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How to Add Safe Mode to Boot Menu option in Windows 10

How to Boot in Safe Mode in any Windows rather it be Windows XP to Windows 10, is a unique and special environment which is used for the troubleshooting and the system diagnosis. Safe Mode can be used to troubleshoot the issues of the operating system which cannot be resolved in the regular mode of the Operating System. Safe Mode loads the Windows with the only limited set of files and the drivers so that you can easily figure out what is wrong with the PC.

add Safe Mode to Boot Menu options in Windows 10

As it helps in the troubleshooting the problems in the operating system/windows, thus Microsoft has made sure that the Safe Mode option is not directly available to access and can be accessed by pressing the F2 or F8 keys depending on user’s PC or using the msconfig.

Learn: How to Fix Boot Error Code 0xc000000f

Now let us see how we can add the Safe Mode in the Boot Menu option in the Windows 10.

Adding Safe Mode in the Boot menu of the Windows

To add the Safe Mode to the Boot Menu, first, we have to create the Boot Entry and then setting it up to do what the user wants.


Boot Entry is only just a file which defines the parameters telling how the operating system loads. Whenever a Windows is installed, a standard default Boot Entry is created which loads each time a system starts. Thus, if there is only one boot entry the system loads automatically, but if there are more no of boot entries the system shows up the Boot Options Menu, from where you can choose which operating system to load.

Thus, to add up the Safe Mode in the boot options menu we have to create a new boot entry and then set it up to make it do what the user wants. It involves two steps:

1. Use Command Prompt to make the copy of existing Windows Boot Entry
2. Use System Configuration to modify the use of Boot Entry

So, let us see how it is done.

Step 1: Adding the Safe Mode Option to Boot Menu using Command Prompt

  • Go to Search, type Command Prompt, right click on it and select Run as Administrator.
  • When the command prompt opens, type the following command and hit enter

bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode”

Add Safe Mode to Boot Menu options

It does not matter what you name the new boot entries unless you know what they are and it helps you to recognize them, you can name them “Safe Mode”, or “Your Name”, it doesn’t really matters.

These are the two steps which will create the copy of the existing windows boot entry and when this entry is made you can boot the windows directly in the Safe Mode.

Once this step is completed, we need to configure the system to modify the boot entry that we have created to work in the way we want it to work and in this case as a “Safe Mode” for the regular Windows.

Step 2: Configuring the New Boot Option with the System Configuration tool

Till now, we have created a copy of the current existing Boot Entry but we have not configured it to work in the way that we want, therefore if you boot the computer using this copied boot entry it will boot the regular windows with no change at all.

Thus, to modify those feature of the boot entry, you have to use the System Configuration Tool, which can be accessed in the windows with the help of the msconfig command.

Follow the below steps to open up the system configuration tool and make the edits in the boot entry according to our need;

  • Go to Search, type msconfig, and select System Configuration Tool.
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System Configuration Tool
  • A dialog box will open, as System configuration Window, there switch over to the Boot Tab, there you’ll see the default boot entry of OS as well as the entries that you have created.
  • Click the new entry you created for the Windows 10 Safe Mode, enable the “Safe Boot”, and keep in mind to also check the minimal option underneath it.
  • If the “Make all boot settings permanent”, the option is not already enabled, then enable it by checking the option box.
  • Modify the timeout value to specify how long you have the boot menu option before it loads the default boot entry. By default, the timeout is the 30s but it can be set from 0 to 9999 seconds.
  • After selecting all the required options, click OK.

You’ll be asked to save the changes with an alert that the changes made will be permanent, go ahead and click Yes, without hesitation.

Now, after these steps are completed you’ll be asked to Restart the system, so if you want to Restart than select that option, but if you don’t want then go ahead and click “Exit without Restart”.

After you’re done with the configurations, restart your computer system to test if the steps worked out correctly. If you followed the steps correctly, you’ll see the “Choose an Operating System screen”, with the new choices.

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