Enable, Use, and Disable Safe Mode in Windows 8

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2024 by

Safe mode is a troubleshooting option in Windows 8 that starts your computer with only the basic files and drivers needed to run the operating system. This can be useful when your computer is experiencing issues and you need to troubleshoot or fix them. In this article, we will discuss how to enable, use, and disable safe mode in Windows 8.

Enabling Safe Mode

To enable safe mode in Windows 8, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “msconfig” and press Enter.
  3. In the System Configuration window, click on the Boot tab.
  4. Under Boot options, check the box next to “Safe boot” and select “Minimal” for a basic safe mode or “Network” for a safe mode with networking.
  5. Click Apply and then OK.
  6. You will be prompted to restart your computer. Click Restart to enter safe mode.

Using Safe Mode

Once your computer has restarted in safe mode, you can use it to troubleshoot and fix any issues you may be experiencing. Safe mode will look different from your normal Windows 8 desktop, as it only loads the basic files and drivers. You may also notice that your screen resolution is lower than usual.

In safe mode, you can run diagnostic tools, uninstall recently installed programs, or perform a system restore to a previous point in time. Once you have completed your troubleshooting, you can restart your computer normally by following the same steps as above, but unchecking the “Safe boot” box in the System Configuration window.

Disabling Safe Mode

If you no longer need to use safe mode, you can disable it by following these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “msconfig” and press Enter.
  3. In the System Configuration window, click on the Boot tab.
  4. Under Boot options, uncheck the box next to “Safe boot.”
  5. Click Apply and then OK.
  6. You will be prompted to restart your computer. Click Restart to enter normal mode.

Alternative Method for Enabling Safe Mode

If you are unable to access the System Configuration window, you can also enable safe mode by following these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “cmd” and press Enter.
  3. In the Command Prompt, type “bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal” and press Enter.
  4. You will receive a message that says “The operation completed successfully.”
  5. Restart your computer and it will automatically start in safe mode.

Conclusion

Safe mode is a useful tool for troubleshooting and fixing issues in Windows 8. By following these steps, you can easily enable, use, and disable safe mode on your computer. If you are still experiencing issues after using safe mode, it may be time to seek professional help or contact your computer manufacturer for further assistance.

Have you used safe mode in Windows 8 before? Did it help you fix any issues? Let us know in the comments.

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