How to enable F8 to enter Safe Mode in Windows 8

by Remy Pereira on 15th May 2013

Many of you might have already noticed that it\'s extremely difficult to get into Safe Mode in Windows 8 by pressing the F8 key. It may work if you are fast enough or your computer is slow enough.

Here is an easy way to bring your F8 key back to Windows 8 like previous versions of Windows.

First right click on the Start Screen and select All Apps

Windows 8 All Apps

Right click again on Command Prompt under Windows System programs

Windows 8 Command Prompt

From the bottom of the Start Screen click on Run as administrator

Windows 8 Run as Administrator

If you see a User Account Control window, click Yes

In the Command Prompt window, enter the command
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yesWindows 8 bcdedit command

Now, restart your computer and you will see the Boot Manager Screen

Windows 8 Boot Manager

Press F8 for advanced options. In the Startup Settings, use number keys or functions keys to select Safe Mode.

Windows 8 Startup Settings

From now on you will have this option every time you boot. If at any time you want to disable this option enter the following in command prompt

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu no

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ravindra | January 13, 2014 8:34 AM |

i am not able to login safe mode in windows8

Jon Martinez | May 16, 2013 3:11 PM |

The thing that almost everyone hates about windows 8 is, the look at start up. Windows has been the same since 1.0 to 7.0. Will microsoft come out with an update or enhancement to have an option for windows 8 to operate as 7?