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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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    godfather666 , May 24, 2012 3:29 PM
    I don't understand all the negative comments. Metro sucks, yes. But a 7 second boot time is awesome.
  • 40 Hide
    Goldengoose , May 24, 2012 2:56 PM
    Is that 7 seconds with or without an SSD?
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    Regor245 , May 24, 2012 3:03 PM
    JerdaLooks like garbage to me. Windows 7 is the next Windows XP.


    So Windows 8 is the next Vista?
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  • 25 Hide
    Anonymous , May 24, 2012 2:56 PM
    Looks like garbage to me. Windows 7 is the next Windows XP.
  • 40 Hide
    Goldengoose , May 24, 2012 2:56 PM
    Is that 7 seconds with or without an SSD?
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    killerclick , May 24, 2012 2:58 PM
    Don't care. I almost never turn off or reboot my computer, but I do use multiple screens and the Start Menu. I guess I'm one of those dinosaurs who's too afraid of change to ditch my PC and get a tablet instead.
  • 36 Hide
    Regor245 , May 24, 2012 3:03 PM
    JerdaLooks like garbage to me. Windows 7 is the next Windows XP.


    So Windows 8 is the next Vista?
  • 21 Hide
    willard , May 24, 2012 3:17 PM
    GoldengooseIs that 7 seconds with or without an SSD?

    My POS netbook cold booted, including POST, in around 12 seconds. No SSD, just an el-cheapo 5400 RPM drive.

    Windows 8 boots insanely fast. Comes out of hibernation and becomes usable in less than a second with an SSD on my desktop. My monitors are slower than that.
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    shafe88 , May 24, 2012 3:23 PM
    Regor245So Windows 8 is the next Vista?
    Windows 8 is not the new vista and never will be. I bet 9 out of 10 people would choose VistaSP2 over Win8 any day just for the start button/menu alone.

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    kaisellgren , May 24, 2012 3:26 PM
    I do wonder why most people do not turn their computers off. It seriously degrades the lifespan of your computer (especially the PSU). It also uses some power, unless we are using sleep/hibernate. I understand if we talk about servers though.
  • 31 Hide
    dauntekong , May 24, 2012 3:27 PM
    Windows 3.1 = ehhh it's a start
    Windows 95 = getting better
    Windows 98 = Good
    Windows ME = Bad
    Windows XP = Good
    Windows Vista = Bad
    Windows 7 = Good
    Windows 8 = Bad
    Wait for the next Windows = Good I hope

    That's Microsoft's line of product.
  • 41 Hide
    godfather666 , May 24, 2012 3:29 PM
    I don't understand all the negative comments. Metro sucks, yes. But a 7 second boot time is awesome.
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    afrobacon , May 24, 2012 3:32 PM
    As someone who shuts down his PC on a regular basis (why waste energy when your not using it?) I can say the 8 second boot time makes up for the inconvenience of the start screen. Fix the search function and I wouldn't be tempted to go back to 7.
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    rb420 , May 24, 2012 3:33 PM
    killerclickDon't care. I almost never turn off or reboot my computer, but I do use multiple screens and the Start Menu. I guess I'm one of those dinosaurs who's too afraid of change to ditch my PC and get a tablet instead.


    Don't let that make you feel like a dinosaur. I'm under 30 and feel the same way!
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    afrobacon , May 24, 2012 3:34 PM
    As someone who shuts down his PC on a regular basis (why waste energy when your not using it?) I can say the 8 second boot time makes up for the inconvenience of the start screen. Fix the search function and I wouldn't be tempted to go back to 7.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , May 24, 2012 3:39 PM
    So... I don't get it, how the hell are they going to bypass F2/F8/etc.? :D  That's BIOS, after all, not part of the OS!
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    nebun , May 24, 2012 3:47 PM
    people need to learn how to relax...so what if a computer takes 7 or 45 seconds to boot...slow down and drink a cup of tea...you will feel better :) 
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    Anonymous , May 24, 2012 3:48 PM
    @ jerda

    if your going base your os decision on looks i suggest osx, otherwise just stick with 7 if your don't like improved boot times, better file copy/delete implementation, better networking stack, improved task manger, better wifi management, improved multi display support, easier system maintenance, superior thread scheduler....

    Sigh, Metro is only the UI implemention, now of you want to whine about the changes they made under the hood then i can understand, but to bitch and whine and boycott an os purely on its UI does not make sense to me
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    XmortisX , May 24, 2012 3:53 PM
    "Boots to fast" is always GOOD thing
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    silvermember , May 24, 2012 3:54 PM
    nebunpeople need to learn how to relax...so what if a computer takes 7 or 45 seconds to boot...slow down and drink a cup of tea...you will feel better

    What if you don't drink coffee because it's disgusting or has no effect on you (i m both).

    But more importantly, maybe I want to do something real quick and waiting for 45 secs might be a little too long for my liking.
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