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Microsoft have made a terrible omission - Startup Options (F8)

  1. #11


    Australia
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    A few things.
    Is IO-Apic enabled in your VM settings?
    Go to Settings – Storage – Sata ControllerEnsure that the “Use host I/O” is selected for the SATA drive
    The only other thing I can suggest is performing a clean-install and allocate more RAM to the virtual machine, or run it as a direct dualboot. I can pretty much guarantee that VGA mode will work when it's directly installed, and if not, then there's something wrong I don't know about.

    Microsoft will not release a partially functioning operating system, and this is only Alpha. I can guarantee they have already been notified of the problem and are working on a fix, as long as there isn't a roadblock on your end.

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  2. #12


    VGA Mode can be very handy, and I can't see a good reason for making it inaccessible
    I share of this point of view
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  3. #13


    It will be under Advance Options > Automatic Repair.

    I strongly believe this is where the the Options will show up when the Beta/RTM server is released. The WPD version is really a WIP (work in progress).
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by aem View Post
    The WDP version is really a WIP (work in progress).
    This is what I've been trying to say. It's not representative of the finished product.
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  5. #15


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    I'm puzzled here.
    You say you are running under Virtual Box -- so presumably why are you worried about the Native video drivers.

    Run the "Additions" on your gest OS -- this will fix 99% of mouse / video / audio drivers on a VBOX virtual machine. (On VMware the same type of software is called VMware TOOLS).

    Virtual machines make use of "Virtual Hardware" and a Virtual Bios -- irrespective of the actual physical hardware.

    The only way normally to use actual physical drivers is to use something like VMware's Esxi which is a tiny OS allowing you to load a VM and also allow certain physical hardware cards to be allocated to a VM by "Pass through" -- a great idea but probably beyond the scope of this thread.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #16


    It's not just in VM, it's also on the host F8 will not give you those Options you see in Windows prior.
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  7. #17


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    Windows 7 Professional


    Ok guys, some of you are missing the point here - this isn't about getting my VM to work properly in VirtualBox. The more pressing issue is if this feature remains omitted in the final version. I personally feel that it may end up being that way, and this is going to cause problems for technicians.
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  8. #18


    I am not using a virtual box, only dual boot, so I do not know if you are able to select Msconfig but, assuming, what happens iof you select Base video in msconfig -boot tab? That would be the way I would normally force it into VGA mode.
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  9. #19


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    Windows 7 Professional


    That probably would work, but if you had messed up your video drivers you would need to enter VGA Mode in order to get to Msconfig in the first place!
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by adamsharif View Post
    Ok guys, some of you are missing the point here - this isn't about getting my VM to work properly in VirtualBox. The more pressing issue is if this feature remains omitted in the final version. I personally feel that it may end up being that way, and this is going to cause problems for technicians.
    Mate, relaxe will yah, this is not the final version by far so don't be going nuts on this. Just wait till the RTM comes one.

    If you are that concern sent Microsoft a feedback.
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