How to Start Windows 10 or Windows 11 in Safe Mode in 2024

Saheed Aremu  - Security Expert
Last updated: December 31, 2023
Read time: 16 minutes
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Learn how to start and boot into Windows 10 or 11 in safe mode using Settings, Power icon, and Command Prompt.

Starting Windows in Safe Mode has long been a system repair strategy from Windows OS, facilitating users in troubleshooting common software/hardware errors. Though the process is harmless, users may sometimes face data loss following Safe Mode boot if they don’t fully understand the process for Windows 10/11, especially with Command Prompt. Thankfully, some other options also exist to let users start their systems in Safe Mode with minimal friction. This guide explains them all in detail for Windows 10 and Windows 11 users.

Although Windows is a powerful operating system, there are situations where it experiences lags, causing the PC to crash or automatically lock. Indeed, this can be frustrating, especially when you install new software or add drivers.

You may have also attempted to reboot your computer multiple times, and when it turns on the third time, it loads a strange-looking interface with the words “Safe mode.” As a long-time Windows user, you may already know this term.

Nevertheless, Safe Mode is a way Windows boots when a critical issue interferes with the computer’s functionality. Through this, you can troubleshoot and fix it.

This article lists the various ways you can access safe mode. We also discuss steps to enter this Mode on Windows 10 or 11 using the Power button, Command Prompt, or Settings.

Windows 10 and 11