How to Start Windows (7, 8, 10) in Safe Mode

The method to start Windows XP, Vista and 7 in Safe Mode differs from Windows 8 & 10. However, there is a universal method using which you can start any version of Windows in Safe Mode. Windows MSCONFIG (System Configuration) utility allows you to configure boot options for your Windows.

So, in this tutorial, we are going to show you how to start your Windows PC in Safe Mode using MSCONFIG utility. Please note that you have to revert the changes while in Safe Mode otherwise your PC will boot in Safe Mode every time (Safe Mode Boot Loop). But don’t worry, we will also show you how to get out of Safe Mode in Windows in case you get stuck there.

A) Start Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10 in Safe Mode Using MSCONFIG Utility

Step 1: Open System Configuration Utility

First of all, press Windows Key + R on keyboard. This will open RUN window. Here, type msconfig and click OK. Alternatively, you can also search for msconfig on Start in Windows 7 or 8.

Go To Run Type Msconfig And Press Enter
Go to RUN, type msconfig and press Enter

After you click OK or press Enter, System Configuration utility will start. Here you can change Windows startup options, services etc.


Step 2: Enable Safe Mode in Boot Options

In System Configuration window, click on Boot tab. Here you will see your OS (Windows) already selected. Now, check Safe boot under Boot options and click OK.

Go To Boot Tab And Check Safe Boot Minimal And Click Ok
Go to Boot tab, check Safe Boot (Minimal) and click OK

Step 3: Start Windows in Safe Mode

After you click OK, you will see a prompt asking if you would like to restart your computer now or exit without restart. Click on Restart to boot your Windows PC in Safe Mode.

Click Restart To Start Windows 7 In Safe Mode
Click Restart

Your Windows PC will start in Safe Mode.

Windows 7 In Safe Mode
Windows 7 in Safe Mode

SEE ALSO: How to check System Uptime in Windows 10?

B) Start your Windows PC in Normal Mode

The only drawback of this method is that your computer will always start in Safe Mode unless you change the startup settings again. You will have to change the settings in System Configuration (MSCONFIG) utility to get out of the Safe Mode. Follow these steps to start your Windows PC in Normal Mode.

Step 1: Open System Configuration Utility

Open System Configuration (MSCONFIG) utility while you are in Safe Mode just like you did in normal mode. Go to RUN, type msconfig and press Enter.

Go To Run Type Msconfig And Press Enter In Safe Mode
Go to RUN, type msconfig and press Enter

After you click OK or press Enter, System Configuration utility will start.


Step 2: Start Windows in Normal Mode

Now, go to Boot tab and un-check Safe Boot from Boot options and click OK.

Go To Boot Tab Uncheck Safe Boot And Click Ok
Go to Boot tab, uncheck Safe Boot and click OK

You will see a prompt asking to restart your PC, click on Restart to start your Windows PC in normal mode.

Click Restart To Start Windows 7 In Normal Mode
Click Restart to start Windows in Normal Mode

Start Any Version of Windows in Safe Mode

You can use this method to start any version of Windows OS, be it Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1 or Windows 10 in Safe Mode. Only drawback of this method is that Windows will boot into Safe Mode every time. To avoid this make sure to follow the second part of this tutorial which explains how to get out of Safe Mode.

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