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How do I boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode?

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To access the Boot Manager of your system, please press the key combination Ctrl + F8 during the boot process. Select the desired Safe Mode to start your PC.


Note
Due to the current fast computers with fast boot or SSD, it is troublesome to catch the exact time frame with the Ctrl + F8 key combination during the boot process. Therefore it might take several attempts to access the Boot Manager this way. Alternatively, the Safe Mode can also be launched directly from Windows.


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Start Safe Mode directly out of Windows
  1. Click Windows-button → On/Off
  2. Hold down the Shift key and click Restart
  3. Click the option Troubleshoot and then Advanced options

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  4. Afterwards go to “Advanced options” and click Start-up Settings

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  5. Under “Start-up Settings” click Restart

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  6. Several boot option are displayed.
    The relevant options for booting in Safe Mode are the numbers 4,5 or 6.
    Select an option by pressing one of the numbers or function keys F4, F5 or F6

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    • 4) Enable Safe Mode
      In this mode, the operating system is started with the bare minimum of installed drivers and only the main Windows functions are used.

    • 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking
      In this mode, also the network drivers are started.

    • 6) Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt
      In this mode, the operating system is started in text mode. This mode requires knowledge of computer commands and is therefore more suitable for professional users.


Windows 10 is now starting in Safe Mode. You recognize the Safe Mode by the fact that all four corners of your background screen are labeled as "Safe Mode".

  • Affected products
  • Avira Antivirus Pro - Business Edition
  • Avira Free Antivirus
  • Avira Internet Security Suite
  • Avira Ultimate Protection Suite

Comments

Yea, and if you have Bit Locker enabled you'd darn well better have your recovery key BEFORE beginning this process; otherwise what you're in for will make this part seem like a walk in the park. Thanks Avira for NOT letting us know this first...now I get to waste another hour because because of incomplete instructions on how to MANUALLY remove a piece of crap software!

Yea, and if you have Bit Locker enabled you'd darn well better have your recovery key BEFORE beginning this process; otherwise what you're in for will make this part seem like a walk in the park. Thanks Avira for NOT letting us know this first...now I get to waste another hour because because of incomplete instructions on how to MANUALLY remove a piece of crap software!

This is the 3rd time a regular Windows 10 update kills my Antivirus Pro, this time completely. Starting and re-installing my Antivirus (which is paid for and valid for another year!) is impossible, and every system re-start automatically uninstalls Avira! There should be a way this program works for non-informatics and non-Vulcans. By just keeping my computer safe. This is what I paid for.
Best wishes from Northern Germany

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