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      • #2331710
        Bob Blum
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        Unless I am missing something, the BootSafe utility, described in the Freeware Spotlight section of the newsletter is confined to operating within Windows 10.  I.e., one must already be booted into Windows 10 to be able to execute the utility and proceed into Safe Mode.  This capability is already built into Windows 10 in the Settings -> Update & Security -> Recovery module.  Was hoping for a self-booting flash drive that would allow booting into Safe Mode.  Did I miss something?

      • #2331739
        Al Taylor
        AskWoody Plus

        Unless I am missing something, the BootSafe utility, described in the Freeware Spotlight section of the newsletter is confined to operating within Windows 10.

        It works in all version of Windows down to XP, however you do have to be “running” Windows to use it.

        FWIW, I tested it on an HP G6 laptop running Windows 8.1 and when I enabled the “F8” function it permanently disabled the BIOS message “Press esc for boot options”.

        The laptop has an AMD processor and Insyde BIOS.  There is no BIOS setting that deals with boot screens, splash screens, or “quiet boot”.  It only has a setting for “Boot Delay” time and it has has no affect on “fixing” the change.  (I even tried re-flashing the BIOS.)

        As well, I re-ran the BootSafe program again and changed\undid the settings to attempt to get things back to normal, but it also was no help.

        I can live with this but it’s frustrating to have changes made automatically without warning, and no way to undo them.

        • This reply was modified 4 days, 21 hours ago by Al Taylor.
        • #2334107
          Bob Blum
          AskWoody Plus

          Al,

          See if this works, although it will disable your F8 capability:

          Go to the command prompt with administrative privileges;

          At the prompt, enter the following statement:
          BCDEDIT /SET {DEFAULT} BOOTMENUPOLICY STANDARD

          Depending upon the computer, the BIOS options may only appear when booting from a complete shutdown, not during a re-start.

          Hope this helps.

      • #2332506
        Bob Blum
        AskWoody Plus

        If you use the BCDEdit codes, it has not simplified the access to Safe Mode, which I viewed as the purpose of the BootSafe utility.  What is needed is to access Safe Mode from a computer that will not complete the full boot into Windows.  The triple restart process is one option, but doesn’t always work on all computers.

      • #2334162
        Al Taylor
        AskWoody Plus

        Go to the command prompt with administrative privileges; At the prompt, enter the following statement: BCDEDIT /SET {DEFAULT} BOOTMENUPOLICY STANDARD

        Thank you for your suggestion.

        Unfortunately when I run the recommended command I receive the following messages:

        “The boot configuration data store could not be opened.”

        “The requested system device cannot be found.”

        Google research suggests this might be because I have a UEFI system.  (But I will keep looking further.)

        • This reply was modified 3 days, 18 hours ago by Al Taylor.
        • #2334190
          Bob Blum
          AskWoody Plus

          Al,

          Not sure why that is happening. I did a Google search using the following search term: “Windows 10: The boot configuration data store could not be opened.”
          At least one of the results suggests that you are on the right track in suspecting that it is a UEFI issue. It suggests changing to a “Legacy” boot mode to resolve the problem. Might be worth a try.

      • #2334199
        Al Taylor
        AskWoody Plus

        I did a Google search using the following search term: “Windows 10: The boot configuration data store could not be opened.”

        OOPS!  I may have misled you by leaving some information out of the earlier post..

        I  mentioned in my first post that I’m running Windows 8.1. (if I understand the forum organization correctly it’s #2331739).

        FWIW some of the google searches I’ve done indicate the message I’m getting is the same for both 8.1 & 10.

        • This reply was modified 3 days, 15 hours ago by Al Taylor.
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