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F8 to reboot into safe mode


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I've discovered that Win 8 dumped the F8 key on reboot to enter safe mode, now it seems that you have to go through a convoluted process within Win 8 to set up boot into safe mode or alternatively through "msconfig".
What if you can't boot into Win 8, wasn't that one of the uses of safe mode?
Win 8 looks quite messed up to me and more complicated to use, maybe a little faster to reboot and more flashy, but apart from that not very convincing.
Probably I'm reverting to good old Win 7.
Any opinions?

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If you can't boot, you will need to use a win8 install DVD or USB drive to boot, then repair your win8 installation. Alternatively, you can enable the legacy bootloader using bcdedit, which should reenable the F8 shortcut.
 

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I agree 100%, Redmond is out for market dominance not functionality by overwhelming it's presence on phones, tablets, laptops, desktops etc.
 

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I've discovered that Win 8 dumped the F8 key on reboot to enter safe mode, now it seems that you have to go through a convoluted process within Win 8 to set up boot into safe mode or alternatively through "msconfig".
What if you can't boot into Win 8, wasn't that one of the uses of safe mode?
No. You can still boot into safe mode, but it is a little more involved.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2757-safe-mode-start-windows-8-a.html

You don't have to boot into Windows 8 first, you press shift-f8 on boot to enter recovery mode.
 
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Also, if Windows 8 fails to boot more than once, it will automatically enter recovery (safe) mode as long as the disk it's stored on is still bootable. If you must boot into safe mode from a working OS, you can use the aforementioned shift+F8 combination or the Advanced Settings options in PC Settings (under General).

You don't actually have to mash F8 while holding shift, but some hardware boots so fast that getting it right is a lot harder ;).
 

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Thanks for the reply but It doesn't work with Win 8 Pro. I wonder why!
 

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Thanks for the reply but It doesn't work with Win 8 Pro. I wonder why!
It does work. You're not doing it right. Remember SHIFT-F8, not just F8 and you have to do it at the right time, and if you aren't quick enough you miss the window.
 

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I have windows 8 pro rtm and shift f8 does not work for me either. :confused:
 

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Hello JigglyWiggly,

That would be preferred, but you could also add Safe Mode to the boot manager screen from a command prompt at boot if able. Afterwards, just restart the computer to select Safe Mode.
 

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