While working with Windows 8, there might be times when the operating system starts behaving inappropriately, and administrators might want to uninstall or disable the problematic applications or services respectively. Although applications or services can be uninstalled or disabled even when Windows 8 is running in normal mode, sometimes the process fails and administrators get stuck with them.
Windows 8 does not allow users to press F8 or Shift + F8 keys to enter into the safe mode, as it was the case with Windows 7 or earlier versions of Windows operating systems. In order to restart a Windows 8 computer in safe mode, administrators must first start the computer in normal mode. Once the computer is booted in normal mode, administrators can go to PC settings window, and from there they can prepare the computer to restart in the safe mode.
If the above process fails, administrators are then required to enable legacy advanced boot menu that allows them to press F8 function key to display the advanced boot menu options from where they can choose the required one to start Windows 8 computer in safe mode, just like earlier versions of Windows operating systems.
Note – Enabling legacy advanced boot menu requires a command to be executed, therefore the command line interface must be initialized with elevated privileges.
How to Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode
In order to start Windows 8 computer in safe mode, step-by-step instructions are provided below:
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator or standard user account that is to be opened in safe mode.
- Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop.
- Once on the desktop screen, hover mouse to the right bottom corner.
- From the displayed options, click Settings.
- From the bottom of the Settings pane, click Change PC settings.
- On the displayed PC settings window, click to select General category from the left pane.
- Once selected, click Restart now button under Advanced startup section from the right pane.
- On the displayed Choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot.
- On the Troubleshoot screen, click Advanced options.
- On Advanced options screen, click Startup Settings.
- On Startup Settings screen, click Restart button to view the Advanced Boot Options.
- On Advanced Boot Options screen, click to select Safe Mode to get into the safe mode in Windows 8.