How To Add Safe Mode Option To Context Menu In Windows 11

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Windows 11 Safe Mode is a great way to diagnose problems, and you can add a quick option to access it in the context menu. Here’s how.


A Windows PC that boots

Safe Mode is a special troubleshooting mode for Windows. It is a mode that starts Windows with only a minimal set of files, drivers and services. Thus, it disables third party startup programs and services.

You can enter safe mode by selecting Startup Settings > Restart in Windows Recovery Environment. However, you can also configure a safe mode context menu shortcut for faster access. If you do, you will be able to select a desktop context menu option that restarts Windows in this mode. These are two methods that will add a Safe Mode option to the context menu.


A registry script is a REG file that modifies the registry in some way when double-clicked on it. You can configure a registry script that adds a safe mode option to the context menu by entering the corresponding code in Notepad. Here are the steps for setting up such a registry script.

  1. Right-click on your taskbar To start up and select Run from the Power User menu.
  2. Type Notepad in the Run text box, then press the key Ctrl + Shift + Enter key combination to open it.
  3. Now select the registry script code given below and press the button CTRL+C keyboard shortcut.
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShellSafeMode]
    "icon"="bootux.dll,-1032"
    "MUIVerb"="Safe Mode"
    "Position"=-
    "SubCommands"=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShellSafeModeShell