Boot into safe mode in Windows 8

The article gives guidelines on how to Boot into safe mode in Windows 8. Windows 8 comes with many new features and goodies. Well, we may need some time before we actually get to know how Windows 8 works. There are so many novelties that there are great chances for us to find ourselves not knowing how to do simple things like booting into safe mode in Windows 8. It is a great deal of a whole new operating system. No wonder we have to learn many things as if we were in front of an operating system for the first time.

Boot into safe mode in Windows 8

So, you’ve installed Windows 8 Release Preview and unfortunately, after a while, you get the blue screen. The first thing that comes to your mind is the trusty safe mode. So, you go for the F8 shortcut. But, surprise! This doesn’t work anymore as we’re talking about Windows 8 and not other version of the operating system. And you have to say goodbye to so many things when upgrading to the Windows 8 like the shortcut to safe mode.

You can now access safe mode by using a new shortcut, that is: Shift+F8. Still, there’s another option you can go for and that consists in creating a second safe mode instance of your computer that you can use to boot from. If want to go for this, then here’s what you have to do:

1. Start by doing a search for “cmd” in the home screen and thus you’ll get to the command prompt in the traditional environment. Now, since administrator privileges are needed when going for this method, you will have to click “Run as administrator”.

2. Once the command prompt opens, you will have to type bcdedit /enum /v (quotation marks excluded) in order for all your boot entries to be listed. Now, look for the entry that is next to “Identifier” under Windows Boot Loader.

3. In order to make a copy of the boot loader just found, you will have to type “bcdcedit /copy {Your Identifier} /d What you want to call the new entry. The string that you’ve found earlier is “Your identifier”.

4. The next thing to do is to enable safe mode on the new entry just created. In order to do that you will have to go to msconfig.exe in the command prompt and then to the Boot tab. Once you do that, you will have to check “Safe boot” after you’ve selected the new entry created. Then make sure you check the Make all boot settings permanent option before hitting “Apply”.

That should be about all! Although it’s different, it’s nothing complicated and once you follow these steps, you’ll be able to go into safe mode when you want to boot up next time.

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