Add Safe Mode to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 11 – Windows Blog by Brink

Add Safe Mode to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 11

Safe mode starts Windows in a basic state, using a limited set of files and drivers. If a problem doesn’t happen in safe mode, this means that default settings and basic device drivers aren’t causing the issue. Observing Windows in safe mode enables you to narrow down the source of a problem, and can help you troubleshoot problems on your PC.

There are three different versions of safe mode:

  • Safe Mode: Starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services without an Internet connection.
  • Safe Mode with Networking: Starts Windows in safe mode and includes the network drivers and services needed to access the Internet or other computers on your network.
  • Safe Mode with Command Prompt: Starts Windows in safe mode without an Internet connection with a Command Prompt window instead of the usual Windows interface. This option is intended for IT pros and system admins.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Safe Mode cascading desktop context menu with options to restart in normal mode, safe mode, safe mode with networking, and safe mode with command prompt in Windows 11.

If you often need to boot into Safe mode, this context menu will make it much easier and faster to do so and go back to normal mode when ready.

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