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BootMenuPolicy - set text or graphical 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 as in older versions of bcdedit)

BootMenuPolicy_bcdedit

 

BootMenuPolicy is an enumeration with values:

BootMenuPolicyEnum

 

When BootMenuPolicy is set to MenuPolicyStandard(1) Windows 8 bootmgr displays the new graphical 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 any other loader to be the default bootmgr object/loader old text style boot menu is displayed as element BootMenuPolicy is usually not defrined for older OS loader objects.

 

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