In previous versions of Windows Server, the preferred method of reaching the Advanced Boot Options menu was to press F8 immediately after the power-on self-test (POST) process completed. This often required numerous attempts and rapid pressing of the F8 key. Windows Server 2012 boots significantly more quickly than previous versions, making it all but impossible to press F8 at the correct time.
If Windows Server 2012 fails to boot normally multiple times in succession, it automatically boots to the Advanced Boot Options menu, but there are also situations in which this menu needs to be accessed even though the server is able to boot normally. Pressing F8 after POST is no longer a viable option, and manually power-cycling the server during the boot process in order to fool Windows into thinking that something has gone wrong is not a good idea. Other methods are therefore necessary, and this article discusses them.
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Article ID: SLN164148
Last Date Modified: 09/28/2018 05:24 AM
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