We’ve all gotten used to pressing F2 or F8 to get advanced boot options from Windows 2000, probably even earlier. In all versions of Windows, you can always expect the slowest boot process to press the key when the text message appears.
Well, those days are gone! In Windows 8/10, the boot time has been drastically reduced and the screenshot you see above appears for about 200 milliseconds and that’s it. Therefore, if you want to enter safe mode in Windows 8/10, you must follow a different path.
Instead of the advanced boot options of earlier versions of Windows, now you first have to go through the Windows 8 system recovery options. It’s pretty much the same, but it looks a lot nicer and you have to click to some more menu options. to get there. This is how.
If you are using a different version of Windows such as XP, Vista, 7, or 10, see my other post on restarting Windows in safe mode. Then go back to this article to get the final steps.
Start Windows 8/10 in safe mode
To get started, you must first boot Windows 8/10 in the system recovery options. You can read my previous post on how to do this; there are basically three methods. Once you’re there, you’ll need to click Problem solving option.
- On the next screen, you need to click Advanced options.
- Then you have to click on Startup settings in the last dialog.
- Finally, you need to click the button Restart , which will give you options to get started in low resolution mode, debug mode, enable boot logging, and start in safe mode. It’s a long process, but that’s the new way.
- You will now finally get to the Home Settings screen, where you can press 1 to 10 or F1 to F10 to choose your settings. Press 4 or F4 to activate safe mode.
This is! Windows 8/10 will now load in safe mode. You will need to enter your password to log in once the backup begins. I noticed that while in safe mode on Windows 8, I couldn’t display the charm bar. I’m not quite sure why, but I couldn’t figure out how to reboot the system.
What I ended up doing was going to the home screen and then clicking my name at the top and there was an option to log out. Once I logged out, there was an option to shut down or restart when I clicked the power button at the bottom right. So if you’re locked into safe mode and can’t get out, this is how to do it.
Also, keep in mind that you can also use the MSCONFIG utility to start in safe mode. Go to the home screen, right-click and choose All applications and then click To run. In Windows 10, just press the Windows + R key.
Then write msconfig in the Run dialog, and then click Boot tab:
Check the box that says Safe Boot, and then choose an option. You can choose from:
Minimum – Normal safe mode
Alternative housing – Safe mode with command prompt
Net – Safe mode with networks
Don’t worry about Active Directory repair, it’s an IT-related option. You can also check the No boot GUI, Boot log, Base video, and OS boot information boxes. Note that when you boot into safe mode using msconfig, it will start continuously until you return to msconfig and uncheck the safe boot option. Enjoy!