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How to start Safe Mode in Windows Server 2019/2016

Hello! Windows Server is a system focused on the business sector. In addition, Microsoft developed it as a safe, functional, and practical system. However, it is also susceptible to failure. Such as errors in drivers, services, or parameters of both the system itself and other components. To solve this type of failure, the Redmond company has incorporated the Safe Mode. With this mode, the system will start in a basic state. In other words, it will only make use of a limited set of files and drivers. Consequently, it will be much easier to rule out bugs and problems. So by being able to enter the system using this mode, we can then reverse any changes responsible for the malfunction. For that reason, it is important to know how to use this function. So let’s see, how to start in safe mode in Windows Server 2019/2016.

How to start in safe mode from the system.

Before we go any further, it is important to clarify that the safe mode has two options:

  • Safe mode: load basic controllers.
  • Safe mode with network functions. Includes network drivers and services needed to access the Internet and other computers on the local network.

In order to set up the safe mode, it is necessary to start the system in the advanced mode. If you are running the system, then you have a couple of options to start in advanced mode:

  • Press the Shift key and the off button at the same time. Once there, click on restart.
  • Press the Win+I combination to enter the Windows Settings. Then follow the path: Update & Security> Recovery. Once there, click on Restart Now.
Restart in advanced mode from the Windows settings.

How to start in safe mode, using a Windows Server 2019/2016 installation media.

For this method, it is necessary to have some means of installing Windows Server. Either a DVD or a USB boot. Then, you have to start the process as if you were going to install the system. On the welcome screen, click on Next.

Press Next.
Press Next.
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Please click on Repair computer.

A window with several options will be displayed immediately. Please click on Troubleshoot.

Please click on Troubleshoot

Then select Command Prompt:

Choose the Command Prompt option
Choose the Command Prompt option

This will cause the CMD to be deployed. Please run this command:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes

This is a command line tool to manage the data associated with the boot configuration of the system.

Once this line is executed, we will execute the following:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} timeout 15

After executing this command, execute the Exit command to exit the console. And back to the previous menu, turn off the system.

Please turn off the system.

When you reboot the system, you will see the boot manager. Please select Windows Server. Then, press F8 to enter advanced start options.

Then, just click on Safe Mode to start the system.

Please click on Safe Mode
Please click on Safe Mode

Eventually, the system will boot into Safe Mode.

Windows Server 2019 running in Safe Mode
Windows Server 2019 running in Safe Mode


Ultimately we have seen how to start in Safe Mode in Windows Server 2019/2016. This mode allows you to start the system with a minimum of drivers and files. This allows for troubleshooting. In addition, these instructions are common to both versions. I hope you find them useful in managing your servers. Before saying goodbye, I invite you to see our post about VMware on Windows 10. See you!

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