Help - pressing F8 doesn't take me to advanced boot options.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by GeneralOreo, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. GeneralOreo

    GeneralOreo Guest

    I pressed and pressed, tried just holding and tried both, on like half a
    dozen restarts but nothing happens. I'm using Vista 64bit
    GeneralOreo, Nov 19, 2007
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    brink Guest

    Hi GeneralOreo,

    Sometimes it is hard to get the timing right for when to press the F8
    key. I found that pressing it every second at the point it starts the
    boot process helps it get to the Advanced Boot Options screen easier.



    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.*
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    brink, Nov 19, 2007
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  3. GeneralOreo

    GeneralOreo Guest

    I just tried that, and again it didn't work. Could it be because I'm using a
    wireless keyboard? According to the light indicator on it it sees a
    connection the moment my motherboard's screen comes up with instructions like
    press delete to access BIOS and such, so I doubt that's the problem unless I
    need to press F8 before that..
    GeneralOreo, Nov 19, 2007
  4. GeneralOreo

    brink Guest

    That may be the cause. There will be a delay until the wireless
    keyboard is actually acivated. It is longer than a standard keyboard.
    This delay can cause you to miss the window of opportunity to press the
    F8 key successfully. If you have a standard keyboard to plug in
    instead, you can test to see.



    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.*
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    brink, Nov 19, 2007
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Do you have an "F Lock" key on your keyboard?

    It is normally to the right of F1 - F12, near numbers lock, and Capitals
    Mick Murphy, Nov 19, 2007
  6. GeneralOreo

    GeneralOreo Guest

    No F-lock key, to the right of the F keys there's "Insert" and "Print Screen".

    It can't be the wireless keyboard because pressing F for choosing boot up
    disks and stuff like that works. I don't have a wired keyboard to test this
    though. :(
    GeneralOreo, Nov 19, 2007
  7. Look for the F Lock key elsewhere then. Newer MS keyboards have the F Lock
    at the end of the F keys. Logitech put the button above the F keys.
    Mike Hall - MVP, Nov 19, 2007
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    GeneralOreo Guest

    I have a Logitech Dinovo Edge for refernce, and still can't find any F-Lock
    key after looking elsewhere. I don't think this motherboard has one.
    GeneralOreo, Nov 19, 2007
  9. GeneralOreo

    GeneralOreo Guest

    Thanks for the help guys but I don't care anymore, I'll figure it out
    eventually and if not then oh well, no big deal. Thanks again.
    GeneralOreo, Nov 19, 2007
  10. Check your system configuration (msconfig)

    In the boot tab section there is setting for how boot is done, perhaps
    something there set wrong.
    You basically want nothing set here (except timeout at 30 seconds).

    Michael Walraven, Nov 19, 2007
  11. GeneralOreo

    GeneralOreo Guest

    Checked system configuration and nothing there.

    Oh and it look like I typed 'motherboard' in place of 'keyboard' in one of
    my posts. This forum doesn't have an edit feature. =\
    GeneralOreo, Nov 19, 2007
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    Steve Easton Guest

    Well, since the screen says press Delete to access the BIOS, have you tried tapping the Delete key instead of
    Steve Easton, Nov 19, 2007
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, GeneralOreo.
    Why are you using the web-based interface to this newsgroup (also called a
    Community and sometimes - erroneously - a forum)? You seem to be an
    experienced user and most of us prefer to access these newsgroups by using a
    newsreader client.

    Windows Mail is built into every copy of Vista; this is a re-written
    application to replace the venerable Outlook Express. Windows Live Mail is
    an even newer replacement for WM and, in my opinion, much better. You can
    get WLM at

    If you just click here, it will start WM (or WLM if it is installed and set
    as your default newsreader - or OE, for any readers using WinXP or earlier).
    It will automatically create a News Account for the Microsoft public news
    server, which is free and does not require a logon; connect you to this
    newsgroup (In other words, it will bring you right back here, but with a
    different interface.); download the 300 newest headers; and display the
    newest message in the Reading Pane. After you read a few messages to get
    the feel of the application, you can click Tools | Options and customize
    much of it to suit your own preferences.


    Try WLM. I think you'll like it. See you around the newsgroups! ;<)

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)
    R. C. White, Nov 19, 2007
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    WaIIy Guest

    Many people are unaware that news servers even exist. I wish more
    people would take the time to explain as you have.

    At least some of the html posting might be reduced :)
    WaIIy, Nov 19, 2007
  15. Before you give up, is this a USB keyboard?

    If so, is USB legacy activated in your BIOS setup?

    If not, this would account for why you can't get the boot menu to appear.
    (I've run into the "problem" many times on many computers I've been called
    out to repair.)

    Once the BIOS hands control over to the OS, if USB legacy is deactivated,
    the USB keyboard (or mouse) will not function until the USB drivers are
    loaded in the OS.

    During POST, and in the BIOS setup, even if USB legacy is disabled, the
    system will recognize the USB keyboard, at least until the BIOS hands
    control over to the OS.

    Using USB legacy ensures that the system will continue to treat the USB
    devices hooked up as, well, legacy devices. Meaning; they will continue to
    be handled by the BIOS (and thus, function) until some other driver(s) take
    control of the USB controller(s).

    Michael Palumbo, Nov 22, 2007
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