How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking
When Windows is having problems, there is a very useful feature called Safe Mode,
Safe Mode with Networking and Safe Mode with Networking is one of the most used because it’s a special mode that you can boot Windows into that loads a very minimal set of drivers and services, and it does not load any applications. Another upside it supports networking so u can download an antivirus of other diagnostic tools.
This mode is especially useful when trying to remove files that may be in use, applications that won’t uninstall, uninstalling or installing drivers, and removing viruses and malware.
See the end of the post for an explanation of all the features that Windows 10 Safe mode has to offer.
Unfortunately, Windows 10 doesn’t have a easy access to the Safe Mode. Now instead of pressing F8 to access Safe Mode u need to follow the steps below.
How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking Step by Step
The easiest way to boot into Safe Mode is from login screen. To access this screen, you can either log out, press Ctrl+L, or press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys. If u are in the login screen, you should hold down the Shift key on your keyboard (do not let it go). While holding down the Shift key, click on the Power button
and then click on Restart.
When Windows restarts, you will be given options as shown below.
At the above screen click on the Troubleshooting button
After that click on the Advanced Options button to access the Advanced Options screen as shown below.
At the screen above, click on the Startup Settings option and you will now be presented with the preview of the Startup Settings screen.
At the screen above, click on Restart. Windows will now begin to boot, and you will be presented with a screen, as shown down here,
Different types of the safe mode option?
On Windows 10 there are a few different types of Safe Mode you can choose from, so it’s important to know what they do and which you need.
- Enable Debugging The Enable debugging option turns on kernel debugging in Windows. This is an advanced troubleshooting method where Windows startup information can be transmitted to another computer or device that’s running a debugger. By default, that information is sent over COM1 at a baud rate of 15,200. Enable debugging is the same as Debugging Mode that was available in previous versions of Windows
- Enable boot logging The Enable boot logging option starts Windows 10 or Windows 8 normally but also creates a file of the drivers being loaded during the next boot process. The “boot log” is stored as ntbtlog.txt in whatever folder Windows is installed on, almost always C:\Windows. If Windows starts properly, take a look at the file and see if anything helps with the troubleshooting of whatever issue you’re having. If Windows does not start properly, choose one of the Safe Mode options and then look at the file once Windows starts in Safe Mode. If even Safe Mode doesn’t work, you can restart into Advanced Startup Options, open Control Panel, and view the log file from there using the type command: type d:\windows\ntbtlog.txt.
- Enable low-resolution video The Enable low-resolution video option starts Windows 10 or Windows 8 normally but sets the screen resolution to 800×600. In some cases, like with older CRT style computer monitors, the refresh rate is also lowered. Windows won’t start properly if the screen resolution is set out in the range supported by your screen. Since almost all screens support an 800×600 resolution, Enable low-resolution video gives you a chance to correct any configuration problems. Note: Only display settings are changed with Enable low-resolution video. Your current display driver is not uninstalled or changed in any way.
- Safe Mode: This is the basic version that strips away all unnecessary programs and only autostarts a few chosen files and drivers to get the basic system running. It doesn’t allow for many advanced features, including connections with other computers or devices. That makes the computer safer from malware that may be able to move through local networks (like the WannaCry ransomware appeared capable of doing).
- Safe Mode with Networking: This is a mode that adds on the necessary drivers and features to access networks. It’s not quite as safe, but it’s useful if you only have one computer and need to get online to look for help or see if connections to other devices still work.
- Safe Mode with Command Prompt: This option may not be available on all versions of Windows 10, but if it is you can enter this mode to bring up a big command prompt screen. This is good for more badly damaged operating systems or technical work where you know the precise command lines necessary to find a problem or launch a specific service. Make sure you know how to use the Command Prompt before accessing this mode.
- Disable driver signature enforcement: The Disable driver signature enforcement option allows non-signed drivers to be installed in Windows. This startup option can be helpful during some advanced driver troubleshooting tasks.
- Disable early launch anti-malware protection: The Disable early launch anti-malware protection does just that – it disables the Early Launch Anti-malware (ELAM) driver, one of the first drivers loaded by Windows during the boot process. This option could be useful if you suspect a Windows 10 or Windows 8 startup problem might be due to a recent anti-malware program installation, uninstallation, or settings change.
- Disable automatic restart after failure: The Disable automatic restart after failure disables Automatic restart in Windows 10 or Windows 8. When this feature is enabled, Windows forces your device to restart after a major system failure like a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). Unfortunately, since Automatic restart is enabled by default in both Windows 10 and Windows 8, your first BSOD will force a restart, possibly before you’re able to jot down the error message or code for troubleshooting. With this option, you can disable the feature from Startup Settings, without needing to enter Windows. See How To Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows for instructions on doing this from within Windows, a proactive step that I recommended you do
- Launch recovery environment: This option is available on the second page of options in Startup Settings, which you can access by pressing F10. Choose Launch recovery environment to return to the Advanced Startup Options menu. You’ll see a short Please wait screen while Advanced Startup Options loads.