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Windows 8/RT, just like previous operating systems also support the safe mode which gives you the capability to boot into Windows 8 on necessary things and most of the drivers and other Windows items are disabled. Safe mode also gives you the ability to diagnose what things of your PC are not working.

Surface Pro and Surface RT which also runs the Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT respectively also has this awesome feature which will let you boot into safe mode to test things out before enabling them in real environment. You can also see what things of your Surface Pro tablets are not working properly using safe mode.

Booting into safe mode on your Windows 8 device is very easy just like Windows 7 but, you will need to follow few more steps to use safe mode. But, don’t worry, this tutorial will help you boot into safe mode on your Surface or any other Windows 8 device.

Just follow the instructions below to boot into safe mode on your Windows 8 device.

Instructions:

  • First of all, login to your Windows 8. Once signed in, go to the PC Settings by pressing ‘Windows key + C‘ or swiping from right and selecting ‘Change PC Settings‘.

How to create backup of your Windows 8 files automatically on regular basis

  • Your ‘PC Settings‘ will open. Here navigate to ‘General‘ tab and scroll to the end of that page. You will see the option of ‘Advanced startup‘. Press ‘Restart now‘ under ‘Advanced startup‘.

How to create backup of your Windows 8 files automatically on regular basis

  • Your Windows 8/RT device will restart and then, you would see the boot manger options of Windows 8. Here select ‘Troubleshoot‘.

How to create backup of your Windows 8 files automatically on regular basis

  • You would be showed some more options. Here press ‘Advanced options‘.

How to create backup of your Windows 8 files automatically on regular basis

  • Next, you will see some more options. Press ‘Startup Settings‘.

How to create backup of your Windows 8 files automatically on regular basis

  • You would be showed another screen where you would be asked to restart in-order to access the mentioned options. Press the ‘Restart‘ button.

How to create backup of your Windows 8 files automatically on regular basis

  • Another screen would be showed where you would be showed a list of items which can be accessed. Here select option ‘4‘ named as ‘Enable Safe Mode‘.

Note: If, you tend to boot into safe mode with Networking or with Command Prompt then, select the appropriate options.

How to create backup of your Windows 8 files automatically on regular basis

  • Once selected, your PC will restart and then, boot into Windows 8.

Note: You might need to sign-in to your Microsoft account or enter local account details to sign-in.

  • Once signed-in, you would be taken directly to desktop where the safe mode environment would be enabled like no desktop wallpapers etc. You will also see the Safe mode written on all four corners of desktop and some of the Charms won’t be showed as well.

How to create backup of your Windows 8 files automatically on regular basis

  • That’s all! You have successfully booted into safe mode.

You may visit our Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Windows 8.

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  • NeMo

    win+r -> enter msconfig -> go to Boot tab -> under Boot options, check Safe boot option. Restart the computer.

  • Sam

    Don’t work for Surface RT. Because of Bitlocker…

  • silver

    Hi, none of the F-keyes with type cover 2 or external keyboard on Surface Pro 2.

    Any suggestion?

  • Gr

    What if you cant login because you need to disable something in safe mode before you can get the system to allow you to login .

  • Donnie

    Every single site i look at that explains how to boot into safe, not one…and i have seen many comments about it, but not one of them has come up with a solution of how do you get into safe mode on a MS surface pro. and logging into to go to settings is not an option, if I could log in I wouldnt need safe mode, duh… can anyone explain how to get into safe mode on a surface tablet prior to logging in.