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

11 Mar 2010   #11

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

if the usb keyboard takes longer to be initialized by your system, you can increase the "Time to display recovery options when needed".

instructions can be found here:

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26 May 2010   #12

Windows 7

i also hav same problem i have acer 4740G but but my F8 key doesnt work !!!
plz help i'm not able to figure out the problem
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26 May 2010   #13

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Actually, I bet that as computers boot faster and fater and faster the time window in which you need to hit F8 is shrinking drmatically :) Same with F2 or Del to bring up the BIOS. I generally tap whatever key I wasn about 4 times a second till it activates these days.
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08 Oct 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP


Does anyone know if Advanced Boot Tools can be reinstalled?

I have several cases where it simply won't work no matter how F8 is tried.

Repair Install?
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09 Oct 2010   #15
Microsoft MVP


Repair Install didn't work.

Reimaging from Win7 Backup Image did.

Theory is that it was bootsecting to remove Dual Boot that caused it. Repair Install held the BCD changes in place, while Reimaging got back before them.
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22 Nov 2013   #16

Windows 7

Press f12 then esc and f8 at the same time
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28 Apr 2017   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I've had this exact problem using a Dell Precision T3600. The solution was to switch from a USB keyboard to an PS/2 keyboard.

Alternatively, checking the box below also worked on a Dell Precision T1500.
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