Microsoft Details Revamped Windows 8 Boot and Diagnostic Menusby Andrew Cunningham on September 21, 2011 5:30 PM EST
In the latest Building Windows 8 blog post, Microsoft's Billie Sue Chafins details some of the improvements and changes made to Windows' boot and diagnostic screens to make them more touch-friendly, and also to take advantage of the UEFI technology supported by an increasing number of new PCs.
Apart from the improvements in speed, which we talked about awhile back, Windows 8 is going to replace the MS-DOS-style pre-boot screens with big clickable buttons and a simple GUI - examples shown included OS dual-booting, Windows troubleshooting, and a boot device selection screen (currently handled in an inconsistent fashion by the BIOS on most PCs). You can also use this simple GUI to choose your default operating system, specify how long the computer will wait before booting the default OS, and some other things previously accessible only to people comfortable editing their Boot.ini file in a text editor.
Microsoft's screenshots also show that the on-screen touch keyboard is available not just in the fully booted OS, but also in these pre-boot screens. To see the interface in action, you can look at Microsoft's video, and you can also check out the full post over at the Building Windows 8 blog.
Source: Building Windows 8 blog