Enable and start in safe mode under Windows 10/8

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By default, Safe Mode is disabled in Windows 8. If you tried to boot into safe mode by pressing F8 during Windows boot, you will notice that Windows Recovery Environment is what you get.

Enable and start in safe mode under Windows 8/10

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Under Windows 10/8, there are two ways to start in safe mode.

Method 1 :

Open MSCONFIG and check under Boot tab for Safe Boot.

Click OK and restart now to enter safe mode. When you are finished and in safe mode, deselect this option to return to normal mode.

Method 2 :

Juan Antonio Diaz of Microsoft has posted another way to enable it on TechNet to enable Safe Mode in the Windows 8 Developer Preview. With this method, you can configure it so that you can start in safe mode with F8 and make this parameter permanent. To do this, follow these steps:

Step 1:

Close all open applications.

Step 2 :

Simply enter CMD on the start screen and right-click, then you will see at the bottom of the screen that you will click in advance and click Run as Administrator.

Step 3 :

Then enter the following command :

Step 4 :

Now enter this command :

bcdit /copy {72b4a7cd-e189-11e0-af56-eb8118bcf02b} /d Windows Developer Preview (Safe Mode)

Replace the GUID with the one you copied.

Step 5 :

In the same prompt, type MSCONFIG and check the box saying Make all boot settings permanent click Apply and click OK.

Step 6:

Restart your system now, if you press F8, you should see this window

Click Use another operating system and then select Safe mode, then reboot your system and log in Safe mode.

Let’s hope it helps!

See also how to restart directly in safe mode under Windows.

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