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Solved: Trying to change boot order (Dual Booting)

Q: Solved: Trying to change boot order (Dual Booting)

Hey Guys,

I've recently installed Windows 7 Professional on my Windows XP machine. It's installed on a partition of the same drive that XP was on.

At the boot menu when it lets you choose between the 2 OS's, it's defaulted to the Windows 7 one, and I can only get to XP if I manually choose it. I want to keep XP as the default option, but I don't appear to be able to change it (I did this before with Windows 7 RC1 without any problems)

When I got to msconfig and look at the boot configuration in Windows 7, it only shows Windows 7 as the default option. There is no other option, Windows XP doesn't show up there where it should

It's the same when I look at the boot config on XP, there's no sign of Windows 7 there!

Anyone any ideas how I can sort this out? I need to add XP to the list


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A: Solved: Trying to change boot order (Dual Booting)

Ok guys looks like I sorted it -

There's a great program called EasyBCD which showed both of the OS's and allowed me to sort it all out!

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I had Vista on C: drive and later installed XP on D: drive.
Boot order was then Vista - XP, worked ok. I then changed the boot order where XP to be the default . And now the boot manager does not allow me to even choose Vista, but goes directly to XP. The changes I did in Vista.
I have "restorepoint delete" fix active ( System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete)
Restoring the fix does no difference to this issue other than making boot.ini visible for changes on the XP side, but without options for Vista.

Has my Vista gone "hasta la vista" or is it "see you never more". Is there some means of getting it alive again?


A:Vista becomes invisible in dual boot order change to XP as default

Hello Lars,

You should be able to do a Startup Repair on the Vista partition to have it back.

Hope this helps,


See this to Boot Partition - Default

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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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I'm trying to set up WinXP on an old computer, in which I have installed the hdd from another computer which has WinXP from a that computer installed on it. The hdd drive has four partitions - 1. with WinXP (formatted NTFS), 2. a storage partition formatted FAT 32, 3. a Ubuntu 8.1 partition formatted for Linux, and 4., a small swap partition for the Linux. Everything on the drive was installed when the drive was in the other computer. I am now installing the drive back in the computer it was originally in, but I know I will have to reinstall everything, since the drivers are all incorrect drivers, etc. I replaced the CMOS battery in the old computer that I am bringing back to life, so the Award BIOS should be set back to default. My problem is that I can't reset the boot order so that I can boot from the Windows XP CD. At the screen to do this I am given the following options:

1. Removable Drive (Legacy Floppy is selected) gives these options:

Legacy Floppy
LS 120

2. IDE Hard Drive (ST3200822A is selected) has the following options:


3. ATAPI CD ROM (the SONY DW-DZ is selected) has the following options:

Samsung CD-R/RW SW 240B

4. Other

SCSI Boot Device
INT 18 Dev (Network device) (this one is selected)

I don't seem to have the choice to switch to having a DVD drive boot before the HDD. (Tried switching to ATAPI MO for the first drive, but it just tried to boot... Read more

A:Solved: Can't change boot order

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This is the first time I've seen a computer with a boot order that can't be changed. It's a rebuilt Dell E520. When I go to the bios, it lists about 7 changes that can't be made, and one is the boot order. It boots the HD first and the CD/Rom second. period! So is there some other way I can run the Reinstallation CD so I can repair whatever it is that's making this machine seem like it's got the FengXing Infection? Thanks, Bahb

A:Solved: Can't change boot order in Bios

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I am looking at a friends computer that has some issues to say the least. I ran malwarebytes and removed probably 150 trojans. Now it has Rootkit.0access.h on it and possibly a boot sector virus as well. I am not interested in saving anything on this machine, I just was to put a clean install of Win XP on it. At start up when I try to access the Boot device using F12, it either ignors it or freezes up. It does the same when I try to access setup with F2. I can bootup in safe mode using F8 most of the time. When I try to Install XP it goes through the motions until it tries to boot from windows setup then I get a blue screen of death. Any help will be very appreciated.

A:Solved: I can't get into setup or change boot order.

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I am trying to format and install windows XP on IBM ThinkCentre. it is not selecting the CD so i decided to go and change the boot order. but i can not find any information that allows me to change the boot order. can someone be of help to me?

A:Solved: how to change boot order in IBM ThinkCentre

Before the system POSTs hi F12. This should give you a boot order menu.

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I'm trying to dual boot Vista and XP (on my old computer ), but I need to make it so that XP automatically boots my default. (Right now Vista boots by default) I think I remember some dialog in Vista, but I don't remember where it was.

A:Solved: Change boot order (as in, partitions)

Unfortunately, Vista isn't as user friendly when it comes to editing the boot.ini file in order to allow which selection you want to be the default. You actually can go into the boot.ini file for Windows XP, which can be found by enabling Hidden Files and Folders and Protected OS Files under the Folder Options Menu, and then changing the option for like you would want it.

I've included an example one for reference purposes:
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noexecute=optout
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista" /noexecute

You would change number for the partition that starts with default in the above example to the partition that you want it to default to on the boot screen. I would also recommend changing the timeout to something like 60 seconds in case you have concerns and want to change your mind.

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I have a Asus laptop with windows 7. I’m trying to reformat the hard drive. I know I have to start the computer from the CD drive with a copy of windows 7.
I’m having a problem getting the “boot” bios to change the order of starting up.
The screen has the following:
UEFI Boot [Disabled]
PXE ROM [Disabled]

Boot Options Priorities
Boot Option #1 [PO: WDC WD6400BEVT …]
Boot Option #2 [P1: SlimtypeDVD A …]

Hard Drive BBS Priorities
CD/DVD/ Rom Drive BBS Priorities
>Delete Boot Option

I tried to use the +/- keys as per instructions to change the order under “ Hard Drive BBS Priorities”, but nothing happens.
I don’t know what the rest of the stuff means.
I’m not that smart with computers. I figure hands on is the best way to learn.

A:Solved: change the boot order on a ASUS laptop

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I'm trying to run Memtest86+ and have an image on DVD which I'm trying to boot from.

I restart and change boot priority, save and exit and the machine still boots to the HDD.

The Mobo uses "Click BIOS II" V 1.0.107.
Any help is appreciated!


I was able to change the boot order by moving the desired boot device to the first position at the top of the screen, double clicking on it and a menu pops up, then selecting the appropriate device. It then reboots to that device. Not very intuitive but... it worked.

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This is my problem..

I am curantly working on a Acer aspire 4520. The problem with this computer is that it has sticky keys, first i thought it was the keyboard so i plunged in a usb keyboard and still had the same problems, keys don't react fast, when i turn caps lock on it turns it off and vise versa, when i use the mouse to click something it selects everything on my desktop and opens it all at once.

So i thought it might be a bad OS, so i decide to preform a reinstall of windows vista but when i go to the BIOS it wont let me change the boot order, when i press the keys to chang the order it just makes a beep.

so i went back and did more research and found that some other people are having the same problem and they told me to do i BIOS flash, but that did nothing.. this is the website..
i am out of ideas, what do you guys think?

A:Solved: Acer aspire 4520 Sticky key and cant change BIOS boot order.. Need Help..

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How can I change the start order in the BIOS in my C50-A-1HV with Windows 10 ?

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WinXP SP3 is loaded on an IDE drive. The HDD is jumpered as a slave, while a DVD drive is master. This cannot be changed, due to my case's physical layout. Win7 is loaded on a SATA drive.

Boot order: SATA, IDE results in a dual-boot options screen. Win7 is accessible. WinXP causes the computer to reboot.
Boot order: IDE, SATA results in WinXP booting normally, with no dual-boot screen.


Originally Posted by EasyBCD

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {a7024ed0-42b9-11df-b143-8bd993c4d7c5}
resumeobject {a7024ecf-42b9-11df-b143-8bd993c4d7c5}
displayorder {a7024ed0-42b9-11df-b143-8bd993c4d7c5}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {a7024ed0-42b9-11df-b143-8bd993c4d7c5}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
recoverysequence {a7024ed1-42b9-11df-b143-8bd993c4d7c5}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {a7024ecf-42b9-11df-b143-8bd993c4d7c5}
nx OptIn

Real-mode Boot Sector
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A:[SOLVED] Dual-booting Win 7 + XP - Boot manager issue

XP has the unfortunate tendency to ignore SATA drives unless you load the specific SATA controller drivers for that system.

I would suggest reinstalling Win7. A clean install "should" recognize the XP installation and include it in the startup selection menu.

Or, you can try the steps in this tutorial: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...dows-7-xp.html (try the stuff that refers to installing XP after Win7 is installed).

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I originally had Vista on this PC and then dual booted it with win7pro. I'm upgrading my 2x 250GB to a single 2TG drive and will use the 2x250G for something else. To prepare for the transition to the 2TB I deleted the repartitioned and reformatted the HD vista was on. It will boot into win7pro if I have the win7pro DVD in the DVD drive. If it isn't I get no system disc error during boot. I had boot problems before but those times it was missing such and such file like BOOTMGR or NT something. Anyways the last time it was recommended to use EasyBDC. I'm sure EasyBDC can be used to solve this boot problem too I just don't know exactly what to do. The automatic boot recovery feature of the win7pro DVD doesn't solve it but then that feature has never solved the boot problems I had in the past either.

When EasyBDC first opens it sees win7pro on drive C: and lists no other entries. Under edit boot menu it shows only win7pro as I expected the check box to the right of it is checked and default is indicated "yes". I selected skip boot menu since it is the only OS choice now and clicked save. I went to BCD backup/restore section and selected change boot drive, clicked preform action, and chose C: and proceeded. Eventually a message came up and said it completed and to reboot. I still have the message no system disc unless the win7pro DVD is in the DVD drive.

Thanks much.

A:Solved: booting problem after removing one OS in dual boot

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I have now installed W2k on a secondary boot partition but am having a few problems.

One problem is that as both partions contain the same operating system (W2K), on the boot up screen both systems have the same name so I can't identify which is which and i'm not sure the system is either??

I can only seem to switch between systems by having Partition Magic on both drives and using the PQ Boot for Windows utility to switch between them.

Is there a way of changing the name in the boot up screen or am I just missing something obvious?

A:[Solved] Can't seem to change between Dual Boot OS without using PQ Boot utility?

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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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Have installed XP Pro with Vista dual booting on a newer PC, which has a digital media card reader. It has only 1 hard drive, which is a SATA with 3 primary partitions, the first 2 are formatted NTFS, but the 3rd is not formatted. My Vista installed first is drive C, XP on the 2nd partition was to become drive D, but the XP Pro install assigned it as drive H. So I want to make the XP drive D, the DVD as drive E, and the card reader have the higher drive letters. If I disconnect that card reader, and boot up the computer will Windows then change the drive letters. And if I then re-connect the card reader and re-boot will the new drive letters stay for the XP and the DVD drives ?

A:Solved: how to change drive letters in a dual boot

After the XP Pro setup completed, and it re-booted to the desktop the card reader drives are assigned these drive letters; D,E,F,G, and the DVD drive is as drive I. There is only 1 optical drive, no floppy or other removable drives, and just that one internal hard drive.

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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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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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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 have a sager laptop that I bought and can't change the boot order. I get into the bios and windows boot manager is option 1 but when I click on it I seem to only get an option to disable or change order with UEFI IP4 or 6 which are options 2 and 3. I'm trying to boot from an extenal dvd drive. What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance!

A:Can't change boot order

Are you trying to do a one time change-meaning you do not want to permanently change the boot order, just for that one action(like booting to install an OS or use a live disk)? most PCs et you do it when you press the power button start spamming(repeatedly pressing) the Escape key, then the boot order menu will pop up, then choose the disk you want.

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Using my OEM cd for xp home, I cannot boot up with the cd.

I have gone into boot up list, h/lited cd rom (which is 3rd in my case) c/o enter, pressed f8 to save but it boots up as normal desktop on restart.

Any advice please

A:cant change boot order

Are you sure it's F8 Gudda it's usually F10.

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I need to change the boot order so that the BIOS polls the CD/DVD drive for a bootable disk and starting from there.So the boot drive order should be:CD/DVDHDD I've gone into BIOS and found the Boot Drive Order section. The first item listed there is Windows Boot Manager with choices for USB drive, network, and uefi drives listed after. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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I accidentally deleted some partitions in my U410 and now I need to completely reinstall the windows. However every time that I change the boot order at the BIOS, (putting USB as first and the 'windows boot manager' as last') and click on 'Exit Saving Changes' it simply do not save my changes! If I go again to the bios the windows boot manager goes back to the top and I can't boot from the USB. Is there a simple solution for this?  

A:Can't change boot order

Hi bragalucas,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
Can you try switching the BIOS to these options,
1. Boot into the BIOS and set the following settings:
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Win7 OS or other OS
When finished, hit Load default settings (just right above it) then set these additional settings:
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Boot Tab:
Boot Mode = Legacy
Boot Priority = Legacy First
2. When finished, hit Fn+F10 to save and exit.
3. Restart the computer and start tapping F12 to pull up the boot menu, There you can select the USB.
This should let you select Legacy Devices such as USB, 
Solid Cruver

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I need to change the boot order in order to fix a problem with start up. How do I do that?

A:Change boot order

You mean changed the boot order of your Physical Drives? If so, you want to hit F2 or F8, sometimes DEL (depending which type of machine you have) and you should enter BIOS when youre computer is booting. Let me know if that helps.

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Hello all i really need some help

I was having issues with my laptop and somehow ended up changing my boot device to the CD drive in BIOS . Now my computer will only boot to what is on the CD which is the program windows boot genius . if i don't have the CD in it'll repeatedly turn on and shut down unless i put the CD back in . I know i have to get back to the BIOS to change my boot device back to my HD ? but im unable to do so . F2 is my bios key but that takes me to windows boot manager where i can only select windows and it loads up to the program all over again .
I can access task manager etc and the run window and see my files are still there though . I did a boot file test and none of the files are missing and it recognizes that my PC was on windows 8.1 , im really stuck though .

A:Can't Change Boot Order

Instead of f2 try escape for the one time boot change and see if the option to get into bios is there.

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Just added a new Samsung M.2 SSD that the OS sees in the device manager. I've got a copy of the recovery image made and saved on a USB 3.0 drive.If I boot from the USB drive and run the recovery, how do I get make it so the SSD is the default boot device. When it goes into the recovery options from the USB flash drive, it doesn't specify which drive to use.  The BIOS/ UEFI  options aren't much help either. I'm just finding the HDD just way too slow.Thanks,Sheila


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A:Change Boot Order

I found the solution!  Go to the BIOS and under the System Configuration menu, I had to enable "Legacy" boot. When I restarted the laptop, it booted to the new Samsung  M.2 SSD by default as I'd used the Samsung migration tool to clone the main hard drive onto the SSD already. Now boots lightning fast! 

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I have a Lenovo ideapad 300-I7ISK Laptop Windows 10 x64Bit. I need to know how to boot from my CDDVD Drive and my USB Flash Drive as well as how to go back and boot from my Hard Drive. Please help me!. I am new here and i cannot find any help. This is the first time i have ever posted a question on a forum. I am bbg3712. Please reply to me concerning these questions!

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Hello everyone hopefully someone can help me out with my issue .

I was having issues with my laptop and somehow ended up setting my boot device to the CD drive in BIOS . Now my computer will only boot to what is on the CD which is the program windows boot genius . if i don't have the CD in it'll repeatedly turn on and shut down unless i put the CD back in . I know i have to get back to the BIOS to change my boot device back to my HD ? but im unable to do so . F2 is my bios key but that takes me to windows boot manager where i can only select windows and it loads up to the program all over again .
I can access task manager etc and the run window and see my files are still there though . I did a boot file test through the program and none of the files are missing and it recognizes that my PC was on windows 8.1 .

A:Can't Change Boot Order

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is there a way to change the order in which applications i have set to boot load at start up? i want my antivirus to load first before anything else, and it did until i installed a printer.... is it possible to change this?

A:change boot order?

Disconnect from Internet before trying:

Uninstall both AV and printer.
Install printer.
Install AV.

If that does not work, there is a way to detect load order with a utiliity by that name from http://www.sysinternals.com. You can see the actual load order only with that kind of utility. Installing the anti-keylogger software SnoopFree indicates that its service is the first item to load before any other system service. So, there is a way to have it your way that the author of Snoopfree knows about - but, I have since forgotten, but that's the best example of the situation you want that I know of.

A bit of research should uncover the technique used.

-- Tom

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fitted a new hard drive due to virus and want to reinstall windows but went into bios to change boot order but it wont let me it has enter in red alongside all i can do is press it it wont let me go anywhere else ,help please

A:cant change boot order

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hi !, i am running a system with intel core 2 duo processor and gigabyte motherboard. In my BIOS the first boot device is HDD, now i want to change that to CD/DVD, but i cant change them...

after entering Advanced BIOS settings -> Hard disk boot Priority [Press Enter]

but when i press enter it is showing the order, but those are disabled, i tried +, -, pu, pd but they didn't work. Does any one know the solution...?

A:How can I change my boot order

You're looking at the wrong item. Go down one line until you see "First Boot Device." Change that to the appropriate CDROM device. You can also set the second and third boot device if you wish. What you are doing now is choosing which hard drive (and hard drives only) will boot ahead of the other hard drives. So if your hard drive is selected as the second boot device, this will tell the system which hard drive to look at first. That is, if you had more than one. If you only have one hard drive, that would be unnecessary.

You may also press F12 to temporarily change the boot order for that one time only without entering the BIOS.

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is there a way to change the order in which applications i have set to boot load at start up? i want my antivirus to load first before anything else, and it did until i installed a printer.... is it possible to change this?

A:change boot order?

jayno20 said:

is there a way to change the order in which applications i have set to boot load at start up? i want my antivirus to load first before anything else, and it did until i installed a printer.... is it possible to change this?Click to expand...

What difference does it make which way they load as long as they do,.?


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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 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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Hi everyone,my Thinkpad T430 (2-3 years old) was transforming a video and got stuck. 2x hard reset, went extremely slow, lost the sync function with OneDrive. Restarted and synced OneDrive again, but Chrome and Explorer worked extremely slow. Reset Windows to 3 days before. Went very slow and ended up with - "error 2100: Detection error on HDDO"- Lenovo testing all passed, all good.Then received new error: "Start pxe over ipv4-boot issue"Search BIOS and found this:Boot Menu - shows only ATAPI CDO and PCI LAN. The HDD entry is missing.BIOS Startup - Boot Priority Order: ATA HDDO without any name or registration behind it.The entry the day before was: ATA HDDO Intenso SSD SATA IIIHow can I get my baby back alive? Looking very much forward to your recommendation.

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Hi guys, I'm trying to properly dual-boot Windows 10 Edu 64bit and Kubuntu 16.10 64bit. The problem is that on startup it's impossible to start GRUB, Windows is loaded automatically. Is there a way to change UEFI boot order? I tried several methods but Windows always overrides my changes; I managed to load GRUB only once by renaming the Windows OS Loader path to the GRUB one, but after I booted to Windows once again, it overrode my settings creating a new Windows OS Loader entry. These are the methods I've already tried: Renaming the path as I said up here through bcdeditUsing EasyUEFI to change boot orderUsing efibootmgr in KubuntuUsing boot-repair in KubuntuUpdating GRUB in Kubuntu While on my desktop I have a BIOS setting that lets me change UEFI boot partition, I don't have anything similar on this laptop. Let me know, thanks.

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if I have two, or for that matter, 'n' SATA drives in a system, and one is bootable, the rest not, how come my GX620 optiplex/dell doesn't just go down the chain and boot anyway?
it seems [BIOS??] to assume only one SATA device in the overall boot scheme. SATA doesn't deal with master/slave stuff, right? its a marxist system....

A:Any way to change SATA boot order?

Most Mobos will let you set boot sequence, as in CD, floppy, hard drive, etc. You will also find you can often change the overall structure should you have more than one HD, so that you can chose which is the bootable disk.
You need to set each item as bootable- if your boot list has Hard drive and nothing else it wont look anywhere else. Computers are stupid, and do EXACTLY what you tell them. Not their fault that the idiot is at Dell

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Hi all,
I have an old Dell laptop that is currently running Windows XP, but I'd like to install Linux on it. So I went into the BIOS, revision A14, and got to the page that changes boot order, so I can boot from CD. It says to use the right and left arrow keys to change it, but they don't do anything. So I am stuck with having to boot from floppy which I can't do for unrelated reasons. Any ideas on why I can't change this? The keyboard works fine, I can change other settings, just not this. Or am I totally missing something? Any help would be appreciated.

A:Can't change boot order in BIOS

Try moving to the selection you want and hit enter.
That might give you a selection window.
If not try + and -.
Page up and page down also works on some.

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Hello. In W7, to change boot order, I went into the BIOS/Boot/ then moved the devices up or down to change the boot order and exited with saving. Under W10 however, I do not see the same options and am confused as to how to accomplish this. I have a Lenovo Y700 15isk which has a 1 TB HDD and a slot for an m.2 drive. I want to clone an m.2 from the HDD and and use that as my boot device, but don't know how to accomplish that in W10. Any step by step guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:Change Boot Device Order in W10

The BIOS software is tied to the computer's motherboard and isn't controlled by the Windows operating system.
Regardless of whether you have Windows 7 or Windows 10 installed in your computer, the BIOS settings screen remains the same.


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I have one drive that has been patitioned into C & D drives. Both had win7 on it however, my C drive was much fuller. I had no way to back up everything so I moved anything I wanted to save from D to C so I can reformt D & reinstall win7. Then I plan to do the same vise-versa, once I have time to sort throught everything. Until then I would like it to boot with D. Keep in mind booth are win 7.

A:How to change boot order from D to C drive.

If you've moved all of the files off of the target partition then boot the installer to Clean Install Windows 7.

As long as you don't touch the data partition but instead select the target partition, Win7 will install there and see itself as C when booted, assigning another letter to data.

Likewise when ready to reinstall to the data partition, move the data off and boot installer to install there. WIn7 will configure a Dual Boot menu and each OS will correctly see itself as C when booted.

Be advised this is not a recommended backup method. It's safer to always have your files backed up externally to another HD, DVD, flash drive, or the cloud such as Skydrive which offers 7gb free storage with each WIndows Live ID also gives you the ability to Sync Any Folder to Your SkyDrive Account | PCWorld.

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No recent changes that I'm aware of No new hardware I don't turn my computer off very often but the last 4 times I've done so upon restart the boot order has changed from hard drive to CD Rom so it won't boot of course. I restart it, pressing escape to go to boot menu and change the order to hard drive and save the changes and boot right up. But it reverts to cd rom on next start

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I have read many of the posts here on this subject. I have Googled and read many inputs on how to solve this problem. None of these have worked for me.
Here are some of my system specs:

Dell Inspiron 17R 5721
OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Version 6.2.9200 Build 9200

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU @ 1.90GHz, 2401 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A03, 10/24/2012
SMBIOS Version 2.7
Embedded Controller Version 1.01

Secure Boot State On

Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 G

As so many others have written, I can't change the boot-up order which means at this time, I can only boot from the hard disk.
I am hopeful that it is my ignorance that prevents me from accessing and changing the order, and that some good hearted soul will set my down the right path.


A:How to change the BIOS boot order?

Are you having trouble getting to UEFI/BIOS? Try turning fast startup off: Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8. If you have tried this approach, then please tell us what else you have tried.

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I have two 1TB HDDs and have just realised Win 7 is installed on Disk 1 (the first is Disk 0). I suspect this is why I can't get RollbackRx to install.

When I changed the boot order in BIOS the PC wouldn't start giving a NTLDR error. I used the Win Rescue Disk to get it to boot which switched the order back again.

How can I set my disk with OS to be first in the boot order?

A:Can I change the boot order of my HDDs?

Have you tried swapping the SATA cables so W7 is connected to SATA 0 ??

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HiI can change the boot order of hdd, CD, usb etc but I currently have two hdd's fitted, both with Win 10 installed.How do I set one as the default?Normally laptops defualt to the one fitted to the original hdd sata port and not the one fitted to the optical drive sata port, but not this machine! Thanks.   

A:HP 15-n096sa change hdd boot order

So which one is it defaulting to? The optical drive port?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A8-4500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 21 Model 16 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 5602 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7640G, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 569 GB (519 GB Free); D: 25 GB (3 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 184B
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

Can I use the Advanced settings in UEIF to change the boot order of my Windows 10 computer?

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