How to Enter Advanced Options in Windows 8 If Your PC Won’t Boot –

While the feature of pressing “F8”* to access the Advanced Options menu in Windows 8 has been removed by Microsoft to save boot time, in the previous article: How to access Safe Mode and Advanced Options menu in Windows 8?here are two easy ways to access the Windows 8 Advanced options menu when your computer is restarting.

This and all other ways to boot into the Advanced Windows 8 options menu can be done while Windows is normally started and running. How can you access the Advanced Settings menu if your operating system won’t boot?

*Note: Also, the compound “SHIFT+F8“, does not work as some internet sites claim.

First of all, you need to check whether your computer supports UEFI interface or not.

Case 1. If your computer supports UEFI interface*.

If your computer supports UEFI, you can use it to access the Windows Advanced Option Menu. How to access the “Advanced Options Menu” (Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, etc.) depends on the manufacturer of your computer. Therefore, you should read your computer’s manufacturer’s manual for more information. (for example, on Sony Vaio laptops that support UEFI, you need to press the “ASSIST” button on the laptop while the laptop is turned off.)

UEFI Interface*: In the latest technology computers, the BIOS supports UEFI. Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) provides a software interface between the operating system and your hardware. The UEFI interface replaces the BIOS interface, and using it, you can diagnose and repair your system without the need for an operating system.

Case 2. If your computer does not support UEFI interface.

If your computer does not support UEFI, you must have a Windows 8 installation media DVD to troubleshoot your computer.

To do this, follow the instructions below:

1. Change BIOS boot order to boot from DVD.

2. Insert the Windows 8 installation DVD into your CD/DVD drive.

3. On the first screen Click any button to boot from DVD.


4. Yes Windows 8 installation screen press the buttonThe next one“.


5. selectRepair your computer” on the next screen:


6. On the next screen, selectTroubleshooting” to start troubleshooting your computer.



On this screen you have these options

Upgrade your PC without losing your filesor

Restore it to its original state, or

to select the third option: “Advanced options”, and:

a. Restore your computer to a previous state.

b. Restore your PC using a previous backup.

c. Perform automatic system repair.

d. Troubleshoot system problems using the command line.


Advanced options menu screen:


Make your favorite choice and start troubleshooting your computer.

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