Boot to Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10  

How to Boot to Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10

Advanced startup enables you to perform these actions:

  • Start recovery (aka: Windows RE or WinRE), troubleshooting, and diagnostic tools.
  • Boot from a disk (ex: USB or DVD) or device (UEFI only)
  • Access the PC’s UEFI firmware
  • Restore Windows from a system image
  • Choose default operating system to boot to on PC if multiple operating systems are installed

When you boot to advanced startup, all user sessions are signed off. If you select a Windows RE feature from this menu, the PC restarts into Windows RE and the selected feature is launched.

In some situations, Windows RE automatically tries to repair the system. Also, these situations automatically cause a failover to Windows RE:

  • Two consecutive failed attempts to start Windows.
  • Two consecutive unexpected shutdowns that occur within two minutes of boot completion.
  • A Secure Boot error (except for issues related to Bootmgr.efi).
  • A BitLocker error on touch-only devices.

If users boot to advanced startup from within Windows and select a Windows RE tool, they must provide the user name and password of an administrator account on the local PC. This doesn’t apply to the Reset your PC feature.

This tutorial will show you how to boot to the advanced startup options in Windows 10.

 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Boot to Advanced Startup Options from Settings in Windows 10
  • Option Two: Boot to Advanced Startup Options from Power Menu (Shift+Restart)
  • Option Three: Boot to Advanced Startup Options from "Choose an operating system"
  • Option Four: Boot to Advanced Startup Options from Recovery Drive
  • Option Five: Boot to Advanced Startup Options from Windows 10 Installation USB or DVD
  • Option SIX: Boot to Advanced Startup Options from a Hard Reboot
  • Option SEVEN: Boot to Advanced Startup Options from Command

EXAMPLE: Advanced Startup Options at boot for Windows 10

OPTION ONE

Boot to Advanced Startup Options from Settings in Windows 10

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

2. Click/tap on Recovery on the left side, and click/tap on Restart now under Advanced startup on the right side. (see screenshot below)

OPTION TWO

Boot to Advanced Startup Options from Power Menu

1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what Power menu you would like to use.

2. Open the Start Menu, click/tap on the Power button, press and hold the Shift key, and click/tap on Restart. (see screenshot below)

3. Press the CTRL+ALT+DEL keys, click/tap on the Power button, press and hold the Shift key, and click/tap on Restart. (see screenshot below)

4. While on the Sign-in screen, click/tap on the Power button, press and hold the Shift key, and click/tap on Restart. (see screenshot below)

OPTION THREE

Boot to Advanced Startup Options from "Choose an operating system"

This option is only available if you are dual booting with another operating system.
1. While at boot on the Choose an operating system screen, click/tap on Change defaults or choose other options at the bottom. (see screenshot below)

2. Click/tap on Choose other options. (see screenshot below)

OPTION FOUR

Boot to Advanced Startup Options from Recovery Drive

The Reset this PC option in "Troubleshoot" and Startup Settings option in "Advanced options" will not be available using this option.
1. Boot from your created USB recovery drive.

2. Choose your keyboard layout language. (see screenshot below)

OPTION FIVE

Boot to Advanced Startup Options from Windows 10 Installation USB or DVD

The Reset this PC option in "Troubleshoot" and Startup Settings option in "Advanced options" will not be available using this option.
1. Boot from your Windows 10 installation USB created from a Windows 10 ISO file.

2. Select your language preferences, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

3. Click/tap on Repair your computer at the bottom. (see screenshot below)

OPTION SIX

Boot to Advanced Startup Options from a Hard Reboot

This option can be handy if you are unable to boot into Windows.
1. Press and hold the power button on your PC until it powers off.

2. Press the power button on your PC to turn it on.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 above until you see the Windows logo screen or Please wait during boot like below. Usually it may take repeating up to 3 times. (see screenshot below)

4. When displayed, click/tap on See advanced repair options. (see screenshot below)

OPTION SEVEN

Boot to Advanced Startup Options from Command

1. Open a command prompt or Run (Win+R) dialog.

2. Type the command below, and press Enter.

shutdown /r /o /f /t 00

That’s it,
Shawn

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