Add Windows 10 Safe Mode Option In Startup Menu

Everyone notices the obvious changes and additions in Windows 10, but the update is not just about being able to use Cortana outside US and the Edge browser. There are a lot of subtle and more basic changes that you are sure to encounter once the OS gets more exposure. If, like many others, you are making the jump to Windows 10 from Windows 7, you might notice that the Windows 10 boot menu has changed dramatically. For one thing, pressing F8 does not give you the familiar list of booting options. This means that if you want to access the Windows 10 safe mode, there is a very roundabout way of doing so. For those looking to bring back the simple F8 option, there is still hope though.

Before you can get the Windows 10 safe mode back at the startup, you will need to re-enable the classical boot menu. There are a few simple commands that can let you make all the required changes.

Getting Windows 10 Safe Mode Back

  1. Open command prompt by typing CMD in Windows 10’s start menu. Make sure you are running the utility as an administrator.
    Windows 10 Safe Mode CMD
  2. To get the legacy startup menu back, enter the following command in the prompt.
    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
    (There is no space between the forward slash and ‘set’)
  3. Now that you have the classical boot menu enabled in the OS, it is time to get the Windows 10 safe menu back in it. To do so, run the following command;
    bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode”
  4. If you want to add more options to the startup, like Safe mode with command prompt and with networking, the following commands need to be run after the one in step 3 has been executed successfully;
    bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode with Networking”
    bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Windows 10 Safe Mode with Command Prompt”
  5. After the above steps, the Safe mode option will appear on startup, but you still need to configure what invoking this option will actually do. Open ‘Run’ and type ‘msconfig’ in it.
  6. Head to the ‘Boot’ tab in the MSConfig menu.
  7. Look for the option named ‘Safe boot’ and make sure it is checked.
  8. From the options below the Safe boot box, select ‘Minimal’.
  9. Against the ‘timeout’ field, put 10 seconds.
  10. Click the ‘Make all boot settings permanent’ option once, before hitting ‘OK’ and exiting the menu.

Windows 10 Safe Mode MSConfig

The Windows 10 safe mode will now be accessible every time you hit F8 at the time of system startup.