How to boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode using F8 key?

Following the release of Windows 8, many computer users have noticed that the advanced boot menu access using F8 key has been removed. The main reason for this was that Microsoft implemented a new faster booting system for Windows 8. As a result, the advanced boot menu, including the Safe Mode option, has been removed. In order to boot into Safe Mode, you must first boot Windows normally, and then restart in Safe Mode. There is, however, an option to make it available again. This tutorial describes how to enable or disable the F8 boot menu on Windows 8.

1. Opening the Command Prompt.

Go to the desktop and press Windows + X (win+x) keys together. When the menu appears, click the Command Prompt (Admin).

Starting Windows 8 in Safe Mode using F8 key step 1
After clicking the Command Prompt, a black system window will open.

Starting Windows 8 in Safe Mode using F8 key step 2
2. Enabling the boot menu.

Once the system window is open, enter the following text:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Starting Windows 8 in Safe Mode using F8 key step 3


After entering the text, press Enter. The system reports that the operation has been completed successfully. In order for the changes to take effect, you must restart your computer.

3. Disabling the boot menu.

In order to disable the boot menu, follow the first two steps above, but enter the alternative text in step 2. as follows:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standart

Press Enter and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Here is a video showing how to boot Windows 8 in Safe Mode using the F8 key:

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