Enable F8 Safe Mode Startup Option In Windows 8

For some reason, Microsoft has made it very obscure to use "Safe Mode" in Windows 8. The actual process now requires multiple steps, rather than just pressing the F8 key at boot time like you could do with previous Windows versions. I came across an article describing how to enable the F8 key method, and it's a beautiful thing. Do it now, please, before you actually need to start up in safe mode. Courtesy of Tech-ForEveryone

1) Press the Windows key + the X key to open the Start menu.

2) Click on Command Prompt (Admin), and answer “OK”/”Allow”/”Proceed”.

3) Type into the black command box the following string of text (below, in bold) mindful of the spaces. (Or, Copy>Paste)

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

4) Press Enter. After a moment, you should see the message “The operation completed successfully”.

Now you will be able to – in an emergency – press the F8 key to (try to) boot into Safe Mode and attempt repairs, should your computer fail to start up.

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