How to boot Windows 8 and 10 In Safe Mode

Ever tried booting your Windows 8 or Windows 10 PC in safe mode? If at all you did succeed I’m sure you noticed it wasn’t as easy as booting a Windows 7 or any previous version of Windows in Safe Mode. We’ll tell you how to find the advanced startup options and safe mode in Windows 8 and 10.


In previous versions of windows, it was quite easy to access the advanced boot menu by just hitting F8 when the PC is booting, in recent operating systems such as Windows 8 and 10, it’s not as easy as it used to be, but it’s very much possible. We’ll show you how.

How to boot to advanced startup options in Windows 10

If you’re able to successfully boot into Windows, here’s how you can get to advance startup in Windows 10.

Go to the Start Menu > Settings > Update and Security > Recovery > Advanced Startup. Click on Startup Settings and then Restart Now, when your computer reboots you will see some more options displayed.

Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced optionsStartup settings > Restart. Then pick from the list, in which Safe Mode should be the fourth.

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How to Boot to Safe Mode in Windows 10

You probably must have encountered a problem which is stopping your PC from booting normally and then wish to run Safe Mode or Advanced Startup option on your PC. If this is the scenario, Windows 10 has been configured in such a way that it should automatically start in the recovery environment and you should see the Troubleshooting options.

If Windows fails to start in the recovery environment, you might need to download and create a bootable Windows 10 flash drive with another system and use it to fix the boot problem.

How to Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode

Safe Mode was just F8 away in previous versions of Windows, recent versions such as Windows 8 and Windows 10 monitors the startup procedure and whenever it detects problems the system automatically redirects you to the Recovery Mode. A message is displayed that says, “Recovery. It looks like Windows didn’t load correctly”.

Select Advanced Repair > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Windows Startup Settings > Restart. Your computer will restart and boot into an ‘Advanced Boot Options’ screen from which you can select Safe Mode.

If you’re able to boot Windows normally and for some reason you still want to enter Safe Mode, all you need do is search for ‘msconfig’ from the Start Menu or hold the Windows Key + R and then type ‘msconfig’ (this works on both old and new versions of windows including windows 10). Once you have launched System Configuration, from the Boot tab, check the box that says ‘Safe Boot’ and click Ok, then click Restart to boot your computer into Safe Mode.

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Another much easier way, if you’re on the Windows 8 login screen, simply choose restart and hold down the Shift key. You will arrive at the windows with options to troubleshoot your system, select ‘Boot in Safe Mode’ from the options.

If your system is stuck and all you can see is a black screen after you have logged in, hold CTRL + ALT + DEL to bring up the selection screen and choose restart. Hold down the Shift key while restarting and you will be taken to the window where you can choose to boot your system in Safe Mode.


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