How to reboot Windows 8 in Safe mode: This article will provide you simple steps-by-step instructions on how to reboot your PC in Safe Mode. This is a question you may face when you are working on a Windows 8 or Server 2012 environment. Restarting your Windows 8 or Server 2012 in safe mode is no longer same as the old days. It took me few attempts to find out that F8 key no longer works in Windows 8/Server 2012. I thought it was my keyboard, however found its the Windows that no longer work using the F8 key.

Reboot in Safe mode from Windows:

Go to the Settings — Power, Hold Shift key and press Restart.

Restart Windows 8

This will give you another screen to Choose an option, Click on Troubleshoot

Choose an Option

Click on Advanced options


Now click on Startup Settings

Advanced Options

The Restart button is finally here, click to restart.

Startup Settings

Now you’ll get the familiar screen to reboot the PC in safe mode and its other known options. But accessing it is not same. You need to press the Number or Function keys corresponding to the option you want to choose. You no longer have option to move within the screen using the arrow keys.

Safe Mode Options

Another easy way to reboot in safe mode from windows:

Press the Window + R key to bring the Run dialog box. Type: msconfig in the Run box and hit Enter

Run Dialog Box

Under the System Configuration window, go to Boot Tab and check the box for Safe boot.

System Configuration

Additionally, you can choose which safe mode you want to boot in.

Minimal: Safe mode

Alternate Shell: Safe mode with Command Prompt

Active Directory repair: This options is used in Domain Controller (Servers only) when you need to reboot it in DSRM mode.

Network: Safe mode with Networking

As soon as you click on Apply and OK you’ll be prompted to restart the PC.


Restart the PC, this time it will automatically reboot in Safe Mode.

Note: If your computer continues to reboot in the safe mode, you may follow the steps to uncheck the Safe boot option under System Configuration (msconfig)

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