Date: 2012-12-28 11:32 am (UTC)
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When I got my new Thinkpad, I wasn't quick enough to get into the BIOS (well, UEFI, actually -- this is an X220 -- but no signed boot support as far as I can see) boot menu and it booted the preinstalled Windows 7. The setup screen for the preinstalled Windows 7, to be precise. Which gave me no option to reject the Microsoft EULA or reboot -- even the power button would just make it suspend and later resume back to the installer screen. I had to hold down the power button for 30 seconds to get a chance to boot from a USB key with my Linux installer.

This makes me curious: does Windows 8 have any initial setup screens like that, where you can't go anywhere or even reboot without accepting the EULA? How does one boot from an alternative boot device if the BIOS doesn't react to keyboard input then?
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Power management, mobile and firmware developer on Linux. Security developer at Google. Ex-biologist. @mjg59 on Twitter. Content here should not be interpreted as the opinion of my employer.

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