Windows Safe Mode
Start in “Safe Mode” in Windows 8
Booting into Safe Mode when using Windows 8 is not as simple as with previous versions of Windows - but it is possible. Here's how to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8.
Anyone used to troubleshooting previous versions of Windows will be familiar with the Safe mode boot option. It's often the only way to coax Windows into booting when there are errors preventing a normal startup.
However, with Windows 8, the usual method of pressing F8 during bootup doesn't allow access to the same options. Some pre-release versions of Windows 8 replaced the F8 keystroke with Shift, F8, but now even this option won't work.
Windows 8 monitors the startup procedure and when problems are detected it automatically takes you to the new recovery mode. At this point you will be presented with the message: ‘Recovery. It looks like Windows didn't load correctly'.
Select the advanced repair options and choose Troubleshoot, Advanced options, ‘Windows Startup Settings', Restart. Your computer will boot into an ‘Advanced Boot Options' screen in which Safe mode can be selected.
If you're able to boot Windows normally, but still need to enter Safe mode, you can skip this rather convoluted process by going to the Start screen and typing msconfig. Launch System Configuration from the list of search results, and then select its Boot tab. On this screen, you can check a box to enable Safe boot, with various different types of Safe mode available below. Click Ok, and then click Restart to boot your computer into Safe mode.
Start in “Safe Mode” in Windows Vista and 7
Start your computer in safe mode
Safe mode starts Windows with a limited set of files and drivers. Startup programs don't run in safe mode, and only the basic drivers needed to start Windows are installed.
Safe mode is useful for troubleshooting problems with programs and drivers that might not start correctly or that might prevent Windows from starting correctly. If a problem doesn't reappear when you start in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings and basic device drivers as possible causes. If a recently installed program, device, or driver prevents Windows from running correctly, you can start your computer in safe mode and then remove the program that's causing the problem. For more information about troubleshooting problems in safe mode, see Diagnostic tools to use in safe mode.
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer.
Click the Start button; click the arrow next to the Shut Down button, and then click Restart.
2. Do one of the following:
•If your computer has a single operating system installed, press and hold the F8 key as your computer restarts. You need to press F8 before the Windows logo appears. If the Windows logo appears, you'll need to try again by waiting until the Windows logon prompt appears, and then shutting down and restarting your computer.
•If your computer has more than one operating system, use the arrow keys to highlight the operating system you want to start in safe mode, and then press F8.
3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight the safe mode option you want, and then press Enter. For more information about options, see Advanced startup options (including safe mode).
4. Log on to your computer with a user account that has administrator rights.
When your computer is in safe mode, you'll see the words Safe Mode in the corners of your monitor. To exit safe mode, restart your computer and let Windows start normally.
Start in “Safe Mode” in Windows 10
Step 1: To boot Windows 10 in safe mode, very first step
Go to the Start menu of Windows 10 and click Power Option on the top-right of the Startup menu.
Step 2 : Press Shift + click to restart
Use the following procedure instead of the preceding procedure.
Go to Control Panel then select All Control Panel Items then select Troubleshooting -> Recovery then click on the link showing the refresh suggestion there then select Advanced Startup.
On the next screen, click on the troubleshoot icon and another screen with various options will be displayed.
Click on the Advanced Options and then a screen with more options will appear. Then click on the Startup Settings option.
A screen with Startup Settings will appear, you just need to click on the Restart button to enable safe mode settings.
You will be able to see the enable settings in the Startup Settings screen after a reboot is done.
Press F4 to enter into Safe Mode. That's it, you are done.