Enable F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8

 

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Windows 8 introduced a new boot loader that decreases the time it takes Windows 8 to start. In order to do this Microsoft removed the ability to access the Advanced Boot Options screen when you press the F8 key during Windows startup. This means that there is no easy and quick way to access Safe Mode by simply pressing the F8 key. Now you need to start Windows 8 and then tell it to restart in safe mode, which has become a 2-3 step process rather than a 1-step process that we are familiar with.

This tutorial will explain how to enable the F8 key in Windows 8 so you can quickly and easily access the Safe Mode boot options and other diagnostic tools.

To enable the F8 key in Windows 8 you will first need to open an elevated command prompt. To do this you can follow the steps in this tutorial:

Access the Elevated Command Prompt via the Power Users Tasks menu

To open an elevated command prompt, use the Windows+X keyboard combination to open the Power User Tasks menu

Select Command Prompt (Admin)

When the menu is open click on the Command Prompt (Admin) menu option. If you use receive a User Account Control prompt, please allow it to continue. You will now see an elevated command prompt as shown below.

**Note that if you are logged in then User Account Name will appear instead of Windows**

When the elevated command prompt is open you will be at the C:\Windows\System32> prompt. To enable F8 in Windows 8 you need to type the following in the command prompt and then press the Enter key.

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Once you enter the above text, your command prompt should look like:

Once the command has been enter as shown above, press the Enter key on your keyboard. If you entered the command correctly, Windows will report that the "The operation completed successfully.". You now need to restart your computer for the change to go into effect. With this settings configured, you can now press F8 while Windows 8 starts in order to access Safe Mode and other Advanced Boot options.

If you would like to disable the F8 key and go back to the original Windows 8 setting you can open an elevated command prompt and enter the following command:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

Once you enter the above command, press Enter on your keyboard. If you entered the command correctly, Windows will report that the "The operation completed successfully." and you should now restart your computer. The F8 key will now be disabled in Windows 8.


I hope that this solution will be useful and solve your problem. I will be appreciating if you can post some comment that is this solution work for you or not?

Thank you for your reading.

 

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