How to add Safe Mode to Boot Menu options in Windows 10

Safe Mode is a special environment in Windows 10/8/7 which used for troubleshooting and system diagnostics. It allows you to get rid of malware and troubleshoot issues which cannot otherwise be fixed in the regular desktop mode. This is the reason, Microsoft has made sure the Safe Mode option is not directly available but can be accessed by pressing function keys like F2, F8 (depending on your PC) or using msconfig. In this guide, we will tell you how you can add Safe Mode to Boot Menu options in Windows 10 so it shows up right when you turn on the PC.

It will look similar to when you have multiple version of OS installed on your PC. Let’s learn about it!

Add Safe Mode to Boot Menu options

Add Safe Mode to Boot Menu options in Windows 10

Windows 10 has Advanced Startup options now which lets you directly boot into Safe Mode without restarting, and then pressing the special key multiple times. However, if you need to use Safe Mode often, its best to add it as an option.

From the WinX menu, select ‘Command Prompt (Admin) to open CMD.

Type the below-mentioned command and press the Enter key:

bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Safe Mode"

Add Safe Mode in Boot Menu in Windows 10

You should see the following message:

The entry was successfully copied to {74a93982-9486-11e8-99df-00270e0f0e59}

The command adds Safe Mode entry in the Boot menu which means that you can directly boot Windows directly in that mode.

To verify, the Safe Mode was added to the boot menu, you will need to open msconfig. You will then have to use it to configure boot settings for the ‘Safe Mode’ entry.

Type msconfig in the Run prompt, and hit Enter.

Switch to Boot tab, and look for Safe Mode option. It should be available right under the default Windows 10 mode.

You have to select the Safe boot option and also select Minimal. After this select the Make all boot settings permanent option.

Also, make sure to increase the timeout to at least 10 seconds. This will make sure that the menu doesn’t disappear too quickly.

Similarly, you can add Safe Mode with Networking and Safe Mode with Command Prompt entries too.

  • For Safe Mode with Networking you have to select – Network
  • For Safe Mode with Command Prompt you have to select – Alternate Shell

Once done, click on Apply and restart your computer.

You will see the changes in your Boot Menu!

To remove the entry, you need to open msconfig again, select Safe Mode and click on Delete.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.