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Booting to the Advanced Startup Options Menu in Windows 11, and Windows 10

Summary: The following article provides information about how to boot to the Windows 11, or Windows 10 advanced startup options menu on your Dell computer.

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Symptoms


Advanced Startup Options Menu

 

The Advanced Startup Options Menu is essentially a boot menu. A menu where you can access the Startup Settings, Safe Mode, and various other startup methods. You can use them to help you access and repair Windows 11, or Windows 10. This is necessary if your operating system has problems starting or running.

Windows 10 Advanced Options Menu

Figure 1: Advanced Startup Options Menu Screen (English only)


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Cause

Windows 11

Match the symptoms that you are seeing to the following list and select the appropriate tab and follow the instructions.

  • When the computer does not boot past the Dell Splash Screen, you want to try Method One.
  • When the computer is rebooting, it should take you through Method Two.
  • When you get as far as the computer Login screen, then use Method Three.
  • When you can sometimes get to the computer desktop, then go with Method Four.
 

Method One

  1. You need either Windows 11 startup media or Windows 11 bootable install media for this method.

    1. The following article provides step-by-step information about creating install media.

  2. Insert the media into a USB port or a DVD drive, depending on the format you are using.

  3. Power the computer off.

  4. Power the computer on. At the Dell logo screen, tap the F12 function key rapidly. You can see Preparing one-time boot menu appear in the top-right corner of the screen.

  5. At the boot menu, select the device under UEFI BOOT that matches your media type (USB or DVD).

  6. When it boots to the media, select Repair your computer.

  7. Click Troubleshoot.

  8. Click Advanced Options

Method Two

  1. If Windows 11 encounters a startup error, or several startup errors in a row. It should automatically bring up the Advanced Startup Options Menu on the next boot.

Method Three

  1. At the windows log in screen, click the power icon in the lower right-hand side corner of the screen.

  2. While holding down the Shift key, click the restart icon.

  3. Click Troubleshoot.

  4. Select Advanced Options

Method Four

  1. At the Windows desktop, open the Settings, by pressing the Win + I keys together.

  2. Select System.

  3. Click on Recovery from the right-hand side menu.

  4. Under Recovery Options, click the Restart Now button on the right-hand side of the screen. (Next to the Advanced Startup option.)

  5. The computer restarts and boots to an Options Menu.

  6. Click Troubleshoot.

  7. Click Advanced Options


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Resolution

Windows 10

Match the symptoms that you are seeing to the following list and select the appropriate tab and follow the instructions.

  • When the computer does not boot past the Dell Splash Screen, you want to try Method One.
  • When the computer is rebooting, it should take you through Method Two.
  • When you get as far as the computer Login screen, then use Method Three.
  • When you can sometimes get to the computer desktop, then go with Method Four.
 

Method One

  1. You need either Windows 10 startup media or Windows 10 bootable install media for this method.

    1. The following article provides step-by-step information about creating install media.

  2. Insert the media into a USB port or a DVD drive, depending on the format you are using.

  3. Power the computer off.

  4. Power the computer on. At the Dell logo screen, tap the F12 function key rapidly. You can see Preparing one-time boot menu that appears in the top-right corner of the screen.

  5. At the boot menu, select the device under UEFI BOOT that matches your media type (USB or DVD).

  6. When it boots to the media, click next and select Repair your computer.

  7. Click Troubleshoot.

  8. Click Advanced Options

Method Two

  1. If Windows 10 encounters a startup error or several startup errors in a row. It should automatically bring up the Advanced Startup Options Menu on the next boot.

Method Three

  1. At the windows log in screen, click the power icon in the lower right-hand side corner of the screen.

  2. While holding down the Shift key, click the restart icon.

  3. Click Troubleshoot.

  4. Select Advanced Options

Method Four

  1. At the Windows desktop, open the Start Menu and click on Settings (The cog icon)

  2. Select Update and Security.

  3. Select Recovery from the left-hand side menu.

  4. Under Advanced Startup, click the Restart Now button on the right-hand side of the screen.

  5. The computer restarts and boots to an Options Menu.

  6. Click Troubleshoot.

  7. Click Advanced Options


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Additional Information

See the following article from Microsoft for more information about how to use the Advanced Startup Options Menu:


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Article Properties


Affected Product

Alienware, Inspiron, OptiPlex, Vostro, G Series, G Series, Alienware, Inspiron, Latitude, Latitude Tablets

Product

XPS, Vostro, XPS, XPS Tablets, Workstations

Last Published Date

01 Aug 2022

Version

10

Article Type

Solution