Driver Issues How to Start Safe Mode on Windows 10 Machine

Do you still remember the safe mode option in Windows 7 and Windows XP? Do you think, Microsoft will bring back F8 option to boot login to safe mode in Windows 10? It was not there in Windows 8 as well (rather you need to press Shift + F8?). In Windows 10 also there is no option like press F8 to launch Windows 10 safe mode login. But don’t worry, we still have safe mode option in Windows 10 TP and it works well. As a desktop engineer or consumer safe mode is always helpful to troubleshoot drivers and other Windows 10 booting issues.

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How to go to Safe mode from Windows 10 machine? Yes, you’re correct, it’s similar to Windows 8 Safe Mode. There are two ways to do it in Windows 10 TP version. First option is going through different GUI screens to get into Windows 10 Safe Mode option (tedious process). Second option is command line option pretty much easy one to get into Windows 10 Safe Mode. The command line option BCDEDIT – Boot Configuration Data Store Editor is explained at the bottom of the post. Another option is press Shift + F8 to login to Safe mode in Windows 10.

1) Restart the Windows 10 TP machine and from the “Choose an Operating System” screen during the restart of Windows 10 TP machine, select “Change default or choose other options


2) On the second windows screen, you’ll get 3 options like a) Change the Timer b) Choose a Default Operating System 3) Choose Other Options. To go to Windows 10 Safe Mode, select Choose other Options.


3) On “choose other option” screen, you’ll get another 4 options a) continue b) Use another Operating System c) Troubleshoot and d) Turn Off  your PC. You need to select c) Troubleshoot.


4)  On “Troubleshoot” screen,  you’ll be able to see 3 other options like a) Refresh your PC b) Reset your PC c) Advanced options. You need to select “Advanced options” to proceed further to get into Windows 10 Safe Mode. Do you think, it’s very lengthy process? Don’t worry, there is very easy command line option at the bottom of the post.


5) On “Advanced Options” screen, you’ll get 5 options a) System Restore b) System Image Recovery c) Startup Repair d) Command Prompt e) Startup Settings. You need to select Startup Settings.


6) On “Startup Settings” screen, you’ll get an option to restart in to following modes and you need to click on RESTART button enter into Windows 10 Safe Mode.

a) Enable low-resolution video mode

b) Enable Debugging mode

c) Enable boot logging

d) Enable Safe Mode

e) Disable driver signature enforcement

f) Disable early-launch anti malware protection

g) Disable automatic restart on system failure 


7) On the reboot, Windows 10 machines will ask to pick/press one of the respective Function Keys (F1-F9) to login to Windows 10 Safe Mode. Press either F4 or F5.


 8) Upon pressing F4 or F5, you’ll get into Safe Mode where you can troubleshoot desktop or application level issues.

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Now the easiest way to Login to Windows 10 Safe Mode :- Run the following command from Windows 10 machine and restart the machine. Upon restart keep pressing F8 key this will give you option to enter in to Windows 10 Safe Mode.

Bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes 


Shift + F8

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So what is BCDEDIT.exe – Boot Configuration Data Store Editor? 

BCDEDIT – Boot Configuration Data Store Editor

The Bcdedit.exe command-line tool modifies the boot configuration data store. The boot configuration data store contains boot configuration parameters and controls how the operating system is booted. These parameters were previously in the Boot.ini file (in BIOS-based operating systems) or in the nonvolatile RAM entries (in Extensible Firmware Interface-based operating systems). You can use Bcdedit.exe to add, delete, edit, and append entries in the boot configuration data store.

For detailed command and option information, type bcdedit.exe /? . For example, to display detailed information about the /createstore command, type:

bcdedit.exe /? /createstore

For an alphabetical list of topics in this help file, run “bcdedit /? TOPICS”.

Commands that operate on a store
/createstore Creates a new and empty boot configuration data store.
/export Exports the contents of the system store to a file. This file
can be used later to restore the state of the system store.
/import Restores the state of the system store using a backup file
created with the /export command.
/sysstore Sets the system store device (only affects EFI systems, does
not persist across reboots, and is only used in cases where
the system store device is ambiguous).

Commands that operate on entries in a store
/copy Makes copies of entries in the store.
/create Creates new entries in the store.
/delete Deletes entries from the store.
/mirror Creates mirror of entries in the store.

Run bcdedit /? ID for information about identifiers used by these commands.

Commands that operate on entry options
/deletevalue Deletes entry options from the store.
/set Sets entry option values in the store.

Run bcdedit /? TYPES for a list of datatypes used by these commands.
Run bcdedit /? FORMATS for a list of valid data formats.

Commands that control output
/enum Lists entries in the store.
/v Command-line option that displays entry identifiers in full,
rather than using names for well-known identifiers.
Use /v by itself as a command to display entry identifiers
in full for the ACTIVE type.

Running “bcdedit” by itself is equivalent to running “bcdedit /enum ACTIVE”.

Commands that control the boot manager
/bootsequence Sets the one-time boot sequence for the boot manager.
/default Sets the default entry that the boot manager will use.
/displayorder Sets the order in which the boot manager displays the
multiboot menu.
/timeout Sets the boot manager time-out value.
/toolsdisplayorder Sets the order in which the boot manager displays
the tools menu.

Commands that control Emergency Management Services for a boot application
/bootems Enables or disables Emergency Management Services
for a boot application.
/ems Enables or disables Emergency Management Services for an
operating system entry.
/emssettings Sets the global Emergency Management Services parameters.

Command that control debugging

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