March 24, 2015

How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode When Computer Locked or Not

Windows 10 safe mode is undoubtedly good pattern to boot Windows 10, especially when we encounter some problems about Windows systems. Now please learn how to start Windows 10 computer in safe mode when computer is available or locked.

How to start Windows 10 in safe mode when computer is available


1. When your Windows 10 computer is accessible, click Start and Power icon, then press and hold on Shift key, and click Restart at the same time.

restart accessible windows 10 in safe mode

2. As a new window screen appears, choose Troubleshoot, and then select Advanced options.

choose windows 10 troubleshoot

choose advanced options in windows 10 troubleshoot

3. Choose Startup Settings under "Advanced options".

choose startup settings for windows 10

4. In Startup Settings, you can see there are several options for you to change Windows startup settings when you reboot Windows 10 computer again. So now click Restart.

restart windows 10 to change windows options

5. Once you decide to restart Windows 10 with which option enabled or disabled, press corresponding number key to make it done. Now we are going to boot Windows 10 in safe mode. So press F4 and wait for Windows 10 starting in safe mode.

enable windows 10 safe mode to restart

Tips: When Windows 10 reboots and before entering Windows 10 in safe mode, logon screen still asks you to type password. 

login in windows 10 safe mode with user

Because computer is available, so just choose the available user and type password to login Windows 10 in safe mode. The following image shows Windows 10 safe mode.

enter windows 10 safe mode

How to start Windows 10 in safe mode when computer is locked


When Windows 10 password forgot and you are locked out of Windows 10, how can you boot Windows 10 in safe mode, in order to make full use of default administrator to reset Windows 10 forgotten password?

Actually, on Windows 10 logon screen, you can see Power button at the right bottom side, click it and select "Restart" button, at the same time, press and hold on Shift key.

start locked windows 10 in safe mode

Then Windows 10 will enter a new window, where you can choose "Troubleshoot - Advanced options". Following steps will be the same as starting Windows 10 in safe mode when computer is available.

The difference is that there is no available user for logon now when Windows 10 restarts and is going to safe mode. But, if now default administrator is enabled, you can see it in user list and login Windows 10 with it.


If the methods in above referred passage are not effective for you to enable Windows 10 default administrator, please get Windows Password Genius Advanced to create a password reset disk, and then use it to boot locked windows 10 computer. You would see default administrator and could reset Windows 10 default administrator password. But only when default administrator is enabled in accessible Windows 10, can it login Windows 10 with new password. So at this moment, it might have been wiser to reset other user password or create new administrator for Windows 10 logon. Then you could enable Windows 10 default administrator or start Windows 10 in safe mode.

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