Pause Your PC

Here’s a trick that might be news to some people. You know that “useless” pause key on your PC’s keyboard? Well, it’s not useless at all. If you hit this key during POST (power on self-test) literally every PC I have ever used will actually pause. You can press any other key to resume booting. If you spam pause and, say, the space bar over and over, you can sort of “single step” thru the BIOS boot process.

Very handy to catch initialization screens that zip by too fast for you to read them.

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