Fix: Can’t Boot Into Safe Mode in Windows 10, Windows 8.1
Are you having a hard time booting into safe mode in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1? It is very understandable because compared to the other ways that you could have done this in the previous versions of Windows this feature is a little bit tricky to get to in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1.
The safe mode feature is very useful in any kind of situation especially if one of your apps is malfunctioning in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. In most of the cases if you cannot boot normally the Windows 8.1 or the Windows 10 system then the next option you need to take is to boot into safe mode. You don’t need to worry because from now on you will be able to access this feature only by reading the lines below.
How to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1:
- Boot into Safe Mode from the System Configuration feature
- Boot into Safe Mode from Power Menu
- Boot into Safe Mode using a recovery CD/USB
- Safe Mode in Windows 10 not opening: how to fix it
First method: Boot into Safe Mode from the System Configuration feature
- Press and hold the button “Windows” and the button “R” in order to open the “Run” window.
- Write in the “Run” box you have on the screen the following line “msconfig”.
- Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
- A “System Configuration” window should pop up.
- Left click on the “Boot” tab in the system configuration window.
- In the “Boot” tab you will need to left click on the box next to “Safe Boot”.
- Left click on the “Ok” button you have In the lower right side of that window.
- You might get a message if you want to reboot your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 device in which case you will need to left click on the “Restart” button.
- After the operating system reboots it will go directly to your “Safe mode” feature.
Second method: Boot into Safe Mode from Power Menu
- Go to the “Settings” feature in the Charms bar.
- Left click on the “Power” button.
- Now while holding the “Shift” button pressed you will need to left click on the “Restart” option.
- A “Choose an option” screen will appear and you will have to left click or tap on the “Troubleshoot” feature.
- Now in the “Troubleshoot” menu you will need to left click or tap on the “Advanced options” feature.
- Now you need to left click or tap on “Startup Settings” feature.
- Left click or tap on the “Restart” button in the lower right side of the screen.
- Your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 will reboot and it will get you to a new set of options that you can choose from.
- Press the “F4” button on the keyboard of enable the “Safe mode” feature.
- Now restart the Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 device to get to safe mode.
Third method: Boot into Safe Mode using a recovery CD/USB
- In order to do this method, you will need to have a system recovery CD/DVD or a USB stick.
- Insert the system recovery CD/DVD in the device.
- Reboot the Windows 8.1, Windows 10 device.
- Choose to boot from the CD/DVD when it asks you after the restart.
- You will get to a “Choose your keyboard layout” screen where you have to choose the layout you want to use on the keyboard.
- After you chose the layout you will get to a “Choose an option” screen and from there you can follow the instructions in the second method above.
Safe Mode in Windows 10 not opening: how to fix it
Another frequent problem that you might encounter on Windows 10 is Safe Mode simply not opening at all. In this case, you have to know how to open it in the first place. For that, check our guide and see how to add Safe Mode feature to the boot menu of a Windows 10 device. After that, you will need to fix the problem. You will find a full fix in our dedicated article which explains to you how to solve ‘Safe Mode not working’.
Now that you have 3 quick methods on how to boot into safe mode you can surely do it yourself the next time and start the troubleshooting. Also you can write us in the comments section if you have any other suggestions regarding this article.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.