When your system crashes after installing a new driver, application, or system update, you can boot into safe mode. If your Windows 11 computer rings, you can use Win 11 Safe Mode to fix any issues with your computer. In this article, we will look at what Windows 11 Safe Mode is and how to use it if your Windows crashes.
What is Safe Mode?
Safe Mode launches Windows in a minimalist structure, with only a few files and drivers installed. If Safe Mode does not cause any problems, it is unlikely that the problem is due to default settings or newly installed device drivers. Watching Windows 11 in Safe Mode helps you identify the cause of a problem and fix computer problems.
So what’s the point of using Safe Mode? How does it load your system when it crashes? When you start your computer in safe mode, it performs the following functions.
- Your system will load without drivers. It does not load normal graphics drivers, instead, it loads standard VGA mode.
- The desktop will load up 16 colors and it will have a resolution of 640X480.
- It does not run autoexec.bat or config.sys files.
When you are unable to load your system normally, you will be able to load it in safe mode.
Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Windows 11 has a variety of options for getting into Safe Mode. Safe mode in Windows 11 can be reached via settings, sign-in screen, or a blank screen.
This part of the article goes through all the options to boot into safe mode in Windows 11.
Start Windows 11 in Safe Mode using Settings
You can easily boot into Safe Mode from your PC settings. Follow the steps below to boot from Safe Mode from Settings.
- Click on the start icon at the bottom left corner of your screen, or press the Windows button to open the Start Menu. Now in the start menu search for settings and open it. You can either press the Windows + I key combo to open the settings on your PC.
- Now in the settings, head to the Update & security section.
- On the left sidebar click on the recovery option.
- Under the advanced startup option, you will see the restart now option. Click on it.
- You will be booted to advanced startup, here you will have to select Troubleshoot option.
- In the troubleshoot, select advanced options, and then select startup settings.
- Next, select the restart option to restart your PC.
- When your PC restarts, you will see a list of options. You will have to select 4 or F4 to boot your PC into safe mode. If you want to boot your PC into safe mode with networking, then select 5 or F5.
Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode From Sign-In Screen
You can also boot into Safe Mode from the sign-in screen. This option is an alternative to booting Windows 11 into Safe Mode using Settings. If you can’t boot into Safe Mode using the settings, you can try this method. Follow the steps below to boot into Safe Mode from the sign-in screen.
- On the sign-in screen, hold down the shift key on your keyboard, and then click on the power option, and then click on restart. Ensure you do this while holding down the shift key on your keyboard.
- You will be booted to the advanced startup now.
- Here select troubleshoot, and then select advanced options.
- Now in the advanced options, select startup settings, and then select restart to restart your PC.
- You will see a list of options to boot into safe mode. Follow the on-screen instructions to be able to boot into safe mode.
Enter Safe Mode Windows 11 From Blank Screen
Follow the steps given below to boot your PC into safe mode from a blank screen-
- Your PC will show advanced recovery options when the Windows fail to load normally. Therefore, if you interrupt the booting process 3-4 times, then you will see the option to boot into safe mode automatically. To do so, turn off your computer while it is still starting. Make sure to do it on the first sign that Windows has started. It will be when the logo of the manufacturer appears on the screen.
- After doing this 4-5 times, you will be headed to the advanced startup menu.
- From here, select troubleshoot, then select the advanced option, and after doing so, select the startup settings. You will see the restart option. Click on it to restart your PC.
- When Your PC restarts, you will see a list of options to boot into safe mode. Follow the on-screen instructions to boot into safe mode.
How to Exit Windows 11 Safe Mode
After your work is done, you will have to exit safe mode. To do so, you can simply restart your device, or follow the steps given below to exit safe mode.
- Press the Windows + R key combo. This will open the run dialog box.
- Now in the Run dialog box, type msconfig and hit enter. This will open the system configuration. Now head to the boot tab. Now under the boot options, uncheck the safe boot option. This will boot you out of safe mode.
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Windows 11 is Microsoft’s most recent operating system, and it’s free. Getting into Safe Mode may not work as well as in previous versions of Windows 10, but these methods will get you into Safe Mode with Windows 11. Please tell us which one you have used and which one you like. If you need any help, please leave a comment below.