How To Turn On Windows 10 F8 Safe Mode Boot Menu

We all love Microsoft. After all they love giving us nice little conveniences and then replacing them with a more complex and usually extremely confusing methods of doing the same things. The perfect example is when Microsoft took away the F8 Boot Menu option in Windows 8 and Windows 10. Truth is though that Microsoft didn’t actually take it away in Windows 8 and above. They just disabled it by default.

Whether you have ever needed safe mode or not it is a very good idea to go ahead and re-enable the “Legacy” F8 Boot Menu Option in Windows 8 or Windows 10 so that it is available if you ever do need it. The last thing you need is to be sitting there with a computer that won’t start and be wishing you had an easier way to get to safe mode so you could fix it.

First Things First, What Is Windows Safe Mode?

Windows has a special way of running that is called “Safe Mode”. Safe mode starts Windows using generic drivers and bare essentials. Most other services or programs do not start by default in safe mode. When things go wrong that stops Windows from being able to run normally they can often be fixed by starting in Safe Mode. One example is when a virus interferes with Windows or your ability to do anything once Windows starts. By starting Windows in Safe Mode you can usually disable these types of Viruses or Malware so that you can get control back.

Other reasons that Safe Mode may be needed is when certain drivers become corrupt or stop working. By starting Windows in Safe Mode these drivers are not needed and give you the ability to repair the driver issue. These are only a couple of examples of why Safe Mode is needed from time to time. Having a way to get to Safe Mode without the need for a Windows Disk or special bootable device has saved countless computers from a much more destructive fate.

How To Enable the F8 Boot Menu Option In Windows 8 and 10

elevated command Take note that this process has to be done before you are in a position where you really need it. Doing this now rather than waiting until later is something that I strongly recommend.

To turn the F8 Boot Menu Option on open an elevated Command Prompt. There are a couple of different ways you can do this. I find it easiest to just type cmd in the search bar and then right clicking on the command prompt option. Right clicking will provide a context menu to pop up and simply left click “Run as Administrator”. This will open an elevated command prompt.

command prompt Inside the command prompt is where you tell Windows 10 that you want to turn the F8 boot menu back on. Once the command prompt is open type the following command and press enter.

Inside the command prompt type:

bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

After pressing enter you should see a “command processed successfully” message.

If you at some point decide you want to disable the F8 Boot Menu for some reason just repeat the above method for opening an elevated command prompt in Windows 10 and type:

bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

on the command prompt. This will return the Windows 10 boot process back to the way it is when Windows 10 is installed.

Making Sure It Works Before You Need It Is A Good Idea

It’s always a good idea to make sure that the F8 boot menu is available before you are in desperate need of using it. After you type the command and press enter it is best to restart your computer and begin pressing the F8 key to make sure that you can access the Boot Menu. If you miss the first time try shutting your computer down and begin pressing the F8 key when you turn the computer back on. If you need help completing this process or would like to learn more about Windows Safe Mode a PC Helper will be glad to help you.

 

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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