MSconfig: Starting Windows in Safe Mode using System Configuration

admin May 10, 2018
Updated 2019/11/27 at 5:18 AM
MSconfig- Starting Windows in Safe Mode using System Configuration

Better known as MSConfig, it is like a control house bearing all essential options of system configuration in a suitable graphical interface. While many of its inherent options are now hidden away under “Administrative tools” in Windows, the MSConfig can demonstrate to be in no small measure a candid troubleshooting initiator especially when your computer starts malfunctioning as it can determine the various applications that would load when Windows loads.

It is essential we boot Windows in Safe Mode when experiencing any anomaly, to better troubleshoot the pending issues sometimes, windows boot issues others application loading error. Windows boot into the Safe Mode typically from the “Advanced Boot Options” menu in Windows 7 or lower versions or through “Startup Settings” menu in Windows 8 and 10. But there’s another method through which we can configure Windows to reboot directly into Safe Mode through some custom options in the System Configuration Utility, archetypally known as MSConfig.

N/B: This is applicable to all Windows OS versions regardless.

Steps to Start Windows in Safe Mode Using MSConfig

  1. To open the MSConfig utility tool, Open Run by searching with “Run” in the search box in Windows 8 and Windows 10 or simply using the shortcut, WIN + R.
  2. Type msconfig into the text box and press Enter.

III. Navigate to and click on the “Boot” tab located at the top of the window pane

  1. Tick the box beside the “Safe boot” option, the buttons under this menu Options now shows the numerous other modes of the Safe Mode:
  • Minimal – This starts the standard Safe Mode
  • Alternate Shell – This starts Safe Mode with Command Prompt
  • Network – This starts Safe Mode with Networking

N/B: Remember Safe Mode is a boot mode in Windows that allows Windows to boot with the very basic necessary settings needed to startup most times with the exception of any installed third-party application

  1. Select Minimal and click Ok
  2. Your computer will then prompt you with the options to Exit without restart (this closes the windows and allows you to continue using your computer until you manually restart) and Restart (To restart immediately).
  3. Windows will boot automatically into Safe Mode immediately after restarting and would continue to reboot until System is reconfigured to boot normally. So while system is booted in Safe Mode, you can troubleshoot for all possible glitches especially of it was caused by a malware or a dysfunctional application.

VII. When you’re done troubleshooting and wish to revise settings to boot normally, follow the initial steps to run your msconfig utility. Then select the Normal Startup button on the “General” tab and click OK.

VIII. As before, you will be prompted to either Restart or Exit without restart options.

  1. Choose the Restart option so that your computer restarts and Windows boots normally again and continually thenceforth.

I hope this was helpful, Cheers!


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