How to access the boot menu in Windows 11

The advanced options menu, sometimes called the boot menu, contains tools and configuration options that you can use to troubleshoot or repair your computer. Here’s how to use it in Windows 11.

How to Use Advanced Boot Options to Repair Windows 11 PC

The Advanced Boot Options menu provides you with quite a few utilities. For some of them, just left-click on the option and you are done, while others require extensive user interaction. Below is a brief overview of these facilities and their functions.

Startup Repair : Startup Repair tente de résoudre automatiquement les problèmes qui empêchent Windows 11 de démarrer correctement.
Startup Settings (Paramètres de démarrage) : Startup Settings vous permet de modifier la façon dont Windows 11 démarre. Vous pouvez par exemple activer le mode sans échec, le débogage ou la journalisation du démarrage, pour n'en citer que quelques-uns.
Invite de commande : L'option Invite de commande fait apparaître une fenêtre d'invite de commande qui peut être utilisée pour exécuter des commandes de diagnostic ou de réparation.
Désinstaller les mises à jour : L'option Désinstaller les mises à jour permet d'annuler les dernières mises à jour installées, y compris les principales versions ou mises à jour de Windows.
Paramètres du micrologiciel UEFI : Cette option redémarre votre ordinateur et ouvre le BIOS/UEFI.
Restauration du système : La restauration du système vous permet d'utiliser un point de restauration précédemment créé pour ramener Windows à un point où il fonctionnait correctement.
Restauration d'image système : La restauration d'image système est similaire à la restauration du système, mais utilise une image système complète au lieu d'un point de restauration. Les images système sont beaucoup plus grandes et plus complètes que les points de restauration et comprennent tous vos fichiers, programmes et paramètres.

Windows 11, unlike Windows 10, does not support systems that use BIOS – they must use UEFI. UEFI requirements mean that the advanced boot menu is still accessible from Windows.

In the Settings app

Open the Start menu, type “Settings” in the search bar, then click “Open” or press Enter.

Make sure you are in the System window. If not, click “System” in the upper left corner of the Settings window. Then scroll down the list and click on “Recover”.

There will be a section titled “Recovery Options”. Find a section called Advanced Startup, make sure anything you’re working on is saved, and click Restart now. A message may alert you that there are unsaved functions. If you’ve already memorized everything, don’t worry.

Your computer will restart after a few seconds.

By clicking Restart

If you don’t want to get to the Settings app and navigate the submenus, there’s a more efficient way: Shift-click on the restart option. Click the Start button or press the Windows key, click the power icon, then hold down the Shift key and click Restart.

The most obvious place to use this trick is the Restart option in the Start menu, but it’s not the only option. You can use this trick anywhere you see the Restart button, including the lock or login screen.

After restarting your computer

Your computer displays a blue screen with a few options after clicking “Restart now” in the recovery menu, or “Restart” with the Shift key. Choose Troubleshoot from the list of options.

Click on “Advanced Options” on the next screen, and you will enter the advanced options menu.

There you go, you are in the advanced options window.

Windows 11 advanced options screen.

The advanced options menu offers a number of different utilities. Some are fully automated, such as Startup Repair, while others require extensive user interaction, such as the Command Prompt. The choice of one or the other largely depends on what is wrong with your computer.

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