Display Startup Settings & Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8

We have seen how one can access the Startup Settings in Windows 8 via the Advanced Boot Menu Options in Windows 8. You can also hold down the Shift key and then click Restart from the Power button to click the power icon to see the boot option. But then. you will have to click a couple of times before you will be taken to the Startup Settings, as shown below.

In this post, we will show you how you can directly boot into the Windows Startup Settings in Windows 8.

Since Windows 8 has reduced the F2 and F8 time-periods to almost negligible intervals, many a times it becomes difficult to boot into Safe Mode, by pressing F8 during boot time. Using this tip, one can display the Startup Settings and then press F8.

Startup Settings in Windows 8

Open the WinX menu and select Command Prompt (Admin). Type the following and hit Enter:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes

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You will get a confirmation stating that The operation completed successfully.

Now restart your Windows 8 PC. You will see the following screen. Since I have only Windows 8 installed on my laptop, you will see only Windows 8.

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Click on F8 now to see the advanced options for this operating system. You will be able to see the following screen showing the Startup Settings options.

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  • Enable Debugging. Starts Windows in advanced troubleshooting mode
  • Enable Boot Logging. This logs a file, ntbtlog.txt and lists the drivers that are installed during startup
  • Enable low-resolution video. Starts Windows with current video driver & using low resolution (640×480) & refresh rate settings
  • Enable Safe Mode. Starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers & services
  • Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Starts Windows in safe mode with ability to access the Internet or other computers on your network
  • Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Starts Windows in safe mode with CMD
  • Disable driver signature enforcement. Allows drivers containing improper signatures to be installed
  • Disable early launch antimalware protection. Prevents early launch antimalware driver from starting
  • Disable automatic restart after failure. Prevents Windows from automatically restarting, if a Stop Error causes Windows to crash.

To see more options, press F10. You will be able to see the available options for your system.

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In my case you could see:

  • Launch recovery environment. Launches recovery options.

Thus you can see that you can carry out a lot of important tasks by accessing the Startup Settings in Windows 8. Using the Windows Startup Settings, you can also boot into Safe Mode easily, should you need to.

Pressing Enter, will return you back to your Windows 8 operating system.

To stop displaying the Windows Boot Manager, type bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu no in CMD (Admin) and hit Enter.

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You will now be able to boot directly to your Windows 8 sign in screen, when you restart the computer.

You can also Enable F8 key & boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8.

In Windows 95, when you held down Shift and clicked Restart, your Windows would restart without restarting your computer. Now when you do this in Windows 8, you see the Boot Options.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • Charles Lust

    The same command is used to both display the menu and disable it. One must be wrong.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Thanks for pointing out the typo. Edited. :)

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