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.
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.