How to Access Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10

Tutorial Dec 10, 2020

Since Windows 8, there is a place called Advanced Options, which contains a collection of tools and options intended to be used by advanced users. It houses repair tools like command prompt, system recovery, etc. and options for changing Windows startup behaviours, such as enabling safe mode, disabling driver signature enforcement etc.

windows advanced options
Windows Advanced options

Three ways we can access Windows Advanced Options:

  • By shift + restart-ing
  • From Windows settings app
  • From command prompt or powershell

BY SHIFT + RESTART

If you can get to Windows desktop, or at least can get to the user sign-in screen. We can get to the Windows Advanced Options screen by holding the shift button while clicking on Restart.

Windows Desktop, Shift + Click Restart
Windows Sign in, Shift + Click Restart

When you do this, Windows will do a quick restart and put you on a screen titled Choose an option, from where you can click on Troubleshoot -> Advanced options.

FROM WINDOWS SETTINGS APP

If you'd rather do this the long way, we can use the Windows Settings app. First, launch the Windows Settings app and click on Update and Security.

windows settings app, update and security
Windows Settings app, Update & Security

Then click on Recovery. After that, under the Advanced startup heading, click on the Restart now button.

windows settings app, recovery, advanced startup

When you click on the Restart now button, Windows will do a quick restart and put you on a screen titled Choose an option, from where you can click on Troubleshoot -> Advanced options.

FROM COMMAND LINE OR POWERSHELL

To access the Advanced Options from the command line or the powershell, we need to open either one of them with administrator rights.

For quickly opening a powershell window with administrator rights, do win + x, and click on Windows Powershell (Admin)

windows key + x, windows powershell (admin)
Win + X

Type in the following command to access the Windows Advanced Options,

shutdown.exe /r /o /t 0

Note: As long as you are running it with administrator rights, the same command will work on both command line and powershell.

When you execute the command, Windows will do a quick restart and put you on a screen titled Choose an option, from where you can click on Troubleshoot -> Advanced options.

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