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Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in PC Maintenance, Troubleshoot Windows | 1 comment

Restore safe mode to Windows 8 or Windows 10

With Windows 8, Microsoft were so desperate to cut down startup times that they took some pretty drastic and some might say downright foolish steps just to shave off a couple of milliseconds from the startup time. One of these steps was the removal of the hidden boot menu that allows Windows to boot into safe mode. Often, when you cannot start your PC normally, you can use safe mode, a special diagnostic mode in Windows, to start your PC with the bare minimum of drivers and services. By default in Windows 8 and Windows 10, this option is removed, but fortunately adding it back again is easy.

Windows 10 users – Although this video was filmed using Windows 8, the technique is exactly the same on Windows 10 too. The only difference is that you search for “command prompt” from the search bar rather than the Start screen.

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Additional notes

If you prefer to copy and paste the command into the command prompt, you can copy it from below:-

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Remember you need to press the F8 key before Windows starts to boot in order to access the menu shown in the video.

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  1. Holy Cow! You’re the only one to actually ever have some kind of help on this. Been searching all over for a way to boot Safe Mode! Although It wasn’t really able to boot on Safe Mode since it would still hang, I was able to at least Repair. Thank you!

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