How To Enable ‘Advanced Boot Options’ And Enter Safe Mode On Windows 8

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On the common Windows OS (Windows 7), pressing F8 at startup brings up the advanced boot options where you can enter Safe mode, boot logging and so on. But on the new Windows 8, that option has been removed with some changes with the bootloader.

To view the Advanced Boot Options on Windows 8, your PC has to be up and running cos you’ll need to access the System Configuration settings. But come to think of it, what’s the essence of the boot options if i can only access it when the PC is on? Cos sometimes you wont be able to boot into windows and the Safe Mode / Safe Mode with network could be the only way out. This could happen if you’ve installed a bad software or driver.

How To Enable 'Advanced Boot Options' And Enter Safe Mode On Windows 8

How To Enable F8 and Safe Mode During Windows 8 Startup

Note that to do this, your PC must be on.

  1. Move cursor to the bottom left  corner of your screen (like you want to click the windows button on windows 7) and Right-Click
  2. From the context menu displayed, click on Command Prompt (Admin) and accept to run as admin when it prompts for permission. 
  3. In the command prompt window, paste bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy after c:windowssystem32> and hit Enter 
  4. If you copied and pasted the command in the above step correctly, you’ll get the message operation completed successfully under the line .
  5. Reboot your PC and Press F8. You’ll see the Advanced Boot Options just like in Windows 7 and you can enter safe mode or other boot options available. 

If you would like to revert back to the default Windows 8 boot settings, you can simply do that by:

  1. Move cursor to the bottom left  corner of your screen and Right-Click
  2. From the menu, click on Command Prompt (Admin) and accept to run as admin
  3. Paste this bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard and hit Enter
  4. Reboot your PC
And you’re done. If you notice any change in the operation of your PC after trying this, please drop a comment. 

Known Changes

PC takes a longer time to boot (slightly)

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