How to start Windows in Safe Mode with Networking

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Safe Mode with Networking

Why choose this reboot method instead of the common Safe Mode? Safe Mode with Networking option allows to access Internet in order to download necessary software that can help you to remove security threats from your PC.

You can start Windows in Safe Mode with Networking using one of the methods described below. Depending on the type of malware, one of the described start methods may not work properly.

If you have a modern computer (Windows 8.1 and Windows 10) with UEFI BIOS and SSD hard drive, pressing both F8 and Shift+F8 keys may not work for you to get into safe mode.

Windows 10

The easiest method for booting into Safe Mode with Networking is to use the Advanced options settings.

System Restore in Safe Mode with Networking – Method #1 (Windows 10)

Click Windows button in the bottom-left corner and select Power option, then hold Shift key and click Restart.

Start power restart with Shift Windows 10

You computer will be rebooted once again. You will see the following window with a few options. Select Troubleshoot option.

Troubleshoot Windows 10

Next, select Advanced options.

Advanced options Windows 10

Go to Startup Settings in the Advanced options window.

Startup settings Windows 10

Click Restart button.

Startup settings restart Windows 10

You computer will be rebooted once again. You will see Startup Settings window with different advanced troubleshooting modes.

Select Enable Safe Mode with Networking and press F5 to activate this mode. Safe Mode with Networking option allows to access Internet in order to download necessary tools that can help you to remove ransomware from your PC.

Startup settings F5 enable safe mode with networking Windows 10

Desktop screenshot of the Safe Mode with Networking

Safe mode with networking desktop Windows 10

Windows 8

Click Windows start Start Button Windows 8button to open Start screen. Type in Advanced and select Change advanced startup options from the Search results list.

Search advanced settings Windows 8

Go to Update and recovery –> Recovery and click Restart now button.

Advanced Recovery Windows 8

Once your computer restarts successfully, you will see a window with three options available. Select  Troubleshoot option.

Choose an option Windows 8

Next, select Advanced options.

Troubleshoot Windows 8

Next, go to Startup Settings.

Advanced options Windows 8

Click Restart button.

Startup settings restart Windows 8

You computer will be restarted once again. You will see Startup Settings window with different advanced troubleshooting modes.

Select Enable Safe Mode with Networking and press F5 to activate this mode. Safe Mode with Networking option allows to access Internet in order to download necessary tools that can help you to remove ransomware from your PC.

Startup settings F5 enable safe mode with networking Windows 8

Desktop screenshot of the Safe Mode with Networking.

Safe mode with networking desktop Windows 8

Windows 7

Restar your PC. While your PC restarts, immediately press and hold F8 key.

Use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking on the Advanced Boot Options screen. Hit Enter key.

F8 safe mode with networking Windows 7

Your computer will boot up in safe mode with a black blank screen and with the words “Safe Mode” in all four corners.

Desktop screenshot of the Windows 7 Safe Mode with Networking.

Safe mode with networking desktop Windows 7

Windows XP

Restar your PC. While your PC restarts, immediately press and hold F8 key.

Use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking on the Advanced Boot Options screen.

Advanced options menu safe mode with networking Windows XP

Hit Enter key. If you have multiple operating system installed, select Windows XP and press Enter key.

Select operating system to start safe mode with networking Windows XP

Your computer will boot up in safe mode with a black blank screen and with the words “Safe Mode” in all four corners.

Click Yes button to proceed to work in safe mode.

Safe mode attention Windows XP

Desktop screenshot of the Windows XP Safe Mode with Networking.

Safe mode desktop Windows XP

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