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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.

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

In my case you could see:

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

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.