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Advanced Startup Options

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This section is for experienced computer users who understand the implications of using some of these options.

 

Accessing Advanced Startup

 

1) Hold down the Shift key when clicking on Restart from the Start Menu.

 

- or -

 

2) Click Start > Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options > Recovery and click Restart now under the Advanced startup section.

 

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Advanced Startup Overview

 

You will firstly see the following screen where you can click Continue to boot normally into Windows, Troubleshoot to access further options or Turn off your PC.

 

You may also see (depending on hardware) - Use a device to boot from USB/CD and Use another operating system to boot into another OS (if you have more than one installed)

 

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If you click Troubleshoot then you will see some further options - Reset this PC which is covered here - or Advanced options which is covered below.

 

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If you chose Advanced options then you will see this screen - all available options explained below.

 

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Start-up Repair

Fixes common problems that stops windows loading correctly.

Start-up Settings

Changes Windows start-up so that you can access Safe Mode and various other options (as shown below)

Command Prompt

Opens up a command prompt for advanced troubleshooting.

Uninstall Updates

Remove recently installed updates from Windows.

UEFI Firmware Settings

This option will only be seen on computers that use a UEFI Firmware rather than the traditional BIOS settings screen that you accessed by pressing F1, F2 or DEL at boot.

System Restore

Launches System Restore to allow you to restore your computer back to a previous point.

 

N.B. System Restore has to be enabled and a checkpoint created recently for this to work, on most Windows 10/11 computers with SSD drive it is usually disabled by default.

Other items that may appear under 'See more recovery options':

System Image Recovery

Allows you to restore your computer using a system image that you have previously created.

Go back to the previous build

This allows you to revert back to a previous build (version) of Windows 11 if you are having problems since updating to a newer build.

 

 

If you chose Startup Settings then you will see the confirmation screen below - click Restart to continue.

 

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Your computer will then display the Startup Settings screen as below where you can make your selection.

 

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