If you’re having trouble starting your Windows 11 PC, it may help to restart in Safe Mode, which temporarily disables drivers and features to make your PC more stable. Here’s how to do it.
How to enter safe mode on startup
With Windows 7 and earlier, you can usually start Safe Mode by pressing a function key (such as F8) right after turning on your PC. Microsoft removed this feature from Windows 8 because, thanks to new technology, boot times have become too fast for someone to quickly press F8 in time before Windows loads.
Instead, Microsoft has designed an “automatic failover” workaround for times when your PC is malfunctioning and Windows is not loading properly. Your PC will automatically enter an advanced boot troubleshooting mode if it doesn’t boot twice in a row. You can force this by turning on the PC and then pressing its physical power button just as you see the manufacturer’s logo appear. Do this twice and you will see an advanced “Choose an option” splash screen. Then follow the instructions in the section below to enter Safe Mode.
How to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode
There are several ways to restart your PC in “Advanced Boot” mode in Windows 11 which will allow you to select “Safe Mode” after several choices. The easiest way? Open menu To start up and click on the power icon in the lower right corner. Then, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click on To restart.
Alternatively, you can start the long way to Safe Mode through the Settings app. First, launch the settings by pressing Windows + i (or, you can find it by searching in Start.). When the parameters open, click on System in the sidebar, then select Recovery.
In the recovery options, look for the option Advanced start and click on the button Restart now next to.
Windows will confirm with a pop-up dialog that will ask you to save your work before restarting. When you are ready, click on Restart now.
After that, Windows will shut down and restart in a blue colored screen titled “Choose an option”, with several options in a short list. To select Repair.
In Troubleshooting, select Advanced options.
In the advanced options, select Settings.
Then click on To restart.
The PC will restart in a menu ” Start Parameters ” with nine numbered options. Push the button ” 4 “On your keyboard for safe mode,” 5 “For safe mode with network support or” 6 For Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
Typically, you’ll want to press 4 or 5 here, but 6 can be useful for advanced troubleshooting if you’re familiar with the Windows command line.
Once you’ve made your selection, Windows will finally boot into Safe Mode. Your screen will be at a lower resolution and Windows will replace your desktop image with a black background that says ” Safe mode In the corners.
You can perform any troubleshooting tasks that you need to accomplish. When you are done, restart your Windows 11 PC as usual. If all goes well and your issue has been resolved, the next time you reboot, you will return to unsafe Windows mode.
In this guide, you have learned how to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode. If you have any questions or suggestions let us know in the comments. In addition, also consult this guide if you want to learn how to change screen brightness in Windows 11.