How to launch Recovery menu at startup like Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by venu, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. venu

    venu MDL Addicted

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    I found a way to have an F8 equivalent in windows 8.

    1) In MSCONFIG, under "BOOT" make sure there is a decent timeout, say 10 seconds.

    2) Next, launch admin command prompt and ensure you are at C:\windows\system32. Now type the following and hit enter:

    reagentc /enable

    You will get a message "Operation completed successfully". Exit command prompt.

    3) Restart. You should get a boot menu with your regular boot entries plus

    "To specify more options for this choice, press F8"

    Now, with Windows 8 boot entry highlighted, press F8.

    4) In the next screen, you'll get the option to press F1-F9 for all the safe mode stuff etc. At the bottom, there'll be an option to press F10 for more options.

    5) Hit F10. Now you should see a menu to launch recovery menu.

    6) Press the recovery menu option and you're taken to the familiar window.

    This works on an HP laptop running windows 8 pro solo OS. Metro is disabled, UAC is set to lowest and Tihiy's patch is being used to skip metro completely. I have no clue how this'll pan out on a system running metro.

    In case, somebody has already come up with idea, I may kindly be informed as I have no intention of plagiarizing etc. Just discovered this while fiddling around this morning so thought to share.
     
  2. 5856898

    5856898 MDL Junior Member

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    Run Command prompt as Admin and type bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy. ensure operation completed successfully. restart system and you'll find F8 works. in this case, you can also launch WinRE without going to Windows first.