3 methods to access Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10

If you have problem on Windows 8/10, for instance, unexpected system shutdown, blue screen error, infected with virus/malware, and hence, the system is unstable, you can troubleshoot the problem by access advanced startup options. Advanced startup options allow you to perform these actions:

  • Boot into Safe Mode to fix problem with installed programs and drivers
  • Fix boot problem with Startup Repair
  • Restore system with System Restore or System Image Backup
  • Reinstall Windows with Reset your PC feature

Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10

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In this article, I will show 3 methods to access advanced startup options in Windows 10.

  1. Hold Shift key and select Restart in Windows
  2. Use Windows installation media or recovery drive
  3. Use hard reset to access advanced startup options

Step-by-step

1. Hold Shift key and select Restart

Note: This method can be used only used when you can boot into Windows normally.

  1. On Windows desktop,
    1. Click Windows icon at bottom left
    2. Select the Power button
    3. Hold Shift key and click Restart

    Access Advanced Startup Options

  2. Or you can press CTRL + ALT + DEL on Windows desktop,
    1. Select the Power button at bottom right
    2. Hold Shift key and click Restart

    Access Advanced Startup Options

  3. Your system is now restarting and it will boot to advanced startup options.

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2. Use Windows installation media or recovery drive

Note: You won’t be able to access Startup Settings (Safe mode) using this method.

  1. Insert Windows installation media or recovery drive and reboot your system. If it doesn’t boot into the media, you may have to check boot order in BIOS and configure it to boot from the DVD or USB first.
  2. If you boot with a recovery drive, you will see this screen. Select keyboard layout.
    Boot from a recovery drive
  3. If you use Windows installation media, you will see this screen.
    1. Click Next.
      Boot from Windows installation media
    2. Select Repair your computer.
      Select Repair your computer
  4. Then, you will see advanced startup options.

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3. Use hard reset to access advanced startup options

Note: This method should only be used when you are unable to boot to Windows and the other methods didn’t work.

  1. While Windows is booting, hold down the Power button on your PC or notebook until it powers off and then turn it on.
  2. Next, repeat powering off your PC while Windows is booting again. Then, turn it on and you will see this screen which indicates that Windows is entering advanced startup options.
    Preparing Automatic Repair
  3. On this screen, click Advanced options and you will see advanced startup options.
    Automatic Repair

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