How to Run Windows 10 Safe Mode with Networking

Windows 10 safe mode enables you to diagnose and fix Windows problems when you get stuck with error and are unable to start Windows system normally. While you run Windows 10 in safe mode with networking, the system loads the minimal set of drivers, Windows services and doesn’t run applications at start up.

Enable Windows 10 safe mode with networking

Moreover, you can download diagnostic tools that are essential to find and fix Windows 10 issues. Unlike the legacy Windows operating systems, Windows 10 doesn’t allow you to access Windows safe mode by pressing F8 key. You need to follow some steps in order to run Windows 10 in safe mode with networking.

In this blog post, we are going to discuss the step-by-step guide to start Windows 10 in safe mode with networking.

Use of Windows 10 Safe Mode with Networking

  • This mode allows you to troubleshoot Windows problems and diagnose the exact cause of issues.
  • Enables you to remove files that may be currently in use, uninstall programs that won’t uninstall properly and malware.
  • Allows you to check the functionality of basic drivers and default Windows settings.
  • Allows you to access your network or Internet in case you need to download drivers or other tools for Windows troubleshooting.

Also read: How to Find and Fix Windows 10 Issues by Running Troubleshooter

To Run Windows 10 Safe Mode with Networking

You can boot into safe mode with networking from the windows 10 login screen.
When you are at Windows login screen hold the Shift key on the keyboard and click on Power button appearing on the bottom right corner of the screen then click Restart.

Windows 10 login screen

When windows restart, you will be at the “Choose an Option” screen. Here you can see three options, select (click on) the Troubleshoot option.

select troubleshoot option

Now hit the Advanced Options button.

select advanced options
Click on the Start-up Settings option.

select Start-up Settings

Click on the Restart button. Windows will now begin to restart and you will have a number of options to choose how would you like to start your Windows 10 PC.


click restart button

In order to run Windows 10 in safe mode with networking, you need to select fifth option “Enable Safe Mode with Networking”. For this, you can either use number keys or functions keys.

press 5 or F5 to select enable safe mode with networking

You will be redirected to Windows 10 login screen, enter your password (if you have setup Windows password) to access Windows 10 safe mode with networking. The desktop screen will be labeled “Safe Mode” word in each corner which indicates that you have entered to Windows safe mode.

Windows 10 safe mode

Now you can launch programs, browsers and perform the operations that you require to fix Windows 10 issues. When you are ready to reboot back into normal mode, you can restart or shutdown your computer. On the next start-up, Windows will boot into normal mode once again.

In case you face any problem while starting Windows safe mode in networking, let us know via comments. We shall assist you to resolve the issues.

1 thought on “How to Run Windows 10 Safe Mode with Networking”

  1. Does anyone know why MS changed the safe mode boot method? If memory serves right, all you had to do to log in into safe mode in Windows 7, was to press F8 on bootup.

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