How to Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode

Starting Windows 8 in Safe Mode is different from Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. You can easily start Windows XP, Vista or 7 in Safe Mode by pressing F8 key on startup. But you can not use this method to boot into Safe Mode on Windows 8. 

So, we will have to use a different method to boot Windows 8 into Safe ModeTo enter the Safe Mode in Windows 8, we will use Advanced Startup options from Recovery settings.

SEE ALSO: How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode?

Boot Windows 8 or 8.1 into Safe Mode

Starting Windows 8 in Safe Mode is bit lengthy process. But the process is simple and straightforward. You just need to follow these steps.

Step 1: Open Update and Recovery Settings

First of all, go to Start Screen by pressing Windows Key on keyboard, and then click on PC Settings tile.

Go to Start and click on PC Settings
Go to Start and click on PC Settings

In PC Settings, click on Update and Recovery to open Update and Recovery settings. There we will use Recovery options to start Windows 8 in Safe Mode.

Click Update and Recovery to enter Safe Mode in Windows 8
Click Update and Recovery

Step 2: Go to Advanced Startup in Recovery Settings

In Update and Recovery settings, click on Recovery to view Recovery options.

Click Recovery to view Recovery Options
Click Recovery to view Recovery Options

In Recovery options the third option is for Advanced Startup. Click on Restart Now under Advanced Startup to boot or start your Windows 8 into Safe Mode.

Click Restart Now under Advanced Startup options
Click Restart Now under Advanced Startup options

SEE ALSO: How to Start Windows 7, 8 or 10 into Safe Mode using MSCONFIG Utility?


Step 3: Change Startup Settings to Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode

After you click on Restart Now, your PC will restart. Next, you will see three options, click on Troubleshoot to view troubleshooting options.

Select Troubleshoot From Advanced Startup Options
Select Troubleshoot from Startup Options

In Troubleshoot menu, click on Advanced Options to change startup behavior. We will change startup to boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode.

Click On Advanced Options In Troubleshoot Menu
Click on Advanced Options in Troubleshoot

On Advanced options page, click on Startup Settings to change Windows 8’s startup behavior.

Select Startup Settings From Advanced Options Menu
Select Startup Settings from Advanced Options

Step 4: Boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode

Startup Settings will show you the options that you can change/set. Click on Restart to continue-

Click On Restart Button To Start Windows Into Advanced Options For Safe Mode
Click on Restart

On startup you will see Startup Settings. You can use Number keys or Function Key (F1, F2 …) for choosing specific option. To start Windows 8 in Safe Mode, press Number Key 4 or Function Key F4.

Press Number 4 Key Or F4 Key To Start Windows 10 In Safe Mode
Press Number 4 Key Or F4 Key to start Windows 8 in Safe Mode

Step 5: Login to your PC

Your PC will start in Safe Mode, Login using your existing credentials.

Login to Windows 8 in Safe Mode using your credentials
Login to Windows 8 in Safe Mode

You will see black desktop with Safe Mode written on the corners. Windows Help and Support window will open automatically, you can close it and continue your troubleshooting.

Windows 8 Safe Mode Desktop View
Windows 8 Safe Mode

SEE ALSO: How to Get Windows 10 Startup Sound Back in Windows 10?


Start your Windows 8 PC in Safe Mode for Troubleshooting

You have successfully started your Windows 8 in Safe Mode. If you want to start your PC in Normal Mode, simply restart your PC and it will start in Normal Mode. 

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