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Microsoft: Windows 8 Can Boot Up Too Quickly

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Microsoft revealed that the next iteration of Windows will boot too quickly to register keystrokes such as F2 or F8.

Microsoft's Building Windows 8 blog has been buzzing the last few days. Today, Redmond is talking about Windows 8 boot times. Specifically, the company is addressing the fact that the operating system can boot too quickly at times.

According to Microsoft, Windows 8 can boot in as little as seven seconds. While most people herald this as good news, Microsoft understands that some of us actually want to interrupt that boot. However, though we might want to go mucking around in the BIOS or boot from an alternative device, Microsoft's Chris Clark says there is no longer enough time for detect keystrokes like F2 or F8. Clark goes on to say that while Microsoft isn't about to sacrifice its fast boot time to preserve these functions, there is a solution for those of us that live for F8 or that little "Press F2 for Setup" message.

Microsoft solved the problem using a combination of three different solutions that allow users to do everything they could before, be it booting from a alternate device, accessing the BIOS, troubleshooting, rolling back to a restore point using System Restore, or addressing corrupt driver installations.

First of all, Windows 8 will now have a boot options menu that contains all of the troubleshooting tools, developer-focused options for Windows startup, methods for accessing the firmware's BIOS setup, and a method for booting to alternative devices. Second, there's now specific 'failover behaviors' that automatically bring up the boot options menu when there's an issue booting successfully to Windows. Lastly, there are several methods of easily reaching the boot options menu (even when nothing is wrong with Windows) that don't rely on the 'interrupt-driven' method we're all used to. These include entering the new flag prompt '/o' to shutdown.exe, holding down the Shift key while clicking Restart, or selecting 'Advanced Startup' under general settings.

 

To read more about the Windows 8 boot, head over to Building Windows 8.

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    inquisitor03 , 24 May 2012 22:59
    I don't get this, the POST is controlled by the motherboard. It is this that controls pressing F2/Whatever to get into the BIOS not windows. Windows will have no affect on these POST times and anything Pre-OS Boot Manager!!
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    keremidko , 25 May 2012 00:45
    inquisitor03I don't get this, the POST is controlled by the motherboard. It is this that controls pressing F2/Whatever to get into the BIOS not windows. Windows will have no affect on these POST times and anything Pre-OS Boot Manager!!


    What is not to get? Pure marketing bullshit... 80% of the consumers dont even know what you are talking about and they believe everything the PR and Marketing departments throw at them.
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    mactronix , 25 May 2012 01:06
    The net is full of marketing BS for W8 its crap and they know it is so they have gone into overdrive to hype it up Steve Ballmer has called it “the dawning of the rebirth of Windows.”
    Made me laugh

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    13thmonkey , 25 May 2012 02:25
    I timed mine the other day, it took 20s to get to the post screen, and then about another 15-20 to get to password screen. There may be some mobo features that are contributing to the time spent prior to Bios, but MS can't effect them.
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    silver565 , 25 May 2012 08:21
    I think what they were trying to say is that you may miss out on the chance to press F8 on startup to boot into safemode etc?
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    Hellboy , 25 May 2012 11:16
    how about holding down the shift key !!
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    Lizard_of_Bodom , 25 May 2012 15:16
    13thmonkeyI timed mine the other day, it took 20s to get to the post screen, and then about another 15-20 to get to password screen. There may be some mobo features that are contributing to the time spent prior to Bios, but MS can't effect them.


    @13thmonkey - do you happen to have Asus P67 MoBo? or something similar? Had same issues with prolonged black screen before POST itself. Driven me mad, as Win starts 2 times faster on my SSD as POST itselt. Solved finally by recent UEFI update, takes 2 secs now. Check your mobo updates and see if it helps.
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    13thmonkey , 25 May 2012 16:42
    I'm on Asus Z77, a vast amount of time is spent checking everything is allright (memory, GPU, CPU), latest bios, although there might be something in bios that helps. Must have a look.
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    contrasia , 25 May 2012 22:05
    @13thmonkey You can sometimes set a post delay for booting options, though you probably wouldn't have an issue if that was the case since it's fairly obvious XD

    Yeah this is stupid. By default BIOS checks your RAM and attached devices first, before it even considers accessing the Harddrive. You therefore get plenty of time, and if they're talking about Safe Mode and the like (Which would make more sense), then again you shouldn't have any issues as long as you're tapping F8 from POST onwards. It'd only be possibly an issue if you're using a very fast SSD, but most people won't be, and if they ever do in the future, if you're tapping F8 onwards and still unable to bringup the boot menu, it's not because it boots so fast, but rather it's crappy programming!

    No matter how fast it boots if you're tapping preboot, with each tap being 0.5 seconds or less between taps, there's no way the window of opportunity should close before you tap that key again at least once. If the window for you to press the key is less than a second, it's because it's been badly programmed and have programmed it to close the window in whatever tiny amount of time they saw fit.

    Even if it was that fast, they'd just have to add 1 second delay so the window is open enough for you to get a keypress in. I don't think anyone is going to complain over one second, but they WILL complain if they can't boot into safe mode to get rid of a virus.

    Stfu Microsoft and do it properly. Stop with the marketing crap. If you're going to make a crap OS at least do it without BS'ing everyone or not bothering to take even the simpliest of things into consideration when you make the damn thing. What's next, no mouse or keyboard because you don't think it'll be needed? .... oh wait, yeah I can foresee that possibility already with the way it's designed.
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    Lizard_of_Bodom , 25 May 2012 22:27
    13thmonkeyI'm on Asus Z77, a vast amount of time is spent checking everything is allright (memory, GPU, CPU), latest bios, although there might be something in bios that helps. Must have a look.


    I know ASUS does a lot pre-start & OC checks but they dont take as long. mine had 25-30s delay before POST and clearly something was wrong. TRried few versions of UEFI update, finally last one worked. Takes 2-3 s before POST.
    Asus seem to known for that issue :(  pity - like their Mobos very much.
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    13thmonkey , 26 May 2012 03:54
    maybe the next bios update will make this better.