Safe mode, which is a special mode in Windows, is usually used as a way to gain limited access to computer when Windows can’t start normally. One of the important steps can be booting into safe mode while troubleshooting a computer. Actually, we use safe mode more than that. However, many people know little about safe mode and how to get into this mode. Now here we show how to boot computer into Windows safe mode in different versions of Windows.

Part 1: how to boot computer into safe mode in Windows 7/Vista/XP

Step 1: Power on or restart your computer. Immediately and continuously press F8 once the logo shows up. Release the F8 key when the Advanced Boot Options screen appears.

Boot into safe mode
Step 2: From the menu, select Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt by using the arrow keys on your keyboard. And hit Enter so that the computer will boot into your Windows safe mode.

Part 2: How to boot computer into safe mode in Windows 8/8.1/10

In Windows 8 and the later versions of Windows, you have more options to boot into safe mode, depending on whether or not you can log into Windows.

Option 1: From the login screen

If you can boot your PC to the login screen but cannot log into Windows, you can boot your computer into safe mode from the login screen.
Step 1: On the login screen, hold on the Shift key while clicking on Restart.

Press shift and restart
Step 2: Then your computer will quickly restart and get into the Choose an Option screen. Choose Troubleshoot option.

Troubleshoot
Step 3: Choose Advanced options.

Advanced Options
Step 4: Choose Startup Settings.

Startup settings
Step 5: Click on Restart to change Windows options.

Restart
Step 6: Now you can choose Enable Safe Mode, Enable Safe Mode with Networking, or Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt using the number keys on your keyboard.

Enable safe mode
Then your computer will reboot and get into Windows safe mode.

Option 2: Within Windows

If you can log into Windows, you can boot your computer into safe mode within Windows.
Step 1: Press Win + R to bring Run dialog box. Type msconfig and then click on OK.

Run Msconfig
Step 2: In the System Configuration dialog, select the Boot tab, check the Safe boot, and choose Minimal, Alternate shell, or Network. Then click Apply and OK.

Check safe boot
Tips: Minimal is normal safe mode, Alternate Shell is safe mode with command prompt, and Network is safe mode with networking.
Step 3: Click on Restart to restart computer when prompted. Then your computer will reboot into safe mode.

Restart computer
Note: In this way, your computer will always automatically boot into safe mode each time you start/restart your computer. To stop this, you can open the System Configuration dialog, uncheck the Safe Boot, click Apply button, and then restart your computer.
Tips:
1. Safe mode: This option starts Windows with only core drives and services.
2. Safe Mode with Networking: It starts Windows with only core drives plus networking.
3. Safe Mode with Command Prompt: The Command Prompt dialog should be the default user interface that appears once Windows boots up.