Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Safe Mode with Command Prompt (Windows 8/8.1)

I and many people have had issues trying to run safe mode on Windows 8/8.1.  Most people including myself have been told you have to do it within Windows 8/8.1 but sometimes that isn't possible cause you can't start up properly.  The most difficult option was to wait until the computer boots and wait for the bios screen to disappear and hold shift and press F8.  Now you may enter safe mode but I haven't ever got that to work.

Well what people didn't know is there is a simple way of getting into Safe Mode without having to go into Windows 8/8.1.  If you have a setup disk your ready to go.  When the system boots press "F8" so you can choose what medium you want to boot with.

Select your CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Rom and wait for Windows 8/8.1 setup to load.  Once you get to the screen to select your language press next.  You'll then be sent to another screen where you can either setup the operating system or repair your current Windows operating system.  Click repair and you'll be brought to another screen with repair options.  You'll want to select troubleshoot, then select advanced options.  After this select command prompt and type in the following.

First type "C:" without the quotations so you can enter the hard drive that Windows is installed on.

Then use the following commands for whatever options you prefer.

Safe Mode:
bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal


Safe Mode with Networking:
bcdedit /set {default} safeboot network

This will change the boot settings to force safe mode to fix whatever problems you need repaired. After your finished solving your problem right click near the start button and select run.  After that type in msconfig and select the boot tab and unclick Safe Mode.

So now you have solved your problem without having to refresh, or restore.

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