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How to Add Safe Mode to Boot Menu in Windows 10 or 8

April 28th, 2015 by Admin

Safe Mode is a special Windows boot mode used for troubleshooting and system diagnostics. Since Windows 8, there is no straight-forward method to access the Safe Mode and the traditional F8 key also doesn’t work any longer. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to add the Safe Mode option to Boot Menu in Windows 10/8.1/8.

How to Add Safe Mode to Boot Menu in Windows 10 or 8?

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt by pressing the Windows key + X and then selecting “Command Prompt (Admin)“.
  2. Enter the following command or copy and paste the command in the Command Prompt window, and press the Enter key.
    bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Safe Mode"


    This command clones the current OS boot settings to a new boot entry named “Safe Mode”. Close the Command Prompt after the command above is executed.

  3. Press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run box. Type msconfig and press OK.
  4. In the System Configuration window, click on the Boot tab, select the newly-created boot entry “Safe Mode” from the list. Check the box labelled Safe boot (under Boot options), and set the Timeout to 30 seconds.


  5. Click OK, then apply changes. Restart your PC and the Safe Mode option would now appear in the boot selection menu.


    The boot screen menu will automatically disappear after 30 seconds to boot into Windows. Note that, when you select the Safe Mode option, your PC will reboot once again and bring you to Safe Mode automatically.

How to Boot Windows 8 in Safe Mode If Your PC Won’t Start

October 30th, 2014 by Admin

In my previous post I’ve covered the procedure to access the Safe Mode from Windows 8 login screen. But that method won’t work in case your computer is crashed or unable to start. Since Windows 8, the boot process is now so fast that it’s also impossible to access the Safe Mode by pressing the traditional F8 key. So here I’m going to explain another method to boot Windows 8 in Safe Mode if your computer won’t start.

How to Boot Windows 8 in Safe Mode with A Recovery Drive?

  1. Boot your problematic computer from Windows 8 recovery drive. If you don’t have a recovery drive, you can create one on another Windows 8 PC which you can access, by following this guide: How to Create a Recovery Drive in Windows 8.
  2. After your computer boots from the recovery drive and you’re presented with the Choose your keyboard layout screen, choose the keyboard layout appropriate for your device. On the next screen, click Troubleshoot.

  3. When you see the Troubleshoot screen, click Advanced options.

  4. On the Advanced options screen, click Startup settings.

  5. On the next screen, click Restart.

  6. Once the PC has restarted, you will be given the option to boot to Safe Mode by pressing F4.

How to Boot Windows 8 or 10 into Safe Mode

June 12th, 2013 by Admin

Couldn’t find a way to boot Windows 8/10 into Safe Mode? In the previous version of Windows, we can boot into Safe Mode by simply pressing F8 key while Windows starts. However, this all changes since Windows 8 and the F8 key doesn’t work anymore. Booting into Safe Mode when using Windows 8 or 10 is not as simple as with previous versions of Windows – but it is possible. Here is how to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

How to Boot Windows 8/10 into Safe Mode?

Turn on your computer and wait until it boots into the Windows 8/10 login screen. If the computer logs on to your user account automatically, you need to manually log off in order to bring up the login screen.


Hold down the SHIFT key and click on the Power icon visible on the bottom right of Windows 8/10 login screen, then click Restart option. In a moment you’ll see the recovery screen. click on the Troubleshoot option.


Now select Advanced Options.


In a moment you’ll see the Advanced options screen, as shown below. Select the Startup Settings option.


Next hit the Restart button.


Wait while your computer restarts. You don’t need to do anything here or hit any keys. After a while, you should see the Startup Settings menu. You’ll see a number of advanced ways to start Windows 8/10, all aimed at assisting you in solving a Windows startup problem.


Press F4 key on your keyboard to enter into Safe Mode. There’s nothing to do here but wait. Next up will be the login screen you normally see when your computer starts. Log on as administrator and now Windows 8/10 is running in Safe Mode.

Note: If you forgot the administrator password and can’t log into Safe Mode, you can easily reset the lost password using a Windows Password Reset boot CD/USB drive.