Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd May 2012 23:54 UTC
Windows "Windows 8 has a problem " it really can boot up too quickly. So quickly, in fact, that there is no longer time for anything to interrupt boot. When you turn on a Windows 8 PC, there's no longer long enough to detect keystrokes like F2 or F8, much less time to read a message such as 'Press F2 for Setup'. For the first time in decades, you will no longer be able to interrupt boot and tell your PC to do anything different than what it was already expecting to do. Fast booting is something we definitely want to preserve. Certainly no one would imagine intentionally slowing down boot to allow these functions to work as they did in the past. In this blog I'll walk through how we're addressing this 'problem' with new solutions that will keep your PC booting as quickly as possible, while still letting you do all the things you expect."
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RE: Superfast boot - until...
by HarmHilvers on Thu 24th May 2012 06:25 UTC in reply to "Superfast boot - until..."
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That still assumes that things will go wrong in a sufficiently high number. In the majority or use cases that is not or will no longer be the case, because of many self-healing improvements in Windows 8 and an improvement in general stability.

Still, there will be use cases – albeit a very, very small minority – that do need the boot menu, and for those there is still this possibility.

On the topic of OEMs adding slow programs, it wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft were to be disallowing this, for the sake of speed. But that is a speculation.

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