How do I boot into Safe Mode on Windows 88.1 on my Dell PC

Summary: Learn how to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8/8.1, without loading all drivers and applications.

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The following article shows you the various ways to run Safe Mode in Windows 8 and 8.1. For other Operating systems please select here -  Windows 10, Windows 7 , Vista and XP 


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  1. How to boot into Safe Mode on Windows 8 and 8.1 on your Dell PC
  2. How to boot into Windows 8 and 8.1 Safe Mode
 

 

How to boot into Safe Mode on Windows 8 and 8.1 on your Dell PC

 

Safe Mode is a way for Windows to load, without loading all drivers and applications, when there is a system-critical problem that interferes with the normal operation of Windows.

The purpose of Safe Mode is to allow you to troubleshoot Windows and try to determine what is causing it to fail and to help determine if the issue is hardware related or caused by a driver or piece of software.

Once you have identified and corrected the problem you can then reboot and Windows will load normally.

There are 5 different ways to enter Safe Mode in Windows 8 and 8.1, shown below :

SLN151713_en_US__1icon Note: Please be aware that if your system will NOT boot to safe mode on any of the options below, you will be unable to perform any repairs short of a full Operating System Reinstall - unless you are able to enter the Operating system normally. A Reinstall of this type will wipe all information and settings on your hard disk drive and you will lose anything you haven't previously backed up.


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How to boot into Windows 8 and 8.1 Safe Mode

Method I

SLN151713_en_US__1icon Note: If you have installed your Windows installation on the latest UEFI BIOS or are using a SSD (Solid State Drive) as your boot device, then please go straight to method II.
  1. Power on your computer.

  2. Whilst holding down the SHIFT key, repeatedly and quickly tap the F8 key during the whole booting process. This will take you into the Recovery Mode menu before the operating system begins to load.

 
SLN151713_en_US__1icon Note: This may take several attempts on older systems before it works as quick booting systems can go past the detection point quicker than you can tap the keys.
 
  1. In the Recovery Mode menu, select See advanced repair options.

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(Fig.1 Recovery Mode Menu)

  1. Choose the Troubleshoot option.

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(Fig.2 Choose an option screen)

  1. Select the Advanced options button.

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(Fig.3 Choose the advanced option)

  1. Select the Windows Start-up Settings button.

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(Fig.4 Advanced Option Menu)

  1. Click the Restart button.

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(Fig.5 Windows Startup Settings)

  1. After the the computer restarts, you should be greeted by the Advanced Boot Options menu that enables you to boot your Windows 8 and 8.1 in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking and Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

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(Fig.6 Advanced Boot Options)

Method II

This approach assumes that you can enter and boot up Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1 normally as it will use the new Charm Bar in Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1.

  1. Bring up the Charm Bar by either pressing the Win+I keys or swiping your mouse across the right side of the screen.

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(Fig.7 Charm Bar)

  1. When the Charm Bar pops up, click on the Change PC Settings button at the bottom right.

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(Fig.8 Change PC Settings)

  1. Select General and click the Restart now button under the Advanced start-up title.

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(Fig.9 PC Settings)

  1. When the computer restarts now you should enter the Safe Mode of Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1.

Method III

  1. Bring up the Charm Bar by either pressing the Win + I keys or swiping your mouse across the right side of the screen.

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(Fig.7 Charm Bar)

  1. Click the Power button once.

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(Fig.10 Power on Charm Bar)

  1. Hold down your Shift key and click the Restart icon.

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(Fig.11 Shut Down)

  1. When the computer restarts you should be greeted by the Advanced Boot Options menu that will allow you to access the Safe Mode of Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1.

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(Fig.5 Windows Starup Settings)

Method IV

In this method, we will use the command line to tell Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1 to reboot into Safe Mode. This method also requires the user to be able to enter Windows 8 and 8.1 through a normal boot.

  1. Press the Win+R key to enter the Run dialogue.

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(Fig.12 Run Dialog Box)

  1. Type in the command :

    • shutdown /o /r

  2. Press Enter.

  3. After pressing Enter the computer should start the reboot process. Once it boots up again, the user will be able to access the Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1 Safe Mode environment through the Advanced Boot Options menu

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(Fig.5 Windows Startup Settings)

Method V

  1. Press the Win+R key combination and type msconfig in the run box and hit Enter.

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(Fig.12 Run Dialog Box)

  1. Click on the Boot Tab and click on the Safe Boot Check box.

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(Fig.13 Boot Tab)

  1. You can choose the type of Safe Mode you want to boot into :

    Minimal:

    Normal Safe Mode.

    Alternate Shell:

    Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

    Network:

    Safe Mode with Networking.

    Active Directory:

    This is to recover servers over a Domain Controller for you network.

  2. Once you have chosen your Option click the OK button and restart your machine.

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(Fig.14 System Configuration)

  1. Your PC will be rebooted into Safe Mode automatically.

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(Fig.15 Safe mode Desktop)

  1. If you hit Restart it will just keep booting to Safe Mode until you open msconfig again and uncheck the Safe Boot option. Hit the OK button and Restart your system to boot back into Normal Mode.

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(Fig.16 Boot.ini screen)

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(Fig.14 System Configuration)

 
SLN151713_en_US__1icon Note: Win = the windows logo/start button on your keyboard.
 


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Desktops & All-in-Ones, Laptops, Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro, XPS, Fixed Workstations

Last Published Date

21 Feb 2021

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