How to Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode?


Safe Mode in Windows 11 is a helpful tool for users encountering frequent problems with their machines. It can help diagnose the issues causing the device to malfunction, throw error messages, or work differently.

Safe mode allows users to boot their machines with a stripped-back experience, disabling some programs and drivers. Essentially, they offer a better experience for those looking to find out what’s gone wrong with their computer.

Here, there are three different Safe Modes. One has all the stripped-back features but enables networking when users still need to access the web. It’s not ideal as it can still let hackers see into and, in some cases, control a user’s PC over a network connection. There is also a Safe Mode which relies more heavily on Command Prompt. Windows 11’s most bare-bones version disables the user interface (UI), and the computer is navigated using lines of commands.

This risewindows article will guide you on how to boot Windows 11 in Safe mode. We will explain three ways. But, using the Settings app or Power button, you can quickly enter Safe Mode under Windows 11.

How to Restart Windows 11 in Safe Mode using the Settings app?

Step 1. As usual, open the Settings app and click on Windows + I keys from the keyboard.

Step 2. Now, click on the System category from the left side pane of the Settings window.

Step 3. Then, please scroll down to find the Recovery tab and click on it to open its settings.

Step 4. After that, click on the Restart now button next to the Advanced startup.

Step 5. Click on the Restart now button to reboot your PC in advanced recovery mode.

Step 6. So your Windows 11 PC will restart, and you will be greeted with different options. Then, hit the Troubleshoot button.

Step 7. Next, click on the Advanced options.

Step 8. Then, you see the following options:-

  • Startup Repair
  • Uninstall Updates
  • Startup Settings
  • System Restore
  • Command Prompt
  • System Image Recovery

After that, click on the Startup Settings.

Step 9. Click on the Restart button to reboot your computer now.

So,  when your PC starts, it will enable/disable the following features:-

  • Enable low-resolution video mode
  • Enable debugging mode
  • Enable boot logging
  • Enable Safe Mode
  • Disable driver signature enforcement
  • Disable early-launch anti-malware protection
  • Disable Automatic Restart on system failure

Step 10. At last, look for the Safe Mode option. It should be on the 4th number. So press 4 or F4 from your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode. Enter that number or function key if it is at a different position on your PC. Now, your PC will again reboot to Boot into Safe Mode.

How to Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode using Restart options?

Step 1. Firstly, click on the Windows logo icon on the taskbar or press the Windows key from the keyboard to open the Start menu on Windows 11.

Step 2. Click on the Power button.

Step 3. Then, press and hold the Shift key and click the Restart option.

Step 4. After completing the above steps, your PC will restart with Advanced options. You will see similar opportunities as shown in the first method to boot into Safe Mode. Repeat steps 6 to 10 to enter your PC into Safe Mode.

How to Turn Off or Exit from Safe Mode in Windows 11?

As usual, you want to use your PC, and once troubleshooting is over, a reboot may be sufficient. However, if your Windows 11 is stuck in Safe Mode, use the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, turn to Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys from the keyboard.

Step 2. Now, type MSConfig in the Run box and click OK to open the System Configuration window.

Step 3. Then, navigate to the Boot tab under System Configuration and uncheck the checkbox Safe boot.

Step 4. Next, click Apply.

Step 5. So, click OK.

Reboot or restart your PC to boot your Windows 11 in normal mode.

I hope this post has been informative to you.

That’s it for the article.

Good Luck & Stay healthy, guys.!!!

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