Disable and Re-Enable Windows 8 Metro Boot loader Feature

Microsoft Windows 8 offers a whole new boot loader with Metro UI also known as “IMMERSIVE BOOT MENU” that is far better and more advanced boot menu than the previous versions of Microsoft Windows that tends to use a simple text based boot menu without any Graphics based user interface .It offers Repair and error analysis features with fast recovery options at the boot screen providing integrated repair tools.This New boot screen offers a user friendly Touch interface with a whole new look of loading an OS.This boot loader is generally an exe file located in system32 folder named as “bootim.exe” so you can also launch it manually in running Windows 8 mode by pressing CTRL+R and typing “bootim.exe” in the RUN Dialog box. But some users find this new windows 8 Boot loader menu very cluttered and unorganized when they use multiple windows or multi boot option because if you want to access the other windows then first Windows 8 is booted and then Boot menu is loaded then you have to select which version of Windows you want to boot making the whole booting process very lengthy and annoying as you have to wait for Windows 8 loading which is of no use for the user who wants to user other version of Windows.So here is a simple procedure that lets you bring the old classic style boot menu as used in Earlier version of Windows like in Windows 7 or Vista.


Disable Windows 8 Metro Boot Loader

  • First Open Command prompt(cmd) as an Administrator by pressing Win(Windows) + X or Alternatively you can open it by typing cmd in Windows 8 Start screen and then Right Click cmd and run it as Administrator by selecting the Run as Administrator option shown at the bottom of screen.
  • Type the following command in cmd and then press Enter

          bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

  • Make sure you receive a message “The operation completed successfully” after pressing Enter in cmd.
  • Restart and you are done.Now you will get the old classic boot menu as shown below

windows 8 metro boot loader

 

Re-Enable Windows 8 Metro Boot Loader

If you want to re-enable the Windows 8 Metro Boot Loader menu again then follow these steps similar to the above steps.

  • First Open Command prompt(cmd) as an Administrator by pressing Win(Windows) + X or Alternatively you can open it by typing cmd in Windows 8 Start screen and then Right Click cmd and run it as Administrator by selecting the Run as Administrator option shown at the bottom of screen
  • Type the following command in cmd and then press Enter

          bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

  • Make sure you receive a message “The operation completed successfully” after pressing Enter in cmd
  • Restart and you are done.You will get back your new Metro boot load menu again

windows 8 metro boot loader

*You must RUN Command Prompt as an ADMINISTRATOR to complete this process

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