5 ways to boot Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 in safe mode
Can’t load Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 in safe mode? You press F8 or Shift+F8, but it leads nowhere? Download new operating system from Microsoft has become so fast, it’s not always possible to interrupt it with a keystroke. Today we will tell you 5 ways in which you will be able to load in safe mode any of the aforementioned OS.
Safe mode in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Safe mode in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is virtually identical to that of the earlier versions of the OS.
The operating system still loads only the most basic drivers and services. The only noticeable difference is that the minimum screen resolution in safe mode has risen from 800×600 pixels to 1024×768 pixels.
1. Use the tool «system Configuration» (Msconfig.exe)
As in the case with Windows 7, the easiest way to boot in safe mode, is to use the program «system Configuration», which is also known as msconfig.exe.
Run it, click «Download» in the download options activate the option «Safe mode». Then click on the «OK»button.
Next you will see a message stating that you must restart the computer. Click «Restart» or «Exit without restart» — depending on whether you want to restart computer now or later.
The next time you start Windows 8 (Windows 8.1) will be loaded in safe mode.
2. Use Shift + Restart
Hit the power button on the Windows logon screen or in the panel «Settings» (Settings Charm). Then press and hold the SHIFT button on the keyboard and press «Reset».
Windows will prompt you to select the option. Choose «Diagnostics».
On the Diagnostics screen, click «advanced settings».
On the screen with additional options click «startup Settings».
Next you will see a list with several options, including «Enable safe mode». Click «Restart».
When your computer restarts, the screen will display a list of 9 options, including three types of safe mode.
Press F4 to enable safe mode, F5 to enable safe mode with networking and F6 to enable safe mode with command prompt. Then, Windows 8/Windows 8.1 will be downloaded according to your choice.
3. Booting in safe mode using the CD/DVD for system recovery (Windows 8)
In Windows 8, but not in Windows 8.1, you can create a system repair disc, and this guide explains how to do it. So, if you have a disk you can boot from it.
After booting from the recovery disk you will be prompted to choose the keyboard layout. Choose the one you want to use. Then you will see the options screen. All further steps are identical to those described in method 2.
4. Booting in safe mode using a USB recovery
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 allow you to create a system repair disc on a USB flash drive. Detailed instructions can be found here. With the help of this disk too it is possible to load the OS in safe mode. To do this, boot from your USB system repair disc and then follow the instructions from the previous method.
5. Use F8 or Shift + F8 (doesn’t work when using UEFI BIOS & SSDS)
In the case of Windows 7 it is enough to press F8 before operating system starts to get into a menu with additional boot options, from which you can boot the operating system in safe mode.
For Windows 8 and 8.1, some sites suggest to use Shift + F8 to open the recovery mode that allows you to boot in safe mode. However, the problem is that neither Shift + F8 or just F8 often do not work.
In a statement on its official blog, Microsoft explains that this behavior is associated with a very fast download process. Steve Sinofsky once said: «Windows 8 is the problem. It is loaded too fast, so fast that actually you just don’t have the time to interrupt its load when switching on a PC. The operating system simply fails to detect the pressing the keys F2 or F8.»
In General, if you have a modern PC with UEFI BIOS and SSD, it is unlikely that you will interrupt the download process keystrokes. On an old PC with a classic BIOS and no SSD drive, pressing these keys still works.