Enable Legacy Advanced Boot Menu in Windows 10/8/8.1 to Install Compatible Driver Software – [How To Guide]

Sometimes you need to perform certain tasks in Safe Mode to fix errors on Windows PC. You could easily run Windows in safe mode in older versions of the OS but in Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1 Microsoft for some reason has made it difficult to access safe mode. You cannot switch PC in safe mode on Windows 10/8/8.1 because advanced legacy boot menu is disabled by default in latest versions of the operating system. And this makes it difficult to automatically install compatible Driver software on Windows 10/8/8.1 unless you know how to enable advanced boot menu on Windows PC. Here we are going to show you the way of enabling legacy advanced boot menu first to turn on PC in safe and then installing driver software compatible with your OS.

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Simply pressing F8/Shift+F8 keys at the time of boot won’t be enough to turn on Safe mode on Windows 10, Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 because advanced boot menu is OFF by default. This requires manually enabling legacy advanced boot menu in Windows 10/8/8.1 and you can easily do so by following simple instructions below. This method of enabling advanced boot menu to install compatible drivers can also be used to fix System Service Exception Error on Windows PC.

How to Enable Legacy Advanced Boot Menu in Windows 10/8/8.1 PC:

Follow step-by-step guide below to enable advanced boot menu on Windows.

1 – Insert Windows installation DVD or connect bootable USB with PC.

2 – Restart PC and repeatedly press F12 or F10 key (based for different PCs) key to open boot menu.

3 – Choose the option ‘Boot from USB Drive or CD/DVD and hit enter.

4 – Now press any key when asked ‘press any key to continue’.

5 – On Windows setup screen click Next.

6 – Now click ‘Repair your PC’ option.

7 – Click on troubleshoot and then on ‘Advanced Option’.

8 – Under Advanced Option click on Command Prompt and type c: on it and hit the enter key.

9 – Next, type BCDEDIT /SET {DEFAULT} BOOTMENUPOLICY LEGACY and hit the enter key to enable advanced boot menu option.

10 – Now type ‘EXIT’ in the command prompt and press enter key.

11 – On ‘Choose an Option’ screen click ‘Continue’ to restart PC.

12 – Disconnect USB drive or eject CD/DVD from PC.

13 – All done.

To see if the process really worked restart your PC and continuously press F8 key until black screen shows up with a list of option including new Safe Mode option. This shows that legacy boot menu has been enables successfully and now you can move on to installing driver software that are compatible with your PC. (Note: this method may not work on latest PC but you can still give it a go).

How to Install Compatible Drivers on Windows 10/8/8.1 PC/laptop:

Now that you have enabled advanced legacy boot menu you can now install Windows Drivers easily in just a few steps.

1 – Restart PC

2 – Just as the PC starts quickly start pressing F8 key until you see black screen showing Advanced Boot menu.

3 – Select Safe Mode on Legacy boot menu window and hit enter.

4 – When your PC open in Safe Mode go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound and open Device Manager under ‘Devices and Printers.’ Or right-click My Computer/This PC, select Properties and click Device Manager.

5 – On Device Manager window click ‘Scan for Hardware Changes’ option from the top menu or right-click on any driver and select Scan for hardware changes option to find out which ones are out of date and need updating or reinstall.

6 – Driver with yellow exclamation mark next to them means they are outdated and need updating. Or uninstall it and install its latest version.

7 – Finally Restart the PC.

8 – All done.

All your drivers are now updated so feel relaxed about any hardware malfunction anytime soon on your Windows 10/8/8.1 PC.

Also Check Out: Bluetooth Driver Installer for PC Windows 10 | How to Back Up Windows 10 Drivers – comprehensive guide

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