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Is there any way to boot into the advanced startup menu in Windows 10? I did some research and a couple of websites say that after 3 failed boots, windows will automatically boot into this menu. However, this is not happening for me.

Some websites also said that pressing F8 or Shift + F8 or F11 at splash screen should do the trick depending on the laptop manufacturer. This did not help either.

The advanced startup options screen for reference:

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    First of all, welcome to Super User! Please take a few minutes to read through this tutorial: How to Boot to Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10. It lists several different methods, and the author (Shawn Brink) is a Microsoft MVP who provides some of the most reliable Windows tutorials on the Internet. – Run5k Mar 28 '18 at 12:30
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Just create a new shortcut with:

shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 0

shutdown /?
/r      Full shutdown and restart the computer
/o      Go to the advanced boot options menu and restart the computer.
/f      Force running applications to close without forewarning users.
/fw     Combine with a shutdown option to cause the next boot to go to the firmware ui.
/t xxx  Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.   

Update:
OP mentioned his laptop is crashing and can't even boot, so the original question is deceiving.

For that case, this would be more fitting answer:

You just have to keep at it.
Because it's a laptop, it's harder since you don't have a reset button.
After Power ON keep holding the button pressed until shutdown.
It's needed 3 times, and timing is everything.

If still unsuccessful you should check out your laptop manual and find what key brings you to BIOS/UEFI setup. Then spam that key as soon as you hit the power button. Once in BIOS/UEFI, disable any Fast Boot options.

Another solution would be to connect an external keyboard - it's usually more reliable.

And finally, connecting a bootable device such as a dvd or usb stick can also break the loop. There is probably also a hotkey to launch a boot menu, such as ESC, F1, F2, F8, F11, F12.

  • I failed to read the parameter description for /o my aplogizes. – Ramhound Mar 28 '18 at 16:49
  • This is possible only if I can boot into Windows right? The laptop I am using crashes in less than a minute and restarts immediately after a driver installation failure. In the minute it is on, I am unable to do anything. Even the desktop does not load completely. I would like to go back to the previous restore point through the advanced boot options menu. – speedster01 Mar 29 '18 at 5:06
  • You did not mentioned you're crashing in OP. In that case, you just have to keep at it. Because it's a laptop, it's harder since you don't have a reset button. After Power ON keep holding the button pressed until shutdown. It's needed 3 times, and timing is everything. If still unsuccessful you should check out your laptop manual and find what key brings you to BIOS/UEFI setup. Then spam that key as soon as you hit the power button. Once in BIOS/UEFI, disable any Fast Boot options. Another solution would be to connect an external keyboard - it's usually more reliable. – AveYo Mar 29 '18 at 12:29
  • @AveYo my apologies for the deceiving question. So just to clarify, I have to hold the power button and power my laptop off 3 times in a row and hope that the fourth time it boots into advanced boot options menu. Is that what you are trying to say? – speedster01 Mar 30 '18 at 12:51
  • Yes. Note that if the Windows installation is borked completely there is no Windows boot menu anymore to get to - in that case you need to boot from external setup media. – AveYo Mar 30 '18 at 16:08
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Is there any way to boot into the advanced startup menu in Windows 10?

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Search for "Advanced Startup"

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  1. Press the Restart now button

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  1. Done

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