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BootMenuPolicy - set text or graphic style boot menu in Windows 8

 

In Windows 8 we see a new BCD element - BootMenuPolicy - in the list of BCD elements for Windows 8 loader object.

BootMenuPolicy

BootMenuPolicy (displayed as custom:250000c2 in older versions of bcdedit)

BootMenuPolicy_bcdedit

 

BootMenuPolicy is an enumeration with values:

BootMenuPolicy Enumeration

 

When BootMenuPolicy is set to MenuPolicyStandard(1) Windows 8 bootmgr displays the new graphic style boot menu using bootux.dll.

Setting BootMenuPolicy to MenuPolicyLegacy(0) or removing that element from loader object causes bootmgr to display old text style boot menu.

If you set Windows 7 loader to be the default bootmgr object old text style boot menu is displayed as element BootMenuPolicy is usually not defined for older OS loader objects.

 

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