Solved How to access Safe Mode if F4, 5 or 6 doesn't work?

September 25, 2017 at 10:01:44
Specs: Windows 10
Hi

I installed a windows 10 update when I powered my desktop down last night. When I started the computer this morning it won't fully boot up... stops/freezes soon after requesting password.

Won't allow access to safe mode via F keys for some reason.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Sean


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October 2, 2017 at 10:17:50
Hey Gang... I just wanted to let you know that "I believe" all the BS that I was experiencing on my computer was becuz of a faulty Video/Graphics card.

Upon replacing the card all the strange error windows and log-in issues evaporated... poof, gone!

I haven't had an issue since installing the new card.

Go figure. LOL

Thanks again,

XTC



#1
September 25, 2017 at 13:05:10
Some modern laptops have a key you can press to force safe mode while booting. If you have another working Windows PC and a spare USB disk, you can download and make a Win10 USB key, and try booting from that. It should detect the existing Win10 install, and allow you to boot into safe mode. Otherwise, you can force the laptop off while Windows is booting. Do that two or three times, and Windows will boot to a mode where you can boot to safe mode.

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#2
September 25, 2017 at 13:32:56
Thanks for the feedback Razor2.3

I think you may have missed one minor detail, we're talking about a DESKTOP vs a laptop.... then again, perhaps there's something I'm not understanding with what you've shared.

Please clarify if you would.

Blessings,

XTC


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#3
September 25, 2017 at 13:59:25
Some desktops also have the button, but that involves running the PC with the case open, and those buttons may be bound to something other than safe mode. (Normally some sort of safe BIOS configuration for the overclockers.)

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#4
September 25, 2017 at 14:05:54
Try the F8 key to access advance boot options.
If the F keys do not work during boot up then you may be using a wireless keyboard or your keyboard may be plugged into a USB port that is not directly into a primary USB port directly through the chipset. Try a wired keyboard plugged into a USB2 port in the rear of the computer straight into the motherboard. A PS2 keyboard is an even surer way of getting preboot access if your MB has the port available.

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#5
September 25, 2017 at 16:48:24
A very long shot but try discharging the motherboard components, like this:

Turn off computer, remove power plug, then hold the Power On/Off button for at least 20 seconds.
At odd times it has unstuck computers so the hope is the update might then complete.

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#6
September 26, 2017 at 20:42:36
Hey Guys

I don't know what I did but after many hours of attempting to gain access to my desktop... something gave way and I'm in!!!! Yea.

Don't ask what worked cuz honestly don't know LOL

I appreciate all the ideas and support you offered.

Blessings,

XTC


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#7
September 26, 2017 at 20:56:04
Thank you for popping back and letting us know.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
September 27, 2017 at 04:10:16
Just to add that on Windows 10 sometimes a restart does more than a shut down and start up again. This is because the latter keeps more settings info to improve startup. Glad to hear the good news.

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October 2, 2017 at 10:17:50
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Hey Gang... I just wanted to let you know that "I believe" all the BS that I was experiencing on my computer was becuz of a faulty Video/Graphics card.

Upon replacing the card all the strange error windows and log-in issues evaporated... poof, gone!

I haven't had an issue since installing the new card.

Go figure. LOL

Thanks again,

XTC


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#10
October 2, 2017 at 14:38:36
It could have been the card or some compatibility issue or that Windows installed its own drive instead of the proper one. With the new card you probably also updated the driver. Either way, good work.

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