Microsoft has optimized the boot cycle of the Windows 10 operating system so that the computer can turn on faster on any modern PC. Due to this change, it is more complicated to access the computer’s boot menu and then enter safe mode or use other advanced options such as system recovery or starting diagnostic mode.In the following guide, we will show you in detail how to access advanced options in Windows 10, so you can always restore the operating system in case of a crash at startup, problems due to an update, or a viral infection in progress, without having to format from scratch each time with an installation DVD (which on Windows 10 is quite superfluous, at least as long as the advanced startup works ).

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Windows 10 Advanced Startup Guide

There are several methods we can use to access the Windows 10 advanced boot menu: we can like this choose the one that best suits the situation in which we find ourselves, even if the computer no longer starts up and is blocked by a malware infection or by a faulty driver started by mistake (perhaps after a failed Windows update).

PC completely blocked

If your computer gets stuck at startup, restarts with a blue screen, or doesn’t continue past the Windows logo screen, you’ll be pleased to know that Windows 10 advanced startup automatically pops up in case startup fails three times.

If the PC is blocked or any other type of error appears at startup, all we have to do is press the button Reset del computer O switch off and on forcibly (by holding down the power button) three times consecutively, so as to immediately start Windows 10 in recovery mode and thus access the recovery console screen, where we can both restore the last known working configuration and start the actual recovery of Windows 10, which formats only the system and programs leaving intact personal files (unless otherwise specified).

Access the advanced options from the desktop

As already explained in the guide to start Windows in safe mode, in Windows 10 we can access the advanced startup options from the desktop by opening the Start menu, taking us to the path Settings -> Update & Security -> Reset and, in the section Advanced Startup, press the key Restart now. Once the PC has restarted, you can go up Troubleshooting> Advanced Options to find all advanced startup options, among which there is also the one for restart your computer in safe mode. This method, however, cannot be used in the operating system no longer starts correctly, but just follow the instructions in the previous point to restore the correct system startup.

Other methods for starting advanced options

To start the computer in Advanced Boot mode with Windows 10 and being able to choose a safe mode or other boot options, you can simply press the shutdown key -> Reboot the system (from the Start menu) by pressing and holding the key Shift on the keyboard.

The same trick is also valid in the login screen: before selecting any user to access the system we hold down the Shift key on the keyboard and use the key at the bottom right to restart the PC in advanced boot mode.
To discover other ways to open the advanced start menu we suggest you read our guide on how to start windows 10 recovery console.
If that doesn’t work, it’s possible to reinstall the Windows 10 recovery console (Windows RE)

Advanced startup screen analysis

There are four buttons on the Advanced Startup screen, as also visible in the image below.
Advanced startup

The first button at the top left is used to continue with the normal startup of Windows 10, the second at the top right is to turn off the PC, the middle button on the left allows you to start a recovery disk while the most important key is without a shadow of a doubt Troubleshooting which contains the advanced options. Here you can use the various tools to automatically fix startup problems, per restore the previous system configuration, per load a backup from a system image, per change boot options (which is used to enter safe mode), to open the UEFI BIOS options, to revert to the previous version and then other recovery options which include the command prompt, from which you can save files or change the system configuration (you will need to look for specific help depending on the error encountered).

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Compared to older Microsoft systems Windows 10 is far more effective at tackling startup problems, thanks to the presence of an advanced options screen that can be booted in a clear and separate way from the main Windows files so that you can always access it even in case of serious problems with a malware infection, a corrupt driver or a failed update. From this screen, we can also restore Windows 10 to the initial settings or use the last known good configuration, exactly as we did once from the Windows 7 advanced options menu (where it was necessary to quickly press the F8 key to access the screen).

To find out how to restore Windows 10 we can rely on reading our articles How to reset Windows 10 (Reset PC) e Make your computer as good as new without reinstalling Windows.
If an advanced startup does not appear Windows 10 is corrupt and can only be restored with a format; to proceed, just read our guide on How to Format Windows 10.


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