How to enable the F8 key to start safe mode in Windows 8

By | October 31, 2014

We are giving you the complete guideline how to enable the F8 key to start safe mode in Windows 8. With their newly unveiled operating system, Microsoft decided to introduce a brand new boot loader that was totally unlike all those that had been previously in use with their previous systems. This was in an effort to significantly decrease the time necessary for the windows 8 to start.

As fate would have it, the execution of these changes necessitated the doing away with the system’s capability to enable users to effortlessly access the Advanced boot Options screen. This had been previously accomplished by pressing F8 while the system booted. Microsoft decided to keep these new changes. Which in essence meant there was no convenient, and more to the point immediate method of accessing safe mode as well as other critical diagnostic tools without having to “tell” the system to reboot.

Well if you may be wondering just what to do about these changes, there is still a silver lining on this billowing cloud. The following is a short guide on how to enable the F8 key to start safe mode in Windows 8 effectually.


First and foremost you need to access what is known as the elevated command prompt menu options by accessing the power user task menu. To conveniently do so you should press the keyboard double combination of “windows + X” . A pop-up menu will materialize and you should scroll to “command prompt (Admin)” and click on it. By clicking on this option the system will open the elevated command prompt window. When it opens type the following code to reset the system’s boot configuration.

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Now then press the ENTER button.

How to enable F8 start with safemode option in windows 8

The system will offer this message “Operation complete successfully”
You should then restart your computer for the changes to take effect, and you can begin to access safe mode once again by pressing F8 when the system is booting.

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