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Old 26-07-2013
Join Date: Oct 2011
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How to bring back F8 Safe Mode option in Windows 8

We all know that Microsoft has removed the classic F8 option which we used to press on bootup to enter Safe Mode in earlier Windows version. In Windows 8 we need to go into MS CONFIG and change the settings to enter safe mode. I recently bought a new Dell laptop which came pre-installed with Windows 8 and due to some testing reasons i need to enter Safe Mode every now and then. But the process is very annoying. Hence i wanted to know if there is any tweaking method using which we can go to Safe Mode by pressing F8, just like windows 7 or xp. Any idea?
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Old 01-08-2013
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Re: How to bring back F8 Safe Mode option in Windows 8

Yeah, i know it is very annoying when you need to play again and again with MSCONFIG for safe mode. I have been through this hence i did some searches and finally found a way using which we can get the safe mode option by pressing F8 key, just like earlier windows. Here is how you need to do it:
  • If you are on the desktop, take your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen where you see a small square window showing Metro
  • Right click on that window or thumbnail (whatever you call it)
  • Click Command Prompt as an Admin.
  • Now enter the following command followed by Enter key:
    bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
  • Once done, close the command prompt and restart.
Thats it. Now when you press F8 on restart, you will find the classic boot menu option like we use to have in Xp or 7. Hope it helps.
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