Start Windows 7 or 8.1 in Safe Mode Without F8

Every tutorial you find will tell you that you can boot into safe mode by pressing F8 key on the keyboard. So here is a different method using your operating system pre-installed tools. Today you’ll learn to start Windows 7 or 8.1 in safe mode without F8 Key.

1. Press Windows key + R and type “msconfig” to open System Configuration.

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2. At system configuration click on Boot tab and check mark Safe boot option also check mark Minimal then click on apply and restart your computer to boot in safe mode.

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3. When you restart your computer it will automatically boot in safe mode.

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Once you are done doing whatever you needed to do in safe mode…

4. To turn safe mode off again repeat the same process at the system configuration windows and untick Safe boot and restart your computer to view changes.

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I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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