Since Microsoft decided to render the “F8” method of accessing Safe Mode practically useless, accessing Safe Mode in Windows 10/11 has become a bit of a rigmarole and perhaps a tad convoluted for less experienced users. Here then is a little portable freeware utility that allows users to easily access Safe Mode.
Introducing Safe Mode Launcher
Safe Mode Launcher is a portable freeware application that provides a Windows GUI (Graphical User Interface) to easily access Safe Mode options. The download consists of a 981KB ZIP folder extracting to 1.70MB. To run the software, simply double-click the extracted executable — either SafeMode.exe (for 32-bit systems) or SafeMode_x64.exe (for 64-bit systems).
- Download direct from the developer: Safe Mode Launcher
NOTE: Because the software is not well-known, Windows might pop up a warning — click More info and then Run anyway. The software is perfectly safe and scans 100% clean through Virus Total.
From there, it’s very straightforward, enable your preferred Safe Mode option and then click the Apply Options button. NOTE: When you enter Safe Mode using this software, a simple restart will automatically boot the system back into normal mode.
Clicking the Menu button provides several useful options, including enabling the hidden administrator account:
The developer of Safe Mode Launcher (Sordum) is a prolific freeware author, all titles are portable, lightweight, and safe. Make sure to check out Sordum’s extensive list of portable freeware: Sordum Home
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Frankly, accessing Safe Mode in Windows 10/11 is a pain in the butt. Safe Mode Launcher provides a very simple free and portable alternative.