Windows 10

How to boot into Safe mode Windows 10

This post is a step by step guide with pictures to help you boot into safe mode in Windows 10. Safe Mode in Windows 10 is a part of the advanced startup or diagnostic startup feature of Windows. With this you get almost all the troubleshooting options of Windows 10 at one place. Booting into safe mode is a rather convenient choice if:

  • You wish to remove a faulty device driver
  • need to troubleshoot a specific problem related to apps and programs
  • To make sure your core Windows installation is working fine
  • & a lot of other troubleshooting stuff

Safe Mode in Windows comprises of just the most basic system files & device drivers, the ones most essential for Windows to start. This mode helps you diagnose most of the problems associated with Windows, that might not let your PC start correctly.

How to boot Windows 10 safe mode:

Scenario 1: Through Lock Screen OR Start Menu

  • Press & Hold the Shift key on your keyboard
  • While Holding the shift key, Click on Restart



  • Now, from the menu Click on Troubleshoot
  • From the menu that follows, Click on Advanced Options


  • Now, from the menu that comes,
  • Click on Startup Settings


  • And, Click on Restart


  • Now, you will get a screen with options just like in the screengrab below


  • Press 4 on your keyboard
  • Your Windows 10 is now booting into safe mode
  • Enter your Account Password, when prompted
  • After the booting completes, your desktop will change to a black wallpaper
  • The screen should look something like this



Scenario 2: Through bootable media | Recovery Drive

In this scenario, most of the options remain exactly the same as mentioned above, the only thing that changes is the way you get to the troubleshoot Screen

  • Insert your Recovery or Installation DVD/USB into the drive/slot
  • Boot from the said media
  • When prompted, Select your keyboard layout
  • From the screen that follows,
  • Click on Troubleshoot & follow the steps as mentioned above
Windows 10

Fix: Your PC did not start correctly Windows 10

After following this post, you will be able to solve an issue with Windows 10, where your PC might suddenly restart (OR) might give you an error out of the blue upon restart of power up your Windows 10 based computer. The error reads like: Your PC did not start correctly. This error might also occur after you update or upgrade Windows.

Fix: Your PC did not start correctly Windows 10

Scenario 1: Your PC was working fine & suddenly started throwing this error

Scenario 2: Your updated, upgraded Windows & started receiving this error (see Below) | also if you added a hardware or updated drivers

Method 1: Safe Mode | Startup repair

Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows that starts your computer in a limited state. Only the basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows are started. The words Safe Mode appear in the corners of your monitor to identify which Windows mode you’re using.

Follow the steps given below and check if that helps.

  • Type Update and recovery in search on Start menu.
  • Click Update and recovery, and then click Recovery.
  • Under Advanced startup, click Restart now.

If you are unable to login to your PC, or if you PC is stuck on the lock screen:

  • Press & hold the Shift button on your keyboard


  • Click on the power button
  • While holding the shift button,
  • Click on restart
  • On the Choose an option screen,  click Troubleshoot.


  • Click on Startup Settings
  • If you don’t see the Startup Settings option, click advanced options.


  • click Startup Settings.
  • click Restart.
  • On the Startup Settings screen, choose the Safe Mode.
  • Sign in to your PC with a user account that has administrator rights.

Now, If your computer starts normally in SAFE MODE, try Startup repair, follow the instructions below

Startup repair

To run Startup repair from Advance boot option, follow the below steps:

  • Press and hold Shift key and click on Restart under power (as Shown Above)
  • Click on Troubleshoot.
  • Click on Advanced Options.


  • Now click on Startup Repair.

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If the troubleshooter is able to solve the startup issue, good enough.

If in case the troubleshooter throws an error saying:


Follow Method 2.

Method 2: Rebuilding BCD | Boot configuration data

To check & rebuild the Windows BCD:

  • Follow the steps above to open the Diagnostic Menu in Windows 10
  • OR
  • Insert the original Windows DVD/USB and boot from it
  • Click Troubleshoot
  • Click on Advanced Options
  • Click on Command Prompt


  • Now,
  • Type bootrec /fixmbr
  • Press Enter
  • Then,
  • Type bootrec /fixboot
  • Press Enter
  • Then,
  • Type bootrec /rebuildbcd
  • Press Enter
  • Now, Type Exit


  • Restart your computer

Scenario 2: Your updated, upgraded Windows & started receiving this error

Method 3: Using system restore

Click here (Using System restore Windows 10)

Now, If nothing seems to help & you have your data backed up, it is time to Reset Your PC

Method 4: Reset Your PC

  • From the Diagnostics Menu (as show above)
  • Click on Troubleshoot
  • Then, Click on Reset this PC


  • Resetting your PC will delete all data & personal setting, apps from your PC
  • Make sure you have everything backed up
  • Click on Reset
  • Let Windows Reset your PC
  • After everything finishes up. Your PC should work fine.

If in case, you still face an issue, please post a comment or use contact form to leave me a message. Will try to further troubleshoot your issue.

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What to do, When you can’t start Windows at all !!

After reading this you will understand various system recovery options within Windows 7. Some of them might also apply to other versions of Windows as well.

The System recovery options within Windows 7 include:

  • Last Known Good Configuration
  • Using Safe mode to start Windows
  • Checking if Display Resolution is the problem
  • Knowing the error before troubleshooting
  • Using Start-up Repair
  • Using System Restore
  • Using Backup/Restore
  • Checking Memory errors
  • Finally Re-installing Windows

Last Known Good Configuration

To use this feature, press the F8 key while the system is booting up, Go to the Advanced Boot Options & from the menu select “ Last Known Good Configuration” and press Enter. If your computer system boot fine, you are successfully fixed it.

Using Safe Mode to start Windows

To boot into Safe Mode. Press the F8 key while the system is booting up. This will show you a menu, Select Advanced Boot Options, from the options therein select Safe Mode from the list and press Enter.

This will let you boot into safe mode that will enable Windows to boot only with some basic necessary files and drivers & disables everything that is not necessary for the system to boot. What this does is that it restricts any other program, let it be a Antivirus, display driver module, or any application to run at startup and gives us a fair idea of the problem & also let’s us use system restore to restore the computer to an earlier time when your Windows was running fine. Safe Mode also let’s us uninstall some unwanted programs or drivers that might be make the system unstable.

Checking the Display Resolution

Sometimes some bug or human error sets the Windows Display resolution to value that your monitor cannot handle. In this condition the system fails to boot as the monitor is unable to display that particular resolution transmitted by the Graphic/Display Adapter.

To Fix this, Press the F8 key while the system is booting, Select Advanced Boot Options. From the menu that will be displayed select “ Low-Resolution video mode” or “Enable VGA Mode”.

This will set your resolution to a lower value & will fix any resolution based problems. After booting into windows you can set your resolution to the recommended value* refer documentation of your monitor.

To Change Resolution

(Windows 7/Vista)

Right click on desktop and click on change resolution.

(Windows XP)

Right Click on Desktop-> properties –> adapters


Knowing the Error before troubleshooting

It’s always hard to troubleshoot any problem if you don’t know the case of it. To know the specific error you have to disable “ Automatic Restart on System Failure” .

To do that, Press the F8 key while the system is booting & select Advanced Boot Options. From the menu there select “Disable System Restart on System Failure” , this will enable you to look at the error next time it occurs and the computer will not restart automatically.

If It’s a blue screen Error or better known as BSOD, you can follow our this post to resolve it.

Using Start-up Repair

Startup repair is a tool built into Windows 7 to help users fix the common problems that restricts the user from booting into Windows.

To use Startup Repair:

  • Press the F8 key & select Advanced Boot Options. From the menu displayed there select Repair Your Computer


  • When you select this option, the windows will continue to boot to the repair menu which looks like this:


  • Now click on Startup Repair & follow on-screen Instructions.

If Startup Repair does not solve your issue, you can also choose System Restore from the options shown above & restore your computer to an earlier time when it was working fine.

Click on System Restore, Select a Checkpoint from the calendar ( make sure you choose a date on which your computer was working fine ) & follow the onscreen instructions that appear.

Using Backup Restore ( System Image Recovery )

Refer the Screen Shot above, Follow the steps that led to the above menu to appear & then select System Image Recovery.

Follow the Instruction that appear on screen.

Windows Memory Diagnostics

Ram (Memory) plays an important role in the booting procedure. If your RAM is faulty, the computer system won’t boot properly.

To check for errors in your RAM

Refer the Screen Shot above and select Windows Memory Diagnostic. This will check your RAM for errors. If errors are found you can simply get your RAM module replaced.

Finally, If nothing works out – Re-Install Windows

To Install / Reinstall Windows, Follow this GUIDE