Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode with Boot Options like Command Prompt and Networking, using our step by step tutorial, if you are unable to do so by pressing F8 key.

Microsoft Windows 8 has a booting speed, fast enough not to allow any time to Hit F8 Key to load the Windows Boot Options Menu.

Windows 8 Startup approximately allows less than 200 milliseconds, which makes it impossible to press F8 in such a short span of time.


If you are facing the situation, we have the solution. The tutorial list methods that can be used to load Windows 8 Boot Options Menu and to further choose from With Networking or With Command Prompt support modes.

Microsoft Windows 8 Safe Mode Boot Options

Windows 8 Safe Mode Options

Windows 8 Safe Mode is a troubleshooting mode with basic and limited drivers are libraries loaded, to diagnose any critical problem in the Operating system that get in the way with the regular operation of Windows. It is intended to repair most, if not all problems within an operating system.

Safe mode also does not launch any programs that are set to start automatically when Windows starts and instead of the normal graphics device driver, Safe Mode uses standard VGA graphics mode. There are following three Safe Modes options that you can choose from, on Windows 8 Safe Mode menu:
  1. Enable Safe Mode

    This version of Safe Mode starts Windows 8 using the most basic drivers that are required to get Windows to run. It will not start any programs or the networking system.

  2. Enable Safe Mode with Networking

    This version of Safe Mode starts Windows 8 using the most basic drivers that are required to get Windows to run. It will not start any programs automatically, but will start the networking subsystem so that you can access the Internet.

  3. Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    This version of Safe Mode starts Windows 8 using the most basic drivers that are required to get Windows to run, but does not start the Windows shell. This means that you will not see the desktop, but will instead be shown the command prompt screen where you can type commands.

Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode with Boot Options

With previous versions of the Windows operating system that hold F8 at boot screen itself. However, this trick does not work for Windows 8. Safe mode in Windows 8 needs to be activated manually. Once you have enabled then you can access safe mode by any other means, when you want. Here under the methods:

Enable Safe Mode with Windows Startup Settings

  1. Go to Settings located in the Charms Bar.
    Microsoft Windows 8 Safe Mode Boot Options

  2. Click on Change PC settings
    Microsoft Windows 8 Safe Mode Boot Options

  3. Go to the tab General and scroll down until you find the Advanced Startup and click on Restart now
    Microsoft Windows 8 Safe Mode Boot Options

  4. There appears the blue screen, Choose an Option with the options and then click on Troubleshoot
    Microsoft Windows 8 Safe Mode Boot Options

  5. Click on Advanced Options
    Microsoft Windows 8 Safe Mode Boot Options

  6. Click the Startup Settings
    Microsoft Windows 8 Safe Mode Boot Options

  7. Click on Restart
    Microsoft Windows 8 Safe Mode Boot Options

  8. Following a restart, there will be shown 9 options available and then just enter the number of the desired option and wait for it to start.
    Microsoft Windows 8 Safe Mode Boot Options

Enable Safe Mode with Windows Startup Settings

  1. Go to Settings located in the Charms Bar and click Power
  2. Keep the the Shift key hold down and click Restart
    Microsoft Windows 8 Safe Mode Boot Options

  3. There appears the Choose an Option blue screen with the options and then click on Troubleshoot
  4. Click on Advanced Options
  5. Click the Startup Settings
  6. Click the Restart
  7. After the reboot, you will be shown 9 options available and then just enter the number of the desired option and wait for it to start.

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