4 Ways to use the Safe Mode in Windows 8/8.1:

Hello there! If you have been wondering about what is this term called ‘safe mode’ used by all these techy people. Well, I’ll be briefing you about what exactly it is in the following article. Now there were a lot of problems faced by windows users in the new versions of their operating systems when newly installed onto their computers. Windows to resolve the issue at the user-end itself made the safe mode much easier to access. By that I mean this safe mode already existed in your computer running on the Windows OS, the only thing with the concept was that it wasn’t easily accessible as it is now. This makes the user use the safe mode at ease in the new update with windows 8/8.1.

 4 ways to boot Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 into Safe Mode
4 ways to boot Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 into Safe Mode

Now let’s talk about what this new update is all about. The safe mode as the name suggests is a safe way to operate your windows operating system. The advantage with this kind of updates in the windows operating system is that they can actually help you with running the system with only the necessary required programs and applications so that your computer doesn’t come crashing down when it is in a very hostile state. This will prove useful to those users whose systems keeps on crashing due to technical difficulties. They can operate their systems without the intervention of the programs that are slowing their computers down. However, there are various ways in which you can start the safe mode, I’ll be discussing the top ways in which you can run the safe mode in your Windows 8/8.1 operating systems.

The safe mode has basically three modes

  1. The safe mode.
  2. The safe mode with networking.
  3. The safe mode with command prompt.

The safe mode:- This mode will be the default type that will run when you try to access the safe mode. This will stop all unnecessary background applications and just run the most needed applications and programs to run your programs.

The safe mode with networking:- This mode is the same as the default application but with an addition of the networking model. This means all the necessary programs to connect you to the network will run on a priority next to by the default programs to make sure you are connected to the network.

How to Start Windows 8 or 8.1 in Safe Mode
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The safe mode with command prompt:- This mode will run the default safe mode along with the access to the command prompt so that you can access the needed applications through the command prompt. You will have control to run the type of applications that will not crash your computer.

Now let’s discuss the ways in which you can operate the safe mode in windows 8/8.1.

Use the PC settings method

  • Open the charms bar using Windows key + C.
  • Once you have done that, go to the settings and select Change PC settings.
  • Select the General Tab.
  • Go down to the tab and select the advanced start-up and click Restart now.
  • Once you are done with this, the system will restart with the system and takes you to the advanced.
  • Start-up options.
  • Select the Troubleshoot Options
  • Select advanced options  start-up settings  restart.
  • Once the start-up settings screen, choose the desired safe mode operation.

Start Windows using system configuration

  • Now, this is a more advanced method.
  • Press the Windows + R and type ‘MSConfig’.
  • Select the Boot tab after running the command.
  • You will notice the list of the safe mode options, select the option you want to run and hit apply and click on OK.
  • When your system restarts it will automatically boot with the type of safe mode that you chose.

Using shift and F8 key

These above-mentioned methods can be used only if the windows in normal mode. Now there are various ways in which you can boot the safe mode if the system isn’t even starting up. The new boot loader system update in windows 8/8.1 will enable you to start the safe mode in windows without even the system booting up. There is a common misconception that the safe mode can be prompted with the F8 button. This is partially right; you just need to combine that with the ‘Shift+F8’.

Now the people for whom the above combination isn’t working you need to give multiple tries to actually start up the advanced boot option. Now once the advance boot option boots up, you can select the type of mode you want to select. And once you are done with selecting the type of safe mode the Windows will boot up with the type of mode you selected.

Using safe mode with multiple installed operating systems

If your system has multiple operating systems installed then running the safe mode is quite easy when it is compared to that of the normal system with a single operating system.

When you boot up the system, the system will ask for you to choose an operating system that time select the change defaults or settings. Once you are done with that you will be Shown to choose a screen.

Select troubleshoot –> advanced options –> startup settings –> restart –> safe mode.

Is the system boots with any abnormalities then you need to reset the whole system. If you did not face any such problems, you are good to go.

The biggest disadvantage with the method of booting the safe mode is that the process of actually booting the system in safe mode is in very long steps. This method is not compatible with the everyday user because he isn’t adapted to the complex way of doing things. This is really easy for the people whose lives revolve around computer who are generally referred to as power users.

Windows in a recent snippet made sure that they would make the process much easier in the future updates to come with the windows operating system.

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