Using the Advanced Startup Options in Windows 8 on a Dell PC


Using the Advanced Startup Options in Windows 8 on a Dell PC



This article provides information on how to get to the Advanced Startup Options in Windows 8 and what each of the options means.


Table of Contents:

  1. Booting to the Advanced Startup Options
  2. Contents of the Choose an Option Screen
  3. Contents of the Troubleshoot Screen
  4. Contents of the Advanced Options Screen
  5. How to Enable/Disable the Startup Options Screen

Booting to the Advanced Startup Options

If Windows 8 starts, then you can use any of the 6 methods listed below. If it doesn't start, then I would recommend using Method's IV, V and VI.

Method I will also work, if you can at least get to the Windows 8 logon screen.

Method I

  1. Hold down either of the SHIFT keys whilst clicking on Restart.

Available from any Power icon in either the Settings Charm of from the logon screen.

Note: There has been issues with this method not working with the on-screen keyboard. We would advise having a physical keyboard connected to your PC to open the Advanced Startup Options menu this way.

Method II

  1. Swipe from the right to open the charms bar and go to Settings or hold down the win+I keys together.

  2. Click on Change PC settings at the bottom of the charms bar and choose General from the vertical list of options on the left of the PC settings window.

  3. Locate Advanced Startup and select it and click on Restart.

  4. Wait through the Please Wait message until Advanced Startup Options opens.

Method III

  1. Open the Command Prompt or Run Box in Windows 8 and type this command shutdown /r /o.

Note: Save any open files before executing this command or you'll lose any changes you've made since your last save.
  1. Close the You're about to be signed off message. A please wait message will appear and then the menu will open.

Method IV

  1. Insert a Windows 8 DVD, or a flash drive with the Windows 8 installation files on it, into your computer. Restart and rapidly tap at the F12 key to bring up the Boot Once Menu and choose your boot option.

Note: You can use any Windows 8 disc or other media if you need to. You're not installing or reinstalling Windows 8, no product key or license breaking will be required.
  1. Boot from the disc or boot from the USB device, whichever suite what you're doing. Navigate through to the Install Screen and click on the Repair Your Computer link a the bottom of the screen.

  2. The Advanced Startup Options will start.

Method V

  1. Insert your Windows 8 Recovery Drive into a free USB port. Follow the same instructions as Method 4 to boot from the USB drive and boot your computer from the flash drive.

  2. On the Choose your keyboard layout screen, tap or click on UK or whatever keyboard layout you use.

  3. The Advanced Startup Options will start.

Method VI

  1. Start or Restart your PC and choose the boot option for System Recovery, Advanced Startup, Recovery, etc.

Note: The ability to boot directly to Advanced Startup Options isn't one that's available with a traditional BIOS. Your computer will need to support UEFI and then also be configured properly to boot directly to the ASO menu.
  1. The Advanced Startup Options begin.

What About F8 and SHIFT+F8?

Neither F8 nor SHIFT+F8 are reliable options for booting to the Advanced Startup Options menu. The time frame you need to hit the key to trigger the boot is significantly shorter than in previous Operating Systems.

How To Exit Advanced Startup Options

  1. When you're finished using the Advanced Startup Options menu just choose Continue to restart your computer and boot you into Windows 8.

  2. Your other option is to choose Turn off your PC.


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Contents of the Choose an Option Screen

Choose an Option

There are three options on this screen:

Continue

This option takes you out of the options screen and continues to boot you to your operating system.

Troubleshoot

This option takes you to a screen with another three choices, Refresh, Reset and Advanced Tools.

Turn off your PC

This option does exactly what it says, it turns off your PC.


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Contents of the Troubleshoot Screen

Troubleshoot

You have three options here:

Refresh Your PC

Refresh is a heavy duty clean of your computer. It leaves your personal data intact, but it will remove programs installed in the classic desktop. You keep any Metro programs that you've installed from the Windows Store. Personal settings are kept. PC Settings set back to defaults.

Refresh Option

Refresh Choice

Reset Your PC

Reset is like a factory reset. It brings your computer back to the way it was when you received it when it was new. All the programs will have to be reinstalled and all of your personal data is gone. You'll need to backup any data that you don't want to lose before doing this. You can either remove the files or you can remove the files and scrub the hard drive. Fully cleaning the drive is more of a security step than a troubleshooting or repair one.

Reset Option

Advanced Options

Advanced options takes you to a screen full of recovery and repair tools.

See below for further information on the advanced options.


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Contents of the Advanced Options Screen

Advanced Options

There are usually 5 Options on this screen:

This puts the PC settings back to the way they were at the last Restore Point. Restore Points are created before any security or software updates are installed. Using this puts the settings back to the way they were, but it doesn't change any of your personal data. Personal data aren't backed up or restored during a system restore.

You can find a guide linked below.

This is a full restore from a backed-up System Image File. However, you will need an image to be used for the restore. Depending on your system this come with the PC or you might have to set it up using the Dell Backup and Restore Program.

This is another name for Startup Repair from Windows Vista and 7. It tries to fix boot issue automatically.

You can find out more about this in the article below :

Sometimes all you need is to be able to get to the command line. From there, you can run commands like IPCONFIG to help troubleshoot and repair the PC.

This is basically Safe Mode and other advanced startup choices.

Startup-Settings

At the Startup Settings screen, click on the Restart button. Your computer will be restarted and brought into the Startup Settings menu as shown below.

Advanced Startup Settings

This screen contains a variety of settings that change how Windows will start. To select a setting, press the number associated with that setting. To see other options you can press on the F10 key.

The options that are available in the Startup Settings boot screen are :

Enable Debugging
This option enables Kernel debugging.
Enable boot logging
This option starts Windows with boot logging enabled. The log created contains detailed information about the boot process of Windows. The information in this log can help you determine there are problems starting a particular driver or other errors occurring during the boot process.
Enable low-resolution video
This option will start Windows in low resolution mode using your normal video card driver. Using this option allows you to boot into Windows using a resolution that is supported on almost all monitors so that you can see the options and change the settings to the correct resolution.
Enable Safe Mode
This starts Windows in a low level mode that only starts the programs absolutely necessary for Windows to run. It will also use the VGA.sys driver rather than your normal video card driver. There's no network support built into this model.
How to start Windows 8 in Safe Mode
Enable Safe Mode with Networking
This starts Windows in a low level mode, but this mode will enables network support so that you can download files and access servers and connect devices.
Enable Safe mode With Command Prompt
This starts Windows in a low level mode that doesn't display the standard Windows desktop. Instead it will display a command prompt that you need to type your commands in. This is different from the Windows 8 Recovery Environment Command Prompt as the operating system is online and started rather than being offline.
Disable driver signature enforcement
Microsoft does not allow any driver that runs with kernel privileges to load if it hasn't been digitally signed. If you disable this feature you can allow drivers that are not signed to load. Disabling this could allow malware drivers to load on your computer.
Disable early launch anti-malware protection
Early Launch Anti-Malware Protection is a new feature that allows certified anti-virus software to load a driver before any other driver that is installed in Windows. This allows the anti-virus software to scan every driver that attempts to load and block it from loading if it detects it as malware. don't disable this unless you feel that there is a driver conflict preventing Windows from starting.
Disable automatic restart after failure
When Windows crashes it displays an error message and then restarts. Usually this is too quick to take down the crash information. If the crash happens during boot it an end up in an endless loop where it continuously crashes during startup. You can disable the automatic restart after failure so that Windows does not reboot after it crashes and this should keep you on the fail screen with the information you'll need to resolve the problem.
Launch Recovery Environment
This setting will launch Recovery Environment where you can access diagnostic and recovery tools.


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How to Enable/Disable the Startup Options Screen

This involves editing the Windows Boot Loader. It will be Enabled by default as it installs from Microsoft.

I can't see any reason you would look to do this short of a request by your Technical Support troubleshooting a system issue.

enabled


  • Windows Boot Manager
  • Choose an operating system to start, or press TAB to select a tool:
    (Use the arrow keys to highlight your choice, then press ENTER.)
  • Windows 8
    Windows 8 Safe Mode
  • To specify an avanced option for this choice, press F8.
  • Tools:
    Windows Memory Diagnostic
  • ENTER=Choose TAB=Menu ESC=Cancel

  1. Open a Command Prompt with Administrator Rights and type bcdedit and press the ENTER key.

  2. Look for the Windows 8 listing and make note of it's identifier number.

    ex: (in Windows 8) or (at boot)

  3. To Enable the Newer Windows 8 Startup Options GUI Boot Menu

Note: This is the default setting.
  1. In the Command Prompt type bcdedit /set {identifier number} bootmenupolicy Standard and press the ENTER key.

Note: Change {identifier number} to your actual Windows 8 identifier number from step 2.

  • Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.8250]
    (c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
  • C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit
  • Windows Boot Manager
    ---------------------
    identifier
    device partition-\Device\HarddiskVolume1
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit
    integrityservices Enable
    default
    resumeobject {2eee06cf-6dab-I1e1-8ca6-e8086fbabb6d}
    displayorder
    {2b398108-6dab-I1e1-b4ad-d6bdcf768fb9}
    toolsdisplayorder
    timeout 30
  • Windows Boot Loader
    --------------------
    identifier [CURRENT]
    device partition-C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 8
    locale en-US
    inherit
    recoverysequence {2eee06cf-6dab-I1e1-8ca6-e8086fbabb6d}
    integrityservices Enable
    recoveryenabled Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0X15000075
    asdevice partition-C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {2eee06cf-6dab-I1e1-8ca6-e8086fbabb6d}
    nx OptIn
  • Windows Boot Loader
    --------------------
    identifier {2b398108-6dab-I1e1-b4ad-d6bdcf768fb9}
    device partition-C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 8 Safe Mode
    locale en-US
    inherit
    recoverysequence {2eee06cf-6dab-I1e1-8ca6-e8086fbabb6d}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0X15000075
    asdevice partition-C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {2eee06cf-6dab-I1e1-8ca6-e8086fbabb6d}
    nx OptIn
    safeboot Minimal
    bootmenupolicy Standard
  • C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /set bootmenupolicy Standard
    The operation completed successfully.
  • C:\Windows\system32>_

  1. To Disable the Windows 8 Startup Options and revert back to the old Windows Boot Manager Screen Instead type bcdedit /set {identifier number} bootmenupolicy Legacy or bcdedit /deletevalue {identifier number} bootmenupolicy

Note: Change {identifier number} to your actual Windows 8 identifier number from step 2.


  • Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.8250]
    (c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
  • C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit
  • Windows Boot Manager
    ---------------------
    identifier
    device partition-\Device\HarddiskVolume1
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit {globalsettings]
    integrityservices Enable
    default
    resumeobject {2eee06cf-6dab-I1e1-8ca6-e8086fbabb6d}
    displayorder
    {2b398108-6dab-I1e1-b4ad-d6bdcf768fb9}
    toolsdisplayorder
    timeout 30
  • Windows Boot Loader
    --------------------
    identifier [CURRENT]
    device partition-C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 8
    locale en-US
    inherit
    recoverysequence {2eee06cf-6dab-I1e1-8ca6-e8086fbabb6d}
    integrityservices Enable
    recoveryenabled Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0X15000075
    asdevice partition-C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {2eee06cf-6dab-I1e1-8ca6-e8086fbabb6d}
    nx OptIn
  • Windows Boot Loader
    --------------------
    identifier {2b398108-6dab-I1e1-b4ad-d6bdcf768fb9}
    device partition-C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 8 Safe Mode
    locale en-US
    inherit
    recoverysequence {2eee06cf-6dab-I1e1-8ca6-e8086fbabb6d}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0X15000075
    asdevice partition-C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {2eee06cf-6dab-I1e1-8ca6-e8086fbabb6d}
    nx OptIn
    safeboot Minimal
    bootmenupolicy Standard
  • C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /deletevalue bootmenupolicy
    The operation completed successfully.
  • C:\Windows\system32>_

  1. Restart the PC to check the change took place.


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Article ID: SLN151669

Last Date Modified: 09/21/2019 11:22 PM

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