Software recommendation: fast into Windows 10 safe mode another way

Windows 10 uses a different way to enter Safe Mode than Windows 7. To enter Safe Mode on Windows 10, you need to go to the System Settings menu, go to System Advanced Settings, and then reboot to get there. However, we can find other shortcuts to enter Safe Mode. For example, by retrieving the defunct F8 Safe Mode capture feature in Windows 10 and using F8 capture to enter it when booting, or retrieving the F8 selection from the traditional multi-system boot menu list and selecting it. In this way, you can easily enter Safe Mode in Windows 10 environment.

1. Multiple methods to retrieve F8 capture One click to select safe mode

Earlier Winodws to enable safe mode, just restart the machine, see the BIOS information displayed and press F8 key, then select from it. But in Windows 10, Microsoft has shortened the time cycle of function key F2 to F8 to less than 200 milliseconds interval, which means the chance that the system can detect F8 interruption is very low, and users have little time to rely on pressing F8 to capture the boot menu for subsequent operations. To boot directly into safe mode, we can think of starting the function of capturing the F8 key first to provide the possibility of capturing safe mode at boot.

Retrieving the F8 capture safe mode feature via the bcdedit command

We can enable the F8 capture safe mode feature at boot by using the bcdedit command. First, boot to the administrator’s command prompt window and execute the following command (Figure 1).

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy


When the “Operation completed successfully” prompt is displayed, restart the system and we can capture the Safe Mode boot menu via F8 as we usually do with lower versions of Windows.

If you want to restore the ability to block F8, give the following command (Figure 2).

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard


The display shows “Operation completed successfully”, indicating that the system default of blocking F8 interception has been restored.

Enter safe mode with MSCONFIG command

In addition to the command, you can also reconfigure it in the system configuration window. First, press the Win+R key combination to launch the “Run” window (Figure 3).


Type MSCONFIG command in the Run window and enter to start the System Configuration window, click the Boot tab, check the Secure Boot option, click the “Apply” button, and finally click “OK” and exit (Figure 4). In this way, the next time you boot the system, it will enter the safe mode state.


Tip: We can also create shortcuts to change into safe mode on the desktop. To create a shortcut, enter the following command in the Type Object Location box (Figure 5).

C:WindowsSystem32msconfig.exe -2


Next, command the shortcut to “Start in Safe Mode”. Once created, double-click this shortcut to enter safe mode after the next system reboot (Figure 6).


Use the tool software to set into safe mode

Alternatively, use the safe mode boot tool BootSafe and select the last three of the four options to enter safe mode the next time you boot the system. If you need to reboot the system in normal mode, you also need to run the tool and select the “Normal reboot” option (Figure 7).


2. do not rely on capture hand-selected F8 system boot advanced menu

If you think the above setting of relying on capture F8 makes you a bit nervous, then we can also set up the system to display the advanced boot menu at startup by selecting the F8 function prompted in the menu to enter safe mode.

First start a command prompt window in administrator command mode, type the following command and enter to run (Figure 8).

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes


After receiving the “Operation completed successfully” message, reboot the system and you will see the boot options menu, which has a prompt for the F8 boot advanced option.

To disable this feature, execute the following command (Figure 9).

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu no


Similarly, when you receive the “Operation completed successfully” message, restart the system and the system will revert to the default boot mode.

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