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    Safe Mode - Start Windows 8 in

    Safe Mode - Start Windows 8 in
    How to Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode
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    How to Start Windows 8 and 8.1 in Safe Mode


    information   Information
    Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows 8 that starts your computer in a limited state. Only the basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows 8 are started. The words Safe Mode appears in the corners of your monitor to identify which Windows mode you are using.

    This tutorial will show you how to start Windows 8 and 8.1 in Safe Mode.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    If you have a problem with your PC, you can troubleshoot by starting it in safe mode. Safe mode starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services. If a problem doesn't reappear when you start your PC in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings and basic device drivers and services as possible causes.

    There are three different safe mode options:

    • Enable Safe Mode: Starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services.
    • Enable Safe Mode with Networking: Starts Windows in safe mode and includes the network drivers and services needed to access the Internet or other computers on your network.
    • Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt: Starts Windows in safe mode with a Command Prompt window instead of the usual Windows interface. This option is intended for IT pros and system admins.


    CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode from Windows Boot Manager
    • Option Two: Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode from Advanced "Startup Settings"
    • Option Three: Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode from "Advanced Boot Options"
    • Option Four: Start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode" or "Normal Mode" from MSCONFIG
    • Option Five: Using BCDEDIT Command in a Command Prompt


    EXAMPLE: Windows 8 in Safe Mode

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    OPTION ONE
    Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode from Windows Boot Manager





    OPTION TWO
    Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode from Advanced "Startup Settings"


    1. Boot to Advanced Windows "Startup Settings", and select a (F4-F6) Safe Mode option that you would like to start Windows 8 in. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Type in an administrator's password to sign in as, and press Enter or click/tap on the arrow. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If you like, you can click on the back arrow (top left) to select another administrator account to sign in as instead.

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    OPTION THREE
    Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode from "Advanced Boot Options"

    1. Press the Shift + F8 keys during boot for the Advanced Boot Options, and select a Safe Mode option that you would like to start Windows 8 in. (see screenshot below)

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    OPTION FOUR
    Start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode" or "Normal Mode" from MSCONFIG


    1. Open the Charms bar, and click/tap on Search.
    NOTE: You could also press the Windows+F keys to open Search.


    2. In the right pane, type msconfig in the Search Apps box, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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    3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.


    4. Do step 5 or 6 below depending if Windows 8 is in "Safe Mode" or "Normal Mode".


    5. To Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode

    warning   Warning
    If you check the Make all boot settings permanent box, then it will set Windows 8 to always start in Safe Mode until you set it to boot back in normal mode in step 6 below.



    A) Click/tap on the Boot tab, select Windows 8 (ex: Windows Developer Preview), check the Safe boot box and select (dot) Minimal, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)


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    B) Click/tap on Restart. (see screenshot below)


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    C) The computer will now restart, and start Windows 8 in Safe Mode after logging in.

    6. To Start Windows 8 in Normal Mode
    NOTE: This step is only if Windows 8 is in Safe Mode from step 5 above, and you want to restart Windows 8 back in Normal Mode.


    A) Click/tap on the Boot tab, select Windows 8 (ex: Windows Developer Preview), uncheck the Safe boot box, check the Make all boot settings permanent box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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    C) Click/tap on Restart. (see screenshot below)

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    D) The computer will now restart, and start Windows 8 in Normal Mode after logging in.







    OPTION FIVE
    Using BCDEDIT Command in a Command Prompt

    1. Open either an elevated command prompt or a command prompt at boot.

    2. In the command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: Under the Windows Boot Loader sections, make note of the identifier value (ex: {current}) for the OS description (ex: Windows 8 Consumer Preview) that you want to use in steps 4, 5, or 6 below.

    bcdedit /enum


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    3.
    Do either step 4, 5, or 6 below for what you would like to do.


    4. To Start in Safe Mode

    A) In the command prompt, type the command below and press enter.
    NOTE: Substitute identifier in the command below with the actual value or long GUID number to the right of identifer in the command used from step 2.

    bcdedit /set {identifier} safeboot minimal

    For example:
    If I wanted to have Windows 8 Consumer Preview boot into Safe Mode using the values in the screenshot under step 2, I would type this command below and press Enter.

    bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal

    B) Go to step 7.

    5. To Start in Safe Mode with Networking

    A) In the command prompt, type the command below and press enter.
    NOTE: Substitute identifier in the command below with the actual value or long GUID number to the right of identifer in the command used from step 2.

    bcdedit /set {identifier} safeboot network


    For example: If I wanted to have Windows 8 Consumer Preview boot into Safe Mode with networking using the values in the screenshot under step 2, I would type this command below and press Enter.

    bcdedit /set {current} safeboot network

    B) Go to step 7.

    6. To Start Windows 8 back in Normal Mode

    A) From step 2, look for the identifier (ex: {current}) for the OS description (ex: Windows 8 Consumer Preview) under a Windows Boot Loader section that has the safeboot value in it.

    B) In the command prompt, type the command below and press enter.
    NOTE: Substitute identifier in the command below with the actual value or long GUID number to the right of identifer in the command used from step 2.

    bcdedit /deletevalue {identifier} safeboot


    For example: If I wanted to have Windows 8 Consumer Preview not boot into Safe Mode anymore, I would type this command below and press Enter.

    bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot


    Note   Note
    If you are currently in Safe Mode with Command Prompt, then you will also need to type the command below, and press Enter.

    bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safebootalternateshell



    C) Go to step 7.

    7. Restart the computer.



    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    I use these settings:

    BCDEDIT /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes
    BCDEDIT /timeout 5

    Startup Options - Change Time to Wait before Default OS Runs

    During the 5 second interval that the boot menu displays, you can select Advanced and go into just about any mode.

    It's very general and useful as long as you don't mind the 5 second boot delay.

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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Another useful one..

    Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    How to enable the F8 key to boot into advanced options menu.

    BCDEDIT /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

    How to remove the settings.

    BCDEDIT /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard
    Last edited by Brink; 11 Jan 2014 at 14:46. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I have a Gateway SX series computer.

    I can press F-5 at boot-up & boot to Safe Mode.

    Once there I can get a CMD Prompt.

    Just thought this might be of interest.
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    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    I am having similar problems with 2 identical laptops and a member has suggested starting in safe mode.

    The problems are that each laptop will freeze randomly, at which point it is impossible to access Task Manager and it is often necessary to power down the laptop. Sometimes the Event log has lots of warnings and errors, other times there is little or nothing there, but it feels like the problems may have some sort of internet connectivity issue involved as it is usually something internet related that is the first sign of the freeze.

    But the problem is intermittent (though becoming quite regular), so would need monitoring over several days.

    Looking at your tutorial, could I choose Safe Boot/Network (instead of minimal) in msconfig to set the laptops to automatically boot in safe mode but with internet capability?

    Or is there a better way to monitor this or try and get to the root of the problem? I do have a thread related to this, but the safe mode option is the only suggestion so far .
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    Posts : 21,818
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Maggi,

    Yes, you sure can to boot into Safe Mode with network.
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    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Thanks Shawn.

    Here's hoping that this may help to identify or eliminate suspects .

    Edit: I can use the internet but my taskbar icon has a red cross suggesting there is a problem. Is this normal in safe mode?
    Also, it seems it isn't possible to have realtime AV running in safe mode . Again, is this normal?
    Last edited by SaggyMaggyPoo; 30 Nov 2014 at 07:28.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    It's normal for the AV, but the network icon is just a graphical glitch that sometimes happens and 's nothing to worry about.
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    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Hmm, followed Option 4 of the tutorial which I thought would mean I would always start up automatically in safe mode, but I just switched on and it went straight into normal mode .

    When choosing safe mode on the boot tab, there is an 'Apply' option, but the tutorial doesn't mention this, just says to click 'Okay'. Could this be why it didn't do what I expected it to?
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    Posts : 21,818
    64-bit Windows 10


    Clicking on On or Apply basically does the same thing. The difference is that Apply will apply the changes and leave the window open, and On will apply the changes and close the window.

    Double check that you had checked the Make all boot settings permanent box in msconfig to make it stick.
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