Windows 8 Boot Menu - here's how to select text or ui

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Hello SIW2,

I don't know about the new CP, but in the original DP it was a bit more complicated than that.

bootems can (was?) be no while still ending up with the text menu.. I'll be honest, I haven't done a lot of research on this though, and could probably be wrong here.

Have you tested this extensively? And thank you very much for taking the time to share that tidbit!
 
#3
Yes.

Works every time on my system.

I expect this will be the most asked for feature.

It is a damn nuisance rebooting if you select an entry that is not win8.

It seems bootmgr loads part way into 8 so it can run the ui executable.

I don't know what the point of that is - perhaps just because the ui is pretty.
 
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#4
Mahmoud, thanks for responding to my comment earlier.

Are you going to integrate this into 2.2? Would be great for the end user.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#5
Hi Knocks,

Did it work for you? I don't know if it's 2.2 or some other version, but there will be a release (DV) with Windows 8 support, including an option to toggle the visual and text menus.
I haven't yet researched it properly, but I need to find out why/when/how the bootems flag is apparently set when you don't actually touch it yourself. (EasyBCD doesn't currently set EMS flag except on WinPE entries)
 
#6
I didn't try it actually, just wanted to figure out how to un-break it.

The new bootloader is pretty and all, but I prefer not booting all the way into Windows (which this loader does) when I all need to do is select another OS.