Safe Mode is a special way for Windows operating systems to diagnose problems. It allows you to troubleshoot Windows in a limited state and correct any problems that may prevent windows from starting normally. In this diagnostic mode, only the most basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows, such as the operating system and drivers for the mouse, keyboard, and display modes display, are started. If your computer encounters hardware driver problems or malware infections which cause the system to work improperly or even fail to boot up normally, you can take advantage of safe mode to troubleshoot what is preventing the operating system from working normally.
Follow the guide below and you can start Windows operating systems in safe mode effectively.
How to access safe mode in Windows 8/8.1?
Method1: Boot Into Safe Mode by using the System Configuration Tool (msconfig.exe)
This may be the easiest way for you to boot your Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 into safe mode, provided that the system is running normally.
To do this, you need to
- Press Win key +R key on the keyboard to open the Run dialog.
- Type msconfig and launch the System Configuration utility.
- In the System Configuration main screen, go to the Boot tab, check the box of Safe boot and then choose the type of Safe Mode that you want to achieve in the Boot options section and click on Apply button.
- A pop-up window will appear and ask you to restart or not. If you want to restart now, click on Restart button. If not, click on Exit without restart button.
- If you click on Restart button, the system will restart in safe mode immediately. Choosing Exit without restart option will cause your PC to restart in safe mode at the next restart.
Note: If your problem gets solved and you want to boot into the normal mode, just launch the System Configuration tool and uncheck Safe boot box and click Apply.
Method 2: Enable Safe Mode with the Advanced Troubleshooting Tools
- Press the Windows key + C key on the keyboard, and then click Settings.
- Click on the Power button in the Settings charm and then use the Shift key + Restart (press the Shift key on your keyboard and click on Restart) to proceed.
- You will be prompted to choose an option. Click on Troubleshoot option.
- In the Troubleshoot screen, click on Advanced Options.
- Then click on Windows Startup Settings option in the Advanced Options screen.
- Then you will be informed of the Windows options that can be changed via the restart. Click on Restart button in the bottom right corner.
- Your computer will restart and ask you to choose one option by using number keys or function keys F1-F9. To enable Safe Mode, please click on F4 key on the keyboard.
How to boot your Windows 7/Vista/XP into Safe Mode?
Step1: Restart your computer
For Windows 7 users
Click the Start button in the left lower corner and click on arrow next to the Shut Down button, then click on Restart.
For Windows Vista users
Click on the Start button, click the arrow next to the Lock button, and then click Restart button.
For Windows XP users
Click on Start button, click on Turn off Computer and then click on Restart.
Step2. Keep pressing F8 to enter Advanced Boot Options screen
When your computer is restarted (usually after you hear your computer beep), tap F8 key on the keyboard repeatedly before the Windows logo appears. Then the Advanced Boot Options menu will appear. But if Windows logon prompt appears, you need to restart the PC and try again.
Step3. Select Safe Mode with arrow keys.
In the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the up and down arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode and then press Enter key.
Please note that if Safe Mode can’t troubleshoot your computer problems caused by malware infections, please download and install a professional anti-malware tool to fix the issues completely.