How to add advanced boot options to Windows 10 or Windows 11

Microsoft decided that the Advanced Boot Options menu wasn’t needed. However, with the help BCDEdit and a command prompt, we can overrule this decision and add it back.

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Windows 10 and 11 now have the Advanced Boot Options menu. This menu was activated by pressing F8 on the PC’s initial boot. Microsoft decided that it was easier to access the options on this boot menu using other methods. We don’t have the obligation to accept their final decision as inconvertible.

You can use the command prompt to run a specific command. This command will bring back the Advanced Boot Options menu regardless of whether you are using Windows 10 or 11. The command is another option for the BCDEdit utility we used to add Safe Mode Windows 11 in an earlier article.

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Windows 8 will now include the legacy Advanced Boot Options

The only thing that should be added to the equation is Advanced Boot Options menu to modern PCs, and it is the likely the reason Microsoft decided to discontinue the menu’s use—pressing the F8 function key to activate the options at the right time can be extremely difficult on many modern PCs booting from SSD hard drives. You must press the F8 key between hardware initiation, the Windows boot loader, and you should not forget to do this frequently. This is something to remember as you use this technique.

Open an administrative command prompt to add the legacy Advanced Boot Options for either the current or previous versions of Windows. Enter “cmd” in the Windows search engine and choose Command Prompt using the Run as Administrator option. You’ll be presented with the standard command-line screen. Figure A.

Figure A


Type the following BCDEdit command at the prompt and hit Enter to send it to the console.

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

The system will notify you if you have correctly typed or copied the command.

When you next boot Windows 10, or Windows 11, you will have the option to press F8 to open the Advanced Boot Options Menu, as shown in Figure B.

Figure B



Users can choose to boot their computer in Safe Mode, Safe Mode without networking or Safe Mode with a prompt. Other options include loading Windows at a lower resolution with the last known good configuration and without drivers.

These options and boot options are extremely useful when trying to troubleshoot Windows for problems that may occur during the standard reboot process. If you have bad drivers, for example, Safe Mode might be the only way to access the driver and disable it.

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You can deactivate Advanced Boot Options and then return to the normal Windows 10 or Windows 11 boot process by issuing this BCDedit command at a system administrator-level command prompt.

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

If the command succeeds, the system will inform you.

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