Everyone who uses a computer knows, operating system are bound to malfunction and cause issues from time to time, which can rane from system crashing down to one malicious application misbehaving and causing system operation to fail. Error, or unexpected restart will also take you to the Safe Mode option, which is something that needs to be fixed. Windows offers a “Safe Mode” to determine the culprit and do something about such activity. Until Windows 8, getting into Safe Mode was something as simple as clicking F8 (or Shift+F8) while the OS was loading – but not in Windows 8.1, however.
What is Safe Mode? Its a diagnostic startup mode in Windows operating system. Safe Mode in Windows is used as a way to gain limited access to Windows when the OS won’t start normally. Safe Mode is available in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and most older versions of Windows as well. Bu not in Windows 8.1!
The problem with Windows 8.1 is that, the system supports the F8 command prompt ill, but the OS boots so fast that it doesn’t really give enough time for such advanced options to register. Microsoft says, the boot operation this time happens rom the system memory itself, so it can’t be interrupted by anything, including Safe Mode command. Still, you can bot Widows 8.1 into Safe Mode, but using some unofficial methods. Details are placed below!
How to boot safe mode in Windows 8.1 (update 1)
First: Using Windows System Configuration Tool
Step 1: Use Win + R to pull up and Run dailog box, and type msconfig.exe. This will launch the System Confguration Utility.
Step 2: In the Utility, click the Boot tab and under Boot options, check the Safe boot box. Hit Ok when finished.
Step 3: Now, asked to reboot your computer. The next boot will put your machine into Safe Mode on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Alternative Method: With Shift + Restart
This isn’t easy than the aforementioned, but rather handy.
Step 1: When you hit the power button in Windows 8.1 (through Charms Bar), hold down the Shift key when clicking the Restart button.
Step 2: The next screen will present you with three options. Click Troubleshoot.
Step 3: Next, hit Advanced options followed by Windows Startup Settings from the next screen.
Step 4: Your PC will now be rebooted to enable the advanced parameters, includes Safe Mode as well. Restarted! You’ll get nine options whereby the following commands apply:
- F4 for Safe Mode
- F5 for Safe Mode with Networking
- F6 for Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Based on your selection, Windows 8.1 (or Windows 8 – the method applies for both OS’s) will boot accordingly. Using Windows Recovery Media will be the easiest and applicable t any Windows 8.1 device or computer.
Grabi.org confirms: We have tested the System Configuration tool and Shift + Restart methods on Windows 8.1 Update 1, and can confirm that they both work without the need of any sort of changes. Download Windows 8.1 Update 1 from here.