Win 10: Is there still no way to power-on your computer & directly access safe mode?

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Simon Garrett Veteran Member • Posts: 6,593
Here's a way

tkbslc wrote:

Not really. Microsoft actually instructs you to power off your computer as it is booting windows 2-3 times to trigger the repair menu that lets you have safe mode as an option. Pretty absurd.

You can re-enable the W7 method, where you keep thumping F8 at the end of BIOS POST to get safe mode:

  • Run a command prompt as administrator
  • then:
    • bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

You can also re-enable the normally-hidden administrator account, which can do things a user account with admin privileges sometimes can't. Sometimes you have to be user Administrator, not just be in the administrator group.

  • also from a command prompt run as administrator
  • net user Administrator /active:yes

Don't forget to log straight on to it and set a password.

Both of these get reset to default after a new build (e.g. 2004).

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