Safe Mode with f8 in Windows 10

Maybe you still didn’t notice but Safe Mode can’t be accessed by hitting f8 as before. Good for you if you didn’t notice because when you are looking for the f8 option means something odd is happening, however it is really bad news to try to use it because you need it now and then realize it is not working at all.

Note: If you want to just access safe mode without enabling booting to safe mode using F8, please read this guide

There are several ways to access to the Safe Mode in the main interface of Windows 10 but all of them need the taskbar to be working and if it doesn’t work there is no way to access it unless you previously activated the f8 key. Microsoft says this key was disabled in order to speed up the booting time. Whatever.

So, first access to the command prompt by right clicking the windows icon in the taskbar and choosing “command prompt admin” in the menu.

Once in there type the following command without the ” “

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Close the command prompt and then you can reboot and pound the f8 key as usual to get the Safe mode menu back.

It is very important you do this step BEFORE having any problem that will force you to start in the safe mode, because all the other methods to enable the safe mode boot are inside the system and inside the taskbar so, if your taskbar is not working or you can’t see the screen for whatever reason, you won’t be able to do this tutorial.

Once you have done it, you can just press f8 any time you are booting the system to open the Safe Mode menu.

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