The booting procedure of windows 8 and 8.1 is fast comparing previous versions of windows OS so that the default system of getting into safe mode in windows 7/vista (tapping F8 key while booting) will not work in Windows 8 or 8.1. While in Safe Mode, only specific programs and files needed to run the operating system are loaded. This post is about how to start Windows 8 or 8.1 in safe mode. See my previous post (How to start Windows 7 in safe mode) to get the details about what is safe mode? And why you need to use it?
How to start windows 8 or 8.1 in safe modeThe easiest method for start windows 8 in safe mode is use the System Configuration tool. Follow these steps-
- First press the Windows Key and R on your keyboard. The Run window will appear on the screen. Note: The Windows key is generally between the CTRL and ALT keys on the keyboard and has the Windows logo on it.
- Type MSCONFIG in the Run box and press Enter. This will bring up the System Configuration window as shown below
- On the system configuration window click on the Boot tab and check the box that says “Safe boot”.
- Now place a dot in “Minimal” from the four given options under “Safe boot”, and then click OK (See the screenshot above). Restart the computer and it will automatically start into safe mode.
Note: if you want to use internet or network while in safe mode you have to place dot in network option instead of Minimal (step 4). Also in the same way if you want to use safe mode with command prompt then you have to select Alternate Shell.
***All Screenshots in this post I have taken on my windows 7 PC and the above process for starting Windows into safe mode works on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 PC.
Return to normal Windows from Safe Mode
When you are finished with Safe mode and if you want to get back into normal Windows, go back into System configuration in safe mode then uncheck the Safe Boot option from boot tab, click on the ok button. Finally restart your computer.