База знаний

How to enable the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8


Article Summary: This article provides information on how to enable the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8


Table of Contents:
  1. How to enable the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8



Issue 1.


How to enable the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8


With Windows 8, Microsoft updated the standard boot menu policy to include the new Modern UI recovery environment.
They also reduced the amount of time Windows waits for an interrupt in the boot sequence to nearly nothing.
To get that classic F8 behavior back we need to restore the legacy boot menu policy


When Microsoft designed Windows 8 they optimized the boot process in order to make Windows load faster.
While this was a welcome change from previous Windows versions, the faster boot time made it impossible to use the F8 key to load the Boot Menu for booting into Safe Mode.
If you prefer the convenience of being able to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 by pressing the F8 key at startup over the faster boot process, you can re-enable the F8 key and have it work just like it always has.


What You Should Do :

1 – Press the Windows+X key combination to open the Power User Tasks Menu. Elevated Command Prompt / Command Prompt Run as administrator

2 – Click on Command Prompt (Admin).

3 – Type the following line at the command prompt and then press the Enter key:

bcdedit /set 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 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.


 


Quick Tips content is self-published by the Dell Support Professionals who resolve issues daily. In order to achieve a speedy publication, Quick Tips may represent only partial solutions or work-arounds that are still in development or pending further proof of successfully resolving an issue. As such Quick Tips have not been reviewed, validated or approved by Dell and should be used with appropriate caution. Dell shall not be liable for any loss, including but not limited to loss of data, loss of profit or loss of revenue, which customers may incur by following any procedure or advice set out in the Quick Tips.

Код статьи: SLN284260

Дата последнего изменения: 10/03/2013 12:00 AM


Оцените эту статью

Точно
Функционально
Просто понять
Помогла ли вам эта статья?
Да Нет
Отправьте нам свое мнение
Комментарии не должны содержать следующие специальные символы: <>()\
К сожалению, наша система обратной связи в настоящее время не работает. Повторите попытку позже.

Благодарим вас за отзыв.