How to boot into Windows 11 safe mode

Safe mode is a feature of the Windows operating system that has remained unchanged from its first versions. Your goal is to be able to break into a buggy or misconfigured system and bring it into a normal operating state.

To do this, start Windows with its default settings and basic devices, so that if the problem does not occur in safe mode, it is most likely due to a deconfiguration made by the user or also by a program or driver device connected to the computer. Thus giving the opportunity to repair it.

Windows 11 Safe Mode can run in three modes: Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, and Safe Mode with Command Prompt. The second mode is very similar to the first, but contains the network functions that make it possible to connect to a local network or the Internet. However, Safe Mode with Command Prompt does not have a graphical interface as it works from the command line and is designed primarily for professional use.

Windows 11 safe mode can be run from within the operating system and from outside it, in this case using the physical buttons on the computer. Next, we show you the two ways to access this important Windows function.

How to boot into Windows 11 safe mode from its settings menu

  1. Press the Windows + I keys to open the Windows 11 settings menu.
  2. Then go to System > Recovery. In this window go to Recovery Options > Advanced startup and click Restart now to open the Windows 11 Recovery Environment.
  3. On this screen, click Troubleshoot. Then click on Advanced Options.
  4. Next, click Startup Settings and then click Restart.
  5. Finally, choose the safe mode option that suits you best using the number keys or the function keys.

How to boot into Windows 11 safe mode when the system cannot be accessed

This option is the most recommended when you cannot enter the Windows settings menus. But since safe mode is contained within the Windows 11 recovery environment, the first thing to do is enter this Windows environment manually, that is, using the buttons or keys on the PC.

This varies depending on the model or brand of the computer.

On Dell

Turn off the computer with the on / off button. Once done, turn it on and off again. Repeat the same process two or three more times to activate the Windows 11 recovery environment.

On Asus

  1. With the computer in working status, press the on / off button for 15 seconds to force shutdown.
  2. Then, turn on the device and when you see the ASUS logo, press the on / off button for another 15 seconds.
  3. When it’s off, turn it on and force it off again. The next attempt to turn on the computer will activate the Windows 11 recovery environment.

On Lenovo

  1. With the computer running, press the on / off button for 10 seconds to force shutdown.
  2. Then, turn on the computer and when you see the Lenovo (or Windows) logo press the on / off button for another 10 seconds.
  3. Repeat the process. The next attempt to start the system will activate the Windows 11 recovery environment.

On HP

Turn off the computer. Then turn it on and immediately press the ESC key (or F11 depending on your HP model) repeatedly until the Windows 10 recovery environment screen appears.

After completing this step, just follow the instructions described in sections 3, 4 and 5 above.

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