What is Safe Mode?
Safe mode in any operating system is used to troubleshoot the problems which are not easily removed when the computer is started normally. While using computer in safe mode only essential services are initiated and rest of them are disabled which makes troubleshooting easier for the administrators.
In earlier versions of Microsoft Windows, for example Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows 7 it was quite easy to enter safe mode of the operating systems. People were just supposed to press F8 during computer startup process in order to enter boot menu where several options were available along with an option named Safe Mode. However when it comes to Microsoft Windows 8 this feature has been removed and the boot menu options are now not available any more. Advanced Options, Computer Reset, etc. are some other options which are available in Windows 8 when F8 key is pressed instead.
For advanced users or for the users who are more comfortable with earlier versions of operating systems, Microsoft has still provided a benefit to them by allowing them to manually enable safe mode in Windows 8 when required.
As a Windows 8 user if you want to enable safe mode you are required to follow the steps given below:
1 Logon to Microsoft Windows 8 computer with any account that has administrative privileges.
2 From the displayed options click on Desktop.
3 Right click on the shortcut of Command Prompt available on the desktop and from the appeared context menu click on Run as administrator option.
4 On User Account Control confirmation box click on Yes button to continue.
5 On the opened command box type BCDEDIT /ENUM /V command and press enter key.
6 From the appeared results note down the reference value mentioned in front of default under Windows Boot Manager section.
7 Once noted, in the same command window type BCDEDIT /COPY /d “Safe Mode” and press enter key.
8 Close command window and press Windows + R keys simultaneously to initiate Run command box.
9 In the available field type MSCONFIG command and hit enter key.
10 On System Configuration box go to Boot tab and from the Boot options section check Safe boot checkbox to enable safe mode.
11 Click on Ok button when done and then click on Restart button to restart your computer.
12 Start hitting F8 key repeatedly during the system startup process to enter Choose an option window and from the available options click on Use another operating system.
13 On Choose an operating system window click on Safe Mode to reboot Windows 8 into safe mode