How to Boot Into Recovery Mode in Windows 10


To troubleshoot various problems on Windows, you may need to boot into recovery mode. But, How to do it? In this post, You will get all the instructions in details.

Recovery Mode, Recovery Menu/Options or Advanced Startup whatever you call, you will need it to troubleshoot serious issues on your PC. For example, If you want to fix the blue screen of death, accessing to the advanced startup may be necessary. Else, To change PC firmware settings, startup settings, restore Windows from a system image etc., you may need to access recovery console. But, Most users don’t have any idea how to do it. Don’t worry, this article will explain everything.

Advanced Startup in Recovery Windows 10

Ways to Boot Into Recovery Mode on Windows 10

There are numerous ways to access recovery options. You can choose your preferred method. Here are they-

1. From Windows 10 Settings

It is the easiest way to access the recovery window. This option is only applicable to Windows 10. By the way, Here are the instructions.

  • At first, Open Settings in Windows 10. You can open the start menu and click on the gear icon. Or, Press Win + I key on the keyboard to open it.
  • After that, Go to Update & Security > Recovery.
  • Then, Click on the Restart Now button under the advanced startup section.
  • Wait for a few seconds. It will show you the recovery options.

Access to Advanced Options:

In the recovery environment, you will often need to use advanced features for various reasons. Here are some instructions to use advanced options.

windows recovery mode screenshot

  • In the recovery window, click on Troubleshoot.
  • Then, Click on Advanced Options.
  • Now, You will see a list of options like System Restore, Startup Repair, Uninstall Updates, System Image Recovery, Command Prompt, UEFI Firmware etc. You can use them by clicking on them.

Startup Settings:

windows recovery mode Advanced Options

  • You will also see “See more recovery options” in the Advanced Options window. Just click on it.
  • Now, You should see “Startup Settings.” Just click on it and restart your PC to access the advanced startup settings.

From here, you can do the following things:

  1. Booting into safe mode (With or without command prompt)
  2. Enabling debugging
  3. Disabling driver signature enforcement, antimalware protection, automatic restart after failure etc.

2. Press and Hold Shift Method

If you can restart Windows 10 by pressing on Shift key on the keyboard, it will also give you access to the recovery environment. You can do it directly from the desktop or login screen. Here are the instructions.

  • At first, Open the start menu, Click on the power button. If you are at the login screen, there is already the power button. So, There is no concern of opening the start menu.
  • Now, Press and hold the shift key and click on the restart button.
  • It will lead you to the recovery mode.

3. Bootable Windows Media

Windows 10 Repair Your Computer Using Bootable Media

If you can’t access Windows normally, you can use a bootable pen drive, DVD or any flash drive to boot into recovery mode. To do it, follow these instructions.

  • At first, Insert the bootable disk in your PC.
  • Then, Restart your computer. The windows setup window should automatically appear. If not, you can choose manually from boot menu in BIOS settings.
  • By the way, In the setup window, click on Next.
  • Then, Click on “Repair your computer.”
  • It will lead you to the recovery environment.

4. Recovery Windows May Come Automatically

Sometimes, Your PC may not run well and go through some serious problem. In this case, It may run startup repair automatically and also show the recovery options. In this case, No manual attempt is needed.

Note: To access advanced options and startup settings, follow the additional instructions from method 1.

These are the most common way to boot into recovery mode in Windows 10. Hopefully, This information will help you in many ways.

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Hasibul Kabir is the founder of TechClassy. He is a Tech Blogger, Web Developer & Hobbyist Game Developer. He loves to write on technology, mainly Windows, macOS, iOS, etc.


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