5 Ways To Boot Into Safe Mode & Why

Safe Mode, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Just kidding, paraphrasing the song… War (what is it good for). Safe Mode can be a very useful mechanism to help diagnose issues and rid the system of rogue software, but booting into Safe Mode has become a bit more complicated since the F8 key no longer works.

What Is Safe Mode

Safe Mode is akin to a cut-down version of your operating system. When you boot into Safe Mode only essential system drivers and software are loaded at default settings. Because of these limitations, booting into Safe Mode is optimum for removing rogue software as well as helping to diagnose issues, particularly BSODs (Blue Screens Of Death).

If you’re experiencing a persistent BSOD and you boot into Safe Mode, then if the BSOD is no longer an issue in Safe Mode, that means the culprit is likely to be a software problem. If the BSOD persists in Safe Mode, then it’s likely to be a hardware issue.

How To Boot Into Safe Mode

Firstly, provided you can access the operating system, the simplest method is to hold down the SHIFT key while clicking the Restart button.

Restart In Safe Mode

We have published multiple articles on how to boot into Safe Mode so I’m going to refer to those earlier guides:


In my experience, BSODs are nowhere near as prevalent these days as they once were but, regardless, booting into Safe Mode remains an important diagnostic mechanism, and knowing how to get there is the obvious first step.

2 thoughts on “5 Ways To Boot Into Safe Mode & Why”

  1. Mike M Markwick

    I use Winaero you can change the sytem to boot to all safe modes safe mode. safe mode with networking. safe mode with command promt. Winaero is a free download.

    1. Hey Mike,

      Agree, Winaero produces very good software. However, the main aim of this article was to show users how to boot into Safe Mode natively, without needing to install additional software.

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