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How to boot in safe mode on Windows 11

Windows 11 came out just recently and many people are still just getting familiar with it. However, if you own Windows 11, you should know how to boot into safe mode. Why do I need Safe Mode at all? The point is that when you boot into safe mode, Windows enters a state where only the main drivers are running and no extra programs are running in the background. Thus, Windows 11 can be used for effective troubleshooting.

Previous versions of Windows (except for Windows 10), by the way, could be used by pressing the keys at a certain moment of system startup. However, over time, downloads became faster and the developers slowly removed such a possibility. Now we need to understand how to boot Windows 11 the new way? And if there is one at all?

What are the types of Safe Mode and what they mean

Since Safe Mode is a pretty serious feature and is mainly used for troubleshooting Windows problems, you should first consider what type of Safe Boot you need. There are only three and here are descriptions for each:

  • Safe mode: this is the easiest of all, in which drivers and third-party apps aren’t loaded. Since basic drivers will be used, the graphics leave a lot to be desired and the icons look big and fuzzy. In addition, the four corners of the screen will say Safe Mode
  • Safe Mode with Networking: In addition to the basic graphics drivers, network drivers will also be loaded in this case. This will help you connect to the Internet in Safe Mode, but it isn’t recommended to browse the web when you boot Windows in Safe Mode
  • Safe Mode with Command Line: Selecting this option only starts the command line, not the Windows GUI, which means that it will just be a command line window on your screen. This can be used for advanced troubleshooting

Once you’ve decided which type suits you best and what your goals are, it’s time to try running Windows 11 in safe mode.

How to start Safe Mode via login on Windows

This method is the easiest of all and is used when your computer is in a normal state and if your Windows 11 is still working. This method entails entering Safe Mode directly through the Windows 11 system:

  • Hold down the Shift key and click on the power button icon in the lower right corner of the screen
  • Continue to hold Shift and choose Restart
  • Release the key afterward. The PC will then restart. If you have Bitlocker encryption turned on, you might have to enter the key
  • Once you see the Choose an option screen, choose the Troubleshoot option
  • From there, choose Advanced Options, and then choose Startup settings
  • Pay attention to the prompts on the screen and then click the Restart button

Note: Before entering, be prepared to carefully select the option that corresponds to your needs in a few seconds, otherwise Safe Mode will turn off.

How to start Safe Mode when black screen or broken Windows 11

There are situations when your computer doesn’t allow you to enter Windows in the usual way. Either you have a permanent black screen and you cannot use the system. Then try turning your PC on and off until Windows activates the Safe Environment. This is a built-in neutral zone, a special place on the storage drive of most new PCs, allowing you to restore or fix issues with Windows. Below is a guide on how to use it correctly:

  • In Windows RE you will have three options on the screen: select Troubleshooting
  • From the Troubleshooting screen, select Advanced Options
  • You will see several options on the screen. Select Boot Options
  • Now the various Windows options will be listed under Boot Options in the lower right corner, click Restart
  • After rebooting, you will find the possible options listed on the screen by numbers from one to nine. The numbers from four to six denote the different types of “safe mode”. Press the corresponding number keys (4, 5 or 6) or function keys (F4, F5 or F6) to boot Windows in safe mode

Now that you know about these two ways, you can stop worrying when your Windows 11 starts to bug and just run safe mode. And then see what you can fix and what the cause of the bugs is.

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