3 Ways to Open Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10

3 Ways to Open Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10

The Advanced Startup Options in Windows is nothing new. It provides you with different options which can be used to repair your Windows installation, reset or restore Windows 10, perform diagnostics, open UEFI settings, access the command prompt, etc. As useful as it is, it can be quite troublesome for beginner users to access the advanced startup options. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to access the advanced startup options. If you ever need to access the advanced startup options, here are the different ways to do that.

From the Settings Window

The first and easiest way to access the advanced options in Windows 10 is to use the new Settings app. To start. click on the Notifications icon appearing on the taskbar and then click on the option “All Settings.” Alternatively, you can also use the Windows 10 keyboard shortcut “Win + I” to open the settings.


Once the Settings window has been opened, click on the option “Update and Security.” This is where you will be able to manage important settings like updates, security, recovery, activation, etc.


In this window select the “Recovery” option appearing on the left pane, and then click on the “Restart Now” button appearing under the “Advanced Startup” section.


As soon as you click on the button, you will be asked to choose an option. Select the option “Troubleshoot.”


The above action will open the Troubleshoot section. Here, select the option “Advanced Options.”


As you can see, the Advanced Options screen provides you with options like reset, recover, and repair.


Using the Restart Button

Alternatively, you can also use the regular restart button to access the advanced options. To do that, press “Win + X” to open the power user menu. Here, navigate to “Shutdown or sign out,” and click on the “Restart” option while holding down the shift key on your keyboard.


If you don’t have access to your user account, then you can access the advanced options directly from the login screen. Just click on the power icon on the lock screen, and then click on the Restart option while holding down the shift key on your keyboard.


By Inserting DVD or USB Drive

If for some reason your Windows system is not booting, then you can access the advanced options menu by inserting the Windows installation DVD or USB drive. After inserting the installation drive, boot into it and proceed to the installation screen. Here, click on the “Next” button to continue.


In this window simply ignore the Install Now button, and click on the link “Repair your computer” appearing in the bottom-left corner.


Now, just like in the first method, select the option “Troubleshoot.”


In this screen select the Advanced Options.


As you can see from the below image, when you are accessing the advanced options using the installation media, you will not be presented with the option “Startup Settings” which is helpful to change the Windows startup behavior.


Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using these methods to access advanced options in Windows 10.

Vamsi Krishna

Vamsi is a tech and WordPress geek who enjoys writing how-to guides and messing with his computer and software in general. When not writing for MTE, he writes for he shares tips, tricks, and lifehacks on his own blog Stugon.

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