How to enable Windows Startup settings and boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8

Windows Startup Settings

Until now, we are used to continue hitting F8 Key during boot for entering into Safe Mode, but it doesn’t work always due to timing of the key press. A slight delay in hitting the F8 key may make Windows to boot into normal mode, which is frustrating because you need to reboot and try again.

Thankfully, there is a better and straight way to boot into safe mode, instead of a luck kind of attempt. In our first step we will configure Windows 8/8.1 to show several boot options including the safe mode at the startup Windows boot manager, then you can simply choose whatever the boot option you want.

Configuring Windows Boot Manager

1. Launch charms menu by moving the mouse to the bottom right corner of the screen, and then click on the search icon.

2. Type command prompt in the search box, right-click on Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

Launch Command Prompt as an Administrator

Launch Command Prompt as an Administrator

3. Type  Bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes in the command prompt window and press the enter key.

Command Prompt

Command Prompt

4. Restart Windows, and then press F8 to boot into Boot Manager.


Windows Boot Manager

Windows Boot Manager

5. Press F8 key again to g to Startup Settings. You will now see several startup options including Enable debugging, boot ogging, low-resolution video, Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, disable driver signature enforcement, and disable early launch anti-malware protection. To boot into Safe Mode, press F4 key.

Windows Startup Options

Windows Startup Options

6. Windows will now boot into Safe Mode. Your desktop will show Safe mode at all four corners of the screen.

Safe Mode

Safe Mode

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.