Enable F8 (legacy menu) on Windows 8 before you have problems

Windows 8 has an excellent reputation with stability and performance.  What you have to remember is to enable the “F8” menu if before you have problems.  Open a command prompt (elevated).  Type the following-

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

An excellent example of why you should do this happened to us recently.  We changed a video card out from NVidia to ATI for testing only on a Windows 8 computer.   We instantly got a black screen after the computer went through post although we had removed the Nvidia software.  Our only option was to attempt a repair and/or put in the old card.  Why?  The F8 key doesn’t work with Windows 8 by default and we could not enter in to safe mode nor would a Windows 8 start-up repair work.  We were able to put in the NVidia card and enter Windows.  We then ran the above command for future troubleshooting.

Had this been set before we started, there was a good chance we could have entered safe mode and repaired any errors with the device manager.


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The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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