With Windows Startup Settings you can start Windows in different advanced troubleshooting modes to help you find and fix problems on your PC.
Get to Windows Startup Settings in PC settings
- Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
- Under PC settings, tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Recovery.
- Under Advanced startup, tap or click Restart now.
- Once your PC restarts, on the Choose an option screen, tap or click Troubleshoot. If you don't see the Startup Settings option, tap or click Advanced options.
- Tap or click Startup Settings and then Restart.
- On the Startup Settings screen, choose the startup setting you want.
- Sign in to your PC with a user account that has administrator rights.
Get to Windows Startup Settings in the Windows Recovery Environment
If you can't start your PC, follow these instructions to get to the Windows Recovery Environment. You'll need to connect a keyboard to complete the steps.
- Do one of the following, depending on whether you have installation media (such as a DVD or USB flash drive):
- If you have installation media for Windows 8.1, start your computer from the installation media. Insert the DVD or USB flash drive and restart your computer. If you see a message asking you to “Press any key to boot from DVD,” do so. If you don’t see the message, you might need to change the boot order in your computer's BIOS settings so that it first starts from the DVD or USB. When you see the Install Windows page, tap or click Repair your computer to start the Windows Recovery Environment.
- If you don’t have installation media, use the power button to restart your computer three times. This will start the Windows Recovery Environment.
Some options, such as safe mode, start Windows in a limited state where only essential programs are started. Other options start Windows with advanced features (typically used by system admins and IT pros). For more info, go to the Microsoft TechNet website for IT pros.
If you're using BitLocker, you'll need to suspend it before you can get to Windows Startup Settings. If you're using Windows RT 8.1, you may be asked to enter your Device Encryption recovery key to get to the Startup settings.