Bringing Back Safe Mode in Windows 8

I was reading a few questions on Experts-Exchange.com today and someone posted that the F8 key no longer gets you into Safe Mode on Windows 8.  Sure enough, I tried it and it doesn’t work anymore!  There are tricks to restart the system in safe mode if you started in normal mode, but that will be pretty useless if the system doesn’t boot.  However, if you run the following command from an elevated prompt, it will put back the legacy Windows 7 boot loader which will allow you to boot into Safe mode:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Of course, if you discover this fact too late, you might be out of luck!  Of course you can boot from a Windows 8 DVD and use the Recovery option, but taking away the F8 key to get into safe mode is just plain stupid.

So to recap, when you move from Windows 7 to Windows 8, you lose:

DVD Playback

Windows Media Center

Safe Mode

Windows XP Mode

Start Menu

This was supposed to be an upgrade, right?  Hmm.

– Soli Deo Gloria