6 Ways to Access Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10 and 8

By | January 18, 2022

If you want to be a professional in terms of windows, of course you must be familiar with the Advanced Startup Options Menu. The Advanced Startup Options menu, available in Windows 10 and Windows 8, is the central fix-it location for the entire operating system.

Here you can access Windows diagnostic and repair tools like Reset This PC, System Restore, Command Prompt, Startup Repair, and more.

Advanced Startup Options is also where you access Startup Settings, a menu that includes Safe Mode, among other startup methods that can help you access Windows 10 or Windows 8 if you’re having trouble starting up. In other words, Advanced Startup Options serves as a Windows 8 or Windows 10 boot menu.

The Advanced Startup Options menu will appear automatically after two consecutive startup errors. However, if you need to open it manually, there are six different ways to do it.

The best way to decide which method to use to open Advanced Startup Options is to base your decision on what level of access you have to Windows now:

If Windows 10 or 8 starts normally: Use any method, but 1, 2, or 3 will be easier to run

If Windows 10 or 8 doesn’t start: Use method 4, 5, or 6. Method 1 will also work if you can at least get to the Windows 10 or Windows 8 login screen.

Time Required: Accessing Advanced Startup Options is easy and can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on which method you use.

All of these ways to enter the Advanced Startup Options menu work fine in any edition of Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 unless I note otherwise.

1. SHIFT + Restart

5. Boot From Windows 10 or 8 . Recovery Drive

  • Insert your Windows 10 or Windows 8 Recovery Drive into a free USB port.
    • Don’t worry if you’re not proactive and never manage to create a Recovery Drive. If you have another computer with the same version of Windows or a friend’s computer with Windows 10/8, see How to Create a Windows 10 or Windows 8 Recovery Drive for instructions.
  • Boot your computer from the flash drive.
  • On the Choose your keyboard layout screen, tap or click on US or whatever keyboard layout you want to use.
  • The Advanced Startup Options will start immediately.

6. Boot Directly to Advanced Startup Options

  • Start or restart your computer or device.
    • Select boot options for System Restore, Advanced Startup, Recovery, etc.
    • On some Windows 10 and Windows 8 computers, for example, pressing F11 starts System Restore.
    • What these boot options are called is configurable by your hardware manufacturer, so the options I mention are just a few I’ve seen or heard of. Whatever the name, it should be clear that what you will be doing is booting into the advanced recovery features included in Windows.
    • The ability to boot directly into Advanced Startup Options is not what is available with traditional BIOS. Your computer needs to support UEFI and then also be properly configured to boot directly into the ASO menu.
  • Wait for the Advanced Startup options to start.

What about the F8 and SHIFT + F8 keys?

Both F8 and SHIFT+F8 are reliable options to boot into the Advanced Startup Options menu. See How to Start Windows 10 or Windows 8 in Safe Mode for more on this.

If you need to access Advanced Startup Options, you can do so by one of the several methods listed above.

How to Exit Advanced Startup Options

Whenever you finish using the Advanced Startup Options menu, you can select Continue to restart your computer. Assuming it’s working fine now, it should boot you back into Windows 10 or 8.