How to Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode?

Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft that requires TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot to be installed on your PC. There is a way around these requirements, however, and it is now possible to install Windows 11 on even older PCs and Macs. Since it’s still in the development phase and the stable build is expected in November 2024, you might prefer to install and test Windows 11 on a virtual machine.

Windows 11 comes with a new GUI that includes a new settings page, new dock location, and much more. Since most of the settings have changed in Windows 11, how to access Safe Mode is also different.

Safe Mode has been a familiar feature of Windows for many years. It enables you to run your computer with minimal system applications that will help you troubleshoot your PC if something goes wrong.

In this Gearupwindows article, we are going to walk you through booting Windows 11 in Safe Mode. There are several ways to enter boot mode in Windows 11. However, you can easily switch to Safe Mode in Windows 11 using the Settings app or the Power button.

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How do I start Windows 11 in Safe Mode using the Settings app?

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing. to press window + I Keys from the keyboard or some other method.

Step 2. Click the system Category from the left side of the the settings Window.

Step 3. On the opposite side of the system, please scroll down to find them Restoration Tab and then click it to open Settings.

Step 4. Under the Recovery options Section, click the Restart now Button next to the Advanced start-up.

Step 5. Click the in the pop-up window Restart now Button to restart your PC in advanced recovery mode.

Step 6. Now your Windows 11 PC will restart and you will be greeted with various options. Click on that Troubleshooting Button.

Step 7. Click the Expanded options.

Step 8. Here you will see the following options: –

  • Jump start
  • Uninstall updates
  • Startup settings
  • system recovery
  • command prompt
  • System image recovery

Click on that Startup settings.

Step 9. Click on that Start anew Button to restart your computer now.

If your PC starts now, the following functions will be activated / deactivated:

  • Activate low resolution video mode
  • Activate debug mode
  • Activate start logging
  • Activate Safe Mode
  • Disable driver signature enforcement
  • Disable malware protection for an early start
  • Disable automatic restart on system failure

Step 10. In the next window that appears, look for the Safe Mode option. It should be the 4th number. So press 4th or F4 from your keyboard to boot Safety mode. If it is in a different location on your PC, enter this number or function key accordingly. Now your PC will restart again to start in Safe Mode.

How do I start Windows 11 in Safe Mode using the restart options?

Step 1. Click the window Logo icon in the system tray or just press the window Key from the keyboard to open the Start menu under Windows11.

Step 2. Once you have completed the above steps, your PC will restart using Expanded options. Now you will see options similar to the first method of booting in Safe Mode. Repeat steps 6-10 to put your PC into Safe Mode.

How can I turn off or exit Safe Mode in Windows 11?

Once the troubleshooting is done and you want to use your PC as normal, a reboot may be enough. However, if your Windows 11 is stuck in Safe Mode, follow these steps:

Step 1. Access Run Dialog box by pressing window + R. Keys from the keyboard.

Step 2. Enter MSConfig by doing Run Box and click OK the open System configuration Window.

Step 3. Navigate to the boot Tab under System configuration and uncheck the box Safety mode.

Step 4. Click Apply.

Step 5. Click OK.

Finally, restart or restart your PC to start your Windows 111 in normal mode.