6 December 2023

How to Access Windows 10 Boot Options Menu: 6 Simple Steps

By Ronald Smith

Windows 10 has some really cool features, and one of them is the advanced boot options. These options can help you fix many problems you might encounter with Windows 10, like resetting your PC or restoring it to a previous state. You can even use these options to boot into a different operating system or start Windows 10 in safe mode to troubleshoot issues.

Now, there are several ways to access the Windows 10 boot options, each with its own purpose. In this guide, I’ll show you 6 different methods to access the advanced boot options in Windows 10. Let’s dive in and explore these options!

If You Can Access Your Desktop:

If you’re having trouble getting to the boot options in Windows 10, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered!

Let me tell you the easiest way to access those boot options.

  1. All you have to do is hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, and then restart your PC.
  2. Once your computer starts up, go ahead and open the Start menu.
  3. Look for the “Power” button and give it a click. This will open up power options.
  4. Now, this is the important part – press and hold the Shift key and then click on “Restart”.
  5. You’ll see that Windows will automatically start in advanced boot options after just a short delay.

Did you know that there’s a neat trick you can use to restart or shut down your computer from anywhere in Windows 10? It works whether you click on “Restart” from the start menu, the “Shutdown” dialog, or the start screen. All you have to do is hold down the Shift key while you make your selection. Pretty cool, right? But here’s the thing – this method only works if you have a physical keyboard connected to your computer. If you’re using the virtual keyboard, sorry, but this trick won’t work for you.

II – How to Access Windows 10 Boot Options from Windows Settings

If the Shift + Restart option doesn’t work for you, no worries! You can still access Windows 10’s advanced startup options from the settings menu. Here’s how:

    To get to the Windows 10 Settings menu, start by clicking on the “Start menu” button. Once there, scroll down and click on the “Update & Security” option at the bottom of the window. This will open up the Update & Security settings.

    Next, click on the “Recovery” option. In the Recovery settings, you’ll see an option called “Advanced startup.” Click on “Restart now” under this section. Your PC will then restart and boot into the advanced boot options.

    If you’re interested, there’s a quick way to access the advanced boot options using a Command Prompt command. Just open up the Command Prompt and enter the command to access the advanced boot options.

    And that’s it! You now know how to access the advanced boot options in Windows 10.

    To access the Windows 10 boot options, follow these steps:

    1. Right-click on the Windows 10 Start menu and choose “Command Prompt (Admin)” from the menu.

    2. In the Command Prompt window, enter “shutdown.exe /r /o” and press Enter.

    You’ll see a message saying you’re being signed out – just close it and Windows 10 will reboot to the boot options. Please note, there may be a small delay before Windows restarts.

    How to Access Windows 10 Boot Options Menu: 6 Simple Steps

    If You Can’t Access the Desktop

    If you’re having trouble getting to your desktop and your Windows keeps crashing or restarting, I’ve got some methods for you to try to access the Windows 10 boot options and fix the problem.

    Method 1: Force Windows to Start in Advanced Boot Options

    Normally, Windows is supposed to automatically restart and launch the boot options if it fails to start up. But sometimes, it doesn’t happen and Windows gets stuck in a boot cycle. In that case, you can manually force Windows to crash and open the boot options. Here’s what you need to do:

    1. Start your Windows and as soon as you see the Windows logo, press and hold the power button to force shutdown your computer.
    2. Repeat this process two more times until you see the “Preparing Automatic Repair” screen.
    3. Now, let your computer go through the automatic repair process. It will eventually lead you to the advanced boot options screen.

    First things first, let’s sort out the boot options. Follow these steps to get it done:

  1. Do this 2-4 times, and voila! You’ll see the boot options opening up for you.
  2. For me, doing it twice was enough to get the options, but it might be different for you.

    II – Time to whip out the Windows 10 recovery drive

    Here’s the deal: a Windows recovery drive is the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to fixing Windows problems. If you’re having trouble starting up your computer and the force shutdown method didn’t cut it, this is the solution for you.

    Don’t panic if you haven’t made a recovery drive yet. It’s super easy to create one, especially if you have a USB drive and a PC running Windows 10.

    Here’s what you need to do:

    1. Grab any Windows 10 PC, whether it’s yours or a friend’s. There’s no licensing issue here.
    2. Just follow Microsoft’s instructions on how to make a recovery drive.
    3. Now, all you have to do is connect the recovery drive to your computer and restart it.
    4. When you restart, you’ll be prompted to select a keyboard layout. Just choose the one that matches your keyboard (usually U.S), and the boot options will appear.
    III – Try using a Windows 10 installation drive or disc

    If you have a Windows 10 installation USB drive or disc, you can also use it to access the boot options.

  3. Simply boot from the USB or disc, and then click on the “Repair” option to access the Windows 10 boot options.
  4. This is a great option if you don’t have another Windows 10 computer to create a recovery drive.
  5. You can easily download the Windows installer using another computer, and then use it to create an installation drive. That way, you’ll be able to troubleshoot any problems you might be having with Windows 10. When you’re finished, just click on the “Continue” button to exit the boot options and start Windows 10. If you have more than one operating system installed, the default one will start up by default. If you want to launch Windows 10 instead, just select the “Launch Another Operating System” option, and then choose Windows 10. In conclusion, by following these steps, you’ll be able to access Windows 10 boot options and resolve any issues you’re facing.