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Windows 7: F8 doesn't bring up advanced boot options


26 Oct 2009   #1

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F8 doesn't bring up advanced boot options

I have tried F8 several times to bring up advanced boot options--just to make sure it comes up in case I ever need it. Well--it has no affect; my PC continues into Windows 7. What am I missing here?

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26 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Have you tried other keys?
Is your keyboard being detected?
Maybe try another keyboard if you have one, a PS/2 ideally
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26 Oct 2009   #3

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Yeah, I could try another KB. It may be strictly a coincidence--I can't confirm my F8 key is operational. Can anyone confirm F8 is in fact the method and that it does in fact work on their installation?? My current KB is a PS 2 that is working well. Otherwise, my install seems to be OK.
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26 Oct 2009   #4

7600.20510 x86
 
 

It works. Try holding it down instead of repeatedly pressing it.
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26 Oct 2009   #5

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On a Dell, it is f8. As soon as it began to boot, I tapped on the f8, quickly.
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26 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think F2 F8 F12 & Del are the common ones.

EDIT
Sorry i'm wrong about that F8 is the one to do it
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26 Oct 2009   #7

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This is getting curious. The Win 7 help file says to use F8, so that should work (I guess) on all PCs I am using an Intel board. Here is some new info: Original PS 2 KB will not bring up the menu with F8, regardless of whether I tap it or hold it down. Second PS 2 KB: same result. USB KB: if I hold the key down, I get an endless beep and the menu will not show up, nor will Windows 7 continue to load until I release the key. USB KB: If I tap F8, the menu comes up. What gives? Possible additional issue: my posts on this forum have not shown any paragraphs since I installed Win 7. If this post does not show several paragraphs, what gives with that?? I am using the USB KB to type this.
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27 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
This is getting curious. The Win 7 help file says to use F8, so that should work (I guess) on all PCs I am using an Intel board. Here is some new info: Original PS 2 KB will not bring up the menu with F8, regardless of whether I tap it or hold it down. Second PS 2 KB: same result. USB KB: if I hold the key down, I get an endless beep and the menu will not show up, nor will Windows 7 continue to load until I release the key. USB KB: If I tap F8, the menu comes up. What gives? Possible additional issue: my posts on this forum have not shown any paragraphs since I installed Win 7. If this post does not show several paragraphs, what gives with that?? I am using the USB KB to type this.
I have to use a PS/2 and hit Delete. I wasn't aware you could use a USB KB to access the menu.
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27 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Look for the "F Lock" key to the right of the function keys and click it once, then test the F8 again (sometimes somewhere else on your keyboard). Your function keys may be locked out. I am using a Microsoft wireless USB keyboard.
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28 Oct 2009   #10

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Update:

Currently back to using my original PS 2 KB which I could not get to accept F8 yesterday.

This KB does not have an "F Lock" key of any type. I see "scroll lock", but that is it.

Just tried to access the menu again. This time it worked. I tapped F8 once per second during a reboot process, got a beep, and the menu appeared.

I can only guess that access to the menu is quite sensitive to how you actuate the F8 key--holding it down may not work; tapping it randomly may not work, etc. You may have to tap it at a certain frequency--once per second.

Or it could be a totally unexplained temporary issue. I don't know.

Thanks for the comments.
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