one Enter Windows Safe Mode

There are various ways of restarting your computer under Windows 11 in an “Advanced Startup Mode”, in which you can select “Safe Mode” after several options. The easiest way? Open the start menu and click the power icon in the lower right corner. Then hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click on “Restart”.

Alternatively, you can start the long walk to Safe Mode from the Settings app. First, launch Settings by pressing Windows + i (or you can find it by looking in Start). When the settings open, click on “System” in the sidebar and then select “Recovery”.

In Settings, click System, then select Recovery.


In the recovery options, find the “Advanced Startup” option and click the “Restart Now” button next to it.

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Windows will confirm this with a pop-up dialog asking you to save your work before restarting. When you’re done, click “Restart Now”.

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After that, Windows will shut down and restart in a blue screen titled “Choose an Option” with several options in a short list. Select “Troubleshoot”.

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In the troubleshooting section, select “Advanced Options”.

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In the advanced options, select “Startup Settings”.

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In the start-up settings, click on “Restart”.

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The PC restarts with a “Startup Settings” menu nine numbered options . Press the “4” key on your keyboard for Safe Mode, “5” for Safe Mode with Networking, or “6” for Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

In general, you should press 4 or 5 here, but 6 can be useful for advanced troubleshooting if you are familiar with the Windows command line.

On the Startup Settings screen, press 4, 5, or 6 on your keyboard to enter Safe Mode.


Once you’ve made your selections, Windows will eventually start in Safe Mode. Your display is at a lower resolution and Windows is replacing your desktop image with a black background that says “Safe Mode” in the corners.

In Windows 11 Safe Mode, you will see "Safety mode" written in the corners of the desktop.

At this point, you can complete any necessary troubleshooting tasks. When you’re done, just restart (or shut down) your Windows 11 PC as normal. If all goes well and your problem has been resolved, you will be back in normal Windows unsafe mode the next time you reboot. Much luck!

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