Boot into legacy Boot Manager & display Startup Settings in Windows 10/8

We have seen how one can access the Startup Settings in Windows via the Advanced Boot Menu Options in Windows 8 or Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10. You can also hold down the Shift key and then click Restart from the Power button 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 see how to boot into legacy Windows Boot Manager, display Startup Settings & then boot straight into Safe Mode automatically using the F8 key in Windows 10/8.

Since Windows 8/10 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.

Display Startup Settings on Boot in Windows 10/8

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

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes


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

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


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

startup settings windows 8

  • 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.


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 operating system.

To stop displaying the Windows Boot Manager, type the following command in CMD (Admin) and hit Enter:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu no

Directly boot into the Advanced Startup Settings

You will now be able to boot directly to your Windows 10/8 sign in screen, when you restart the computer.

You can also enable F8 key & boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8/10.

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 10/8, you see the Boot Options.

Read next: Boot Windows 10 directly to Advanced Startup Options screen.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Charles Lust

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

  2. Thanks for pointing out the typo. Edited. 🙂

  3. adam

    The screen goes black after pressing f8 for advanced options and does nothing.

  4. Rick

    I put in bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes” it worked. It shows the menu for a sit second then it just continues to go in the boot loop again

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