5 Methods to Open Advanced Startup Menu in Windows 10 & 11

Microsoft has done a great job by adding the Advanced Startup Menu option in Windows 8, 10 & 11. I remember those old days when I used to work on Windows XP and Windows 7 and there were no such advanced tools available for troubleshooting.

Whether you are getting BSOD errors, system crashes, or getting another critical error on your Windows-based computer, The advanced boot option lets you fix all of these with ease.

The Advanced Startup Option is used for troubleshooting Windows 8, 10, & 11. Various options are there including Safe Mode, which gives you the functionality to repair your operating system, troubleshoot windows problems, restore/reset your PC, startup repair and so many things.

In this article, I will explain various methods to open the Advanced Startup Menu in Windows 8, 10 & 11. There may be two situations with your computer when you need to launch the advanced boot option:

Your computer is booting/loading properly
Your computer is not booting and has a Startup issue.

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Situation 1: Your computer is Booting /Loading

If you can boot your computer properly then this section is for you. In Windows settings, there are several options and tricks to start an advanced startup options with ease.


This is one of the easiest methods to start an advanced troubleshooting option. Press the Shift button while clicking on the Restart option in the Power menu.

By Start Menu

Start ➜ Power ➜ Hold Shift button on keyboard ✚ Restart

shift + Restart to open advanced startup menu windows 10 & 11

By Task Manager

Open Task manager by pressing CTRL ✚ ALT ✚ DEL. There you will see the Power option. Click on the Power button and Shift ✚ Restart.

By sign-in window

Click on the Power button on Sign in/Login window ➜ Shift ✚ Restart

Method 2: Using Windows Settings

Navigate to the following location and restart your PC with the Advanced Startup Menu option.


Windows 11:

Start ➜ Settings ➜ System ➜ Recovery ➜ Advanced startup ➜ Restart now.

open advanced startup menu using windows 11 settings


Windows 10:

Start ➜ Settings ➜ Update & Security ➜ Recovery ➜ Advanced startup: Restart now

open advanced startup menu using windows 10 settings

Method 3: By Command Prompt

You can also access the advanced startup option in Windows 11, 10 & 8, using the command prompt. Follow the steps and open advanced settings.

Step 1: Open Elevated Command Prompt.

open command prompt as administrator in Windows 8, 10 & 11

Step 2: In the command prompt, run the following code.

shutdown. exe /r /o

shutting down pc using command prompt and open windows advanced startup menu

Situation 2: Your computer is not booting and has a Startup issue.

Method 4: Turn off Windows 3 times unexpectedly/forcefully

Yup! You heard right. Forcefully shutting down your PC 3 times while booting in process, you will be welcomed with Windows Advanced Startup Option.

Step 1: Click on the Power button to boot your PC.
Step 2: When Windows gets starts loading, Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds to kill the booting process and forcefully shut down your PC.
Step 3: Repeat this process 3 times.
Step 4: On the fourth attempt, you will see the message “Automatic Repair”. Click on Advanced options to open it.

windows 10, 11 automatic repair on startup

Method 5: Using the Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive

This is one of the helpful methods to open the Advanced Startup option when you get locked out due to a BSOD error and need to do troubleshooting or startup repair.

You need to arrange a Windows 10/11 bootable USB drive before performing this operation.

Step 1: Connect the USB drive to Computer/Laptop and reboot your PC.
Step 2: Boot your PC using the USB Drive.
Step 3: You will see the Windows Installation Screen.
Step 4: Click Next and then select Repair your computer. It will open the Windows Advanced Startup menu.


In this article, I explained the 5 ways to access the Advanced Startup Menu/Advanced Boot Option in Windows 11, 10, & 8 based computers. Try these methods when you need to troubleshoot your computer.