Add Safe Mode to Windows 10

Need to add Safe Mode to Windows 10 for troubleshooting?

  • Open a Command Prompt as an Administrator.
  • Type the following in the command prompt and hit enter after each line

bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode”
bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode – Networking”
bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode – Command Prompt”

Next –

  • Click on Start
  • Type MSConfig
  • Hit Enter
  • Click on Boot

You should see your entries.

Highlight Safe Mode and match the picture below for Safe Mode.

Note – I added 30 seconds so the choice stays on screen for 30 seconds. Adjust this number however you like.  The default is to load Windows.

safe mode

Next, highlight Networking and select the information in the picture below


For the command prompt, click Safe boot, Alternate shell.

Upon booting, you’ll see this –


NOTE – Remember to always backup your system and you have to check the Make all boot settings permanent.

Good luck!


About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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