How to Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 8 & 8.1

This video will show you how to Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 8 & 8.1.
If you are having problems with your PC like you have a virus and you need to clean it or your PC is crashing and you need to do some troubleshooting. You might be asked to put the PC into safe mode.

The whole idea of Safe Mode is to start your PC with only the processes that are absolutely necessary for Windows to be start. When you start Windows 8 or 8.1 in Safe Mode you will then be able to see which driver or service might be causing a problem with your PC.

So how you Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 8 or 8.1 I hear you ask?
In older versions of Windows pressing F8 when the PC was starting up would put you into Safe Mode. However in Windows 8 this has now changed. Safe Mode has been replaced by automatic recovery mode and you will need to hold down shift + F8.
If that doesn’t work for you can do the following.

Step 1. Press your Windows key and type MSCONFIG press enter.
The you should see the Msconfig window pop up.

Msconfig Safe Mode

Step 2. Click on the Boot Tab across the top and then under Boot Options tick Safe Mode and choose minimal or network if you need to log onto to the internet or network. Click ok and do a restart.

Safe Mode

To turn off Safe Mode just repeat the steps and take the tick out of Safe Boot.
Step 3. In Windows hold down the Shift Key and press the Restart button whilst keeping the Shift key held down.

Choose an Option

Step 4. Click troubleshoot and go into Advanced Options and then Start Up settings.

Troubleshoot Advance Options

Step 5. Click on Windows Startup Settings.

Windows Startup Settings

Step 6. Click Restart.

Windows Startup Settings Restart

After restart you will have the Safe Mode options available.

For more info on how to Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 8 & 8.1 you can check out the Microsoft website here.

2 thoughts on “How to Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 8 & 8.1

  1. i have a question
    how to put windows 8.1 in safe mode when you are using windows in mac i am trying to hot shift and F8 but it is not working
    what to do ? help me out with this

    • Hi Omer,
      Hmmm its a good question. Go to Start > Run type Msconfig.exe press enter on the keyboard.
      This will open system config. Go to Boot tab and you will have safe boot options at the bottom. Good luck.
      Cheers
      Matt

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