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Windows 8.1 - Impossible to get into safe mode

  1. #11

    New Zealand
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 pro

    If I want to use safe mode in win 8 or 8.1 I go to start type msconfig and press enter. Then go to the boot tab and check safe mode, you can also choose which method of safe mode you want such as with command prompt or networking. Just remember to run msconfig again while in safe mode and uncheck it or it will boot back into it.
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  2. #12

    Posts : 1
    Window 8.1

    bcdedit with timeout

    After almost two days of trying to get into safe mode to fix a video driver issue, I agree with you, arnoldlayne42 , that it is a royal pain to get into safe mode.
    My issue was that windows update installed a new intel video card driver, and then somehow thought it was my primary display adapter, even though it doesn't have output. (it was under optional updates, so it's my fault)

    For other people who have had to "try" to press F8 at the appropriate time, or fight with UEFI bios.
    You can use bcdedit to set up a 30 second timeout, off of your installation cd (from the command prompt)
    I also turned on the "legacy" boot mode, which supposedly supports F8
    For completeness, I'm putting both below

    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
    bcdedit /timeout 30
    Then, you can boot into safemode as many times as you need to, until you have everything working correctly, and then change the timeout back to 0.

    My present issues aside, I'm loving windows 8.1, with support for storage spaces, which are helping my archiving needs, by supporting external hard drive enclosures!
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  3. #13

    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1

    After almost two days of trying to get into safe mode to fix a video driver issue, I agree with you, arnoldlayne42 , that it is a royal pain to get into safe mode.

    I had to do a safe mode boot for the first time the other day to do a complete uninstall of Avira. It was a breeze. On logon screen, click on power button in lower right corner. Press Shift + Restart. Takes you to Troubleshoot screen. Click Advanced Options, select Safe mode boot w/wo networking. Done !
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  4. #14

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1

    I may have been able to go into safe mode when it gives me the option to restart and press "4", but I'd changed my Bios options to "Fast Boot". (The option above fast boot which is even faster.) This lead to the keyboard not loading when prompted the option to press "4" to go into Safe mode.

    I've had this issue since I've owned my PC, about 2 years now. If it updates Windows automatically, it gets stuck at 86% complete. So the other day I manually installed 80+ updates, and changed it to auto after as I thought it'd bypass this problem. Well I was wrong, and I'm getting stuck on the update(s) once again...

    I only did the updates as it said I must do so before upgrading to Windows 10. I've literally tried everything to fix this issue the past year and a half. It's the biggest joke I've ever encountered, and I've gone through so many forums, calling places, ect.

    Now I can't even change the "fast Boot" option since the keyboard does not load to do so! I'm screwed!
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  5. #15

    Power down.
    Remove power cord.
    Open case and remove CMOS battery.
    Press and hold the power button for 10 - 15 seconds.
    Replace CMOS battery.
    Plug in power cord.
    Power up.

    Settings should have been restored to default so keyboard should work again. If yes, go into BIOS Setup and load defaults then make any changes needed and save.
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  6. #16

    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    My motherboard has an Ultrafast boot setting which won't boot to Safe Mode but the normal Fast Boot mode will boot to Safe Mode.

    You don't need to do a full BIOS reset to enter the BIOS. Do the following from Windows:

    1. Hold down the Shift key while selecting Restart
    2. Select Troubleshooting
    3. Select Advanced Options
    4. Select UEFI Firmware Settings
    5. Select Restart

    The PC then restarts and enters the BIOS. You might want to change your Fast Boot setting to a lower level so you can enter the BIOS on powering on your PC.

    You can also enter Safe Mode (and other options) by following steps 1-3 above then selecting Start Up Options. See below for further options.

    Safe Mode - Add to Windows Boot Manager in Windows 8
    Safe Mode - Add to Desktop Context Menu in Windows
    Safe Mode - Start Windows 8 in
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