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Add Safe Mode Context Menu in Windows 10

In a previous article, we saw how to create the shortcut for all Safe Mode variations in Windows 10. It was done with the help of VBScript scenarios. Let's use them to create a context menu with Safe Mode options.

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Having the context menu options can be useful for many users, because it allows keeping the Desktop free from extra shortcuts.

The context menu will include the commands to

  • Restart in Safe Mode
  • Restart the OS in Safe Mode with networking support
  • Restart the OS in Safe Mode with command prompt
  • Return to Normal Mode

The context menu items will execute the appropriate VBScript files reviewed in the article

Create Safe Mode Desktop Shortcut in Windows 10

The files launch the bcdedit.exe console tool, which modifies the bootloader for the current OS to start in Safe Mode. After that, the VBScript scenario launches the shutdown.exe tool to restart the OS instantly. Here are some technical details.

Bcdedit allows modifying various parameters related to the boot and startup processes. There are a number of bcdedit commands you can use to make the OS start in Safe Mode, including the Networking and Command Prompt options. I have already covered them in detail in the following article:

How to add Safe mode to the Boot menu in Windows 10 and Windows 8

The commands are as follows:

Regular:

bcdedit /set {guid} safeboot minimal

Safe Mode with Networking Support

bcdedit /set {guid} safeboot network

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

bcdedit /set {guid} safebootalternateshell yes

By using the {current} value instead of the GUI, you will modify the boot options of the current Windows 10 instance and make it start in desired mode.

To restart the OS, the following command is used:

shutdown -r -t 0 -f

After following the steps below, you will get the following context menu added to your Desktop.

Windows 10 Safe Mode Context Menu

To add the Safe Mode context menu in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Download the following ZIP archive: Download ZIP Archive.
  2. Extract the SafeMode folder to your C: drive.
  3. Ublock the extracted files.
  4. Double-click the file "Add Safe Mode Context Menu.reg".
  5. Confirm the operation. If prompted by UAC, click "Yes".

Now, you can right-click on the empty space on the Desktop and access the Safe Mode options with one click. Pretty useful!

Windows 10 Safe Mode In Action

To remove the menu, use the included "Remove Safe Mode Context Menu.reg" file.

Tip: if you want to change the SafeMode folder path, open the file "Add Safe Mode Context Menu.reg" with your favorite text editor (Notepad is suitable) and change the paths.

To save your time, you can use Winaero Tweaker. It comes with the following option:

Winaero Tweaker Safe Mode Menu

Turn on the option to add the menu.

Download Winaero Tweaker

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

12 thoughts on “Add Safe Mode Context Menu in Windows 10”

  1. hello,

    in archive zip, not then “REMOVE REGEDIT”
    please, include and post, its ok!!!
    tankyou.

  2. Hi Sergey, any plans to include these options in the next iterations of your wonderful Winaero Tweaker? Keep up the great work!

  3. I had a problem rebooting to normal (“unsafe” :) ) mode after I booted in ‘Safe Mode with Command Prompt’ from the Desktop ‘Safe Mode’ menu — it always booted in Safe Mode. I couldn’t find any way to get back to normal booting. (Since Safe Mode w/ cmd prompt didn’t have the Desktop ‘Safe Mode context’ menu, “Exit Safe Mode” wasn’t available.)

    I finally solved this by starting ‘msconfig’ from the command prompt. Under its Boot tab I disabled “Safe Mode”.

    Evidently the Safe Mode had been set permanently (like the option to do that in msconfig). I suggest that it be set only temporarily; perhaps there should be a Temporary/Permanent option.

    Other than that, Winaero Tweaker is great, especially with your transparency on how things are accomplished.
    Being a status info freak, I especially like the verbose startup (logon) messages.

    Thanks —
    — Bruce Jerrick

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