Safe Mode from boot

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raybro

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Still learning about my new Dell with Win 8 and found pressing F8 at boot does not get me into Safe Mode (dont'ca just love MS). Might be related to the new UEFI that replaces BIOS, but changing boot method to Legacy had no affect on F8.

Research and experimentation identified a clear way into Safe Mode from Windows which works OK, but that wont help a lot when one cannot get into the OS. Found a pretty extreme way which talked about creating a second boot alternative in msconfig/Boot tab (similar to dual boot in operation).

Any ideas/alternatives/suggestions???
 

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hold the shift key down as you boot and at the same time tap f8

go to the advanced screen

startup options
 

raybro

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hold the shift key down as you boot and at the same time tap f8

go to the advanced screen

startup options
Tried that numerous times with no joy. Nothing happens at all.
 

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Didn't come with an install disk. Everything is on recovery partitions on the HDD. The only DVD that came with the machine is drivers and utilities.
 

dai

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go into msconfig and make sure the safe boot box is not ticked

there are reports that using this method to enter safe mode,that it does not always return to normal mode when it is unticked and changed back

the only fix i found listed was shift+f8 and that said it usually took a number of attempts before it worked

on earlier versions when i could not get access,i used to quickly turn the computer on and off a few times

and windows would bring up the options menu itself
 

raybro

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Got the solution from the Dell Community Forum and it reflects what dai suggested.

To get to the Recovery Screen from boot, cycle the Power switch 3 times during POST (when the Dell logo is displayed). This screen has the option to proceed into Windows with Esc or hitting F8 to get to the Advanced Startup screen. Then one has numerous options which include Safe Mode (F4) and Safe Mode with Networking (F5).

I've further inquired whether this is associated with UEFI (instead of the usual BIOS) incorporated in my Dell laptop.

I'll leave this thread open for a while to see if I get any input from Dell on the UEFI question
 
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