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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What about the other keys?
by AnXa on Thu 24th May 2012 00:12 UTC
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Only semi-related to the matter but I want to ask about it anyway... What happened to the spacebar and meta-key ("windows"-key for you others)? Vista's solution for not being able to detect F8 was to use spacebar since it's detection was much more reliable on wider range of systems. And Microsoft boasted the meta-key for Windows 8 even few months ago still. Now they're doing that menu thing which has it's good sides and probably a welcome change in itself for many.

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RE: What about the other keys?
by sbenitezb on Thu 24th May 2012 17:22 in reply to "What about the other keys?"
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What happened to the spacebar and meta-key ("windows"-key for you others)?

Meta = Alt, Super = Windows.

I can't really see why they are not detecting a pressed key while booting (modifier keys). It doesn't slow anything.

Edit: probably has to do with the fact that Windows 8 is targeting non keyboard devices, like tablets.

Edited 2012-05-24 17:24 UTC

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RE[2]: What about the other keys?
by nutt on Fri 25th May 2012 09:56 in reply to "RE: What about the other keys?"
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Holding something pressed on powerup should work fine on tablets as well, just place your thumb firmly on one of the four corners and power it on. Each corner could have a different function.

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