The majority of Windows 11 problems like unexpected crashes due to corrupted drivers, and apps that stop devices from working properly can be solved by booting into Safe Mode.
When you start your computer in safe mode, the device loads up with the necessary drivers. As a result, Troubleshooting the issue with Safe Mode is a faster and most convenient method to resolve issues in Windows 11.
Let’s learn more about Safe mode. There are three distinct forms of Safe Mode.
Safe Mode: This is the most basic mode, with only minimal drivers and no third-party software installed. It is not possible to see much detail in the visuals because only the basic drivers are installed, thus the icons appear to be large and unclear. In addition, Safe Mode would be labeled in the screen’s four corners.
Safe Mode with Networking: In this situation, network drivers will be loaded in addition to the drivers and configurations that have already been loaded. While this allows you to access the internet in safe mode, you should avoid browsing the web while Windows is launching in Safe Mode.
Safe Mode with Command Prompt: As soon as you choose this option, you will only be presented with a Command Prompt window on your screen and no other Windows GUI. Users can utilize this for further in-depth troubleshooting.
Now that you are familiar with the many forms of Safe Mode and can select the appropriate option when presented, let us move on to the various ways to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode.
How to Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
However, before proceeding, you should be aware that all solutions listed below are simply different ways to boot Windows RE (Recovery Environment). From there, you can boot Windows 11 into Safe mode. Let’s start with the first method:
1. Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode Using Start Menu
Hit the WIN key to open the Start Menu, then right-click on the ‘Power‘ icon, then hold the SHIFT key and click on ‘Restart.’
The computer will now restart in Windows RE mode. Once there, proceed with the instructions to boot into Safe mode from recovery (listed below)
2. Using Windows 11 Settings to Boot in Safe Mode
Launch Settings app in Windows 11 by pressing WIN + Key.
By default, the ‘System‘ settings will be displayed; on the right side, scroll down and select the ‘Recovery‘ option.
Under the Recovery options section, click on Restart now button next to Advanced startup.
A dialog box will appear, click on Restart now button again.
The system will now restart, and it will boot into Windows Recovery Environment. instructions.
3. Using Command Prompt/Windows PowerShell to Boot in Safe Mode
To perform activities on Windows, many users choose to use the Command Prompt, Windows Powershell. The best thing is that you can boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode with Command Prompt and Powershell as well. Here’s how you can do that:
Click on the Find icon available on the taskbar, type Windows Terminal, when it appears in search results, click to open it.
In Windows Terminal, see if the PowerShell or Command Prompt tabs open. If apps of your choice are either PowerShell or Command Prompt tab, then click the downward-facing arrow and choose ‘Command Prompt‘ or PowerShell from the drop-down menu.
Once the Command Prompt or Windows Powershell tab is opened, you need to copy-paste this command:
shutdown.exe /r /o /t 0 and hit enter.
You will now be prompted that Windows will shut down in one minute. Wait for the machine to enter the recovery environment before following the steps in the instructions below.
4. From the Sign-in Screen, Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode.
In the event that you are unable to sign in to your computer, you can access Windows Recovery Mode from the sign-in screen that appears when you switch it on.
To start Windows 11 in Safe Mode from the sign-in page, click the ‘Power‘ symbol in the bottom-right corner, then hold down the SHIFT key and click ‘Restart.’
The system will restart and boot into the Windows Recovery Environment. Then, as previously said, follow the procedures to start Safe Mode from the recovery environment.
5. Boot into Safe Mode using Windows 11 Installation Media
You will find this method useful when your device is unable to boot into Safe mode using one of the methods discussed above. Here’s how you can do that:
Create Windows 11 Installation media, insert it into your device, and boot from it.
On Windows 11 Set up screen, click on the Repair your computer link. This will boot your device in Recovery Environment.
Navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart. Depending on your requirement, select the desired option to boot into safe mode.
How to Boot Windows 11 to Recovery Environment (Windows RE)
Using one of the methods discussed above when your Windows 11 PC boot into Windows Recovery Environment, then follow steps to boot your device in Safe mode
In the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot.
In the Troubleshoot screen, click on “Advanced Options“.
There will now be a variety of options presented to you on the screen. ‘Startup Settings‘ should be selected.
Under Startup Settings, you’ll find all of Windows’ startup choices, then click ‘Restart‘ in the lower-right corner.
Options numbered one through nine will now appear on the screen. ‘Safe Mode‘ is represented by the numbers four through six.
Use the corresponding number keys (4, 5, or 6) or the function keys to start Windows in Safe Mode (F4, F5, or F6).
Once you’re done with your work in Safe mode, just perform a regular restart to exit the Safe mode in Windows 11.