Pressing F8 brings Advanced Start options for Windows 7, which is used to troubleshoot Windows 7 Computer problems that’s not the case with Windows 8, where WDP displays Refresh, Reset and other troubleshooting options so where is the Advanced Boot Options screen for Windows 8? It gone no where you can still access it in DP with Shift +F8 button which also includes safe mode.
Advanced Boot Options in Windows 8 Explained
If you’re on a multi-boot system, during the booting, select Windows 8 OS and then hold Shift button and press F8 button to get the options.
Repair Your Computer: Shows a list of system recovery tools you can use to repair startup problems, run diagnostics, or restore your system.
Safe Mode: Starts Windows with only the core drivers and services. Use when you can not boot after installing a new device or driver.
Safe Mode with Networking: Starts Windows with core drivers, plus with networking support.
Safe Mode with Command Prompt: Starts Windows with core drivers and launch the command prompt.
Enable Boot Logging: Creates a file, ntbtlog.txt, that lists all the drivers that load during startup including the last file to load before a failure.
Enable low-resolution video: Set or reset the display resolution. Start Windows in low-resolution mode.
Debugging Mode: Enable Windows Kernel Debugger.
Disable automatic restart on system failure: Prevents Windows from automatically restarting after a crash.
Disable Driver Signature Enforcement: Allows drivers containing improper signatures to be loaded..
Disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Driver: Allows drivers to initialize without being measure by the Anti-malware driver.
Start Windows Normally: Starts Windows with its regular settings.
“Last Known Good Configuration (advanced)” and “Directory Services Restore Mode” options exist for Win7 not there for Win 8 and New “ Disable Early Launch Anti-Malware Driver” boot option is added for Microsoft upcoming Operating System.
We’ve covered how to enable and add Safe mode boot option for Windows 8 that’s a bit tedious, I suggest you to use Shift+ F8 button to access Win8 Advanced Boot Options which also includes the safe mode.