How to Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 11

If you’re having a problem starting your Windows 11 PC, it might assist in rebooting into safe mode, which for the moment disables drivers and features to make your Windows 11 PC more stable. Here’s how to do it.

There are numerous ways to reboot your system into an “Advanced Startup” mode on Windows 11 that will let you select “Safe Mode” after various choices.

The easiest way? Click the Windows Start menu and select the power icon in the lower-right corner. Then, keep the Shift key pressed on your keyboard and click “Restart.”

You can start the long road to Safe Mode as a replacement through the Windows Settings app. First, all you need is to launch the Windows Settings by pressing Windows+i; or, you can locate it by typing “Settings” in Start).

Once you get to the Windows Settings, click “Update & Security.”

In the “Update & Security” section, select the “Recovery” option from the sidebar on the left and then click “Restart Now” right below the “Advanced Startup” option.

Once you do so, your Windows 11 PC will shut down and reboot into a blue-colored screen titled “Choose an Option,” with various options in a brief list. Select “Troubleshoot.”

Now, select “Advanced options.”

Next, select “Startup Settings.”

In “Startup Settings”, click “Restart”.

Your Windows 11 PC will reboot into a “Startup Settings” menu with nine different options.

Click the “4” key on your keyboard for Safe Mode, “5” for Safe Mode with Networking, or “6” for Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

Typically, you’ll want to press 4 or 5 here, but 6 can be helpful for advanced troubleshooting if you’re good with the Windows command line.

Once you are done, your Windows 11 PC will ultimately boot into Safe mode.

Once your system restarts, it will be at a lower resolution, and it will restore your display picture with a black background that says “Safe Mode” in the quarters.

When you are done, now, you can do whatever troubleshooting assignments you need to perform.

When you’re done, reboot (or shut down) your Windows 11 PC as usual. If all goes well and your issue has been fixed, you’ll be back in regular non-safe Windows mode when you reboot the next time.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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