Microsoft Unveils New Windows 8 Advanced Boot Options, Past F8 Key Tapping Removed!
Eager to grab the latest version of Windows 8 operating system with awesome features and redesigned Start Menu and new booting options along with faster performance than before. According to an post published on official Windows 8 blog, Microsoft’s programme manager for the user experience team, Cris Clark said, “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’.”
We heard that Microsoft was redesigning its upcoming Windows 8 OS, but today they have revealed that they were working on this boot menu options which would be faster than ever and that will automatically be brought up when the PC encounters problems on start up. Simply by manually holding down the shift key while clicking restart, via Command Prompt, or through an Advanced Startup meni in PC settings, users will be able to trigger it.
While tapping on F8 key to bring boot options, within Windows 8 users will be presented with a clear and user friendly interface that provide all the options you will need. According to Clark, the system itself will work for PCs running the BIOS replacement UEFI only. While Non-UEFI devices will be presented wuth fewer options but users still be able to press a key to enter the menu while booting.
With the new boot screen, users will be presented with bunch of options for booting from USB device or network connection, dual boot with another OS, along with troubleshooting guides and simply continue or turnoff options. For more details, Microsoft explaines:
“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.
Most of the decisions about what will happen in boot are over in the first 2-3 seconds – after that, booting is just about getting to Windows as quickly as possible. These 2-3 seconds include the time allowed for firmware initialization and POST (< 2 seconds), and the time allowed for the Windows boot manager to detect an alternate boot path (< 200 milliseconds on some systems). These times will continue to shrink, and even now they no longer allow enough time to interrupt boot as you could in the past.”
Yesterday, on Tuesday Microsoft announced that its planning to make multiple monitor use much easier in Windows 8 by including more customizable desktop backgrounds, improved taskbar efficiency and more improved UI controls.
For more detailed information on the new Windows 8 boot options, head over to the Win 8 blog over at Microsoft’s website.