Microsoft: Windows 8 Can Boot Up Too Quickly

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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