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 Post subject: Win8 Prevents BIOS Access
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:51 am 
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I recently upgraded from “Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)” to “Windows 8 Pro 64-bit”, using the “Keep Windows settings, personal files, and apps” option. All except one of my programs work in Win8, and my Win8 desktop is unchanged (except for the Win8 Start Screen replacement for the Win7 Start Button). I am using a 2-year old desktop PC with hardware described at the bottom of this post.

Since I upgraded to Win8, I cannot access my BIOS settings!! The information that previously displayed during computer Startup no longer appears (so I do not know exactly when to press the [Delete] key for access to my BIOS Settings)! I have tried the following procedures, but none of these attempts would give me access to my BIOS Settings, or display any information during Startup:
• I pressed the [Delete] key repeatedly after the computer beeped once.
• I held down the [Delete] key immediately after starting my computer.
• I held down the [Delete] key before and during startup of my computer.
• I disconnected the power and data cables from my SSD system drive (to hopefully remove any influence from Win8), and started my computer.
• From the Win8 Start Screen, I selected “Charm Bar > Settings > Change PC Settings > General > Restart now”.

I am surprised that I cannot find any info online for this very significant problem with Win8. My questions:
1. Has anyone else had this problem?
2. How can I fix this so that I have access to my BIOS Settings?
3. Can I replace my traditional BIOS with UEFI on my existing motherboard?
4. Should I replace my motherboard with a newer one that includes UEFI?
5. Should I just accept that I can never access my BIOS Settings, or never change my boot device priority?
6. Why do Microsoft and/or Forum Members not warn of the Win8 problems with computers without UEFI? Please see below for some of my other disappointments with the Win8 upgrade on a traditional BIOS system.

My computer Startup is much slower with Win8; i.e. more than 40 seconds!
Win 8 will not let me perform a System Image restore.
USB 3.0 is not working with Win8’s native drivers. Backups to my USB 3.0 HDDs are very much slower with Win8.
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My system = Self-built in November 2010 with an Intel Core i7-950 processor; -- ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard; -- 6GB of DDR3 1333 RAM; -- ASUS ENGT450 GPU; -- ASUS 12X BD-ROM ODD; -- Samsung 128GB SSD Series 470 system drive; -- 3TB and 2TB HDDs for data; -- Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850W PSU; -- and dual 24” monitors.


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 Post subject: Re: Win8 Prevents BIOS Access
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:21 pm 
Smithfield
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Take out the hard drive and see if this changes anything.


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 Post subject: Re: Win8 Prevents BIOS Access
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:09 pm 
8086
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Thank you, LatiosXT. My Win8 upgrade is on an SSD, and I have already tried starting my computer with the SSD power and data connectors disconnected -- that did not help.


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 Post subject: Re: Win8 Prevents BIOS Access
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:24 am 
Little Foot
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The only way to get a UEFI BIOS is to replace the motherboard, and your OS install won't like that at all.
I have yet to hear of Win 8 disabling anyone's ability to access their BIOS. It sounds like you have something more significant going on and a motherboard replacement is probably eminent anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Win8 Prevents BIOS Access
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:48 am 
Clawhammer
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In no way could win8ate prevent your bios entry, even if the POS OS wanted to. Your PC boots to ROM before it ever sees a piece of hardware, a single hdd, a partition table, master boot record or finally a OS. Why are you pressing delete? Odds are it's either F2 or F10. Check your mobo manual for the exact key and make sure your function key lock is off. Little late now, but my advise is if presented the option, NEVER upgrade, ALWAYS clean install any and all OS's. Yeah, I know it's more money, but it's only money and will prove it's worth in so many ways -- now and in the future.


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