How to enter advanced boot and recovery options in Windows 10

Windows 10 has a lot of cool features, and one of them is advanced startup  for troubleshooting the system. There are several ways to enter the advanced boot options in Windows 10, with their respective use cases.

With advanced startup you can  factory restore Windows 10, restore the system to a previous state, boot with a different operating system, repair system startup, boot in safe mode, etc. These are all tools that can help you troubleshoot. Next we will see 5 different ways to enter the  advanced boot options of Windows 10.

Windows 10 advanced startup if you can access the desktop

If the system gives you access to the desktop, you can choose one of the following methods.

#1. Use Shift key and restart

This is the easiest way to enter Windows 10 advanced boot options:

  • Open the Start menu  and click the Start / Shutdown button   to open shutdown options.
  • Now hold down the Shift key  and select  Restart.
  • In a few seconds the system will execute the advanced restart of Windows 10, automatically taking you to the startup and recovery options.

This will work for you from anywhere, including from the Start menu, the shutdown window, or the lock screen. You just have to make sure to hold down the Shift key.

#2. Using the Settings app

Launch the Settings app (Windows + i) and choose Update & security.

Now select  Recovery  on the left side and click the Restart now button   under the Advanced startup option  .

The PC will automatically reboot to recovery and advanced startup options.

#3. Use Command Prompt

Type CMD into Start menu search and select  Command Prompt > Run as administrator  from the menu.

In the Command Prompt window, type  shutdown.exe / r / o  and hit the Enter key  .

You will see a message telling you that you are logging out, just close it and Windows 10 will restart directly to the boot options.

However, unlike previous methods where Windows restarts immediately, there will be a slight delay before restarting the system.

Advanced boot options if you can’t get to the desktop

If Windows won’t start and you can’t access the desktop, choose one of the methods below.

#4. Force advanced start

Windows is configured to enter the advanced boot options, if the system cannot start normally. If any problem is causing Windows to fail to start, the system will automatically launch the recovery options.

However, this is not required and the system may get stuck in a boot cycle. In this situation, you will need to force Windows to start the advanced boot options:

  • Turn on the computer and as soon as you see the Windows logo, press and hold the power button to force it off.
  • Alternatively, you can disconnect the power supply (or the battery).
  • You can repeat this several times to cause Windows to enter the boot options.

#5. Use the recovery drive

If you haven’t created a recovery drive for your PC yet, you can do it right now. All you need is a USB drive and a Windows 10 PC.

  • Use any Windows 10 PC, whether you own it or someone else’s. There is no licensing issue.
  • Follow the instructions provided by Microsoft to  create a recovery drive.
  • Now connect the recovery drive to your PC and reboot it from said drive.
  • You will be asked to choose a keyboard type, choose the appropriate one for you, and the advanced boot options will open.

# 6. Use recovery or installation media

You can also use a Windows 10 installation drive or disc to access boot options.

If you installed the system with a USB drive or disk, you can boot from that same drive and click the Repair option  .

You can still  mi  using another PC and use it to create an installation drive.

Exit Windows 10 boot options

These methods should be sufficient to access the Windows 10 startup options and allow you to troubleshoot any issues. When you’re done, click the Continue button to exit the startup options and run Windows 10.

If you have multiple operating systems, the default operating system will start. In that case, select the “Start another operating system” option and then choose Windows 10 to start.


Holding down the Shift key and restarting the PC is definitely the easiest option to access Windows 10 advanced startup. However, if Windows is crashing and you cannot get to the desktop, a recovery or installation drive is the ideal way to go.

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