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NanWick Windows 8 Switch Boot : Bring back Windows 7 style Boot Menu

As we know Windows 8 RTM is released to public. One of the new feature included in the Windows 8 is Metro Boot Menu. Which is completely different from old one's. And it also allows the mouse pointer to select an operating system.

But the things that troubles users are :
1. It appears a loading screen before Boot menu :

2. For users with dual operating systems, If you are selecting an O.S other than Windows 8 it'll boot only after restart.

 Comparing to new Boot Menu, the old one is fast and simple. It might be better getting old boot menu for the users with dual O.S. Windows 8 Switch Boot is a solution for this problem.
 You can bring back the Old Standard Windows 8 Boot Menu with NanWick Windows 8 Switch Boot. :

This tool will help you to switch between Metro Boot Screen and Standard boot screen. You can download this using the following link :

The users who are interested to what happens behind this tool and to do this manually check out the following steps:

1. First Goto %windir%\system32\ . (%windir% = C:\Windows if you have installed Windows in C drive)

2. Find cmd.exe. Once you find it Right click on cmd.exe and select Run as administrator.

3. Select any one of the following two commands and type it in the Command line window.

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy            -To get old Boot screen
bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard       -To get Metro style Boot screen

Don't forget to share your feedback about this tool :)


  1. I was searching for this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. It works with windows vista?

    1. No. It is only compatible with Windows 8.

    2. I mean...could it ring back Windows Vista style Boot Menu?

    3. I think both Windows Vista and Windows 7 uses same Boot Menu in case of multiple OS.

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  5. It doesn't work for me. Check info below and help me out, thanks.

    C:\Users\8>bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard
    The element data type specified is not recognized, or does
    specified entry.
    Run "bcdedit /?" for command line assistance.
    Element not found.

    C:\Users\8>bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

    1. I think you are using the Windows 8 Developer preview or Consumer Preview. Please note that it'll only work with Windows 8 RTM.

  6. Hi I followed your trick about getting the Metro style Boot screen but now my system boots strait away in windows 7 and no trace of windows 8.The drive for 8 is E and I tried to reverse the trick by doing the same thing but i can t access cmd in drive E:,it says "E:\Window\System32\cmd.exe is not valid Win32 application."
    Any idea?
    Need help.

    1. I think you're tried to acces cmd.exe located in Windows 8 directory from Windows 7, which is not possible. And these commands will only work in Windows 8.
      To get your Windows 8 back insert Windows 8 dvd , restart your pc and select Repair -> Startup and repair.

  7. This is a awesome tool thanks

  8. I have same problem as Anon 4 January 2013. However my version of W8 is downloaded from Microsoft.
    How do I invoke the repair function on this?


    1. Boot into Windows 8 DVD. On the installation window click "Repair your computer". Once you done it click "Startup and repair" in following window. It'll automatically restart your pc and windows will be repaired.

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