Boot In Safe Mode Without Pressing F8 Key

December 8, 20084 Comments
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Recently one of my friend asked me how can he reboot his computer in safe mode without pressing the F8 key at the time of booting which is normally required fro booting windows in safe mode.

Some times there could be a case when you may not want to press the F8 key or even if you press the F8 key your key your system does not boot in Safe Mode as the F8 key on your keyboard may malfunction and also pressing F8 key on the right time is also important to boot into safe mode while booting.

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You must be wondering what is safe mode you may heard it, may not know the actual meaning, here it is.

What is Safe Mode?

Safe Mode is a special way to load windows in the troubleshooting mode so that you can repair the problem that might be caused after a software installation and any other problem related to windows. In Safe Mode windows does not run autoexec.bat and config.sys files including most of the device drivers are not loaded so that you can uninstall the device and its drivers which is causing the issue.

Today, I will tell you how to boot your computer automatically in safe mode with out pressing safe mode at the time of booting your computer.

In order to boot your computer into safe mode automatically in safe mode their are two methods, one is by using msconfig in windows and other one uses a free utility called BootSafe

Boot In Safe Mode Via msconfig ( For Vista )

1. Start your Computer in normal mode first and open Start Menu >> Run, and type msconfig and press Enter

2. Click the Boot tab in windows and select the check box Safe boot  

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Make sure that minimal is selected and click Apply and OK.The next time you restart your computer it will automatically boot in safe mode.

When you done with your work in safe mode, open msconfig in safe mode and unclick the check box Safe boot and click Apply and OK

Boot In Safe Mode Via Msconfig ( For XP )

1. Start your Computer in normal mode first and open Start Menu >> Run, and type msconfig and press Enter

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2. Click the BOOT.INI tab and select the check box /SAFEBOOT

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Make sure that minimal is selected and click Apply and OK.The next time you restart your computer it will automatically boot in safe mode.

When you done with your work in safe mode, open msconfig in safe mode and unclick the check box Safe boot and click Apply and OK

Boot In Safe Mode Via BootSafe 

BootSafe is a free tool which lets you boot into safe mode without playing with msconfig. By using bootsafe takes the hassle out of rebooting in safe mode or normal mode so there is more fighting with F8 key or msconfig. 

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BootSafe is a single executable which can directly run and does not require installation, no setup so you just need to download and run.

1. Boot your computer in normal mode, run BootSafe – select the safe mode type and press Reboot

2. After you are done with your work in safe mode and run BootSafe again – select Normal Restart and press Reboot

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These are all the options available to boot in safe mode in windows XP and Vista.

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  1. Deyaa Addeen Fahmy Shedeed says:

    That is right, thanks.

  2. john says:

    HEllo i will love you guys if this works, really i have been try 2 days looking one way to do it and nothing works!!! (::

  3. john says:

    amazing amazing amazing amazing i love you guys it worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! almost 20 hours dealing with an old dell optiplex because i am going to format it, i was with a lot of hidden files and folders, i tried everything, F8 didnt worked, know with your little program it worked!!!!! it let me in with safe mode, god bless you congratulations, really, i was going to hammer the pC!!1 kidding (: well, i am going to format it right know, one again ty

  4. Muhammad Younas says:

    Thanks dear for such nice tips….it really solved my problems. May ALLAH bless you….

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