How To Start Windows 8 In Safe Mode (Windows 8 Safe Mode Instructions)

How to start in Safe Mode on Windows 8 OS

Microsoft Windows 8 has been available for the public since Friday October 26th, 2012, so its normal that cyber criminals, scam artists, and hackers have modified computer viruses and malware in order to attack and access Windows 8 operating systems. Since computer viruses on Windows 8 will continue to rise we have provided instructions on how to enter Windows 8 Safe Mode, or essentially boot your PC into Safe Mode on Windows 8.

Windows 8 Safe Mode Instructions
Windows 8 Startup Settings menu

Severe computer viruses, including crypto-viruses such as ransomware like the FBI virus or Department of Justice virus often restrict access to Windows 8 operating systems and the only easy way to access the current computer to eradicate the infection is to boot Windows 8 in Safe Mode. Safe Mode may be essential for removing these types of viruses automatically using reputable software or using manual malware removal tutorials.

Windows 8 Safe Mode Instructions:

  1. Navigate to the Windows 8 Start Screen (or lock-screen if infected) and press Ctrl+Alt+Del together to enter the blue boot screen.
  2. When you are on the blue screen, hold the Shift key and click ‘Restart‘ at the same time (it appears in the bottom right of the screen). Your PC will restart.
  3. After your Windows 8 PC reboots, navigate to the Advanced Startup options menu and click the Troubleshoot button → Advanced options button → Startup settings and finally click the Restart button.
  4. After your PC restarts again, you will be directed to the Startup Settings menu.

From the Windows 8 Startup settings menu, users can choose to enable Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt. You can select a mode or use a Windows 8 hotkey below to access your preferred Safe Mode. After you chose, Windows will boot into the Safe Mode version you selected.

Windows 8 Safe Mode hotkeys:

Windows 8 Safe Mode version Hotkey
Safe Mode F4
Safe Mode with Networking F5
Safe Mode with Command Prompt F6

Enable Windows 8 Safe Mode

Windows 8 Safe Mode starts Windows 8 using only basic drivers that are necessary to run Windows 8. Safe Mode will not start any programs, connect to the internet, or system networking.

Enable Windows 8 Safe Mode with Networking

Windows 8 Safe Mode with Networking starts Windows 8 using only basic drivers that are necessary to run Windows 8. This version allows you to access the internet to download tools in order to eradicate malicious files.

Enable Windows 8 Safe Mode with Command Prompt

This version of Safe Mode starts Windows 8 using only basic drivers that are necessary to run Windows 8, but does not start the Windows 8 start menu or desktop. You will instead see the Windows 8 command prompt which allows you to type Windows commands. This version will not start any programs, connect to the internet, or system networking.