How To Boot Windows 8 In Safe Mode with Networking

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Safe Mode is an essential diagnostic and repair tool that every service technician or user should know. The basic idea behind safe mode is to boot Windows 8 with just the basic system device drivers and applications. This mode offers the capability of recovering a system that may have installed an invalid driver, corrupted registry file or virus.

Any Windows operating system is susceptible to infection and corruption. Safe mode gives the user a reasonable environment to run all of their appropriate repair and virus removal tools. It also allows the user to remove software applications that may be causing system instability or even remove recently added drivers that are causing conflicts and errors.

Booting Windows 8 in safe mode is extremely easy to do. For those of you who cannot boot Windows 8 at all, you’ll need to access safe mode by pressing F5 before the Windows 8 load screen and manually select the mode you wish to boot.


This article illustrates how to boot the Windows 8 operating system in Safe Mode with Networking.

How To Boot Windows 8 In Safe Mode with Networking:

1. Bring up the Windows 8 Metro UI.

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2. Type the command msconfig and the search box should pop up automatically.

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3. Select the msconfig application from the search results on the left.

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4. When the classic System Configuration menu pops up, select the Boot tab.

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5. Check the box for Safe boot and optionally choose Network if you wish to have internet service in safe mode.

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6. Select Restart when prompted.

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7. Wait for your system to restart.

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8. Your system should boot in safe mode, it opens a troubleshooting help file and you will notice Safe Mode text in the bottom left corner of your screen.

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Safe mode is an excellent way to boot a computer for diagnostic and repair purposes. After you have completed all of your tasks in safe mode, you can simply reverse the steps above through the msconfig command and choose normal startup instead of safe boot.


Craig Chamberlin

Craig received his degree in Informatics with a cognate in Business from Indiana University: South Bend in 2008. Craig lives with his wife and daughter in South Bend, Indiana near Notre Dame. Craig is currently employed by Precision Electric, Inc. and acts as the chief Information Technology Manager. With a passion for teaching and technology, he founded The PCMichiana Tech Help Show in Fall 2009. His focus is teaching users of all backgrounds how to learn technology while having fun.

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