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How to Boot Windows Server 2012 in Safe Mode

"Safe Mode" in Windows is a special mode which is mainly used for troubleshooting purposes. If you can’t boot Windows successfully because of virus, fault software or driver installation, you can boot Windows in safe mode to fix the problems, such as Windows 2012 password reset.

So, how to boot Windows server 2012 in safe mode first with following three ways?

  1. Way 1: Open Windows Server 2012 in Safe Boot
  2. Way 2: Start Windows Server 2012 in Safe Mode with Startup Settings
  3. Way 3: Easily Enter Safe Mode in Windows Server 2012 with Command

1. How to open Windows server 2012 in safe boot

Step 1: If you are using Windows Server 2012 normally, press Windows + X and click on "Run". Otherwise simply go to the Start Menu and click on "Run". Run Dialog Box will be opened.

Step 2: In the Run Dialog Box, type the command "msconfig" and click "OK" button.

run msconfig to open windows server system configuration

Step 3: System Configuration Dialog Box will be opened. Here by default the General Tab will be opened.
You need to click on the Boot Tab. In the Boot Tab, go to the Boot options and check the "Safe Boot", then click on the "Ok" button.

set windows server 2012 boot in safe mode

Restart your system so that this configuration can be applied on your Windows server 2012 system.

2. How to start Windows server 2012 in safe mode

If you have accessed Windows server 2012, restart it to open Startup Settings, and set Windows server start in safe mode.

Step 1: Press Windows + C to open Settings.

open windows server 2012 settings

Step 2: Click Power, hold down Shift on your keyboard and then click Restart.

restart windows server 2012

Step 3: Until below screen pops up, click Troubleshoot.

open windows server 2012 troubleshoot

Step 4: Click Advanced options.

Step 5: Click Startup Settings.

windows server 2012 startup settings

Step 6: Click Restart button.

restart windows server 2012 in safe mode

Step 7: Choose "Safe Mode" in pop-up Advanced Boot Options, and restart Windows server 2012 in safe mode.

choose safe mode to boot windows server 2012

3. How to easily enter safe mode in Windows server 2012 with command

Step 1: Press Windows + C and click "Start" to open Start screen. Right click on Start screen and click "All apps".

select apps in server 2012 start screen

Step 2: Click on the Command Prompt and right click, then click once more Run as Administrator.

run cmd as administrator in server 2012

Step 3: If there is user account control, please click once yes.

Step 4: Click to input Bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes, when completed press the Enter key on the keyboard. If you need to cancel the prompt to enter options at startup, simply change Yes to No.

start windows server 2012 in safe mode with command

Step 5: Once completed, please restart your computer, then press F8 to enter setup screen upon startup, then press F4 or 4 to enter safe mode.

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