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How To Start Windows 10 In Safe Mode

We shared a quick tip just a few days ago on how you can solve the ‘Setup couldn’t start properly. Please reboot your PC and try running Windows 10 setup again‘ error. It involves deleting two folders in your C drive and they can be difficult to get rid of because Windows says they are in use by one process or the other. The simplest way to circumvent this problem is to start Windows in safe mode and then delete the folders. For those of you who are trying to figure out how to to start Windows 10 in safe mode, here’s a quick rundown. Hint: it’s the exact same way that it was in Windows 7 and 8.

Use the Search bar on the Taskbar and type in msconfig to launch the System Configuration settings. Go to the Boot tab and check the Safe Mode options. When you click Apply, Windows will ask you if you want to restart your system now, or skip it.

You can choose what features are disabled in Safe Mode and in case you’ve gone with the ‘Minimal’ option, you might want to know how to get Windows to boot back in the normal state.


In the Minimal mode, the search bar seems to be disabled and the Start menu is very glitchy. The easiest thing to do is to use the Win+R shortcut to open the Run box. Type in msconfig in the run dialog to open Configuration settings, uncheck the ‘Safe mode’ option and restart your system to get back in normal mode.

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