Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)

As one does when trying out a new version of Windows, I decided to install the Windows 8 to a second hard drive in my computer to test out the operating system natively, rather than using a virtual machine. At first I thought this would be awesome, until I ran in into some problems.
I was trying to get Windows 8 to install the Windows 7 x64 drivers for my internal PCI Wireless N adapter, and on reboot I got to experience the brand new “Blue Screen of Death” for the first time. Obviously something went wrong and I immediately thought to go into Safe Mode to sort out my problem. Oh wait, I couldn't; at first.
Pressing F8 on boot as one normally does returns absolutely nothing, so my BSoD loop continued until I booted my Windows 7 installation (which thankfully I kept). I originally thought that they had disabled Safe Mode, but a commenter has pointed out that they have just changed the hotkey to (holding) Shift+F8 rather than keeping the traditional F8 hotkey.
Alternatively, you could attempt to enable Safe Mode as a startup option using the same method as for the Developer Preview. This is an easier way than holding Shift+F8, because in the short time I tested the new hotkey it often didn't work.
Alternative method:
Once of the most common steps when troubleshooting a PC is to boot into safe mode. For a long time this has been achieved by pressing the F8 key, this all changes with Windows 8 and its Automatic Repair mode. But what if we want Safe Mode?
You can still have Safe Mode, however, it is buried deep into the recovery options of Windows 8. While just mashing the F8 key as we all know will boot you into automatic recovery mode, you can still manually access the recovery options by pressing the Shift+F8 key combination.

Booting Into Safe Mode on Windows 8

The trick is to hold the Shift button and mash the F8 key, this will sometimes boot you into the new advanced “recovery mode”,  where you can choose to see advanced repair options.
You will need to click on the Troubleshoot option.
No select Advanced Options.
Now choose the Windows Startup Settings option, by the looks of things we were never meant to find Safe Mode.
Finally hit the Restart button.
Like magic, when your PC reboots you will be able to boot into Safe Mode from the familiar looking Advanced Boot Options screen.

Getting To Safe Mode From Within Windows 8

You have a second option, however, this requires you to be booted into Windows already. Press the Win+R key combination and type msconfig in the run box and hit enter.
Switch over to the boot tab, and click on the Safe Boot check box.
You can also choose the type of Safe Mode you want to boot into:
  • Minimal is normal safe mode.
  • Alternate Shell is safe mode with command prompt
  • Network is safe mode with networking.
The Active Directory option pertains to restoring a server that is a Domain Controller for your network. Once you have chosen your option click the ok button and restart your machine.
You PC will be booted into Safe Mode automatically.
If you restart you PC you will just keep getting booted into Safe Mode, to stop this open msconfig again and uncheck the Safe Boot option, then hit the ok button.
Finally Restart your Machine.
That’s all there is to it.



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