Even pros sometimes find it challenging to boot windows 8 into safe mode, this does include other versions like the windows 7 and windows 8.1. During the development of windows 8 one of the goals of the developers is to have a system that boots very fast, by circumventing some procedures. Windows was able to achieve this feat, however the usual command F8 for booting to safe mode by the former versions does not really respond though you can make it happen.
What is Safe Mode
Safe Mode is a diagnostic mode that allows you to use Windows with basic drivers. If you are having errors or software problems in Windows 8, restarting in Safe Mode can allow you to continue working and troubleshoot the problem. When in Safe Mode, no extra software is loaded, so troubleshooting software and driver problems is much easier.
Windows 8 safe mode now resides inside the core of the operating system; the recovery option. There are few methods to achieve this. The easiest are the following.
- Using the recovery option to achieve this, manually access the recovery options by pressing the Shift+F8 key together.
- You can also restart you system holding the shift key down, when booting commences press the F8 key, this works well on slow systems.
Let get down to business, the windows 8 safe mode boot option you choose will depend on the nature and severity of the challenge you are facing. We would highlight some of the methods here.
Windows 8 and 8.1 Safe Mode Boot – Method One
To begin, swipe you mouse to the right upper corner of your screen.
- Select settings, the Last choice below reads change PC settings, select.
- Click “General” -> Select “Advanced startup” -> Click “Restart now”
Once restart concludes you will see a new user interface.
- Click on troubleshoot, usually the second option.
- After this click “Advanced Options”
- Click start up settings, then click restart.
- A dialog box will pop up with the following information.
- For safe mode choose between the option 4 – 6
The appropriate choice will open windows 8 and 8.1 in safe mode.
Understanding Safe Mode Option 4, 5 and 6
The options can also be achieved by pressing F4, F5 and F6
- Meaning of Enable Safe Mode – This is your “standard” Safe Mode option and should probably be your first try.
- Meaning of Enable Safe Mode with Networking – This option is identical to Enable Safe Mode but the few extra processes necessary to access your network and the Internet are also loaded.
- Meaning for Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt – This option is also identical to Enable Safe Mode but instead of the standard Explorer interface, Command Prompt is loaded instead.
Windows 8 and 8.1 Safe Mode Boot – Method Two
If you can run windows normally, you can use the msconfig utility.
In the search bar, type cmd and press enter, after type in msconfig. This will bring up the msconfig tab, or press Win+R to get the Run dialog. Type msconfig, then press enter.
In the Boot tab, check Safe boot, followed by the type of Safe Mode that you want to achieve. Hit Apply. Restart again to enter safe mode.
Other Methods to boot to safe mode include:
Boot from a System Recovery CD/DVD
Boot from a System Recovery Memory Stick
If you have installation media for Windows 8.1, start (or boot) your computer from the installation media. Insert the DVD or USB flash drive and restart your computer. If you see a message asking you to “Press any key to boot from DVD,” do so. If you don’t see the message, you might need to change the boot order in your computer’s BIOS settings so that it first starts from the DVD or USB. When you see the Install Windows page, tap or click Repair your computer to start the Windows Recovery Environment.
If you don’t have installation media, use the power button to restart your computer three times. This will start the Windows Recovery Environment.