Activate F8 key when booting Windows 10

Unfortunately, with Windows 10, Microsoft has more or less deactivated the F8 key during the boot process . Especially when a PC has boot problems, it was always very helpful that the user could use the extended start options after pressing the F8 key in the boot process .

Usually , you can only use the redesigned Safe Mode , which looks like this.

Windows 10 Safe Mode

In a further post, we discussed the various call options for the Windows 10 start options. You will find the appropriate entry under the name ” Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode “.

But you have the option to use the ” old ” Windows start options. All you have to do is issue the following command in the command prompt, which you must start with administrator rights.

bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

This then looks like this.

bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Then you can close the window and restart your Windows installation. Now the F8 key works again immediately and the following window appears during the boot process .

Windows 10 advanced startup options

Here you have the following options:

Extend the startup options
– Safe Mode
– Safe Mode with Networking
– Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging –
– Enable video mode with low resolution
– debug mode
– automatic restart disable on system failure
Disable Driver Signature Enforcement –
– Early Start disable the driver of the anti-malware
– Start Windows normally

You can deactivate this entire process again and switch off the F8 key . The following command must then be issued.

bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

We have also shown this to you below.

bcdedit / set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

You can find many more Windows tips and tricks in these articles:

– Hide or remove pages and options from the Windows 10 Settings app – Delete
Windows swap file by security policy on shutdown
– Activate Godmode under Windows 10 – Deactivate
Lock Workstation (Windows lock) with the Windows key + “L”
– Windows version from
Query USB installation stick – Deactivate autoplay in Windows 10
– Display or adjust Windows 10 indexing settings (options) – Install
new fonts in Windows 10
– Point and print problems when installing printer drivers in Windows 10
– Windows 10 installation of feature updates reset by group policy