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OS Boot Screen Order

Q: OS Boot Screen Order

For the past year I have been running 2 hard drivers.
Drive C: 60gig
Drive D: 120gig

Both drives are running Windows XP Pro.
When turing the power on my PC I get the "Pick your OS" option boot screen.
Both drives have been listed but Drive D: was the top option and Drive C: was the bottom option.

I am in the process of formatting and installing XP Pro again on both drives.
After completing, is there a way to switch the options around on the Pick your OS boot screen
so Drive C: is first choice and Drive D: will be second choice?

I thought of checking the way they are in order in the boot.ini file but this thought didn't come to me until I was sitting and waiting for Drive C: to finish formatting this morning.

Would the order in the boot.ini file be the answer to my question or is something else causing the way the OS's are listed on the boot screen?


Preferred Solution: OS Boot Screen Order

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A: OS Boot Screen Order

Hi Synthox, and Welcome to TSF.

How do you have the two HDD's configured?

Is one a 'Master' and the other a 'Slave'?

Because if you have them configured this way you will only get the 'Master' booting up.

To do this you'll need to set the jumper pin on one of them to be a 'Slave', and if you do that there wouldn't be any need [as I can see] to have two O/S's.

Post back with your thoughts.

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Hello, wondering if anyone can help with this issue. I am looking to install xp so I wrote the .iso onto a bootable USB and changed the boot order in the bios to boot from USB first. Then after it rebooted, the screen stays black with no bios screen etc. Not sure why it doesn't come up, any suggestions? Thanks

This is an acer aspire one netbook running ubuntu 10.04. 120gb hdd and 1gb Ram. Have absolutely no problems in past with it and it's about a year and a half old.

Extra info :-: when trying to hit the caps lock in the blank screen, the light does jot come up and the keyboard seems to be unresponsive. I am letting it cool down as it was on all day whilst o was researching the xp installation so will attempt to turn it on again soon but fear it may be to the boot order change.

A:Solved: Blank screen on startup after changing boot order to boot from USB.

Any POST messages?

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After I reset my computer with back file, window does not work. Instead, it directly goes to "choose an option". Although I try to solve problem through restore or other ways that I could, I cannot still access window. If it cannot be solved, I want to format my computer. In this case, how can I format C drive? I have a USB including window file and need to change the boot order to use USB. But I do not know how to change because it directly goes to "choose an option". Please share me the best solution to solve this problem.

A:how to change boot order (USB first) when the screen shows ...

Hi: 1. Make sure you have the USB recovery drive plugged into a USB 2 port.  It won't work from a USB 3 port. 2. Restart the PC and at the beginning of the HP welcome screen, tap the ESC key to get the options menu. 3.  Select the F9 boot options menu, and then select the USB drive from the list and hit the enter key. If that doesn't work, unfortunately, I don't have any other suggestions for you to try.

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Hello Everyone. My Oldest brother recently bought a new computer and inherited his 5+ y/o Lenovo G460 to my middle brother (I'm the youngest). His luck was so bad that he booted it and the screen went white. After some testing I discovered that only the screen went bust but the rest of the notebook was working ok. While we wait to get the parts I wanted to know if there is a way to make the external screen the main screen in the BIOS. I need the exact key strokes since I can't see anything until windows boots. Could anyone please provide them? Thanks in advance!

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Hi there, I hope this is the right forum for this question.

My son has an i7 custom build computer and the previous owner gummed the computer up good with malware etc. The current setup is Windows 8, but our goal is to install a fresh copy of windows 7 Professional 64-bit which we have purchased "intended for distribution with a refurbished PC".

This is a bit of a project for us, so we are taking our time with it, and hopefully learning something along the way.

We are trying to wipe the HDD completely on the machine, but we are unable to run DBAN to do so, because every time we restart the machine it keeps booting up in Windows instead of DBAN. I have gone into BIOS and changed the order of the BOOT to read from the CD-ROM followed by the USB before the C Drive (I have copies of DBAN on both USB drive and CD-ROM). But it is still not booting. Not sure what to do???



A:can't boot DBAN trying to change boot order in BIOS not working

It is possible you have not created a bootable CD/USB. Use Rufus for example. https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Also provide motherboard make/model please.

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I got a SSD now in my system connected to the first sata port with win7 installed
My previous (mechanical) sata hard disk who was prev. setup on this port is still usable and also has win7 installed on it. i wnat to use it as a experiment setup.
If I connect this old hdd to another sata port say sata 1 or 2.

Can I choose to boot from either the new SSD or the old sata-hdd and run win7 without problems using the BIOS boot order?

I read some scary stuff about this scenario could mess things up because both both drives used to be 'C'

Also I have my BIOS setup with AHCI nowbecause of the SSD. My previous hdd used the standard sata-mode. If I use this old mechanical sata hdd which has windows7 on it and use AHCI in bios will it boot/work?

A:Boot from one of 2 attached drives with BIOS boot order no problem?

As long as you installed windows independently, with the other drive unplugged, there would be no issue choosing either one to boot from the bios.

I doubt if the hard drive will boot in AHCI mode, but test it to see.

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Hi there,Recently got a HP Pavilion g6 2213sa which came with Windows 8 (spit!) and this disgusting UEFI BIOS replacement (double spit!).Anyway, I need to dual boot Ubuntu on my system, so I installed Ubuntu. Normally, on a non UEFI system, a "Grub" bootloader installed by Linux would take over the startup process, and allow you to choose between either Windows 8 or Ubuntu on startup. However, on this computer, startup is just booting straight to Windows 8 despite the fact that Ubuntu and Grub IS installed.Now, upon startup, if I press F9, then I get to change the boot-device on a one-time basis. I can either select "OS Boot Manager", which loads Windows 8, or "Ubuntu" which loads the Grub bootloader which allows me to select Windows 8 or Ubuntu.However, when I press F10 to enter the Bios Setup with the intention of changing the boot order permanently, the Ubuntu option isn't there. Instead it has OS Manager, USB Disk, CD Rom, USB CD Rom and Network Card.Thanks, HP for, the crappily designed BIOS.Anyway, can anyone PLEASE provide me a way of changing the boot order so that GRUB is loaded first and NOT this crap Windows 8 rubbish (that I would happily bin if I didn't need it for work). 

A:Changing Boot Order on Dual Boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu

Looks like HP forums are just as useful as HP customer service and HP computers - i.e., not very useful at all.Problem solved though. Took the piece of crap back for a full refund and won't be buying HP again.Happy days.Bye.

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I have a HP ze5568cl laptop (Windows XP SP2). For a few years we've had trouble with the power connector. We've just wiggled the power cable to keep it connected and lived with the problem. It also gets very hot and the fan runs constantly.

Yesterday when I powered it on there was no power, absolutely nothing. My husband has some electronic knowledge so we took the laptop apart and he soldered the loose part of the power connector. While he was doing that I cleaned the fan (couldn't believe how much dust was in there!)

When we plugged in the power cable the orange light came on so we were excited. When we powered it on all the keyboard lights lit up so we thought we had fixed the problem but.... that's all it did. It went no further except that the fan kicked on.

There is a clicking noise coming from the cd drive about every second with the green light flashing. I suppose it is checking to see if there is a bootable cd in the cd drive. I have attempted to change the boot order by holding F1, then F2 but it still continues to try to read the cd drive. I can't get to the screen that will allow me to change the boot order.

I also put the OS disk in the cd drive, hoping that it would start with the disk but it just clicks. Hubby removed the cover of the cd drive and I could see that the cd is spinning.

There were no problems with this laptop prior to the power problem. It was really working very well especially considering the age of it.

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A:Laptop won't boot, can't change boot order, cd drive just clicks

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I am trying to delete all the files from an old HP (XH545) laptop running XP. Its screen doesn't work, so I have it attached to a remote monitor. I have both a bootable floppy and bootable cd which have [email protected] Kill Disk. My intention is to boot one or the other and erase everything on the hard drive.

Problem: I am unable to get into my BIOS to change the boot order. Since I have to do a Fn-F5 to switch over to the monitor, I am unable to get there in time to see when to hit F2 to edit my BIOS. I have been trying for several hours to "guess" when to hit it, still with no success. I'm not even sure I would be able to see the BIOS screen anyway - maybe you have to get past that for Fn-F5 to swap out to the monitor.

If I let the system boot normally, I can swap over in time to see it loading Windows XP.

Question 1: Is there any way to change the boot order from within Windows (or from DOS prompts)?

Question 2: Lacking a positive answer to #1, is there any other way to delete all the files from the hard drive so I can dispose of the laptop?


A:How to change boot order w/o boot-up BIOS edit?

When you hit the power switch of your laptop at same time start pressing f2 and keep hitting it until you get in BIOS. After getting in BIOS I you know what to do.

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I recently purchased a copy of x64 Windows 7 Business. I downloaded it from the Online store DigitalRiver as part of the students deal.

Here is my system information:
Current operating system: Windows Vista x32 Business
Processor: Intel Quad Core 2 Q6600 2.4 GHz
Memory: 4GB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz
Motherboard: Intel 975XBX2 KR Socket 775
BIOS version: 2838 (Latest)

I burned the x64 Windows 7 installation files onto a DVD. I am aware that it is not going to run from my current OS since it is x32.

My Boot order is the following: DVD/CD ROM -> HDD

I tried to boot with the x64 Windows 7 DVD but it simply didn't. So I decided to format my computer using the x32 Vista DVD.

After the format, I tried to boot with the x64 Windows 7 DVD and it failed again.

So I re-installed x32 Vista and I still cannot boot with the x64 Windows 7 DVD.

Any help will be much appreciated.

A:Windows 7 x64 dvd doesn't boot up -Not boot order issue

Make bootable iso from student d/l

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Hello Lenovo Forums, System SpecsModel: Lenovo IdeaPad V570-1066A9UProcessor: Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3 GHzRAM: 6 GBStorage: 640 GB HDDScreen Type: WidescreenGraphics Card: Intel GMA HD 3000Size: 15" screen and 5.47 lbBattery Type: 48 Whr (Watt hours) First I will provide some background on what happened. I updated my old laptop (was running Windows 7) to Windows 10 a while ago. It was many years old and struggling to run Windows 10 efficiently. I decided to try and set up a dual boot of Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS today in order to make it a more useful machine and just to try some things out. I was following guides from online to help me setup the dual boot. I was using a live USB with Ubuntu installed on it through Rufus. Everything throughout the following guide went mostly according to plan until the last few steps:https://www.tecmint.com/install-ubuntu-16-04-alongside-with-windows-10-or-8-in-dual-boot/Towards the very end of the installation procedure, my installer crashed. It was a weird situation because the drive was partitioned correctly and apparently already had Ubuntu installed on it, but the installer crashed and gave me an error. I continued with the guide, dismissing this error because it looked like Ubuntu was installed correctly. The only part of the guide didn't work as expected was that the GRUB menu didn't show up after rebooting my computer. It just booted Windows like normal. I then tried to change the boot order and that's how I ran into ma... Read more

A:Changed Boot Order and Lenovo V570 Won't Boot

I would suggest that you disconnect the AC, remove the battery, remove the bottom cover (just the T shaped one that covers the HDD and RAM), unplug the CMOS battery (black disk with red and black wires next to the RAM), hold down the power button for 10 to 15 seconds, and then reassemble.    That should reset the BIOS to its defaults. Hopefully you have not overwritten Windows bootloader information on the HDD, but it is too early to tell.

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Hi People

I have a dual boot PC. I had to rebuild it recently because I put a new mobo and a new cpu in. I decided to be different this time and installed Winxp on my C drive and Win7 on my D drive. In my old rig the order was reversed.

Originally I thought this would be okay until it came to installing Rollback RX. Then I discovered that every time I tried to install rollback it either failed to install or it only protected my XP drive. I want it to protect my Win7 drive because it is my default boot.

I decided to start all over again this time installing in the reverse, with Win7 on C and WinXP on D. However I am having nothing but problems doing this because now the Win7 disk is not being recognized as having all the drivers and I can't get an internet connection on WinXP!!!!

So I'm thinking there might be a simpler way to do this. I put the contents of the disks on a Norton Ghost backup before I started doing this. Can I restore the contents of D on C and C on D? I can do it physically because both are the same size and both are ntfs. The problem is booting. If I do this my pc won't boot. So is there a way I can fix this?

I contacted Rollback RX three days ago and they haven't responded.

A:How can I fix my boot files so that I can reverse order of my boot in dual pc

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Hello. I've been trying to change boot order in the lenovo thinkpad t470 but from the bios start-up utility, this boot order has been presented as inaccessible and is inactive. The cursor is inactive here. I have not been able to change the UEFI to both UEFI and Legacy. I have tried unchecking the safe boot from the system configuration in the light that safe boot was similar to secure boot to no avail. Still after doing this, secure boot from the bios start-up showed that secure boot was still on. I am trying to install Ubuntu 18.04 anyways. If anyone has a solution to the first issues or generally how to install Ubuntu in the thinkpad t470, please feel free to assist. Thanks.

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My Dell Inspiron 660 is 2 months old. It came with Windows 8 preinstalled. My problem: I am trying to change the boot order so I can boot from CD ROM as a first option. I have tried using the "F" keys on boot, but it just ignores me and goes on to boot up. I have also tried the "Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings" in "Change PC Settings" and got the same results. I spent some time on the phone with a Dell tech. After trying all the things I had already tried, he and his supervisor decided I must have a bad Motherboard. Does this sound right? Is there any way to repair this problem?

A:Can't get into Windows Boot Manager to change boot order.

The option your looking for is located in the BIOS. Try using the Del key to access the BIOS setup screen on startup.

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I am choosing which OS to boot by changing the boot order in my BIOS. To me, this seems clean and simple. I built 32 bit XP on one disk, then removed that disk from my system, installed a different disk, and built 64 bit W7.

When both disks are installed, I change the boot order to select the OS I want, and each OS sees and can use the files on either disk.

Am I asking for trouble here, or is this as clean as I think it is? What I want is one set of user document files which can be used from whichever OS has been booted.

A:Choosing which OS to boot by changing BIOS boot order

Quote: Originally Posted by pander1203

I am choosing which OS to boot by changing the boot order in my BIOS. To me, this seems clean and simple. I built 32 bit XP on one disk, then removed that disk from my system, installed a different disk, and built 64 bit W7.

When both disks are installed, I change the boot order to select the OS I want, and each OS sees and can use the files on either disk.

Am I asking for trouble here, or is this as clean as I think it is? What I want is one set of user document files which can be used from whichever OS has been booted.

There are no problems with doing it that way its just a PITA. with minimal work you can have a bootloader where all you have to do is click the OS you want to run. You need to use a tool like bcdedit. there are instructions for itis use here BCDEDIT - How to Use .How this helps and let us know if you need help with anything


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I have an Inspiron 5759 laptop with Win 10 home.  I want to add a boot option for a CD/DVD.  I can access the UEFI but can't figure out how to add this option to the UEFI boot sequence.

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I replaced my motherboard and installed an Agility ssd for my boot drive. Every couple weeks, the computer won't boot. I go into the bios under "hard drive boot order" and find that one of my other hard drives is at the top of the hit parade. It even put my external drive as the boot drive one time. As soon as I switch my ssd to boot drive of course it boots up properly. Any ideas why it's doing this? Thanks.

A:computer randomly changes hd boot order and won't boot

What's the manufacturer and model of the mobo, you may need to check to see if there is a bios flash available for it. Is it under warranty? If it is then call the manufacturer and tell them what is going on.

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I have a Packard Bell desktop with XP and W7 installed.  When I switch on the (BIOS?) menu appears with both drives selectable in this order.  If I do nothing XP fires up by default.  I would like now to switch the default to W7.  My PC shop tells me that a special program is required to do this whereas I had thought that I could do this somehow via the BIOS settings (just how is not clear).  Is this indeed a complex task or can I DIY?

A:Dual boot - boot order change?

It is a DIY project. You can change the order in MSCONFIG or you can get two great little programs from Neosmart Technologies.
One is EasyBCD and the other is iReboot.
EasyBCD lets you edit your configurations while iReboot lets you switch between operating systems with a single click. Got them, use them, recommend them. And, they are free for personal use.
Keep us posted

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Hi, I am in the position where I will have to reinstall Windows 10 Home from a USB Flash Drive to replace corrupted files and after googling how to change the boot order on my AMI 80.11 motherboard I am really confused. Is there any link or any information where I can  see step-by-step directions on how to boot my computer from a USB Flash Drive and then return it to default settings when the reinstall is successful (hopefully ...lol)  In other words how do I change the current order so the PC will boot from the USB Flash Drive instead of my hard drive? Thanks and regards,thefewtheproud

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Hi guys. Not sure if this is the right place for this, but here goes.

I have Kubuntu 13.10 and Windows 8.1 installed on separate drives on my computer. Dual-booting through the Linux bootloader works fine, as in I can boot either Win8.1 or Linux without incident. However, whenever I boot Windows, it resets itself to the highest boot priority, and always re-adds a boot entry if I remove it. My question is, how can I get it to stop doing this? I can temporarily fix it through Linux, but I'd really like to stop it permanently, as it's starting to become a pain.

EDIT: It turns out my problem was related to a duplicate entry for Ubuntu. If you're having this problem and have tried to install Linux a couple of times, check to make sure that you only have one entry for it.

A:Windows 8.1 resets boot order on boot

Just make sure that in your BIOS, the first boot device is the UEFI device, was KuBuntU overwriting that in the dupe entry? Or was Windows doing it?

Since the removal of the Boot.ini file, I have had trouble keeping it all straight. Always in the past I could use the Boot.ini file to set my Boot OSes, but now you have to use BCDedit.

There are some 3rd party apps that allow you to set it to what you want, but they are paid programs. Check the Tutorials section for ways to set your Preferred Boot. One thing I have found is that if you have Windows 7 installed on one drive, and you add another drive and install Windows 8 on it fresh, it puts the Boot Entries on the Windows 7 drive. That's how my Media computer ended up, the Windows 8 OS is on a 750 GB drive, but the boot loader for 8 is on a 250 GB IDE drive that has Win 7 on it. So if the IDE drive is removed, it won't boot.

This does not happen if you install the OSes while no other drives are added, the boot sectors will be on the drives holding the OS. I took out all other drives from my main computer and then upgraded to Windows 8 from 7, after I put the other drivers back in, I got the old Black Boot Loader screen, so when I choose 8, it reboots, shows me the Windows 8 Loader, then continues.

Finally, I set the Windows 8 loader to Legacy mode - The Tutorials show you how, just search for "Legacy Boot Mode" - This might be good for your system, also you can get to Safe Mode a lot easier as well as choose betw... Read more

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I recently changed my boot order so that my PC can auto-boot from a CD at startup. However now it's not booting from a floppy. I want it to check for both CDs and Floppies and then load Windows. What boot order do I need?


A:Boot Order

The most efficient boot sequence is:

1.Floppy Drive
2.CD Drive
3.Hard Drive

**Happy Sailing**

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I have an HP 23-F250 AIO.  When I turn on the power button and hold down the ESC key to get into the startup menu, I get a message near the bottom of the screen that says "Press the ESC key for Startup Menu"  but pressing the ESC key gets no further response. Help! Larry33

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Open boot order on this HP Mini netbook,

which one Is for usb flash drive;
USB diskette on key/usb hard disk,
USB floppy?

A:boot order?

I would say that it is USB diskette on key/usb hard disk

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So I recently bought a Y520-15IKBN. I put an XPG GAMMIX S11 SSD IN THE LAPTOP. I cloned my windows to the ssd and when I entered bios The XPG GAMMIX S11 was showing in the hard drives. But it isnt showing me the ssd in boot order. I need to boot from my ssd. I gave the laptop in the service centre and they say that they cant help me with external ssd's. Then what for have they given a external ssd slot. Please help me guys. THere is no ssd compatibility problem nor are there problems with the ssd. Please help

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I just installed Linux on my Windows 7 computer with a dual boot option. When I start the computer it wants to boot into Linux Mint by default, how do I change the boot order so Windows 7 will boot by default.

Thank you,

A:Boot order

Here is the solution to change Boot Order. I never tried this but hopefully it should work.

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I just bought a new acer aspire3 a315-32 laptop. I wanted to install a new ssd. when I go to boot order the only thing in it is the hard drive that came with the pc. no flash no cd no nothing. its worthless if I cannot install a new hard drive.

A:boot order

You should be able to swap the SSD for the HDD. Most laptops only have space and connector for one internal drive. You could put the HDD into a Usb caddy and use it as an external drive.

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Just wondering what you guys suggest the boot order in the BIOS be ? i seen many different options

A:Boot Order

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New Inspiron 5675.  Just installed a Samsung SSD.  Cloned and boots fine as long as the original drive is unplugged.  Want to use original drive as storage and boot from the SSD.  If I start with both drives it will boot from the normal drive.  In the bios every option other than changing date/time is greyed out.  Any ideas on how to access these settings to change boot order?

A:Boot Order

I believe your computer has a UEFI BIOS which means you cannot change the boot order. You need to hit F12 when you see the Dell logo at startup and select the SSD as the boot device and then re-initialize your HDD to use as a storage device.

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In the bios how do i change the boot order to usb download?

A:Usb boot order

I have to download Windows 8.1.

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I deleted my OS on ssd accidently while i put my win 8 dvd to delete partitions. Now nothing is left . when i go to setup F2 , and go to boot order , there are only lan IP v 4 and Lan IP v6 .
I cant install win 8 from dvd , error keep coming up saying a media driver your computer needs is missing . i just installed windows 8 this afternoon and this suddenly happened at night.

Please anyone help.

A:Boot Order

Sounds like your SSD drive and your optical drives are not detecting in the BIOS. Can you get into your BIOS and check the detected drives? You may have to do an Auto-Detect- I don't see why it would not be seeing your Optical Drive. You may have "Boot Profiles" in there, depending on the system, and those are an SOB to set up. The HD and Optical Drive may be excluded from Boot.

The question is, can you get into the BIOS at all, if your system had UEFI, it's possible you only had access to it via Windows 8's advanced start settings.

Check this link from the other post.

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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Trying to boot from CD but when I go into bios set up and toggle over to boot order nothing is highlighted so I can not use the up and down arrows to move between boot devices. Also the clock is wrong and I can't figure out to set it.

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Hi everybody :
I've got a question about the Boot Order on my machine.
On the Boot Order screen, it seems to list my Optical Drive twice. It lists a SATA device twice, and an Epson Device. The only Epson device I have is an Epson Printer. I'm not sure if I just hit the ENTER key to "change the device" (and select my CD ROM as one of the alternate devices) (?). I tried uploading a screen shot of the Boot Order screen but it's 6.15 Mb.
The exact order is : Boot Option #1 SATA S........
Boot Option #2 Epson S.......
Boot Option #3 SATA S.......
Right now, I just have only one (internal) Hard Drive. And an External Hard connected via a USB Docking Port. Also, my Optical Drive is SATA.

A:Boot Order

Hi everybody :
I forgot to mention a few things.
My System : Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
GA-Z77-DS3H Motherboard (UEFI DualBios)

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Maybe stupid question....but even so:

My laptop boot order is HDD/SSD, USB,DVD,....

Should I change it?
It will be better to start by the DVD?

Of course I may change it hiting F2 and then go back again to another order!


A:best boot order in win 7


It depends on what you are trying to do. If you are trying to boot straight to the installed Windows, then that order is fine.

I usually set USB first so I don't have to remember the to change the boot order if I am booting from a USB.


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I have my boot order set to boot from DVD/CD first. The reason for that is all my recovery media is on DVD's or CD's. I have a system repair CD disc to boot into windows recovery mode. I have a windows PE 3.1 to boot into Macrium Reflect. I have a lucid Puppy CD to boot into Linux. I have 5 DVD's to restore back to factory. Sorry if my computer language is not the best. I realize it may take a few seconds longer to boot into windows, but this way I don't have to change the boot order if I have problems.
What are your thoughts. Is this a good or bad idea??
Thank you!!

A:How should I have my boot order set??

Thats how i setup PCs and recommend they are setup

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I have an old Windows XP computer. I'm trying to boot from a CD. In the advanced BIOS setup I change the boot order to have the CD drive boot first but it still doesn't. I even changed all the boot devices to CD and it still doesn't do it. Any ideas?

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I purchased Acronis true image 11 and would like to do a backup to a 16gb kingston flash drive. In my bios boot order #1 is usb fdc, #2 is cd-rom and #3 is my hdd. I don't have a floppy disk drive in my laptop. If I have to reinstall the backup I have done to my usb flash drive in case of a boot failure, how do I set my bios boot order to start with the usb flash drive? I have xp sp2 professional. Thank you.

A:Boot Order

It would depend on you BIOS, some have the ability to set the USB drive as the first device in the boot order. If the BIOS doesn't have this option then there is another options which are covered in this tutorial.

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Ok so I don't know much about computers. But mine won't go the desktop and it keeps telling me to select correct boot order and I don't know what that means, any help?

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This one has me stumped...

I have a workstation running XP Pro in a domain environment, and it will not boot from the hard drive by default. On the screen, it states that if I want to boot from the hard drive, I need to press H. IF I don't, it tries to boot from the network. I've gone into the BIOS and checked the boot order and it's fine; Legacy floppy, then ATAPI CD, then HDD. I'm stumped.

I need this workstation to boot directly from the machine and NOT from the network. What setting do I need to change and where? Thanks!

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I've just built a new PC Win 7 64bit, Gigabyte X58A-UD5 with i950. I have logged into Bios settings and set the boot HDD to top. But next time i switch on pc it defaults back to the original HDD settings based on port used (?).

I also get a screen message saying can gigabyte make changes whcih I reject.

How can i stop these two?

A:HDD Boot Order Changes

Hi Brian and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Are any other BIOS settings being affected? Is the BIOS clock showing the correct time, or does it reset itself to the same time? Check the motherboard battery.

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Win 8.1 Older BIOS
When I tap F12 I see 1-hard drive, 2- cd/dvd, 3- cd/dvd, 4-diagnostics,5-setup.
When I go to set up(F2) at boot I see a different setup. It is hard drive first then dvd+ lists usb and other entries unlike the order in F12.
I don't know why that is.

However, my question is, in boot under set up, I am trying to set it so usb can be booted from but I cannot seem to understand how to navigate and save. I know how to use the up down and left right but I cannot reset the boot while there. I know when I leave I will be prompted to keep or not but I am not there yet. I did it with my older dell but have forgotten.

Also, I do not know if it should be set up in boot so usb is in F12 instead of one of the others listed or just come to set up to get usb to boot as needed.
if you could lease give me some hints as to how to set the boot I would really appreciate it. Thank you

A:boot order

if ur usb was rilly bootable then its name would have popped up in the boot menu!

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How to change boot order to boot from a CD/DVD?

A:How to change boot order to boot from a CD/DVD?

Hi,First disable secure boot and enable legacy support from BIOS setup. Save and exithttps://support.hp.com/in-en/document/c04784866Then insert the discNow, change boot order:https://support.hp.com/in-en/document/c01443326Save and exit to continue to boot from disc.RegardsVisruth

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Hi Shawn, Your tutorials are great!

I'm very frustrated. I'm trying to boot Windows 8.1 from DVD (for Nero backitup.)
I can get to the advanced settings option and even to the UEFI option.
Once I get tothe UEFI restart the computer shuts down and then just sits there - power light on - but nothing on the screen. The screen stays asleep(?) if that is what you would call it.

I'm on an Acer Aspire AT3-605_ES20 desktop. They had an instruction to hit "delete" at the Aspire logo during boot. But I don't get an Aspire logo - it just starts up to the Windows log in screen. I turned off "fast startup".

Any suggestions on how I can change my boot order so I can boot from DVD?


A:How I can change my boot order so I can boot from DVD?

Hello Steve,

You should be able to press the F12 key at boot to open the boot menu to be able to select to temporarily boot from the DVD.

If you like, you could also press F2 to enter your BIOS setup to select to have the DVD drive listed first in the boot priority order, and your OS drive second.

Why can't I get the F12 Boot Menu to work on my notebook or netbook?

Hope this helps,

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I replaced an old computer (A) that is still working. I have an even older computer (B) that I want to do away with and use computer (A) as a secondary computer. I removed a couple of hard drives from computer (B) and installed them in computer (A). Computer (A) now has 1 hard drive with Windows XP, 1 hard drive with Windows 7, and the other drive is a data drive. When I boot up the system using EFI Bios it boots up in windows XP. I want to boot up in windows 7 but when I go to change the boot order in BIOS the drive with windows 7 doesn't show up. I have swapped cables and ports without any success. I disconnected the XP and data drives and the system did not boot into windows 7. However if I have all the drives connected I can go into the boot menu (F8) and choose the drive with Windows 7 and it boots up fine. Can anyone offer any advice to fix my problem?

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Dear All,

I have 2 Queries regarding the Installation of Win 8

Query 1:
I had installed the following OS in the following order

Win 7 - 32 bit
Win 7 - 64 bit
Win 8 - 32 bit followed by
Win 8 - 64 bit.

Now i am not able to get the boot options as i have to switch to other OS. In present scenario i directly boot into Win 8 - 64 bit.

Can anybody please help me to get the boot options.

Query 2:

Can anybody guide me how to know the different OS installed in my PC when i am booted in Windows 8.

that is, i want to check in Win 8 developer preview if other operating system is being present or not(I think i have deleted all the Win 7 OS which were installed by me...:-(...)

Please Help me.
Thanks in advance.

A:Not able to get the Boot order after installing Win 8

Hi ankita22,

Welcome to EightForums !

To list all visible Windows OS installed on your computer you can use "Dual-boot Repair" tool that comes with Visual BCD.

Install. Start Dual-boot Repair. Click on "Automatic Repair" BUT DO NOT CONFIRM (do not click OK button).
Post screenshot so we can see what Windows OS are visible.

A screenshot of Disk Management would be useful too.

Contents of BCD is also useful in diagnosing - open admin command prompt and type:
bcdedit >bcdedit.txt<enter>
Attach file bcdedit.txt.

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Cannot change the boot order.  When I f5-6 it moves the order, but the little black arrow never changes from the original boot sequence??  I have the  USB on the top line, but won't boot from a stick?Thanks,Nick

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I have a Acer laptop which had a corrupt Windows installation, so I couldn't boot from the hard drive.

The user doesn't have recovery discs and the Alt F10 Recovery option wasn't available, even though the hidden recovery partition is there PQSERVICE.

In order to get to the files, a copy of Windows XP Pro was installed, but it won't activate - that that isn't a problem for me as I will remove it before the 30 days.

I was given a recovery disc set designed for another computer, but - although it didn't work - the next time I booted the laptop it ran the eRecovery program and restored Windows 7 onto it, which is fantastic !!

My problem is that the system is still booting to Windows XP which is on the D partition, and not to Windows 7 which is on the E partition. There is another partition called C called "SYSTEM" but it contains nothing apart from a hidden Program files folder !

How do I tell the computer to boot from the recovered E partition so I can use Windows 7 and create the Recovery discs needed ? Then I can remove the Windows XP installation that I don't want or need.

Thank you very much in anticipation of your help to resolve this problem.

Julia Evans

A:Changing boot order

Use EasyBCD to modify the boot loader: http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

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