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majestic100

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I have HP Pavilion G6 laptop running Windows 8.1 which I'm unable to start-up in safe mode. I've pressed all the usual keys (F5, F8 etc.) but nothing always goes to metro. How does one start Windows 8 in safe mode?? Does the facility exist still?
 

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    windows 8

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majestic100

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Xunile.....thanks for link to video clip. Useful but only covers getting into safe mode when already in normal mode. It gives a simple solution when in normal mode which is before selecting restart, just hold down shift key. This brings up restart options menu's.

What I'm looking for is to start-up in safe mode from a cold boot/shut down scenario. I've tried F8 when fast boot is on as well as off and tried, again with both scenario's, holding the shift key down as I press the power on button. NO safe mode or other options just boots to metro interface.

I find this disconcerting since if you have, say, driver issues that (under older OS's) means you can't start (and get BSOD). Normally restart using F8 gets you to boot options screen
 

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Try:

WinAero: Boot UI Tuner

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When boot options appear, choose one or not.
If not, press Enter to continue booting or the computer won't boot.

Choose the right version after unzipping:

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    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
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Omegaboot

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If you have multiple OSes installed, it's much easier. The boot menu lists your OSes, including the default, and will start it in seconds if you do nothing - but if you move the mouse, the timer stops, and it lets you choose one of the OSes, or other options - and if you go down the tree there, troubleshoot, advanced options, startup settings, you'll reach a list menu that displays Safe Mode and the other options previously found under F8.
 

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    Windows 8.1 Home

majestic100

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David...........Thanks. Tuner downloaded, installed and working OK. Pity a) Microsoft didn't put settings page accessible via function key b) this tuner app likewise and c) that timer before boot to metro not included. Nevertheless, very useful. Thanks again
 

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    windows 8
Glad I could help. :)
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
    Family F
    Extended Family 14
    Model 2
    Extended Model 2
    Stepping 0
    Revision ON-C0
    Instruction
    Browser
    Opera 24.0
    Antivirus
    Avast Internet Security
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