Most people rely on their laptops to get work done, so it can be frustrating to turn it on only to find that it’s not loading correctly. There are a lot of issues that can prevent your laptop from starting up. Diagnosing these issues is essential, and you need to start your computer in safe mode if you want to do so. It might seem daunting to do something like this, but you should have no fear because we have outlined the process below. Here’s how you can start your Lenovo laptop in Safe Mode if you use Windows 10.
Different Ways to Start Your Laptop in Safe Mode
There are lots of ways in which you can start your laptop in safe mode. We will be talking about five of the most efficient methods below.
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1. Shift+Restart Method
This method is helpful if your laptop starts behaving abnormally while it’s still on. Here are the steps you should follow:
- Press down on the Windows key. Make sure you don’t release it because this will open the start menu. Instead, hold it down and press X. It will open a drop-down menu above the Start button. It will show you numerous options such as Windows Powershell and Disk Management. Ignore the top options; it’s the ones at the bottom that we need to use.
- Drag your mouse to the option that says “Shut down or sign out.” You will notice another drop-down menu emerging to the right of it. Be careful not to shut your laptop down. You need to restart it in safe mode, so the restart option is what you need to click on but not before following the next step.
- Hold down the shift key, then click on the restart option in the drop-down menu. It will open a blue screen with multiple options.
- Select the “Troubleshoot” option. From there, go into “Advanced Options. Then you have to click on startup settings, after which you can select the restart option again. That will allow you to restart so that you can open safe mode without any further issues. Here’s the path you should follow: Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings >Restart.
- Once your computer has restarted, you will have some more options that you can choose from. The 4th option will allow you to open safe mode. If you want to open safe mode with network connections intact, select option 5. That way you can use the internet while still in safe mode.
2. Open Safe Mode From Settings
You can perform most computer functions from Settings. Follow these steps to start safe mode using this method:
- Press and hold the Windows key. It’s the one with the Windows logo on it. Then press I and hold both keys down together. You will open your computer’s Settings in a new window. Alternatively, you can tap the Windows key to open the Start menu and click on the gear icon to open settings.
- You need to go to the Recovery section of your Settings. If you don’t see a Recovery option, type the query into the search box. It’s usually under Updates and Security, which is the last option you would see on your screen.
- Now you will be in the Recovery section. One of the subsections is named “Advanced Startup”. Underneath it will be a Restart button. Click on it to restart your computer.
- After restarting, you will notice a range of options. Follow the same path as in the first method: Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings >Restart.
- Select the 4th option or press F4 to start your laptop in Safe Mode.
3. Sign In Screen Method
The sign in screen helps you access Safe Mode easily. Here’s how you can do it:
- Restart your laptop normally. You can do this by holding the Windows key + X key and selecting Restart from the drop-down menu.
- Whenever you start your laptop, you will first and foremost see a sign-in screen. Select the power button that’s on the bottom right corner. Hold down the Shift key and then click on Restart.
- You will now see the “Choose an option” menu. Follow the same path: Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings >Restart.
- Once restart is complete, there will be more options available. Choose the 4th option to start Safe Mode. Tapping the F4 key would work as well.
4. Windows + R
This method of starting Safe Mode is slightly technical. One thing you should know is that it would make it so that it would make your laptop start in safe mode every time you turn it on. The last step will tell you how to undo this so that your laptop starts booting normally once the problem is resolved.
- Press the Windows and R keys simultaneously to open the “Run” dialog box.
- Type in “msconfig” and press Enter.
- Now you will see the systems configuration panel which has five tabs, namely General, Boot, Services, Startup and Tools.
- Click on the Boot tab. It’s the second one from the left.
- You will see Boot Options on the left side of the bottom half of this window. Select “Safe Boot” and then click on “OK”.
- Now your computer will only boot in Safe Mode. After you’re done using Safe Mode, you can open System Configurations again and unselect the Safe Boot option.
5. F8 Key Method
Here is the easiest way to open safe mode. There are only three steps:
- Power up your laptop, or restart it if it was already on.
- Keep tapping the F8 key until the screen changes.
- Select Safe Mode option.
- Restart your computer once done using Safe Mode to boot normally.
What is Safe Mode?
Safe Mode is a diagnostic tool that all major operating systems use in one form or another. It disables all non-essential programs and functions so that you can isolate the problem at its source. It’s particularly helpful if your disk is corrupted because Safe Mode will show you if your laptop’s problems are caused by issues in hardware or software.
How Do I Reset My Lenovo Laptop if My Screen Is Blank?
Sometimes you would need to use Safe Mode because your laptop is unresponsive. Restarting it through the start menu would not work if this is the case. Luckily, Lenovo laptops come with the Novo button which quickly restarts your computer when you press it. Do this and follow the steps above to start Safe Mode and find out where the problem lies.
What Should I Do if I Can’t Even Open Safe Mode?
Failure to start Safe Mode indicates a serious problem with your laptop. Try restoring your operating system to an earlier time. This will remove recently installed programs that might be preventing Safe Mode from starting up. You might fix the problem entirely with a system restore, or at least be able to access to Safe Mode.