Pressing F8 brings advanced start options for Windows 7 which is used to troubleshoot Windows 7 computer which is not the case for Windows 8 where WDP displays Update, Reset and other troubleshooting options for where is the Advanced Boot Options screen for Windows 8? It wasn’t where you can still access it in DP with the Shift+F8 button, which also includes safe mode.
Advanced Boot Options in Windows 8 Explained
If you are on a multiboot system, while booting select Windows 8 OS and then hold the Shift button and press the F8 button to get the options.
Repair your computer: Shows a list of system recovery tools that you can use to repair boot problems, run diagnostics, or restore your system.
Safety mode: Starts Windows with only the main drivers and services. Use when you cannot boot after installing a new device or driver.
Safe Mode with Networking: Starts Windows with core drivers plus network support.
Safe Mode with Command Prompt: Starts Windows with core drivers and starts the command prompt.
Enable boot logging: Creates a file, ntbtlog.txt, that lists all drivers loaded during boot, including the last file to be loaded before a crash.
Enable low resolution video: Set or reset the screen resolution. Start Windows in low resolution mode.
Debug 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 boot anti-malware driver: Allows drivers to be initialized without being measured by the anti-malware driver.
Start Windows normally: Starts Windows with its normal settings.
The “Last Known Good Configuration (Advanced)” and “Directory Services Restore Mode” options exist for Win7 does not exist for Win 8 and the new boot option “Disable early-launch anti-malware driver” has been added for Microsoft’s next operating system.
We have covered how to enable and add safe mode boot option for Windows 8 which is a bit tedious, I suggest you use Shift+F8 button to access advanced Win8 boot options which also includes safe mode.