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    Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Legacy F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Performance & Maintenance
    19 Jan 2020
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    How to Enable or Disable Legacy F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10


    By default, you can boot to Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10.

    The Advanced Boot Options screen is the old black screen at boot like in Windows 7 and previous Windows. Advanced Boot Options lets you start Windows in advanced troubleshooting modes like Advanced Startup Options. However, you access the Advanced Boot Options screen by turning on your computer and keep tapping the F8 key before Windows starts.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the legacy F8 Advanced Boot Options screen at boot in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable or disable the F8 Advanced Boot Options screen.

    If you have Fast Boot enabled in your UEFI firmware settings, then you will not be able to boot the Advanced Boot Options screen since you will not have time to press F8 before Windows starts.

    If you dual boot Windows 10 with another Windows and have enabled Advanced Boot Options, then you will always see the Windows Boot Manager screen below first at boot.
    Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10-f8_windows_boot_manager.png



    Contents

    • Option One: To Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options using displaybootmenu Command
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options using bootmenupolicy Command



    EXAMPLE: Advanced Startup Options (default)
    Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10-advanced_startup_options.jpg

    EXAMPLE: F8 "Advanced Boot Options" or "Startup Settings" screen
    Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10-f8_advanced_boot_options.png Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10-advanced_startup_settings.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    To Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options using displaybootmenu Command


    1 Open an elevated command prompt or command prompt at boot.

    2 Do step 3 (enable) or step 4 (disable) for what you want to do.


    3 To Enable F8 Advanced Boot Options screen in Windows 10

    A) Type the command below in the command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 5. (see screenshot below)

    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes

    Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10-displaybootmenu-yes.png


    4 To Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options screen in Windows 10

    This is the default setting.

    A) Type the command below in the command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 5. (see screenshot below)

    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu no

    Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10-displaybootmenu-no.png


    5 When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options using bootmenupolicy Command


    If you multi boot operating systems, then this option is handy to be able to specify which OS you want to enable or disable F8 Advanced Boot Options for.


    1 Open an elevated command prompt or command prompt at boot.

    2 Type bcdedit in the command prompt, and press Enter.

    3 Under the top Windows Boot Manager section, look to the right of default, and make note of what it has as the identifier (ex: "{current}"). This is for your default OS. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10-identifier.png


    4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) for what you want to do.


    5 To Enable F8 Advanced Boot Options screen in Windows 10

    A) Type the command below in the command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)

    bcdedit /set {identifier} bootmenupolicy Legacy

    Substitute identifier in the command above with the actual identifier (ex: {current}) from step 3 for your default OS.

    For example: bcdedit /set {current} bootmenupolicy Legacy

    Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10-bootmenupolicy_legacy.png


    6 To Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options screen in Windows 10

    This is the default setting

    A) Type the command below in the command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)

    bcdedit /set {identifier} bootmenupolicy Standard

    Substitute identifier in the command above with the actual identifier (ex: {current}) from step 3 for your default OS.

    For example: bcdedit /set {current} bootmenupolicy Standard

    Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10-bootmenupolicy_standard.png


    7 When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 66
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       #1

    Wow thats great tout Shawn (as all) Thanks
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    I'm glad it could help nissmezra. :)
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    Thank you!
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  4. Stephanie's Avatar
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    Thank you Shawn, Your Tutorials are always spot on

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    You're most welcome Stephanie. I'm glad it could help. :)
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  6. Posts : 2
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       #6

    It's my first post here so hello to everyone Thank you for this tutorial. Default timeout is set to 30 seconds so it's always good to change it to less than that.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

    Note   Note

    bcdedit /timeout X


    Where X is the time you want to set. There's also another thread where you can check the other ways how to change this timeout
    Operating System to Run at Startup - Choose Default in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    -edit-
    Please, forgive me. I'm reading all threads in Tutorial section and I haven't seen this topic before I wrote my post

    Operating Systems Time to Display at Startup - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    I don't want to double posts/threads so you can delete my post or just point to that topic I've mentioned above
    Last edited by Threepwood; 29 Feb 2016 at 12:52.
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  7. Posts : 41
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       #7

    Thanks, but something doesn't seem right here.
    Under Option 2, step 3, you state, "Under the top Windows Boot Manager section, look to the right of default, and make note of what it has as the identifier (ex: "{current}"). This is for your default OS. (see screenshot below)"

    However, it is not under the Windows Boot Manager category where {current} is found; it's under the Windows Boot Loader category. Am I correct here?

    Thanks,
    Starkman
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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    Hello Starkman, :)

    "Default" under "Windows Boot Manager" is what shows the current default OS identifier that would be listed under a "Windows Boot Loader" section.
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  9. Posts : 41
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    Brink said:
    "Default" under "Windows Boot Manager" is what shows the current default OS identifier that would be listed under a "Windows Boot Loader" section.
    Okay, I'm still confused here, but I do see now "default" under the Windows Boot Manager section (missed that one, didn't I!) and it has {current} to its right.

    At step 3, however, I'm not sure what the right-side image (with "at boot" in red) is for. If that is "at boot," when (and what) is the image to the left of it? I can see that the image on the left is dealing with partition C: and the image to the right ("at boot") is dealing with partition D: .

    Finally, if the default OS shows {current}, what would the other OS show there?

    Thanks
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