Windows 10: Boot into safe mode in Win 10?

  1.    24 Sep 2015 #1

    Boot into safe mode in Win 10?


    Is there a way to boot into Win 10 in a safe mode? The reason I ask is I am having trouble in normal mode trying to get rid of my win.old file. It will let me delete some of it but not all. So maybe in safe mode I can delete it all or am I missing something here?

    TIA

    DJ Steve
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  2.    24 Sep 2015 #2

    I haven't tried it yet, but here's a link:

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
    Last edited by Brink; 24 Sep 2015 at 12:33. Reason: updated link for same here
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    Windows 10 Home x64: 1607 Redstone (1) Build 14393.1198
       24 Sep 2015 #3

    Windows old will delete after one month from when you upgraded in mine there is only 2 dead folders and in another week I can run an uninstaller to get rid of them if they don't delete themselves they are there in case you want to go back to the OS you updated from
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  4.    24 Sep 2015 #4

    I had read this elsewhere, but 6 weeks after I upgraded my laptop to Win. 10, the windows old file was still there. I finally removed it completely using the native disc cleanup and additionally selecting "remove old operating systems". Even then, Windows 10 warned me that removing that folder would prevent returning to Windows 8.1.
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       25 Sep 2015 #5

    DJ Steve said: View Post
    Is there a way to boot into Win 10 in a safe mode? The reason I ask is I am having trouble in normal mode trying to get rid of my win.old file. It will let me delete some of it but not all. So maybe in safe mode I can delete it all or am I missing something here?

    TIA

    DJ Steve
    The simplest way I know of is to click on Settings, then Power. Hold down the Shift key and click Restart.

    That's it.

    Edit: I also tried enabling Legacy boot menu and that enables the F8 key at boot time.
    See here: Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    These all say Windows 8 or 8.1 but they work for 10 as well.

    No other side effects I can see though I wonder if this will have an effect on EFI system as far as booting is concerned.
    Last edited by Ztruker; 25 Sep 2015 at 18:07.
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  6.    26 Sep 2015 #6

    Windows.old folder should be deleted using Disk cleanup, not just by deleting it.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       26 Sep 2015 #7

    Open Admin command prompt. Copy and paste the line below and run. It will run Disk Cleanup in extended mode. Put a check mark on everything except "Setup Log Files":

    %SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:35 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:35

    NOTE:
    A popup warning for confirmation to delete Windows.old that you cannot roll back to previous Version of Windows. Answer Yes
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