Much More Than Safe Mode, From Windows 10's Magic Restart Menu


Windows 10 restart menuSince the very early days, Windows has had a "safe mode" startup option. This loads a minimal set of features and drivers, which means that there's a good chance of an otherwise unresponsive system starting up. You can then, so the theory goes, fix any problems (such as removing broken device drivers) before restarting again in full-on mode.

In Windows 10, this special startup functionality is much more powerful, and offers some useful features. In addition to letting you restart in safe mode with or without networking, for example, you can also disable the operating system's refusal to install a device driver that has not been digitally signed by the vendor. This is especially handy if, say, you're trying to install Windows 10 (or upgrade to it) on relatively old hardware for which modern, signed drivers do not exist. This will avoid any error messages you would otherwise receive about Windows refusing to install a driver.

To reach the new magic restart menu, do the following:

From the Start menu, choose Settings.
Click on "Update and Security"
Select "Recovery" from the left hand column, then click on Restart Now.
Wait a while, and another menu will appear.
Click on Troubleshoot
Click on Advanced Options
Click on Startup Settings
Click on Restart

Your PC will now reboot, but you'll be presented with a list of options. Choose one, or just press Return to restart normally.

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So how to get into recovery mode when your Win 10 PC refuse to start? This is not much use when windows refuse to start!

Hold the Shift key while clicking on "Restart" and you will restart right into the Recovery window.

Will the same work if you can't get to restart? As in press the start button while holding down the shift key?

If the computer refuses to start, you obviously can't get to the Start button. In that case, you have to boot from a Recovery drive. I hope you made a Recovery drive. If not, you could ask a friend who is on Windows 10 to create a Recovery drive for you. You could also download Windows 10 and create a bootable USB or disc and access the repair options from the disc.

There are plenty of advisories online about unbootable Windows. Use Google to work through these and find the most suitable for your own circumstances. MC - Site Manager.

Interesting article - but I can't follow these instructions:(
I can go from "Update & Security" to "Recovery" but from then I can't go to "Troubleshoot".
I am given the options - "Restart this PC" - "Go back to an earlier build" - "Advanced start up"
I am using Windows 10 Home. version 1511.

Hello "meandyou".

I think you may be missing an instruction (above). When I select "Recovery" (on the left) on my Windows 10 PC I get two options (grey blocks) "Get started" and "Restart Now". Mr Schifreen advised you to select "Restart Now" -- which did get me to a troubleshoot option...

Hope it works for you now.