03 July, 2018

by Updated on 03 July, 2018 3 comments

How To Restore F8 Key Feature To Boot Windows Into Safe Mode

All the versions of Windows were used to boot into safe mode if the F8 key is pressed while booting. But, Windows 10 has removed this feature and you have to go to the modern settings page to boot into safe mode.

But a small command can restore this handy feature.
  •  Go to the command prompt with administrator rights.
  • Enter this command

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
activate F8 key to boot into safe mode
  • This will activate the legacy feature for the F8 key to boot Windows 10 into safe mode.
  • If you want to disable the feature again, use this command.
bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

This feature is handy if you try too many things on your PC. Booting into safe mode with the reset Windows 10 from settings is way buried and difficult to access. 
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  1. Is there a way to set it to a different F key? F8 on my asus mobo is for the boot menu

    1. No. If the motherboard vendor has assigned it, you can't change it. There may be some workaround but I don't think its easy.