How to enable Windows 8 Safe Mode using F8 at boot

Windows 8 and 8.1 introduce fast boot by default to their system.  A bad part of this is that you won’t be able to boot into Safe Mode using F8 at boot screen, it just won’t do anything.  Good thing is that there is a fix for this, today we show you how to enable Windows 8 Safe Mode using F8 key.

How to enable Windows 8 Safe Mode with F8 key

1. Boot your computer to the desktop and open an elevated command prompt.  Make sure you have administrator privileges, otherwise it won’t allow you to execute the next command.

Windows 8 Command prompt admin

2. From command line prompt, execute the following command : bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

BCDEdit bootmenupolicy legacy

3. Close command prompt.

4. Restart your computer and press F8 before you see Windows 8 boot logo.

5. You will now be prompt to select which Advanced Boot Options you would like.  If you want to go to the safe mode, select ‘Safe Mode’ here.

Windows 8 Advanced Boot Options

6. Windows 8 will now boot in Safe Mode.  You will be able to remove malware (if any) or do another administrative task without any other third party application running.

Windows 8 running in safe mode


Microsoft introduced a new fast boot which make your computer boot quicker.  There’s a drawback to this, you are not able to boot straight in Safe Mode if needed.  The previous tip allows you to do so, but take in mind that boot time will take a small hit.

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