How To Boot Your PC Into Safe Mode

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Just like the name itself, a PC in Safe mode is a Safe PC.

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There are several common ways to boot your PC. These include BIOS, USB, Cold Boot, Warm boot, and safe mode boot.

However, today we shall focus on the PC safe mode boot on a computer.

One of the first and most common ideas when solving a PC issue is booting into safe mode. This is recommended by experts because it helps you disable installed software to test if the device is functioning well. Experts recommend this method because it ensures that you’re only using system software that can help identify a particular problem.

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What is Safe Mode?

Safe mode is a state in which a computer starts Windows in a basic state. This happens using a limited set of files and drivers. If a problem doesn’t happen in safe mode, this means that default settings and basic device drivers aren’t causing the issue.

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Initially, it was just a matter of pressing the F8 button to switch to the useful state, but from Windows 10, everything changed.

Here are the different steps to get your PC into safe mode.

Step #1: Enabling Recovery Mode

The first step to accessing safe mode is by enabling recovery mode on your PC. This can be done using two methods. You can use the F8 Key or using the settings app.

Enabling recovery mode using F8 Key

This method works very well on computers running operating systems earlier than Windows 10. If you want to boot into safe mode, follow the following steps.

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The F8 Key (Courtesy Image)
  1. Shut down your device.
  2. Click the power button to reboot
  3. Click F8 during the booting process.
  4. Doing this will command your computer to take you to a recovery environment screen.

The problem with this method is the fact that some manufacturers disable this ability. Another issue is the fact that Windows tends to boot a lot faster with higher versions.

Using the Settings app to get to Recovery Mode

Steps to enter safe mode using the recovery method.
When your PC is on, please locate the restart button. This works both when you’re logged in and when you’re not.

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Settings Recovery mode option
  1. Hold the shift button while clicking the restart button. This is considered the easiest way to get there.
  2. Using settings
  3. You can access safe mode by following these steps.
  4. Open the settings app.
  5. Open update and security in the options provided
  6. On the left pane, please switch to the recovery tab
  7. Click the restart button. If your PC fails to restart twice, it should take you to recovery mode and you can choose safe mode.

Step #2: Advanced tools to enable safe mode

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After using recovery mode, the next step is using advanced tools to eventually reach Safe Mode.

  1. While in recovery mode, choose the trouble option
  2. In the new window, you can choose advanced options
  3. There will be a new window and you just have to choose startup settings (in windows 8, it’s labeled as windows startup setting)
  4. Eventually, you’re greeted with a restart option which you have to click
  5. Lastly, you have a new window where options are numbered. Punch the number corresponding with “enable safe mode”
  6. In Windows 8, your PC might show you an old interface where you have to use arrows to choose the safe mode version you want.


This has been the process of enabling safe mode on your PC. These methods are absolutely safe unlike some that may lock your PC in safe mode until you notice it.