In simple technical jargon, Safe mode in computing is a non-harmful alternative way of entering Windows operating system to identify the causes of a particular problem in a computer system. It helps with easy diagnosis and manageability by loading needed drivers for display, mouse, keyboard and the Windows operating system at boot up.
To enter into Safe mode the F8 key is typically essential and has not changed so much in Windows 8. The thing that has changed is the way it is approached. There are things required by Windows 8 before the F8 key can be used for Safe-mode during boot. Depressing SHIFT + F8 alone at boot without prior changes at the system configuration or command line can not alone do the magic, as most people would have us believed. Most especially, when it is a dual-boot system.
However, there are different ways to enter Safe mode in Windows 8. It is easier when doing so by following the steps below.
For a tip, before proceeding into taking any step there is a need to forestall the System Configuration after installation of Windows 8. As one might need it in some cases, it is optional, although expedient as such to this whole process.
Step 1: Press the Win + R (that is Windows logo key and R key) to open the 'RUN' dialogue.
Step 2: Type ' msconfig' into the RUN dialogue and click OK to enter 'System Configuration'.
Step 3: At 'System Configuration' window select 'Boot' and tick 'Safe boot' and click 'Apply'.
Step 4: Restart the system to enter into Safe mode.