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    Advanced "Startup Settings" - Boot to in Windows 8

    Advanced "Startup Settings" - Boot to in Windows 8
    How to Boot to Advanced Windows "Startup Settings" in Windows 8
    Published by Brink is offline
    14 Mar 2012
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    How to Boot to Advanced Windows "Startup Settings" in Windows 8

    information   Information
    The new metro style Advanced Boot Options menu for Windows 8 includes various system repair, recovery, and troubleshooting options to help you fix at boot. The selected option will remain in affect until the next time you restart Windows 8.

    In previous versions of Windows, you could get to this screen by pressing F8 before Windows started up. Windows 8 PCs start up quickly so there's not enough time to press F8.

    This tutorial will show you how to boot to advanced Windows Startup Settings or Advanced Boot Options to select options to start Windows 8 in advanced troubleshooting modes.

    Note   Note
    Advanced Windows "Startup Settings" in Windows 8:

    Settings
    Description
    Repair Your Computer
    Shows a list of system recovery options that you can use to repair startup problems, run diagnostics, or restore your system. If Repair your computer isn't listed as an option, then your computer doesn't have the 350MB System Reserved partition normall added during the installation of Windows 8.
    Enable debugging
    Starts Windows 8 in an advanced troubleshooting mode intended for IT professionals and system administrators.
    Enable boot logging
    Creates a file named ntbtlog.txt, that lists all the drivers that are installed during startup and that might be useful for advanced troubleshooting.
    Enable low-resolution video
    Starts Windows 8 using your current video driver and using low 640x480 resolution and refresh rate settings. You can use this mode to reset your display settings, or to use a television monitor with your computer if needed.
    Enable Safe Mode
    This starts Windows 8 with a minimal set of drivers and services.
    Enable Safe Mode with Networking
    This starts Windows 8 in safe mode and includes the network drivers and services needed to access the Internet or other computers on your network.
    Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    This starts Windows 8 in safe mode with a command prompt window instead of the usual Windows interface. To exit from here, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete or type Exit and press Enter.
    Disable driver signature enforcement
    Allows drivers containing improper signatures to be temporarily installed.
    Disable early launch anti-malware driver
    Starts Windows 8 with Early Launch Anti-Malware disabled.
    Disable automatic restart after failure
    Prevents Windows 8 from automatically restarting if an error causes Windows 8 to fail. Choose this option only if Windows 8 is stuck in a loop where Windows 8 fails, attempts to restart, and fails again repeatedly.

    warning   Warning
    You must have a keyboard attached to your PC or device to be able to select an option from the "Startup Settings" menu. A mouse and touch screen will not work on the "Start Settings" menu at all.

    If you're using BitLocker on a tablet or Windows RT device, you'll need to suspend BitLocker before you can get to Windows Startup Settings.


    EXAMPLE: "Startup Settings" and "Advanced Boot Options" for Windows 8

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    OPTION ONE
    Boot to Advanced Windows "Startup Settings" in Windows 8

    Note   Note
    This option is for when you are using the new Windows 8 GUI boot menu.


    1.
    Boot to the Startup Options Menu using either OPTION ONE , OPTION TWO, or OPTION THREE at that link, then click/tap on Troubleshoot. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You will only see the Use another operating system option if you are mutli booting Windows, or added Safe Mode to the Windows Boot Manager.


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    2. Click/tap on Advanced options. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Windows Startup Settings. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You will not have this option if you booted from a system repair disc or recovery USB flash drive. If your motherboard has UEFI, then you will have also have an UEFI Firmware Settings option available in Advanced options. Check your manufacturer's uEFI BIOS manual for settings.

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    4. Click/tap on Restart. (see screenshot below)

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    OPTION TWO
    Boot to "Advanced Boot Options" in Windows 8

    Note   Note
    This is option is for when you are using and have done the items below. You will be able to press F8 to boot to Advanced Boot Options in Windows 8 with this option.




    1.
    Restart the PC.

    2. Select the OS (ex: Windows 8) you want to use an "Advanced Boot Option" for, and press F8. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Use the up and down arrow keys to select an advanced option you want to use, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Watford
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    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    Another option from a running Windows 8.

    1. On the desktop open a command prompt.

    2. Type shutdown /r /o /t 00 and hit enter.

    3. Windows will start to shutdown and enter the Advanced Boot Menu without restarting.

    4. Follow the arrows on the screen below.

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    Hello Keith,

    Thank you. I'm going to create a separate tutorial for that shortcut, and add it as an option to this one later tonight.

    UPDATE:
    Here it is.

    How to Create a "Startup Options Menu" Shortcut in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 14 Mar 2012 at 23:06.
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    Watford
    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    Good stuff Shawn.
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    windows 8


    hey guys, i got a surface pro and when i get into the Startup Setting page my touch is disable, i cant hit f7 . any suggestions thanks
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    Hello Hastyle, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Unfortunately, you must have a keyboard attached to your PC or device to be able to select an option from the "Startup Settings" menu. Your mouse and touch screen won’t work on the "Start Settings" menu at all.
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    windows 8


    dam! lol thats ok i was gonna get the keyboard anyways.

    thanks brink
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    You're welcome, but yeah they do really need to let you to be able to use it with a touch screen keyboard.
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    W8.1


    I have W8.1 on three computers. On one when in Recovery and having selected Advanced start-up what appears after clicking on Troubleshoot on the "Choose an option" screen is "Advanced options" - but only one shows. This is "Start-up settings".


    All the other 4 or 5 options which I see on the other computers do not appear. I have not found any reference to this in a web search.


    Does anyone have knowledge about this?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello dsim,

    The options you have will vary per system a bit depending on if it's an OEM PC or not, and how you booted to Advanced Startup.

    How and what did you use to boot to Advanced Startup, and I'll see what I see doing the same?
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