Every Windows user has had to boot into safe mode at least once in their life – it’s just an unfortunate truth. Sooner or later, your computer is going to hitch up on you, and you’re going to have to boot into safe mode to solve the problem.
Getting into safe mode has always been a little bit of a hassle – you have to hit the F8 key just after your computer’s BIOS finishes posting all of the start up information and right before Windows begins to boot. If you’ve ever had to do it, you probably did the same thing I do – start mashing on that F8 key shortly after hitting the power button, and don’t stop until you get to the Windows boot options menu.
Here’s the problem – between SSD’s and the upcoming UEFI boot system that will replace the standard BIOS in newer computers, you’re not going to have a whole lot of time to hit that F8 key. Fortunately, Microsoft thought of that, and they’ve implemented a couple of solutions to make it easy for you to take advantage of all of the advanced booting options Windows has to offer.
When you fire up a UEFI enabled computer, you’ll have access to a boot menu that will allow you to boot into a USB drive or DVD drive, boot into safe mode, or boot the computer in any other way you can imagine.
In non-UEFI enabled computers, you’ll be able to access the advanced boot options menu from within Windows to determine how your computer will reboot. Even better, if your computer is experiencing some sort of difficulty that keeps it from booting correctly, Windows 8 will boot you straight into that menu so you can attempt to fix the problem.
Windows 8 will make it easier than ever to deal with advanced booting options, and as such, fixing problems with your computer will be extremely simple.