How to Enable F8 Safe Mode Boot Menu in Windows 10

Everyone is eagerly waiting for a full fledged version of Windows 10. Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 for both the desktops as well as mobile phones. Before its full fledged release, Microsoft has already released the preview version of Windows 10 in January. While using Windows OS, you may come across a situation where you need to enable F8 safe mode boot menu in Windows 10. So we are writing this article to help those users who want to enable F8 safe mode boot menu in Windows 10.

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Well, the process to enable F8 safe mode boot menu in Windows 10 is fairly simple. You just need to open the elevator command prompt and write some of the commands that we will be providing you in the upcoming sections below.

As reported by most of the users, Windows 10 OS generally gives you better booting speed. One of the reasons for this fast boot time is removal of Windows of opportunity to access the F8 boot menu. This mode actually allows you to enter safe mode or access many other recovery tools which are generally available after booting of Windows or using recovery media.

HOW TO ENABLE F8 SAFE MODE BOOT MENU IN WINDOWS 10

In this section, you will get a simple and a step by step procedure that will let you enable F8 safe mode boot menu in Windows 10. The steps are as given below.

STEP 1: Open an elevated command prompt. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Right click on the Start Menu icon appearing in the bottom left corner of your screen. Now you will see a number of options.

Enable F8 Safe Mode Boot Menu in Windows 10

  • Out of these options, you need to select Command Prompt (Admin). This is actually your elevated command prompt.
  • Now you will be prompted to allow the application to access your PC. Click Yes.

 

STEP 2: Write the command as given below on the elevated command prompt you just opened.

                bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Enable F8 Safe Mode Boot Menu in Windows 10

STEP 3: After writing this command, press Enter. You will see a message saying that “The operation completed successfully”.

STEP 4: Now reboot your PC and keep on pressing F8 key during this booting process. Now you will see some boot options. Here you can enable F8 safe mode boot menu in Windows 10. That’s all.

So this was the simple method to enable F8 safe mode boot menu in Windows 10. You can also use this process on other Windows operating systems too. However, if you want to reverse the process anytime, you need to open the elevated command prompt again and write the command as given below:

                bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

This command will enable the standard booting mode on your Windows operating system. Hope you liked this article on “How to enable F8 safe mode boot menu in Windows 10”. If you have any queries regarding this or any queries regarding Windows 10, feel free to ask via comments.

 

Akhil Prajapati
  • Luca

    correct command is: bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
    (without space between “/” and “set”)

    • Michael T

      Thank you.

      I wondered why it wasn’t working.

      The site owner should edit his/her instructions.

  • Michael T

    This method for getting to Safe Mode with Windows 10 Home Anniversary Edition worked for me:
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    Action Center > All Settings > Update & security > Recovery > Advanced
    startup (Restart now)

    AFTER THE RESTART

    Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup settings > Restart

    Use the down arrow key to make your selection:

    To check for whether you are in Safe Mode.

    Command Prompt

    wmic COMPUTERSYSTEM GET BootupState

    If Safe Mode w/Networking, you will see:

    BootupSafe

    Fail-safe with network boot

    If Normal Mode, you will see:

    BootupState

    Normal boot