Support: Restarting Microsoft Windows in Safe Mode

How to Restart Windows in Safe Mode

Restarting your Windows operating system in safe mode is necessary to perform certain troubleshooting tasks in Avast.

Follow the steps in this article for your version of Windows.

To restart Windows in safe mode, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Windows Start icon, select Power, then hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and select Restart.
  2. Mouse-over the minus sign on the bottom-right corner of your screen to open the Windows menu options.
  3. Click the Settings icon.
  4. Select Power, then hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and select Restart.
  5. Click the Start icon, click the Shut down arrow icon, and, while holding down the F8 key on your keyboard, select Restart.
  6. Click the Start icon, click the Shut down arrow icon, and, while holding down the F8 key on your keyboard, select Restart.
  7. Click the Start icon, then click Turn off your computer.
  8. When the Turn off computer dialog opens, hold down the F8 key on your keyboard and select Restart.
  9. When the Choose an option screen appears, select Troubleshoot.
  10. Select Advanced options.
  11. Select Startup Settings.
  12. Click Restart to open a list of Startup Settings options.
  13. Select option 4) Enable Safe Mode.
    For certain troubleshooting tasks, you can alternatively select option 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking or option 6) Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
  14. Continue to hold down the F8 key until your PC restarts and a list of options appears.
  15. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to highlight the Safe Mode option, and press Enter.
    For certain troubleshooting tasks, you can alternatively select Safe Mode with Networking or Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

When your PC restarts, Windows is in safe mode and ready for you to perform troubleshooting tasks.

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  • All supported operating systems

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