How to access Safe Mode and F8 Advanced Boot Menu Options if Windows 8 doesn't boot normally.

In a previous tutorial, I described the way to enable the F8 Advanced options menu in a working Windows 8,8.1 system in order to be prepared to troubleshoot feature software and hardware problems in the case when Windows don't boot normally. 

In this tutorial I will show you how to enable the F8 Advanced boot options in order to start Windows 8 (or 8.1) in Safe Mode in a not working (bootable) Windows 8.1 (or Windows 8) system.

 

How to enter in "F8" Advanced Boot Options menu (Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Command prompt, etc.) in a not working Windows 8 System.

Step 1. Download Windows 8 install disk.

If you own a Windows 8 based computer, then navigate to Upgrade Windows with only a product key page on Microsoft’s website and click the Install Windows 8 button if you have a valid Windows 8 product key. Then open (to run) the downloaded ".exe" file and enter your product key. Press Next and then choose the Install by creating media option, to create a Windows 8 install media. Detailed instructions and screenshots to accomplish this task can be found in Option 1 section of this tutorial.

 

If you own a Windows 8.1 based computer, then navigate to Create installation media for Windows 8.1 page on Microsoft's website and click the Create Media button. Then open (to run) the downloaded .exe file and specify your desired Language, the Windows 8.1 Edition and Architecture of your own license & then press Next to create a Windows 8.1 install media. Detailed instructions and screenshots to accomplish this task can be found in Option 2 section of this tutorial.

 

 

Step 2. Enable legacy menu (F8) in Windows 8.

1. Insert the Windows 8 install media (the Windows Install DVD) you created in step 1 and boot your system from it.

2. Press any key to boot from DVD.

press a key to boot from cd or dvd

3. At Windows Setup screen press Next.

windows setup

 

4. Choose Repair your computer:

Windows 8 Repair your computer

 

5. Select the Troubleshoot” option:

Windows 8 Troubleshoot

 

6. Choose Advanced options.

Windows 8 Advanced Options

 

7. At Advanced options screen, choose Command Prompt.

Windows 8 command prompt

 

7. Inside the command prompt window, type the following command and press “Enter”:

  • bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Windows 8 F8 legacy boot

 

After that you should see a message that says that “The operation completed successfully”.

Windows 8 Access F8 Safe Mode

 

8. Type Exit to exit command prompt window.

9. Remove the Windows install disk and restart (Turn Off) your computer.

From now on, you should be able to enter into Windows 8 Advanced Boot Options menu by pressing the F8 key.

F8 Advanced Boot Options menu Safe Mode Windows 8

 

That's it!

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