Two Methods to Boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode

Safe Mode in Windows 8

Got Windows 8 running PC or Laptop? Tried to boot Windows 8 into safe mode by pressing F8? Well, I am sure that you didn’t enter into Safe mode by pressing F8. All the Windows version released before Windows 8 had several similarities, and one of them was pressing F8 while booting your system to get into Safe Mode.

Safe Mode in Windows 8

With Windows 8 you can’t get into safe mode by pressing F8 as Microsoft has made a small modification to its modern OS. So, to boot Windows 8 into safe mode you can follow any of the methods I have given below.

In Windows 8,  boot into safe mode you have to go through System Recovery Options instead advanced boot option as you have seen in your older version of Windows.So, without taking much of your time let’s move on to the methods to boot Windows 8 into safe mode.

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How to Boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode

Method 1:  Use System Recovery Option

The first method needs you to get into System Recovery option on your Windows 8 PC. You can read more about how to open System Recovery Options in Windows 8.

Once you are in System Recovery Option, click on “Troubleshoot.”

In Troubleshoot window, click on “Advance Options.”

In Advanced Options > click on “Startup Settings.”

In Startup Settings > click on “Restart” button

Now you’ll see Startup Settings like below:

1) Enable debugging

2) Enable boot logging

3) Enable Low-resolution video

4) Enable “Safe Mode.”

5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking

6) Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt

7) Disable driver signature enforcement

8) Disable Early Launch Anti-malware protection

9) Disable automatic restart after failure

As you can see, in the list Safe Mode is listed as number 4, so press F4 to get into safe mode. That’s it! You are booted into safe mode.

Method 2: Use MSCONFIG To Boot Into Safe Mode

Okay, the second method is based on MSCONFIG utility. To do this:

Go to Start Screen > Right Click and select All Apps

Now in the list of apps click on “Run.”

Now type msconfig in the run dialog box.

In the next window, click on “Boot” Tab and check the box “safe boot.”

Below that, choose any one of the options

  • Minimal – Select this for Normal Safe Mode.
  • Alternative Shell – Select this to open Safe Mode with command prompt.
  • Network – Select this to open Safe Mode with Networking.

That’s it! You are in a safe mode now. You can choose any of the above methods, but remember that if you choose the second method then until and unless you uncheck “Safe boot” option in the settings your PC will continuously boot into safe mode. So don’t forget to uncheck the checked “Safe boot” box.


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