Our Favorite Tips: Safe Mode with No F8

Tip submitted by bob3160 on May 15, 2012

Getting into Safe Mode if F8 doesn’t work

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7 thoughts on “Our Favorite Tips: Safe Mode with No F8

  1. There's also the possibility to tap F5 during boot. You'll get a boot screen that asks you to choose the Windows version you want (usually there's only one available if you don't have dual boot setup). After selecting this you'll be presented with further options of wich safe mode is one.

  2. Well there can be many reason’s other then that to use Safe Mod. So It is a good tip.

    You might have a Driver issue, or App issue that can cause problems on poorly configured systems, even on good solid systems. it could be a hardware problem you are trying to track down.

    Though have seen on customers systems were safe mode and System Restore was locked out though have always been able to bring up msconfig, except on one system. You can get to it to with a Command Line, if you still remember a bit of Dos, yep Dos is still there, just Windows doesn’t need much of it. Though i have only had to do this just once in XP years ago. Though many of the process’s that a Trojan or certain malware might have may not show up there. Much of this kind of nasty stuff tends to hide very well. And safe Mode won’t help sometimes.

    You can do a lot of repairs if needed with the tools on the Repair system that the Windows Os disk has on it to. Though i should warn people that you should have at least a basic understanding of those tools and Windows and how to use those tools.

    You can really mess up your system and have to do a reload if you don’t understand them and their uses and functions.

    I find it best to just use a Live Cd of Linux and run scan tools on the Partition to determine the problems if the system is infected. and remove those nasty’s, using Clam Av, or many other Tools.

    Again you need a basic understanding of how this is done. There are dozens of article’s on how to do this and use the tools and how to burn a ISO with these tools on the Live CD. Always get a the newest updates for Clam AV.

    Doing this this way on and infected system solves a lot of problems due to Windows never firing up and so neither does the Nasty bug the system might have.

    If you can’t get to it in run then open a command prompt. Then you just need to type in: “start msconfig” this is in windows 7.

  3. I agree with LarryF; I can’t think of a time when this method would have ever been useful. If F8 doesn’t work, IMO it’s because a USB keyboard is installed and USB Legacy Mode is not enabled in the BIOS.

  4. I was hoping for a good tip for getting into safe mode on boot. Unfortunately, that’s not what this is.

    There are two main reasons why one would typically want to start in safe mode — either Windows isn’t booting into normal mode and you’re trying to figure out why, or the computer is heavily infected, and you’re trying to enter safe mode to remove some of the malware.

    Both of those reasons cause this tip to be worthless. Being unable to enter normal Windows on boot speaks for itself. Massive infections will more often than not disable msconfig since the malware programmers don’t want you finding their startup applets. So, basically, this tip only works when you don’t really need to go to safe mode.

    Thanks anyway.

  5. Thanks for this wonderful tip to boot into Safe Mode.

    I would also click the Network tab near the bottom so that you have access to the Internet while in safe mode in case you need to download drives or do some sort of on line virus scan then next time you boot into safe mode…

    Short cut tips are always saving time, Windows Key+R to bring up the Run command is a real time saver…

    Enjoy…

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