12/01/17

How do I Access Windows 10 Safe Mode?

Malware_cloudMalware is a constant issue for computer users. Designed to
disrupt, damage or allow a hacker access to a system, it can mean big problems
if it infects a computer. This is even more true for businesses.

Scanning for malware on Windows computers is best done in
‘Safe Mode’. Safe Mode provides a simple, stripped back version of whatever
operating system you’re using and doesn’t automatically load up the usual
programs when you start your device. This means it can be a big help in
diagnosing problems. However, users of Windows 10 have found the traditional
way of accessing Safe Mode (booting the device and pressing F8) no longer works.

PC World have shared a method for Windows 10 users to access
Safe Mode when they need to:

1. Tap the Start button then the Power button. Hold down
the Shift key and select Restart. In the full-screen menu, select Troubleshoot, Advanced Options and then Startup Settings.

2. In the Startup Settings screen, tap Restart which will
reboot the PC and bring up a Startup Settings screen.

3. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to select Enable
Safe Mode or Enable Safe Mode With Networking.

For more information about Safe Mode and Windows Recovery
Drive, see PC World’s article on the topic here.

If your computer boots to Safe
Mode automatically, it can also be an indication that there is an issue with the device. If this happens you should try to determine what has
changed on your system that could have caused Windows to fail to boot properly. If you have added any kind of hardware, go to the control
panel and remove it and uninstall the software driver for that device. Then
attempt a reboot. If Windows boots properly, you can be reasonably certain that
there was some type of conflict with the device and try to resolve it.

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