How to Boot into Safe Mode in Vista When F8 Doesn’t work

When we speak about safe mode we all know that the F8 key boots Windows into Safe mode. But unfortunately for some BIOS it shows boot options (hard disk, DVD rom, etc). In such a situation you can make use of the msconfig in Vista. Here’s how you do it:

Go to Start menu and in the search box type msconfig and hit enter.

This will bring up msconfig. Now under the Boot tab check the box “Safe boot” and make sure the radio button below is set to “Minimal“.

Once you’re done click on OK, you’ll be asked if you want to Restart now or wait until later. Either way, the next boot will take you into safe mode.

Once you restart, the pc should boot into Safe Mode.

Now if you want to turn off the safe mode you need to go through the above steps again when you’re in Safe mode and uncheck the box “Safe boot”.

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2 comments for “How to Boot into Safe Mode in Vista When F8 Doesn’t work”

  • Hi. Joel..

    In my case, I use Safe Mode when it becomes impossible to boot into my PC. ;).. So, booting in and then correcting something won’t be good. However, a nice tip. Surely would be useful sometime.

    I would like to add you a small tip, which it seems you missed out. I have tried it out on a few BIOS and it obiviously works.
    You said
    “””But unfortunately for some BIOS it shows boot options (hard disk, DVD rom, etc).”””

    In a case where you get the boot options, all you need to do is Select Hard Disk and then continue pressing F8. The menu for selection the type of Boot (Normal, Safe Mode, etc.. ) appears.

    You can select Safe Mode from there.

  • Oh I didn’t try that. Will try selecting the hard disk and try it out 🙂

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