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Microsoft ditches the 80's style boot, instead uses streamlined UEFI

Microsoft streamline the Windows 8 boot

| Operating Systems News | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 2:00 am

I'm sure you dear readers don't like the old-school, 80s style boot-up sequence that has plagued Windows since, well, forever. This is all set to change with the old BIOS system being replaced by a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) which gives users a high-resolution logo and graphical menu to look at whilst booting up their PCs. Not only does it look pretty, but the menu will allow booting to a different disc, OS or USB drive with pictures and words as prompts.


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The command prompt will still be there if you would like to get your black and white, text thrashing on. For everyone else, they get the super-pretty, super-fast boot up sequences we've all been dreaming of for a very, very long time. Microsoft will continue to support the legacy BIOS interface, but systems using the UEFI interface will have "significantly richer capabilities". Other nifty things built-in is ease of use for performing troubleshooting in Windows RE.


Microsoft have gone as far as included a soft keyboard available from the command prompt in Windows RE, they cited an example as a field repair on a device that doesn't have a keyboard. This is a great step, and a large one in the right direction for Microsoft.


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