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Safe Mode - Add to Windows Boot Manager in Windows 8

  1. #30


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news Rich.

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  2. #31


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8!


    Run Command prompt as Admin and type (copy/paste the following line):

    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
    press enter

    F8 works normally (as in Win7) during boot.

    to revert:

    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard
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  3. #32


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAmanda View Post
    Run Command prompt as Admin and type (copy/paste the following line):

    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
    press enter

    F8 works normally (as in Win7) during boot.

    to revert:

    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard
    Hello Mary, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yep, that allows you to use F8 for "Advanced Boot Options" in Windows 8, but it also disables the new Windows 8 GUI boot menu.

    Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
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  4. #33


    Posts : 2
    Windows 6.2.9200


    Attempted to follow your instructions, but ....

    Enter:
    bcdedit /enum /v
    Returns:
    The boot configuration data store could not be opened.
    Access is denied.

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
    I am the Administrator.

    What am I missing?
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  5. #34


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello weberr, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Did you enter the command into an "elevated" command prompt?
    Even if signed in an administrator account, the command must be used in an elevated command prompt.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  6. #35


    Posts : 2
    Windows 6.2.9200


    Thanks for the help. Did it right and all's ok.
    I had simply used cmd.exe - I'm a long-term user but brand-new to Windows 8 and had never heard of 'elevated' command prompt. Had to go look up your other guidance of how to get the menu and how to get the admin command.
    Thanks for your help -- I think I'm going to find myself coming to you for a lot of things that I want to do to get back the Win7 items that MS didn't choose to include in Win8.
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  7. #36


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome weberr. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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  8. #37


    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAmanda View Post
    Run Command prompt as Admin and type (copy/paste the following line):
    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
    press enter
    F8 works normally (as in Win7) during boot.
    to revert: bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard
    Bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes ...or no works ok here.
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  9. #38


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 746
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Wow, i just went through the normal process of starting Win8 in safemode, and OMG!

    What a mess, MS made it easier to get into Restore and Reset which can actually kill your OS! But chose to bury safemode!

    I made 2 simple command line batch files using the Bcdedit commans that can be placed on the desktop and run as administrator.

    Of course your desktop or command prompt has to be accessible to execute, but it helps non technical members follow our directions more easily when troubleshooting..

    Normal Boot.bat

    SafeMode Boot w Networking.bat

    You need both files otherwise your system will always boot in safemode until you edit the BCD manually.

    When you run them they will make the boot change then rebooot into your current OS.

    If anyone can incorporate this into a single file with a menu, that would be even better..

    David
    Last edited by Brooklyn567; 08 May 2013 at 00:39.
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  10. #39


    Posts : 21,816
    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you David,

    This was just a way to add Safe Mode to the Windows Boot Manager list to make it easier to use Safe Mode once added, but here's some more ways below to start Windows 8 in Safe Mode.

    Safe Mode - Start Windows 8 in
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