First published on TechNet on May 23, 2012
Building Windows 8 blog
recently posted a new article from Chris Clark that you might have passed over due to the title, which sounds like another article on boot performance:
Don’t skip it!
A more descriptive title would have been “
The F8 and F2 boot menus are gone on Windows 8 and you need to read this post to do your job, IT Pro.
Windows 8 is designed to run on hardware that boots too fast for a human to react through a keyboard, requiring new methods to get to a boot menu. Note down what the article describes so that when you need to
troubleshoot a slow logon or slow boot
, you can get into Safe Mode and other diagnostic states (
shutdown.exe /o /r
). All of these apply to Windows 8 Developer Preview and Windows Server “8” Beta, which you can get your hot little hands on right now.
It is also important to note – and not mentioned in the article – that on Windows Server 2012 only,
you can still use
. The new boot menu system eventually gets you back to the familiar menu with your favorite DSRM option too, so don’t feel like we’re making you relearn everything:
Also not mentioned but preemptively answered now: while
was updated to support the new boot menus, the
Windows PowerShell cmdlet was not.