Here’s a simple solution for a PC that won’t go into the Safe Mode with Networking mode — or has some other system-level trouble.
Plus: Win10’s System Restore app is disabled by default; here’s how to activate it.
Unable to use a basic troubleshooting tool
Reader Bob Sterbenz has lost access to the networking option in Windows’ Safe Mode.
- “I updated my older PC to Windows 10 a while ago. Then, this past summer I tried to install the Windows Anniversary Update [aka Version 1607]. I tried a number of times, but to no avail.
“The attempted installs did bad things to my Win10 system, but an image restore mostly got me running again.
“But since that time, rebooting Win10 to Safe Mode with Networking doesn’t work. I’ve restarted my PC in different ways that are supposed to start that mode; I’ve even tried a third-party repair product. Nothing worked.
“My PC is connected via wireless. Another PC in our house, a new system directly connected via Ethernet, allows options such as Shift + Restart to enter Safe Mode with Networking.
“It the failure on my machine due to wireless connections? Or is this a problem with just this PC? I read some Internet posts that indicate the Safe Mode with Networking is not available in Windows 10.”
The “Safe Mode with Networking” option is available in Win10. But your note actually touches on several different issues. Let’s take them one by one.