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  1. Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    That did work!!! I just substituted {default} for {current} and it worked. I was put off by the reference to the flash drive and hadn't thought to try that. Thanks!!!
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  2. Posts : 69,615
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Great news.
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  3. Posts : 2

    I am stuck in Safe Mode in spite of following all the suggested steps to go back to Normal Startup - Like opening file location of msconfig.exe & running as Administrator. The computer I am trying to get out of safe mode has just been updated from Windows 7.
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  4. Posts : 69,615
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Hello GreatWhiteNorth, :)

    Please type bcdedit in an elevated command prompt, press Enter, and post back with the results. I'll be happy to take a look at them to see if a cause may be there, and post back with a solution if so.
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  5. Posts : 19
    XP, 7, 8, 10

    ICIT2LOL said:
    Maybe this is a simply dumb query but I have too say or rather ask why has the F8 option been taken away and attaching pics to replies in this forum is now quite convoluted whereas in 7 it was a very simple operation.

    It sort of looks to me like it is means making the Windows experience a lot harder to get ones head around and I did post somewhere else no email notification of replies to ones post. If I could see a reason it might make it a tad easier to understand and not drive me away from this current version. It is sad really because it does seem to me and I am just a pleb and not overly savvy and 10 like 8 (which I disliked intensely) is not for us ordinary folk.

    Seems like Microsoft is repairing an unbroken wheel
    Sorry, I've been out of the loop for a while, and am back reading the posts. I don't think adding safe mode to one computer at a time is an adequate fix. F8 WAS easy, and a go to for millions of users and IT people alike. It needs s to be brought back.
    I not only would like a reason why it was removed, I would like to know if it is going to be brought back to rectify (In a great number of peoples minds I talk to in the field) this horrible mistake. I know this is just a forum, and not a direct pipe to Microsoft, but does anyone know if F8 is being considered for re implementation?
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  6. Posts : 69,615
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Hello cbleman, :)

    If you like, you could use the tutorial below to have the F8 Windows Boot Manager back.
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  7. Posts : 2
    Win 7


    i was just trying to upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10. After Win 10 got installed i received the black screen and the error of "Out of range" that i assume is because the video settings Win 10 uses is higher than what my monitor can handle.
    I don't have another computer to prepare a Win 10 recovery disk or any sort of other software to help me out. Thus, not having the F8 available and also not being able to see anything on my monitor I'm stuck here.
    I tried to crash Win 10 to force it to boot in Safe mode, but it does not work. It insist to boot in normal mode leading again and again to the black screen.
    If i cannot find a solution, i will be forced to find somebody to prepare me a Win 10 recovery disk or something.
    It's embarrassing to be forced to ask help from other people instead of having an F8 button to boot Win10 into Safe mode and letting me sort out the blank screen...
    This was enough for me. I will not switch to Win 10 anymore.
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  8. Posts : 69,615
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    Hello eupe, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    I'm sorry to hear about the trouble you are having.

    Do you have another display or HDTV you can connect the PC to temporarily?

    Luckily, it's easy to create a bootable Windows 10 USB to use to boot into safe mode with.
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  9. Posts : 2
    Win 7

    Hi Brink,

    i am responding very late because i was trying various solutions last night. The one that worked eventually was to connect my monitor to the on-board video (which is of low power) and forced windows to start-up in low resolution mode. From that point on i was able to do whatever i wanted. Funny is that (after i was able to see something on my monitor) i noticed Win 10 was installed and working properly. But even though i reduced the screen resolution, when i switched the cable on my (higher power) video board the issue came back again.

    So, what i did? i switched back again to the on-board video and switched back to Win 7. I will stay with Win 7 until Microsoft will force me to migrate to Win 10. Or, perhaps by then i will be completely migrated towards an Android box that does everything i need and is way smaller than my desktop PC. :)

    Cheers, people!
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  10. Posts : 19
    XP, 7, 8, 10

    Brink said:
    Hello cbleman, :)

    If you like, you could use the tutorial below to have the F8 Windows Boot Manager back.
    Thanks Brink,

    This is only good for one computer at a time, and the computer has to be operational to use it. F8 was an easy in, to boot into a safe mode before Windows actually completely booted on any Windows computer. I need to get in before Windows crashes due to a problem. I work on many computers during the course of a day, with no established client list. Some of these have Malware, or other self inflicted problems that cause windows to crash. F8 is a widely used tool, that has been removed for no apparent reason. Removing F8 only makes things confusing, more difficult and above all, complicated. Good heavens; what ever happened to the KISS principle. I wonder why Microsoft took out such a widely used tool. Is there a reason, or are they trying to make things harder for field techs like me? Windows self repair? AAAaaaaahahahaha
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