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No startup access to the boot menu of windows 8 under normal circumstances. 8 is geared as a more universal OS (for phones and pads and things like that) so it has been prepared as a fast-boot system, i.e. you aren't expected to have time to hit the key fast enough during boot to access the menu. So, in windows 8, you can only access it by holding shift while you click restart (which brings up a menu, with the option to display boot menu on startup on the next cycle, in there somewhere). Supposedly you can hit shift+F12 to get it, but I've found that to be almost impossible at best. Try shift+restart in windows 8.
edit: if the system is sufficiently crippled, you WILL eventually be given access to this menu during the "auto-repair" process.
2nd edit: I figure in your case, since 7 was probably not designed to recognize 8 (that's my best guess), it just defaults the selection to 7, and with 8's new way of handling boot, the short answer to your question is no.
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