Boot Windows 8 in Safe Mode and Advanced Startup Options –

Until now, all Windows operating systems (Windows 7, Vista, XP) had an easy way to access the Advanced Options menu and Safe Mode* by pressing F8 when Windows boots. With the Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft changes the way to access this menu with more complicated steps, because the new operating system has a new bootloader with a graphical interface, and also because tablets do not have buttons to press during boot.

*Safe mode is a mode in which the system loads the minimum set of drivers necessary to run Windows. In this mode, the user can diagnose driver problems or clean his computer from viruses, trojans, etc.

How to start Windows 8, 8.1 in safe mode:

In this article, I will show you how to enter Safe Mode in three ways:

Method 1: Using the “MSCONFIG” command.

  1. Click on “Windowsimage_thumb[5]_thumb + “RClick the ” button to download Running dialog box.
  2. write “msconfig” and press Enter.
  3. click on Upload tab and then “Safe download” option.
  4. click onOK” and restart your computer.

Note: “To boot Windows”Normal modeYou need to remove the “again” markSafe download” using the same procedure.

Windows 8 safe mode

Method 2. Using Charms > Settings.

Note: If you are not familiar with running commands and want to access “”, use this method.Advanced options” menu to troubleshoot your computer (Step 5).

Step 1. Put it mouse in the lower right corner from your screen to open Charms.


Step 2. Select “DeviceClick the ” icon on the right to open the settings.image


Step 3: Press and holdSHIFT“press the button and “Power“.


Step 4. While holding down the SHIFT key press the button, “Restart“.


When your computer restarts, it will bring you to the troubleshooting screen:


Proceed to safe mode Step 5.

Method 3: Using the “shutdown.exe /r /o” command.

Note: If you are familiar with running commands and want to access “”, use this method.Advanced options” menu to troubleshoot your computer (Step 5).

Step 1. To open the Run command in Windows 8, Click the right mouse button in the lower left corner of the screen and from the menu that opens “Running“.


Step 2. From the pop-up menu, select “Running“.


Step 3. In the Run command field, type: “shutdown.exe /r /oClick ” and “ok”.


Step 4. Windows will indicate that you are about to log off. Click on “Shut down“.


How to Access Advanced Startup Options to Troubleshoot Your PC in Windows 8

Step 5. selectTroubleshooting” when the following screen appears:


Step 6. “atTroubleshooting optionsOn the ” screen, select “Advanced options“.


Step 7. “atAdvanced optionsSelect ” from the ” windowStartup settings“.


Step 8. “atStartup settingsOn the ” screen, select “Restart“.


When Windows restarts, you can see the Advanced Boot Options (Startup Settings) menu:

From here, you can enter the desired mode by pressing the corresponding number from the keyboard function keys.
(e.g. “click on”4” key on the keyboard to enter safe mode).


Continue troubleshooting your computer.

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