How to Boot Computer into Windows Safe Mode
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.