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If you’re having trouble starting your Windows 11 PC, it might help to reboot into safe mode, which temporarily disables drivers and features to make your PC more stable. Here are the steps.

How To Enter Safe Mode at Boot

With Windows 7 or earlier, you can usually start Safe mode simply by pressing F8 after turning on your computer. Microsoft removed this feature starting in Windows 8 because, thanks to new technologies, startup times became too fast for someone to quickly hit F8 in time before Windows loaded.

Instead, Microsoft designed an “automatic failover” workaround for times when your PC malfunctions and Windows won’t load properly. If your computer fails to start two times in a row, it will automatically go into advanced startup troubleshooting mode. This can be done by turning on your computer and pressing the power button until you see the manufacturer logo. Repeat this two times to display the advanced startup screen “Choose an Option”. Follow the instructions below to enter Safe Mode.

How To Enter Safe Mode From Windows

There are several different ways to restart your computer into an “Advanced Startup” mode on Windows 11 that will allow you to select “Safe Mode” after several choices. This is the easiest. The easiest way? Hold down the Shift key and then click “Restart .”

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Click the power button in Start, then hold down Shift while clicking

Alternatively, you can start the long journey to Safe Mode by using the Settings app. To start Settings, press Windows+i. Or, search in Start to find it. Click “System” in sidebar to open Settings. Next, select “Recovery .”

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In Settings, click

In Recovery Options, locate “Advanced Startup” and click “Restart Now”.

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Windows will prompt you to confirm by displaying a dialog box asking you to save any work you have done before restarting. Once you are ready, click “Restart Now

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After this, Windows will close down and start over. A blue-colored screen appears titled “Choose an Option” with several options. Select “Troubleshoot.”

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In Troubleshooting, select “Advanced Options .”

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In Advanced Options, choose “Startup Settings .”

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Click “Restart .”

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The PC will restart into a “Startup Settings” menu with nine numbered options. For Safe Mode, press the “4” key on the keyboard, or “5” for Safe Mode With Networking or “6” to Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

Generally you will want to press 4 or 5, but you can also press 6 if you are proficient with the Windows command-line.

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After you have made your selection, Windows will boot into Safe Mode. Your screen will now be lower resolution and Windows will replace the desktop image with a black background.

In Windows 11 safe mode, you'll see

Now you can perform any troubleshooting tasks that you require. When you’re done, just restart (or shut down) your Windows 11 PC as usual. If everything goes well, and the problem is fixed, your computer will automatically reboot to normal non-safe mode. Good luck!

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