How to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 11

If your Windows 11 has a tough time booting or is repeatedly crashing, you might want to try booting into Safe Mode. Safe Mode boots your computer with only the most essential drivers and functions, which allows a more stable boot process.

Windows 11 makes it relatively easy to boot in Safe Mode, with several options available. In this guide, we’ll explain each method step-by-step.

Shift + Restart

Using Shift + Restart from the Start Menu is the simplest way to boot into safe mode for beginners. Follow these steps:

    1. Open your Start Menu.
    2. Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard, and at the same time select the Restart button in the Start Menu.

      Shift restart for Safe Mode
      Press Shift + Restart to enter Safe Mode on Windows 11.

    3. Once your computer restarts, you’ll see a blue screen. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings.

      Selecting startup settings
      Select the Startup Settings option in Advanced options.

    4. You’ll see the Restart button at the bottom-right corner of the next screen. Click on it.

      Restart in startup settings
      Select the Restart button to boot into Safe Mode.

    5. When the PC reboots, you’ll see a numbered list. Select your required option to enter Safe Mode.

      List of Safe Mode options
      Select a Safe Mode option based on the purpose you want to accomplish.

    These are the options:

    • 4) Enable Safe Mode – boots your system into the standard Safe Mode.
    • 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking – boots your system into Safe Mode while allowing you to access the internet.
    • 6) Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt – boots your system into Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

Windows 11 Settings

You can also boot into Safe mode in Windows 11 using the Settings app. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app in Windows 11 by pressing Win + I.

    Opening the Settings app
    Launch the Settings app to boot into Safe Mode.

  2. Click on System > Recovery.
  3. Select the Restart now button next to Advanced startup.

    Selecting the restart now button
    Entering Safe Mode from within Windows 11 using the Settings app.

  4. A pop-up dialog box will ask you to confirm the restart. Click Restart now.

You’ll now see the Safe Mode options to choose from.

System Configuration

You can also enter Safe Mode on a Windows 11 PC using the System Configuration app (msconfig).

  1. Use the shortcut Win + R on your keyboard. When the Run console opens, type msconfig and press Enter. This will launch the System Configuration console.

    Running system configuration console
    Running the System Configuration console.

  2. Switch to the Boot tab. Select the Safe boot option under the Boot Options section, and click OK.

    Switching to boot tab in system configuration
    You can enter Safe Mode from within the System Configuration console.

  3. You’ll see a pop-up dialog box asking for confirmation. Confirm that you want to restart the system by selecting Restart.

    Confirming the restart
    Confirm the restart by clicking the restart button.

You’ll see the list of Safe Mode options – choose one based on what you want to accomplish.

Windows Terminal

Running a simple command on the Windows Terminal allows you to boot into Safe Mode. Here’s how you can achieve this:

  1. First, close all apps running on your PC.
  2. Search for “windows terminal” in the search bar and select Windows Terminal app. Doing this will launch the Windows Terminal.

    Launching windows terminal
    You can execute a command in the Windows Terminal to enter Safe Mode.

  3. Copy the following command into it and press Enter:
    Shutdown.exe /r /o

Doing this will take you to the list of Safe Mode options.

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