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How to enable F8 Key for Safe Mode in Windows 8

How to enable F8 Key for Safe Mode in Windows 8

June 11, 2013 at 05:35AM

Booting in Safe Mode is non-trivial and those who are used to F8 key for booting in Safe mode, will find this little bit frustrating in Windows 8. In Windows 8, Microsoft has updated the boot menu policy to include Modern UI recovery environment.

Now, to get that classy F8 boot menu system back in Windows 8, you need to restore the legacy boot menu policy.

The Procedure

To get the classy F8 boot option back, hit Windows + X.

Windows + X

Launch Command Prompt by clicking on it, and when the command prompt opens, run the following command,

“bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy”

command prompt

That’s it ! Now when your computer boots up, hit the F8 key to run the Advance Boot Option, from where you can select Safe Mode.

Advance Boot Option

However, if you want to set all things to default, simply run the following command,

“bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard”

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