Starting Windows 11 in Safe Mode

If you have problems with your new Windows 11 install, it is a good idea to learn how to start Windows 11 in safe mode. It is a way to open a limited version of Windows, avoid problems with your computer and make it easier to solve any problems.

Fortunately, you can easily boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode, just like you can in Windows 10. Here’s how to get started.

The different safe modes

Running Windows 11 in Safe Mode.

Before we get into explaining how to get into Safe Mode, let’s talk about the different versions of Diagnostic Mode. There are three different versions of safe mode in Windows 11. Each of these can be used for different diagnostic purposes. These are explained for you below.

Enter safe mode from Windows 11 login

Windows 11's advanced options screen.

If you can still get into Windows 11 and your PC isn’t completely broken, one of the easiest ways is to activate Safe Mode on Windows 11 from the login screen. You can do this by following our steps below.

Step 1: Press and hold the Shift key and click the power button icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

Step 2: keep holding on Shift and choose Restarting.

Step 3: Then release the key. The PC will then restart. If you have Bitlocker encryption enabled, you may need to enter the key.

Step 4: As soon as you see the Choose an option screen, choose the Resolving problems choice.

Step 5: Choose from there Advanced optionsand then choose Startup Settings.

Step 6: Pay attention to the instructions on the screen and then click the Restarting knob.

Once the PC has restarted, a list of options will appear on the screen. Make sure to select the desired option by pressing the respective key on the keyboard. Each number on your keyboard corresponds to a respective safe mode. These numbers may vary by PC, so pay attention to what’s on the screen. You only have a few seconds to make a choice before the safe mode prompt disappears.

Enter Safe Mode from a Black Screen or Broken Windows 11 PC

The Windows 11 Startup Settings screen.

In the event that you cannot get into Safe Mode on Windows 11 from the login screen, you can do so by turning your device on and off, until you are forced into the Windows Recovery Environment. This is an environment built into a special place on the storage drive of most new PCs so that you can repair or fix problems with Windows. You can get into the Windows Recovery Environment with our steps below.

Step 1: Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.

Step 2: Press the power button again to turn on your device.

Step 3: When you see Windows has started and see your PC maker’s logo, press and hold the power button again for 10 seconds to force shut down your device.

Step 4: Press the power button again to turn on your device.

Step 5: When Windows restarts, press and hold the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.

Step 6: Press the power button again to turn on your device.

Step 7: Let your device reboot completely and you will be taken to the Windows Recovery Environment.

Once you get into the Windows Recovery Environment, you can follow our steps in the section above (starting from step 4) to get into Safe Mode.

Enter Safe Mode directly from Windows 11

The settings page for Windows 11 Recovery.

A third way to get into Safe Mode can be done directly from Windows 11. You can do this by following our steps below. Keep in mind that this option requires you to have a fully working PC.

Step 1: Click on the Start menu and search for Settings.

Step 2: To search recovery in the side menu on the right side of the screen.

Step 3: Scroll down and choose Advanced Boot, then click on the Restart now knob.

Step 4: Follow the steps in the second part of this article, starting with step 4.

Exit safe mode

After you diagnose and fix your Windows 11 problem, you can restore your PC to its original condition and exit safe mode. This is as simple as restarting and shutting down your device as you normally would. No additional steps are required.

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