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How to start Windows 10 in safe mode

Booting Windows 10 in safe mode can solve many issues with your computer since Windows will boot just in its basic core and you can safely maintain it, find a solution for issues, etc.

Before, entering safe mode was easy and pretty straightforward, during Windows evolution, entering safe mode was somewhat complicated and not being made so directly like once it was but do not worry. Starting Windows in safe mode today is even maybe easier than it was before, it is just not so obvious as it once was.

In this article, we will go through several ways how you can boot up Windows in safe mode in order to solve whatever issue is troubling you.

  1. Start safe mode from settings

    Open Settings by pressing the ⊞ WINDOWS + I or by just clicking on the Start button and clicking Settings.
    Go to Update & Security, then Recovery.
    In Advanced startup, click Restart now.
    Once your PC reboots, click Troubleshoot, then Advanced options. Select Startup Settings then Restart.

  2. Go to safe screen from Sign-in screen

    Click the Shift on your keyboard while clicking on the Power button on the bottom right corner of the screen.
    Once your PC restarts, click on Troubleshoot, then Advanced options.
    Select Startup Settings then Restart.
    After the reboot, select or the F4 on your keyboard to run in Safe Mode. If you choose to use Safe Mode with Networking, select or F5.

  3. Start Windows recovery Environment

    Go to the Windows Recovery Environment by doing the following steps:
    Press on the power button to turn off your device.
    Press on the button again to turn it on.
    Once Windows starts, press the power button again for 10 seconds to turn it off. Then press it on again.
    Upon the reboot, hold on to the power button for 10 seconds to turn it off, then turn it on again.
    Because you've repeatedly turned on and off your PC, you will be redirected to Windows Recovery Environment.
    On the pop-up window, click on Troubleshoot, then Advanced options. Select Startup Settings, then Restart.
    After the reboot, select or the F4 on your keyboard to run in Safe Mode. If you choose to use Safe Mode with Networking, select or F5.

  4. Hold SHIFT while pressing RESTART on the start menu

    On the Windows 10 sign-in screen, hold on the SHIFT on your keyboard.
    While pressing on the key, click on the Power button, then choose Restart on the pop-up menu.
    Once your PC restarts, click on Troubleshoot, then Advanced options.
    Select Startup Settings then Restart.
    After the reboot, select or the F4 on your keyboard to run in Safe Mode. If you choose to use Safe Mode with Networking, select or F5

  5. Boot from installation media and choose it in the command prompt

    Create a Windows 10 bootable installation media on any external storage media.
    Once you do this step, wait for the installation to load.
    Select your preferred language and click on Next.
    Click on Repair your computer at the bottom left of the menu.
    Click on Troubleshoot, then Advanced options.
    Select Command Prompt - Use the Command Prompt for advanced troubleshooting options.
    Type in the following command on the prompt: bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal
    Hit Enter and wait for it to tell you that "The operation completed successfully".
    Exit Command Prompt and click on Continue.

  6. Use system configuration tool

    In the Search bar, type in msconfig.
    Select the Boot tab and under the Boot options, put a check beside Safe boot.
    Click OK.
    Reboot PC

  7. Press SHIFT + F8

    Press SHIFT + F8 when turning on Windows.
    This redirects you to Advanced Boot Options Window, then choose to run Windows on Safe Mode

There you have it, 7 different ways to enter safe mode in Windows 10, we hope that any of these tips proved helpful and that you managed to enter the safe mode and fix your Windows issues.

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  • After that, it will ask you for confirmation. Just hit the Y key for Yes or hit the A key to say Yes to All. This will delete all the partition you’ve selected and will move them in as unallocated space.
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MS will release single office apps in MS Store
It seems that Microsoft is going to offer subscription and sales of individual office applications in the Windows Store. The office package will still be available as a package but for the first time, we will get single applications as standalone ones available for purchase. ms officeThis is a very interesting decision by Microsoft and I fully support it, this time users will be able to pay less and to choose only applications that they need instead of paying for the whole package and not using it.
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Fix Generic PnP monitor driver issue
Universal PnP or plug-and-play monitors use a generic PnP Windows driver. Whenever a user plugs a USB device or monitor into a PC the system will automatically identify the device and it will install the proper driver for smooth running. Generic PnP Monitor in Windows 10 means that Windows 10 installed a monitor driver as the PNP did not recognize the device. This generic PnP monitor driver may not work perfectly like the manufacturer’s one. It can lead to issues like unable to set the best monitor resolution and the screen refresh rate. Therefore, it is important to fix this issue. All of that being said let us fix your PnP display driver issue.
  1. Reconnect monitor

    Always try this first, just by unplugging the monitor and then plugging it back may resolve the issue, if the monitor was not detected properly the first time, there are very high chances that this method will resolve the issue.
  2. Check if the Device Manager is reporting an error and update the driver

    If the hardware is functioning properly then the issue might be in Windows not detecting device or driver malfunction. In any case, the Device Manager will be the one who will report this problem. In order to check to see if the driver is properly working press ⊞ WINDOWS + X to open the hidden start menu. keyboard with windows and x marked Once it opens, click on Device Manager to open it, If you have a driver device error inside Windows, you should see it immediately when entering the Device Manager, it will have a yellow exclamation mark beside it. Right-click on it and choose update driver.
  3. Reinstall driver

    If driver update failed or you already have the latest drivers, reinstalling them could fix the issue since drivers might have corrupted during installation of some update or application. Follow steps from point 3 to get to the driver in Device Manager, then right-click on it but instead of update choose to uninstall. Reboot Windows once the driver is uninstalled and Windows will install a new one automatically. If you do not want to update drivers automatically install the latest driver for your device, then reboot.
  4. Check Windows update

    Check to see if the latest Windows update is installed, update your Windows if needed
  5. Fix driver issue with DRIVERFIX

    If everything else fails, get DRIVERFIX, a premium solution for your PC issues, and fix driver errors.
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Windows Defender error code 0x80073afc
If you receive an error code of “0x80073afc” in Windows Defender after you boot your Windows 10 computer or when you try to manually run Windows Defender, then it could be that the Windows Defender files are corrupted. In such cases, this error could also occur if there is third-party security software that interferes with the smooth functioning of this Microsoft Security Client. If you are one of the users who are currently facing this issue, then here are some suggestions you can check out to resolve the Windows Defender error code 0x80073afc.

Option 1 – Try to check the status of all the Windows Defender-related services

  • In the Cortana search box, type “services” and click on the Services icon to open the Services Manager. Alternatively, you can also tap the Win + R keys to launch the Run prompt and then type “msc” in the field and hit Enter to open the Services Manager
  • After opening the Services Manager, look for the following services and make sure that their Startup type is set to their default values:
    • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Service – Manual
    • Windows Defender Antivirus Network Inspection Service – Manual
    • Windows Defender Antivirus Service – Manual
    • Windows Defender Firewall Service – Automatic
  • You can right-click on each one of the listed services and then select Start to start them.
  • And if some of the services don’t have their default values, just double-click on the Services to change the Startup types and select the correct option from the drop-down menu of the Startup type under the Properties box.
  • Next, set up the Startup type of these services to Automatic and then click on the Start button if the services are not running yet.
  • Now click on the Apply and OK buttons to save the changes made and then see if it fixed the problem or not.

Option 2 – Try to re-register the concerned DLL files

You could also try to re-register some Dynamic Link Library or DLL files on your computer as this could also help in fixing the Windows Defender error.
  • In the Start search, type “cmd” and from the search results that appear, right-click on Command Prompt and select the “Run as administrator” option from the context menu.
  • After opening Command Prompt as admin, type the following commands one after the other:
    • regsvr32 dll
    • regsvr32 dll
    • regsvr32 dll
    • regsvr32 dll
  • Once you’ve entered the commands given above, it will re-register the concerned DLL files in your system.
  • Now restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Option 3 – Try to use the Registry Editor

  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box,
  • Then type “Regedit” in the field and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • Afterward, navigate to this registry path: ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Options
  • Next, look for the DWORDs named “MSASCui.exe”, “MpCmdRun.exe”, “MpUXSrv.exe” and “msconfig.exe”.
  • If you can’t find these DWORDs, refer to the next given option below.
  • Restart your computer.

Option 4 – Check the Environmental Values

  • Type “View advanced system settings” in the Windows search box and select the appropriate result.
  • This will open a new mini window. From there, go to the Advanced tab and click on the “Environment Variables…” button located at the bottom part of the window.
  • Next, look for the “%ProgramData%” variable name and make sure that its value is set to C:/ProgramData.
  • Then click OK to save the changes made.

Option 5 – Run the System File Checker Scan

System File Checker or SFC is a built-in command utility that helps in restoring corrupted files as well as missing files. It replaces bad and corrupted system files to good system files. To run the SFC command, follow the steps given below.
  • Tap Win + R to launch Run.
  • Type in cmd in the field and tap Enter.
  • After opening Command Prompt, type in sfc /scannow
The command will start a system scan which will take a few whiles before it finishes. Once it’s done, you could get the following results:
  1. Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
  2. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.
  3. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
  • Restart your computer.

Option 6 – Perform a System Restore

Performing a System Restore on your computer can also help you fix the Windows Defender error. You can do this option either by booting into Safe Mode or in System Restore. If you are already in the Advanced Startup Options, just directly select System Restore and proceed with the next steps. And if you have just booted your PC into Safe Mode, refer to the steps below.
  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • After that, type in “sysdm.cpl” in the field and tap Enter.
  • Next, go to the System Protection tab then click the System Restore button. This will open a new window where you have to select your preferred System Restore point.
  • After that, follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process and then restart your computer and check if the problem is fixed or not.
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