How to: Boot into Safe Mode in Windows


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Method A: Use Microsoft's recommended approaches

For the latest and most accurate information regarding how to boot your Windows computer to Safe Mode, please visit Microsoft's support website at

Method B: Watch IT Help Central's video

Method C: Use msconfig

C1) Open the "Run" dialog box.

C2) Type msconfig and click OK.

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C3) Under the "Boot" tab, click the Safe boot checkbox. Then, click OK.

NOTE: If you have multiple operating systems on your computer, choose the one in which you wish to boot to Safe Mode.

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C4) Click Restart to immediately boot your computer in Safe Mode.

TIP: If you need to save any work or files, you may click Exit without restart. Afterwards you will need to restart your computer.

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Your computer is running in Safe Mode. You are able to run virus scans, hardware repair, and other maintenance that was previously impossible.