5 Start-up Modes for M1 Macs

Hi guys and welcome to 123myIT. In this video, we will show you all the Mac M1 Start-up Modes. These are helpful if you need to troubleshoot or work on your Mac for any reason.

This video will show you how to open Startup Options. Start the Mac with Diagnostics, Recovery and Safe Mode. Also show you how to set a default Startup Volume.

Lets get started. I am using a MacBook Pro M1 computer. First step is to shut down the Mac.

Start-up Modes

Once your Mac is shutdown to get into Startup Options press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo with Continue holding for Startup Options menu. When you see the Options cog you can let go of the power button. This is the Startup Options menu and you can do things like select bootable disks.

start-up modes M1 Macs
Diagnostics modes and other modes

Diagnostics Mode

To get into Diagnostics Mode we want to press and hold Command and D keys until your Mac Restarts and you will see the Diagnostics Menu load. Now you might need to connect the Mac to your WIFI to start the diagnostics. Once you have connected to WIFI the Diagnostics will download and you can use the Diagnostics to see if you have a hardware problem with your Mac.

Just click Run Offline and the Mac will check all your hardware to see if its ok. I get an error with my power adapter because its not plugged in. If you click get started it will show you a list of error codes. So if you have faulty hardware you can contact Apple for help.

If I plug my cable back in and run the test again I don’t get any error codes. This means that the Mac hardware is fine and working correctly.

Start-up Disks

If you want to check startup disk, reinstall MacOS, restore from backup or change security settings go into Recovery mode by pressing the Options Cog. So in Recovery menu you have Restore from Time Machine. Reinstall Mac OS. Disk Utility and Browse Apple support.

Safe Mode allows you to Flush user cashes and disable third-party extensions. TO get into Safe Mode go back into Startup Menu and press and hold the Shift key. Then click continue in Safe Mode underneath it. You Mac will restart and then you should be able to see the top right hand menu. Simply logon and your Mac will be in safe mode.

If you want to set a default startup disk go back into the Startup Menu and press and hold the Option key. Under the Disks it will show Always Use option. This allows you to set the default Startup disk. Helpful if you have multiple disks.

Guys don’t forget to check out my other videos such as Fix Broken Bricked Mac with Restore Revive. This will show you how to put a M1 Mac into DFU mode. And do me a favour if you know anyone who might need this video please share it will them, hit the subscribe button and smash the bell icon.

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.