How To Restore Graphical Boot Options Menu In Windows 8

The all new graphical boot menu is one of the new features of Windows 8. Unlike boot menus in previous Windows versions, Windows 8 boot menu can be navigated with mouse, keyboard, and touch. The new boot menu lets you access a range of tools and options right from the boot menu, including Reset PC and Refresh PC features.

Users who have installed Windows 8 in dual boot with Windows 7 probably have noticed that the old black and white boot menu replaces the graphical boot menu just after completing Windows 7 installation. The graphical boot menu may also disappear for no particular reason.

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Users who would like to get back the graphical boot menu may follow the given below instructions.

WARNING: Executing a wrong command may stop your PC from booting properly. Make sure you follow the instructions properly. We recommend you create a system restore point or Windows 8 recovery drive before proceeding further.

Step 1: If you are running Windows 8 in dual boot with Windows 7, you first need to set Windows 8 as default OS. To do this, boot into Windows 8, type msconfig and then press enter to open System Configuration utility. And if you aren’t in dual boot, you can safely skip to step 3.

Step 2: Switch to Boot tab, select Windows 8 entry, click Set as default and then click Apply button. Close System Configuration utility and don’t restart.

Step 3: Open Command Prompt with admin rights. To do this, switch to Start screen, type CMD and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to launch elevated prompt. You can see our how to open Command Prompt with admin rights in Windows 8 guide for additional information.

Step 4: Next, you need to execute the following command:

bcdedit /set {current} bootmenupolicy standard

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Step 5: Exit the Command Prompt and reboot your PC to see the graphical boot menu.

If you have installed Windows 8 in dual boot with Windows 7 (Windows 8 installed first) and the graphical boot menu isn’t appearing even after completing above mentioned steps, you need to follow the below mentioned steps.

WARNING: This is for power users only. Create a complete PC backup before following the steps. IntoWindows isn’t responsible for any data loss and system damage. Try this method only if the above method isn’t working for you.

Step 1: First things first. Before we start the procedure, you need to create a Windows 8 recovery drive. Follow our how to create Windows 8 recovery drive guide to create one. Note that 32-bit recovery drive doesn’t work in 64-bit Windows and vice versa.

Once you have the recovery drive, restart your PC, open BIOS settings and make sure that your PC supports booting from USB.

Step 2: Boot into Windows 7, open Run dialog (press Windows + R), type msconfig and then press Enter key to open System Configuration utility.

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Step 3: Switch to Boot tab, select Windows 7 entry, click Set as default (if it isn’t already your default OS). Click Apply.

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Next, select Windows 8 entry, click Delete button to delete the Windows 8 entry from boot manager and then click Apply. Don’t restart.

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Step 4: Connect your previously created Windows 8 recovery drive and restart your PC. Make necessary changes in the BIOS to boot from USB and then boot using the recovery drive.

Step 5: Select your keyboard layout, click Troubleshoot, click Advanced options, and finally click Command Prompt to open the same.

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Step 6: In the Command Prompt, type bootrec /rebuildbcd and press enter key. Wait for a while to see the below message. Type All and press enter key when you see “Add installation to boot list? Yes<Y>/No<N>/All<A>:”.

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Close the Command Prompt, click Turn Off your PC option.

Step 7: Remove the Windows 8 recovery drive , turn on your PC and boot into Windows 7 (it will automatically boot into Windows 7). Press Windows + R hotkey to open Run dialog, type msconfig and then press Enter key.

Step 8: Switch to Boot tab, select Windows 8 entry and then click Set as default. Click Apply button and restart your PC. That’s it! You should now see the Windows 8 graphical boot menu. Good luck!

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Comments

  1. Lee Scotter says

    much easier way i found is to remove the display menu option from the bcd store, check windows boot manager entry, gives u the windows 8 menu bk if you have problems.

  2. Pit says

    This doesn´t work, also not when I do it like Joe wrote.

    When I do the command bootrec /rebuild BCD, no System was found.

  3. Joe Mooney says

    This works but there is an error in this process. You need to go into Win 8 to do the msconfig and delete the Win 7 OS. Then use the recovery drive USB to reload the Boot Menu. The problem is that the old boot screen will override the new boot screen in Win 8, so you need to delete the old boot screen process by using this method. I tried the approach above and it failed, but the steps provided worked perfectly.

  4. serian says

    Hi , great guide but i cannot apply tutorial to my configuration: Windows 8 and the other os Windows server 2008r2 ( in vhd). When i use bcdboot to create an entry for my 2008r2 os then at restart Windows 8 presents the old style boot menù. Using the step four nothing change while with the bootrec /rebuildbcd the vhd os disappear from boot menù. thanx
    serian

  5. f1y0rdie says

    Sorry, Your method did’n not work for me.
    Actually, the run of “bcdedit /bootems {bootmgr} off” worked without any additional manipulations with msconfig, bootrec and so on…

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