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:
➁ Your computer is not booting and has a Startup issue.
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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.
Method 1: SHIFT ✚ RESTART
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.
❶ By Start Menu
Start ➜ Power ➜ Hold Shift button on keyboard ✚ Restart
❷ 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.
❸ 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.
Start ➜ Settings ➜ System ➜ Recovery ➜ Advanced startup ➜ Restart now.
Start ➜ Settings ➜ Update & Security ➜ Recovery ➜ Advanced startup: Restart now
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.
shutdown. exe /r /o
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.
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.
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.