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Windows 8 Says Goodbye To F8 Reboots


Windows 8 will display new menu of troubleshooting choices to give users of fast-booting PCs and tablets plenty of time to enter alternate startup modes such as Safe Mode.

Windows 8 PCs and tablets will boot so quickly that users who need to interrupt the process won't have time to hit function keys such as F8. Therefore Microsoft has added a new menu to the OS that provides access to key management features.

"If the entire length of boot passes in just seven seconds, the individual portions that comprise the boot sequence go by almost too quickly to notice," said Chris Clark, a program manager on Microsoft's user experience team, in a blog post. "These times will continue to shrink, and even now they no longer allow enough time to interrupt boot as you could in the past."

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