Enter Safe Mode - for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & 10

How to enter or boot in Safe Mode in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10

Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows that starts your computer in a limited state. Only the basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows are started. Safe mode is useful for troubleshooting problems with programs and drivers that might not start correctly or that might prevent Windows from starting correctly.

Three methods (for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10)

Windows 7

Start Safe Mode within Windows (not using F8)

  1. Press the Windows Key + R.
  2. Type “msconfig” in the dialog box.
  3. Select the Boot tab.
  4. Select the Safe Boot option and click Apply.
  5. Choose Restart to apply the changes when the System Configuration window pops up.
    Note: Once you are done using Safe Mode, you will need to go back in and undo the Safe Boot option.



Using the F8 Method:

  1. Restart your computer. 
  2. When the computer starts you will see your computer's hardware being listed. When you see this information start to gently tap the F8 key on your keyboard repeatedly until you are presented with the Windows 7 Advanced Boot Options screen as shown in the image below.


     
  3. Using the arrow keys, select the Safe Mode option you want. 
  4. Then press the enter key on your keyboard to boot into Windows 7 Safe Mode. 
  5. When Windows starts you will be at a typical logon screen. Logon to your computer and Windows 7 will enter Safe mode. 
  6. Do whatever tasks you require, and when you are done, reboot to go back into normal mode 

Windows 8/8.1

You can use the F8 option but if it doesn’t work please proceed using the advanced startup options as explained below

Using the Advanced startup options method:

  1. From the Windows Start screen, type Advanced startup and when the search results appear, click on the Settings category and then click on the Advanced startup options search option. 
  2. When the Settings screen opens, scroll down and click on the Restart now button under the Advanced Startup category and your computer will restart. 
  3. When the Advance startup menu appears, click on the Troubleshoot option 
  4. Then click on the Advanced Options button 
  5. Finally click on the Startup Settings option and then click on the Restart button. Your computer will now restart again 
  6. When you get to the Startup Settings screen, press the number for the Safe Mode option you wish to use

From the sign–in screen

  1. Restart your PC. When you get to the sign-in screen, hold the Shift key down while you select Power > Restart.
  2. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  3. After your PC restarts, you'll see a list of options. Select 4 or F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode. Or if you'll need to use the Internet, select 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

Alternate method:

Note: To perform these steps you need to be attached to a detachable keyboard.

  1. Press the Windows Key + R.
  2. Type “msconfig” in the dialog box.
  3. Select the Boot tab.
  4. Select the Safe Boot option and click Apply.
  5. Choose Restart to apply the changes when the System Configuration window pops up.
    Note: Once you are done using Safe Mode, you will need to go back in and undo the Safe Boot option.
     

Windows 10

There are two versions of safe mode: Safe Mode and Safe Mode with Networking. They're quite similar, but Safe Mode with Networking includes the network drivers and services you'll need to access the Internet and other computers on your network

The following sections describe how to start your PC in safe mode.

From Settings

  1. Press Windows logo key +I on your keyboard to open Settings. If that doesn't work, select the Start button in the lower-left corner of your screen, then select Settings.
  2. Select Update & security > Recovery.
  3. Under Advanced startup, select Restart now.
  4. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings >Restart.
  5. After your PC restarts, you'll see a list of options. Select 4 or F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode. Or if you'll need to use the Internet, select 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

From the sign–in screen

  1. Restart your PC. When you get to the sign-in screen, hold the Shift key down while you select Power > Restart.
  2. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  3. After your PC restarts, you'll see a list of options. Select 4 or F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode. Or if you'll need to use the Internet, select 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.

If you cannot boot the system successfully, how to enter safe mode - for Windows 10 & 8.1

System cannot boot to Windows successfully, thus the method of entering safe mode mentioned above may not work. Then how to enter safe mode if cannot boot the system successfully.

If the system can't load the necessary configuration more than two times, most modern computer's will  direct the display to Windows RE(Recovery environment).

  1. Press-and-hold Power button 3 times to forcefully shut down the machine. System will enter boot repair page after 2-3 times of reboot. Click See advanced repair options.


     
  2. After PC restarts, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  3. After PC restarts, you'll see a list of options. Select 4 or F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode. Or if you'll need to use the Internet, select 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with Networking.
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