Restart Windows to Safe Mode

Safe mode in Windows is a diagnostic mode that lets you troubleshoot problems on your computer that keeps it from booting normally. It loads only the most essential drivers and services to run. All other normal settings and startup programs are disabled, allowing users to fix the problems on their computer.

So how do you put your Windows 10 PC to Safe Mode?

For this guide, we will talk about to put Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 to Safe Mode.

Note that if you have recently installed a driver, or made changes in the configuration on your computer, you may want to try “Last Known Good Configuration” option before going to Safe Mode in Windows 7. This means you’ll be using the last working version of your Windows computer. This setting however, is replaced every time you log on to your computer, so if the problem takes place, make sure you try this option before logging to your computer again.

For computers with Windows 8 and 10 Operating Systems, Last Known option is no longer available. Rather, they have the options called Refresh, Reset (Reinstall), Restore, etc.

Also, it’s important to know that there are three types of Safe Mode, so make sure you read the descriptions below to find which one is best for you.


Safe Mode – basic option that loads GUI interface of Windows; also the common option for troubleshooting.


Safe Mode with Networking -  should you need internet or network access while in Safe Mode, then this is the option to choose. It’s useful when you have to fix a problem that requires internet connection to download drivers, updates, or other files to fix your problem.


Safe Mode with Command Prompt – this mode loads with only the MS DOS command line prompt. It’s useful for running DOS commands such chkdsk or fixboot.


Safe Mode for Windows 7

To go to Safe Mode in Windows 7, reboot your computer and then press and hold the F8 key. This will bring you to Windows Advanced Options MenuScroll down to Safe Mode and then use the arrow key and press Enter.


In some cases when you hold the F8 key, the computer will make beep noises. If this is the case, simply hold the F8 key continuously throughout the reboot period.

If you still can’t go to the Safe Mode, simply turn off the computer through the power button, and then turn it on back again. Unexpected shut down will automatically bring you to Advanced Boot option menu.


Safe Mode for Windows 10

The process of getting into Safe Mode for Windows 10 is very different from each other. The F8 no longer works in these OS, as the reboot process became faster.

Thus, the only way to get to Safe Mode is through System Recovery Options. This is where you can do various troubleshooting tasks, starting in Safe Mode.

There are two ways to do this in Windows 10. First, click the Start button, hold the SHIFT key, and then click the power button.

While still holding the SHIFT button, click Restart.

Another way to do this is to click on the Start Button, then click Settings. This will bring you to a new Settings dialog. From here click Update & Recovery.


You will have the option to refresh, reinstall everything, or restart your computer in advanced startup mode.

Then you will see this new dialog:

Click Troubleshoot and you can go from there.

If a problem is detected while booting the PC, Windows 10 will automatically open the recovery options.

For more computer troubleshooting tips, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!

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