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How to add Safe mode to the Boot menu in Windows 10 and Windows 8?


How to add Safe mode to the Boot menu in Windows 10 and Windows 8?

With Windows 8, Microsoft made changes to the boot experience. The simple text-based boot loaderis now hidden by default and its place, there is a touch friendly graphical user interface with icons and text. Windows 10 has this as well. Although it is functionally richer, the UI is also very cumbersome to navigate and requires many OS components to be loaded before you see the GUI boot menu. In comparison, the classic boot loader in Windows 7 was extremely fast and gave you all the troubleshooting and startup related options on a single screen. For example, if you need to boot into the Safe Mode of Windows, you have to load this graphical boot UI first and then choose Safe mode. Today, we will see how to add the Safe mode option directly to the new boot loader on the screen where you get the OS choices.

All we need to do is clone the current OS boot options and modify them to start the OS in Safe mode. This is very easy to do. We will use only the built-in bcdedit tool.

  1. Open an elevated command prompt. (run as admin)
  2. Type the following command:
    bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 10 Safe Mode"

    It will produce the following output:
    windows 10 bcdedit copy OS guid
    This command clones the current OS boot options to a new boot entry named “Windows 10 Safe Mode”.

  3. In the bcdedit output, note the {guid} value. Copy it and paste in the following command:
    bcdedit /set {guid} safeboot minimal

    Replace the guid with your actual guid value, e.g.:
    Windows 10 safe mode boot menu

  4. If you want to add Safe Mode with networking support, copy the current OS boot options once again:
    bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 10 Safe Mode with Networking Support"

    It will also produce a new guid in the output.
    Now modify it as follows, use your networking support guid instead of the {guid} part:

    bcdedit /set {guid} safeboot network

    windows 10 networking support safe mode

  5. If you need to add the “Safe Mode (Command Prompt)” item, run the following commands:
    – Make a new boot record again:

    bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 10 Safe Mode (Command Prompt)"

    Note the {guid} value in the output.
    – Modify it to run in Safe mode using the guid above:

    bcdedit /set {guid} safeboot minimal

    – Finally, make it use the command prompt instead of the Explorer shell:

    bcdedit /set {guid} safebootalternateshell yes

    Windows 10 safe mode command prompt

Now reboot your PC and test the new options available in the boot menu:
windows 10 safe mode boot menu options

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