5 Easy Ways to Enter Safe Mode in Windows 8

Posted by Britt Duncan - May 7, 2014

Many Windows 8 newbies are lost when they attempt to enter the system under safe mode, because when they keep tapping F8, the usual advanced settings interface does not show up! That’s true. Microsoft has changed the way for users to access the safe mode due to some complain about the fast boot-up time of the machine which make they miss the right moment to press F8 and therefore the safe mode. However, some prefer the old fashion way. Also, there are times when your machine may not boot up normally, which requires other ways to access safe mode and fix it. This post is going to introduce five methods to enter safe mode for those using Windows 8, both with and without F8 key. Please keep reading.

Method one: Enter Safe Mode with System Configuration Tool

1. When you are at the desktop, tap simultaneously Win and R keys to display search box. Select Apps category and put msconfig in the search session.

2. You now should see the msconfig.exe in the search result, click it to trigger System Configuration.


3. Navigate to Boot tab. In the Boot options section, tick the checkbox before safe boot and hit OK. Subsequently, the system will prompt a confirmation box and will reboot and enter the safe mode when you click Restart.



Method two: Enter Safe Mode with Shift + Restart

1. Sweep cursor to right down corner to activate Charm bar, click Settings and then power button. Afterwards, press and keep pressing Shift key on keyboard and click Restart at the same time.


2. Next, the Choose an option interface pops up. Click Troubleshoot and Advanced options in the next screen.



3. Among the advanced options, select Startup Settings to proceed. A system prompt appears and informs that the system will restart with several Windows options. Press Restart.



4. After a while, system boots up again with nine startup settings, select Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking and Safe Mode with Command Prompt respectively to suit your need with either number keys or function keys.


Method three: Boot from system recovery CD/DVD and enter safe mode

Note: to use this function, a system recovery CD or DVD shall be created beforehand.

1. Boot the PC from the created disk. Press any key to load its content and select a preferred keyboard layout as required.


2. Next, you will notice that a familiar Choose an option screen is up again.


3. Afterwards, you can repeat the steps in the method two to enter the safe mode.

Method four: Boot from system recovery stick and enter Safe Mode

Note: This requires a system recovery drive on a USB flash Drive. You may need to enter safe mode in this way when the PC is damaged and fails to boot up normally. What’s more, you won’t be able to troubleshoot the machine until you enter the safe mode first. In those cases, it’s appropriate that you create a system recovery stick drive with a USB flash drive. As long as you put the PC back into work, though may not be perfectly, you are still able to follow the same steps in method 3 to reach safe mode in Windows 8.

Method five: Enter Safe Mode with F8 key

There is no need to be surprised! It’s indeed workable and you can reach the safe mode just like what you do in Windows 7. But before that, you need to make a few changs to the command prompt first.

1. Hit Win + X together to bring up menu, choose Command Prompt(Admin).


2. After the Command Prompt window appears, input the command bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy exactly and tap Enter.


3. You’ll see the operation completes successfully in the command window when it’s done. Close the Command prompt window and reboot the PC. Before Windows loads, keeping tapping F8 constantly and you’ll see the familiar advanced boot option interface back again. Congratulations!


Note: If you would like to inactivate this function later on, just go back to the command prompt window and type the command bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard will do. Thus, when you boot up the system next time, everything’s back to the default settings automatically.

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