How To Boot To Safe Mode Straight From F8 Key in Windows 8

Windows 8 introduced a new boot option called Advanced Boot Options that basically changed the way how we call up the Safe Mode during the boot. You will need to boot to Advanced Boot Options first, choose Troubleshoot mode, go to the Startup Settings, and then restart the computer to get into the Safe Mode. You can also check this post for the detail process how to boot to Safe Mode in Windows 8. While the new process looks having more options and let you no more fighting to press the F8 key at the right time to the Safe Mode, the whole process doesn’t look straightforward enough for any user.

If you like to be able to boot to Safe Mode straight from boot menu without going to the Advanced Boot Options, here is a quick command that lets you do that.

1. Fire up Command Prompt as Administrator

You can do so in Windows 8 quickly by pressing Win+X to bring up the power menu, and choosing Command Prompt (Admin) command from the list.

Command Prompt as Admin - Win + X

2. Run this command

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes

bcdedit command

3. Now reboot

Next time when you restart your computer, you will see the classic boot menu like below instead of showing a fancy Advanced Boot menu.

Windows Classic Boot Menu

Now pressing F8 will bring you up the Startup Settings. And from there, you can boot right into the Safe Mode in 3 options

Boot-to-Safe-Mode-Startup-Settings_thumb.

4. To turn this feature off

Run the following command in the Command Prompt as Administrator. Basically, just swap the Yes for No.

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu no

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Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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