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Two quick ways to start your Windows 8 & 8.1 computer in Safe mode [Tutorials]

While computers nowadays have become so powerful, they are still susceptible to errors and problems. These issues are still the same as ones encountered by older machines. For instance, your computer may not boot up successfully to the desktop screen after installing a new program or updating the drivers. This kind of issue isn’t really that complex but you need your computer to boot up successfully to make some changes or revert it back to its previous configuration.

That’s when you need your computer to start in safe mode wherein only core drivers and services are running or loaded. More often than not, when the problem is caused by a program, driver or some files, it can successfully start in safe mode without any issues. So, in this post, I will walk you through in starting your computer that runs on Windows 8 or 8.1 in Safe mode.

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Make use of msconfig.exe or System Configuration tool

It’s the most widely used tool when you’re trying to change programs and services to be loaded during bootup and it can also be used in starting your Windows 8 or 8.1 computer into safe mode.

Step 1: Access the System Configuration tool

In the search bar, search for “system” or “system configuration” and once results are viewed, click on the System Configuration. This will open an interface with 5 tabs: General, Boot, Services, Startup and Tools.

Step 2: Make necessary changes in the boot tab

Once in Boot tab, tick the Safe mode checkbox and either leave the radio button on ‘Minimal’ or change it to ‘Network’ if you want to have access to the Internet or other devices in your network while troubleshooting. Once changes are made, hit OK.

Step 3: Confirm you want to restart your phone in Safe mode

Shortly after you hit OK, you will see another dialog box which says, “You may need to restart your computer to apply these changes. Before restarting, save any open files and close all programs.” Depending on how ready you are, you may hit ‘Restart’ to immediately reboot your computer or ‘Exit without restart’ and do whatever you need to do before the reboot.

At the next restart, your machine will be booted up in Safe mode.

Use the Shift + Restart remedy to start in Safe mode

If you’re accustomed to using older Windows operating systems, you may have noticed that the Restart option can be found in the Power button. The same goes for the Windows 8 or 8.1 only that when combined with the Shift key, the Restart option will trigger the computer to go another screen that will let you troubleshoot your phone.

Step 1: Click the Power button on the Windows login screen

You may also press Windows key + C, then click Settings on the right so you can find the Power button.

Step 2: Choose the Troubleshoot option

Apparently, booting your computer in Safe mode is under troubleshooting, so click Troubleshoot when Windows asks you to.

Step 3: Click Advanced options to change boot behavior

Once inside the Troubleshoot screen, you will be prompted with three options: Refresh your PC, Reset your PC and Advanced options.

Step 4: Click Startup settings to change startup options

It’s the last option you can find under Advanced options. When clicked, you will be prompted that your machine needs a restart in order for the changes to take effect.

Step 5: Now, Restart your phone to boot it up in safe mode

After a quick restart, you will be prompted with 9 startup settings with ‘Enable Safe Mode’ in the 4th place. The numbering can actually be chosen if you hit F1 to F9 depending on the option you want to choose. So, for Safe mode, press F4 on your keyboard or F5 if you want to start in safe mode with network support.

Once an option is chosen, your computer will continue booting up in safe mode of your choice. Good luck with troubleshooting!

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