How to boot into Safe Mode in Microsoft Windows 8

Guide: How to boot safely in Windows 8

If you have problems with booting or freezing Microsoft Windows, you can use the F8 key before Windows start booting and start it into Safe Mode that allows you to try to repair problems in the system. Unfortunately, this useful shortcut is disabled in last Microsoft Windows 8.

Safe Mode is diagnostic and repairing mode of operating system, that allows users to repair problems with system files, applications, drivers, diagnosing hardware problems, or remove malicious software etc. System will boot up only with basic hardware drivers and minimal system settings.

Boot into Safe Mode through Metro Charms Menu

Open Metro in Windows 8 and go to the Settings in Charms Menu (also Win key + I shortcut) → Click on change PC settings.

Windows 8 Charms Settings Change PC Settings
Charms Menu

Select Update & Recovery option → RecoveryAdvanced Startup and Click on Restart Now.

Windows 8 Recovery
Windows 8 Recovery menu

Select Troubleshoot button.

Windows 8 troubleshoot button

Select Advanced options.

Windows 8 advanced options

Select Start-Up Settings.

Windows 8 troubleshoot Advanced options
Windows 8 advanced options

Click on Restart button.

Windows 8 start-up settings
Windows 8 Start-Up settings

Now you can select number 4 from the boot menu and start Windows 8 into the Safe Mode.

Windows 8 Boot Menu to Safe Mode

Boot to Safe Mode with System Configuration utility

Start System Configuration utility → start type msconfig in Metro, or Win key + R in the desktop and type msconfig to Open: box → Click on OK button.

Windows 8 run msconfig
Windows 8 Run menu


Select Boot tab → Check the Safe boot box in Boot optionsclick on Apply and OK buttons.

Windows 8 boot to safe mode with System Configuration
Windows 8 System Configuration

Restart the system and wait till the Windows boot up into the Safe Mode. After you finish your session in the Safe Mode, open the System Configuration utility and uncheck the Safe boot box. Click on Apply and OK buttons and restart the system.

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Microsoft Windows 8 icon

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