When it comes to diagnosing and fixing problems in Windows, a very useful feature is a Windows mode called Safe Mode with Networking. Safe Mode with Networking is a special mode that you can boot Windows into that loads a very minimal set of drivers, Windows services, and does not load any applications that are set to autostart. As this mode does support networking, this means that you can download tools, whether they be antivirus softoware or diagnostic tools, in order to fix issues you may be having.
This mode is especially useful when trying to remove files that may be in use, applications that won’t uninstall properly, uninstalling or installing drivers, and removing malware.
Unfortunately, in order to increase the boot speed of Windows 10, Microsoft sacrificed easy access to Windows Safe Mode. Now instead of pressing F8 to access Safe Mode, like you did in previous versions of Windows, you now have to go through a variety of steps in order to startup in Safe Mode. These steps are outlined below.
How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking
The easiest way to begin the process of booting into Safe Mode with Networking is from the Windows 10 login screen. To access this screen, you can either log out, reboot your computer, or press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys a the same time.
Once you are at the Windows 10 sign-in screen, you should hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and not let it go. While holding down the Shift key, click on the Power button (Windows 10 Power Button) and then click on Restart.