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Unable to Change Boot Order in Samsung Laptop UEFI

Question: Unable to Change Boot Order in Samsung Laptop UEFI

Hi, all.
As the title says, I have Windose 8 on a 64-bit Samsung laptop and I need to change the boot order to test if a bootable Linux CD works, which I intend to use if it does (or download it again and make a new one and use that), but I can't change the boot order from the OS to the DVD ROM drive.
Another thread online said something to do with Legacy but I don't know what that is nor how to disable it to see if I can enable and select booting from the DVD ROM drive.
Please help. Thanks.

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Answer: Unable to Change Boot Order in Samsung Laptop UEFI

I don't know what model the Samsung is but in UEFI settings make sure SecureBoot is disabled. If there is a setting for FastBoot or QuickBoot then disable it also.
If there is a Mode listed set it to UEFI/Legacy. 
Reboot and enter UEFI. Can you see change your boot device priority?
On a Samsung tapping Esc at boot may give you a boot menu that will let you select a boot device but SecureBoot should still be disabled.

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When I access my UEFI during startup, the Boot Priority section is either empty or shows unrelated drives attached. I can select the drive from which to boot by clicking on the Boot Menu, then clicking on the drive desired.

I purchased a new Intel SSD and installed it as the "C" and "D" drives and was happily booting from that SSD until I added new HDDs to my system. I now have four HDDs plus the SSD. One of those HDDs still contains the original Root C bootup and Windows 8 system on it. I frequently now find the system, reason unknown, may choose to boot from the HDD rather than the SSD.

I cannot find the method for directing the UEFI bootup menu/priority steps... my goal is to have the computer boot from the SSD, which if it were to fail, then would secondarily boot from the HDD original Root C.

The computer arbitrarily changes the SSD from drive designation "C:" to "J:" and the HDD to "C:"... how to specify the SSD as the "C:" unless it fails or is removed?

the computer system info:

Thank you in advance. DLGMEX

Answer:Boot Order UEFI ASUS P8 Z77-V How to change?

Enter your BIOS and set your SSD as Boot Option # 1 as shown:

Or set your optical drive as boot #1 and set your ssd as boot #2.

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I need to change my UEFI or legacy of HP pavilion 15 notebook laptop. pls help

Answer:in need settings procedure to change my UEFI boot order hp p...

Hi,  To change boot order, see this : Configuring the Boot Order in the System BIOS  Regards Visruth 

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Answer:Booit into UEFI; how to change boot order Carbon x1

You must turn off Windows 8 fast start (hibernation) or do a full shutdown.

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We are pushing a new image this summer but we need to make boot and file system changes, my boss wants me to automate this process. the goals are to desable legacy in bios, enable UEFI, select PXE,  change UeFI boot order (usb,cd, NIC, Hd) using the Bios configuration tool at command line. I have the config.ini file from the bios. can I make all those changes at once or do I have to reboot in between enable UEFI and changeing the boot order The why: we are moving from MBR to GPT with the new image Win10, and we save time on the boot by disabling legacy. The boss says so. (the short answer) any tips or suggestions welcome.

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Answer:Unable to Change Boot Device Order

Welcome to the forum! Your ThinkPad has a Supervisor and/or BIOS lock. You will have to get the password from whoever sold you the laptop. We are NOT allowed to discuss password cracking on this forum. Good luck.

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Answer:Samsung ATIV laptop boot priority order problem

Are you pressing F10 to save?

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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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optiplex 360 unable to change the boot order of the disks in the BIOS.Can anyone help.Already tried to reset CMOS/Jumper and updated the BIOS version to A07.
On startup of machine everytime I need to press F12 then sElect to boot from HDD.
Can anyone help to resolve the issue.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:optiplex 360 unable to change the boot order of the disks in the BIOS.Can anyone help.

If it's not saving your changes, replace the CR-2032 battery on the mainboard.

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

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Answer:Cant Change Boot Device/Order On Laptop

CMOS = BIOS settings.

Can you reset to default BIOS settings? What about flashing a new/updated BIOS if one is available?

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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.

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

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Question: UEFI boot order?

I have no BIOS, only 8 boots up but instead of the Windows logo, with the ASUS. How will I boot from CD? I have configured an EasyBCD program to allow me to choose, but what if 8 cannot boot?

Answer:UEFI boot order?

When you say you have no bios - do you mean you can't see any way of getting into bios/efi setup options?

There's probably a key press to do it.

Did you get a manual with that thing ?

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Question: UEFI boot order

Hi everyone, I am am trying to downgrade my OS from Windows 10 back to Windows 8.1 (I upgraded to Windows 10 more than a month ago so I can't go back automatically to my orevious OS).in order to do that I am about to make a "clean installation".followed by Microsoft support center I created an image of e OS 8.1 onto a sub order to kick in the setup of the OS 8.1 saved on the USB stick I was trying to set up the UEFI boot order to "USB Diskette on key/USB Hard Disk" but nothing happen.Basically, what have to to make the 8.1 on he USB stick being installed and replace the Windows 10?  thank you very muchbest martino

Answer:UEFI boot order

Hi Martino198, How to Uninstall Windows 10 and Downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1  If you?ve upgraded a PC to Windows 10 ? not performed a clean install, but an upgrade ? you?ll have an easy option that lets you revert to the last version of Windows. To access this, open the Start menu and select Settings. Click the ?Update & security? icon and select ?Recovery.?You should see a ?Go back to Windows 7? or ?Go back to Windows 8.1? option. Click the Get started button to get rid of your Windows 10 install and restore your previous Windows install. Microsoft will ask you why you want to go back.If it?s been over a month ? or if you?ve run the DIsk cleanup tool and removed the ?Previous Windows installations? files or deleted the C:\Windows.old folder by hand ? you?ll no longer see this option. Windows 10 appears to automatically remove the old Windows installation files after a month to free up space.  How to Restore Your Files From the Windows.old Folder After UpgradingIf you have ever upgraded your Windows installation without formatting, you have probably come across the Windows.old folder which hoThis works because Windows 10 stores your old Windows installation in the folder named ?C:\Windows.old? on your computer. You can see this folder in File Explorer, though you shouldn?t attempt to delete it from here. You can also browse the Windows.old folder and restore files from it. Obviously, stori... Read more

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I have disabled the secure boot option and enabled the Legacy boot option which allows me to boot from USB stick. However, UEFI takes precendence over Legacy boot and I don't want that. For a little school project that we are running we want to run the educational OS Sugar on Stick(on a USB stick) to run straight from the stick instead of kids pressing 3-4 different buttons to get to that.  In short, I want to change boot priority from UEFI first to Legacy. Let me know how to do it? Whether its possible or not? If not, then I don't need these 4 laptops that I ordered and I will return the laptops. Thanks a lot in advance. -Ritesh

Answer:UEFI vs Legacy Boot order

Follow these instruction on how to properly disable secure boot:

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Is there any negative if I decide to leave my boot order so USB disk is first? Except for the obvious, that if a bootable device is installed it will boot, but for normal everyday use, I'd like to leave it set this way. Makes it a lot easier when I want to boot up my Acronis or Macrium disks.


Answer:Leave UEFI boot order for USB first

No adverse effects at all, other then noted

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Windows 8.1: HP Pavilion 2475ea Desktop PC.
I have Secure Boot turned off. I have Legacy Boot turned on, but do not think that is needed.

This link gives me instructions to boot from CD but they seem not to make sense from No 2... that at 5-6-7 it seems to require me to select the CD then boot to Windows from HDD then restart and do the same again, but this time select CD again, or something??
I expected to set the device, then restart the computer and it would boot from the device, not restart Windows as described.
I was able to boot from a WinPE 4b CD.

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I find this, after 30 years of normal BIOS, to be confusing.
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Answer:Cannot set UEFI boot order to CD Windows 8.1 HP Pavilion

You can boot any DVD/CD/USB disk with WinPE4 in UEFI mode, with Secure Boot ON & UEFI mode ON.

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Answer:Changing boot order when BIOS is set to UEFI

You change it the same way as before. Usually you can do it withe the OEM software installed on Win8.

You may have to turn off Fast Boot if set.

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Your link shows Windows 7 on the unit. Could you explain the procedure you tried and what the results were, what messages did you get?

I know at least one company sells a combination drive like that. They should have a procedure for loading it, if one is needed, but I have not had such a setup.

You mention UEFI, are you using that install configuration?

Edit: The link, under the support section has a FAQ about updating the Bios. It seems to suggest you should, so you might check.

Answer:uefi samsung laptop

You have a driver of some sort for the caching drive. You will or should clean of the spinner and load windows and then you will have to set up your cache drive. Get your manual out.

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Answer:UEFI BIOS Access, Changing Boot Drive Order To SSD

Hi, No, you can't do that. You have to swap SSD and HDD. Put old HDD to the caddy. Regards.

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Answer:Z585 can't save BIOS / UEFI boot order setting

Are you also disabling secureboot in BIOS before changing the boot order?  Hopefully the following thread will help;

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Answer:Changing Boot Order in UEFI on P50 ThinkPad and making certain spinner can be reformatted.

The Windows "system" partition must seen as be C.  It will not be D.
If your 950 NVMe partition is showing as D, then it is NOT the boot partition.
You must still be booting from the Windows "system" partition on your HDD spinner, which is why it got lettered as C.  The NVMe device must be being handled as a second drive, with partitions on it being lettered starting from D.
Can you elaborate on how you created the content on the 950?  Did you "clone" from HDD spinner, and if so with what software? Or did you install Windows (7 or 10?) from scratch onto the 950 as the target?
Is it in the NVMe0 or NVMe1 slot?

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WIth the T410/T510 I could use the SetConfig.vbs to change the boot order in BIOS.  However with the newer laptops (T420, T520, X220) that have the UEFI BIOS the SetConfig.vbs doesn't seem to work.  Is there another way of scripting the boot order change?  I also tried running the ListAll.vbs and didn't see anything related to the boot order listed in WMI. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Answer:T520/T420 UEFI BIOS Management - Changing Boot order

First, please make sure you are using the latest BIOS version for your system.  I know that a bug about changing BootOrder has been fixed in a recent update. Also, while the scripts themselves have not changed, the list of available settings and values has (in some cases), so please refer to hrdeploy_en.pdf at the following website If you still have problems, please post back with your MTM, BIOS version, and exactly how you are calling setConfig.vbs and I'm sure we can get to the bottom of it. 

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So I've searched, and I've tested, and now I'm about to turn my laptop into a frisbee and never buy a Samsung PC again. In short, I bought an ATIV 7 whose previous owner had downgraded to Win7. I wanted to put Win 8 on and I have a volume license as well as the OEM key so I burned the ISO (actually 2 different ones) using every method I could find (ImgBurn, Rufus, Iso2Disc, Win7 Download tool, etc.) It became clear that the USB needed to be formatted FAT32 with GPT filesystem, however in UEFI mode it shows the USB but won't allow me to select it - it just flashes. If I set it back to CSM and UEFI I can make a USB boot, but even if I use diskpart to clean the drive and convert to GPT it will fail to install because it detects I didn't boot in UEFI mode.

Here's the deal. When I'd installed it earlier this week in CSM and MBR mode, and then converted to UEFI it worked fine. So....I tested several recovery programs we use at work to make sure they'd restore it okay via bootable media. Paragon, Aomei, Macrium, Lazesoft - all boot media failed. ONLY True Image 2014 DOES ACTUALLY BOOT in UEFI mode on my laptop. The only thing I can figure is that the way WinPE 5 or 5.1 (whatever it uses) is set up on it agrees with my laptop. So what I was wondering is if one of the geniuses here has any idea how I can modify the Acronis recovery media or create similar WinPE media that might actually boot on my laptop.

THanks for any help!!!

Answer:Samsung won't boot install USB in UEFI mode. WinPE alt?

Do you have Windows 8/8.1 64-bit installation media?

To Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive using Free Program "Rufus".
- Connect your USB flash drive.
- Click/tap on the browse icon and select your Windows 8/8.1 64-bit ISO image file.
- Under Partition scheme and target system type, select GPT partition scheme for UEFI Computer
- Under File system, select FAT32
- The default Cluster size setting is automatically detected, so do not change the setting.
- Click on Start button.


Here is info about UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style): link

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I have just replaced my broken HP DV5 laptop (windows7) with a new Samsung NP350V5C-A08 with window 8 already installed. I am having major problems working out how to change the boot order.
On my HP the boot order was:
a) Optical disc drive.
b) Usb external hard drive.
c) Internal hard drive.

This configuration allowed firstly to upload Ubuntu 12.10 from a disc in the optical drive onto the external drive, this allowed me to run Ubuntu from an external hard drive, this saved me from having to partition the internal hard drive and I believe invalidating the guarantee.
With my new Samsung I cannot get to list the boot options in the bios (the only option is the internal Hitachi drive), I have been on the phone to Samsung but they could not help me and told me to contact Microsoft.

Does anybody have any ideas how I can run Ubuntu like I did with my HP laptop.

Answer:Problems with boot order on my Samsung 350V5C-A08

Welcome to EightForums.

support for booting Linux on Windows 8 PCs delayed

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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???



Answer: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.

Also provide motherboard make/model please.

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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?


Answer: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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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?

Answer: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 tried F12 when booting up PC and got a screen called Boot Menu. C drive has a plus sign beside it. I used the arrow to go down to CD rom and hit enter.

When I tried to boot from the CD disk, it still booted into Windows, and when I used F12 again C drive is the one with the plus sign. I'm not sure what the plus sign means. I only have one hard drive in this PC.

Answer:How do I change boot order to boot from WinPE emergency CD-R?

My wild guess is that your computer is UEFI -- SecureBoot and FastBoot need to be turned off. If there is a Legacy choice, maybe activate Legacy. Then, with a dvd or usb stick in the respective place [to let UEFI "find it"] -- select your first boot choice again, save and exit, reboot.

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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

Answer:cant change boot order

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

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help,I am trying to update my bios.need to boot from floppy disc.can get into setup but when I go into bios setup all settings are greyed out,so I cant use arrow keys etc to change. any ideas really need help on this. thanks guys/gals dave

Answer:how to change boot order on xp

Has bios been password protected? If so you could clear it by switching all power off & remove battery for a few seconds. (some say overnight?) Ive never had to do it tho.

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Question: Change Boot Order

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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Answer: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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Question: Change boot order

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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Question: Change boot order

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

Answer: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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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...?

Answer: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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How to change the boot order of OS's?

My boot order shows win2k on the top position but would like my winxp to be the top position so that way it will automatically boot into XP after the time runs out. Any idea how to change the boot order?

Answer:How to change the boot order of OS's?

In Windows XP:
Right Click on "My Computer"
Go To the "Advanced" tab
Under "Startup and Recovery", click "Settings"
From the drop down menu, choose Windows Xp
You can also set the time to display the Operating System screen.

Hope that helps.

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EUFI bios, PC always boots into W7 when I want W10 unless I go into bios and click the drive with W10 on it, then it works. I have tried changing it but when I try to change it in advanced it says not supported but it must be as if I click it then W10 boots up.

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Question: change boot order?

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?

Answer: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 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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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?  

Answer: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 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!

Answer: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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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

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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 .

Answer: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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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 .

Answer:Can't Change Boot Order

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So i took a peak in my bios screen today and i see the dvd drive is listed as the first boot option. I wanted to change it to the hdd, but it wont let me. This is the first time i have encountered this. I can select the menu, and i can move the arrow up and down to select the "new" first boot, but when i hit enter and i am returned to the main screen the order still says dvd drive.?...what gives, any ideas?

Answer:Cant change boot order/xp pro

I'm running two DVD drives and three harddrives.
All the drives are SATA and I'm not using RAID.
I set the "CDROM" as third boot device in "Boot Device Priority" and disable the 4th.
Set which HD to boot off in "Hard Disk Drives".

Not sure why yours won't save HD as first boot device.

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Question: change boot order?

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?

Answer: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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I want to change the boot order so that if I have  USB plugged in it will boot off that. I can get it to boot off the USB by interupting the boot and selecting the USB, but I want it to do that automatically. I can get in to the BIOS setup and find the Boot section but it only seems to give me options of UEFI or Legacy, no option for USB. I'm used to computers that have sensible options of Hard Drive, Optical Drive, Floppy Drive and USB.

Answer:How do I change the boot order

hi Nina_W,
Depending on the model and the BIOS version, newer Lenovo systems are preloaded with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and has a feature called Secure Boot (which is enabled by default) to protect the OS from loading any third party boot loaders / drivers (or even viruses) from loading during the boot process (this includes booting from the USB).
To automatically boot from a bootable UEFI USB flashdrive, the BIOS must have the following settings set:
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Boot Tab:
Boot Mode = UEFI
USB Boot = Enabled
Boot Sequence = USB Key
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Other OS
If the USB Boot / Boot Sequence is missing in the BIOS, you will not be able to automatically boot from a bootable USB flashdrive. Instead, you will need to press F12 during boot-up and choose the USB key or follow this guide to boot from the device within Windows.

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I know how to change my options from UEFI to legacy but the legacy option isnt coming up. Someone please help me as i need to reboot my laptop.

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hi , I replaced the DVD drive with a SSD  drive , cloned the window from the HDD to the SSD using easeUS till here every thig is good now im trying to change the boot order so the laptop will boot from the DVD drive / SSD I went into the Bios (UEFI one) and select the DVD drive to be the one to boot from , issue its still booting from the HDDshould i switch to legacy bios or is there and option to change the UEFI to do that ? thanks, 

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I have a Toshiba L755-S5368 Laptop that has no secure boot anywhere in the bios. My Laptop is about 4 years old , I am trying to change the boot graphic in my machine. Can I do this ? If so, How? John

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I am having same problem. Tried almost everything I can think of.
I was accidently forced to do a win10 upgrade when locked into the blue screen saying device isnt connected (000225 error code.)
No trying to boot from a USB or DVD but it refuses to try those before hard disk and fails boot.
It will see the usb device in the list ( tried 2 types ) and recognises it as say toshiba device, but will not boot from it, and when ever i try to sve that as the fist option, with f10, while it says ok, never saves it, 
Any help much appreciated.
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity. Moved posting to it own thread in the Lenovo Z series notebook forum from the Lenovo U/S series notebook.

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New XPS 13 in front of me. I want to clean install the OS on this machine. In my XPS 15, (L502X), the BIOS was laid out so that even I was able to figure things out, such as changing the boot order so I could boot off a thumb drive. But in the 13 I'm not finding it to be so intuitive. I'm sure it's me, but I'd rather not fuss around and screw things up, so I figured I'd come here to ask: what are the steps for changing the boot order on this machine? Thank you.

Answer:How to change boot order, XPS 13 (9350)?

Settings, Update, Recovery. Or keep tapping F12 to access boot menu as soon as you reboot. Changes to the bios not necessary to boot to media. Not a good idea to clean install windows on a new computer. That procedure is old tech and not needed on new uefi models and can cause irreparable damage. Windows and everything else is a single image file not installed piecemeal like years ago. You will screw things up if you apply old procedures to a brand new OS.

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When I boot up (XP Home Edition, SP2), the icons in my quick-launch toolbar appear in the following order: Broadband internet connection (2 vertical green arrows), other plug-in connection (1 horizontal green arrow, presumably because I've got a USB hub), speaker volume, AVG, then Kerio firewall.Since I've installed SP2 I've occasionally had a message, prior to the AVG and Kerio icons coming up, saying that my computer may be at risk because I've no firewall.This made me think, is there any way I can instruct Kerio and AVG to load before my broadband connection does?

Answer:Can I change the order of boot-up programs?

I know I can unplug my modem, and only plug it in after everything else has loaded. But is there no electronic way of achieving this?

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Recently, my BIOS has started to display ' view only item '; this means I can't change my boot order and few other things as well. Has any one seen this problem before ? I would appreciate some help.Many thanks, Colin

Answer:BIOS - can't change boot order.

Seen it for audio and graphics cards usual trick is to disable in device manager first before trying to change in BIOS.Never seen it for boot order though.

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Hi there. I noticed that Windows (even Win 7) loads items in a weird order. For instance it loads an email notifier and a weather notifier before it has loaded the network connections (access to the internet). Is there a way to change that order somewhere? I have looked at MsConfig, but do not see any indication there. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Answer:Can you change Windows 7 boot order?

No doubt there is a reason why Windows chooses to load stuff in a certain order and we would be very foolish to think we can do it better.If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Hello:On my Yoga 2 Pro, I have already used the Novo One Key recovery system to create a full image backup of my C: Drive, which was copied to a portable 500GB USB based disk drive  As long as the computer can do a cold boot using the one key Novo button, all is well and I can restore my system. I did read that in some cases, the one key recovery might fail if the hard drive is damaged and is replaced by a blank hard drive. So I created a Windows 8.1 bootable repair thumb drive (USB) which would allow a restore from an image backup.  To use this repair drive requires that the system will boot from the USB thumb drive. The default boot order places the USB drive down the list.  Does anyone know of any issues if I change the USB drive to be the first in line for a boot? Regards,Rich Locus


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Answer:Change Boot Order of Yoga 2 Pro

hello, how to create a full image backup of my C: Drive? did you mean that you use the Novo to make a copy of all your C dirve files to external disk, and then use the Novo to recover the whole system? In this case, you key files are backed up in extrnal disk, and the recovery operation erase all your data in C drive and put it back to factory mode, right?

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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.

Answer: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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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.

Answer: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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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

Answer:Solved: Can't change boot order

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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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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....

Answer: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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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.


Answer: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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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.   

Answer:HP 15-n096sa change hdd boot order

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

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If you read my previous Post, My Computer Popped ( ), you'll know my initial problem.I've managed to salvage the Hard Drive (Salvaged Hard Drive), and connect it into my old computer (Original Hard Drive) It's still working fine. Disk Manager reads it as Healthy. My problem is, If I connect it internally through the cable as Hard Drive 1, the computer doesn't want to access it. It gets stuck on Initializing Boot Screen (when you first start it up, even before Windows XP logo appears). I can connect it as Hard Drive 2/Zip, replacing my internal 250Zip Drive as the second component (previously it was Original Hard Drive as 1, Zip Drive as Hard Drive 2/Zip, now Original Hard Drive as Hard Drive 1, Salvaged Hard Drive as Hard Drive 2/Zip). I can even access my files (ie, rename them via right click).Is there anyway to change their boot order or something that so my Salvaged Hard Drive load ups instead of the Original Hard Drive? Would switching their Drive letters work (Original Hard Drive goes from C to H, Salvaged Hard Drive from D to C)?I just don't want to switch and have the same hold up when starting, and have no way to undo the problem because I can't load up Windows and switch them back. Then I'll have no computer at all. I'd need to have it move on to the Original Hard Drive, or be able to remove the Salvaged Hard Drive and have it automatically go to the Original Hard Driv... Read more

Answer:How To Change Harddrive Boot Order

Is this salvaged hard drive original to the computer you putting it into? If no, it won't work that way. You can jumper it as slave, get the files of it you want, then reformat it to use as a second drive

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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?

Answer: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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Mod Edit:  Split from - Hamluis.
I have problem of could not change boot order to DVD on windows 7 my laptop is Dell inspiron 15R

Answer:Cannot Change Boot Order in BIOS

Please do the following.  This will provide me with the name of the BIOS manufacturer and its version.
Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download. 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.

The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.

In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

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When my Notebook first starts up, a note in the bar at the bottom of the opening 'Acer' screen graphic shows;

<F12> Change Boot Order in Vista

I don't have the confidence yet, just to hit the <F12> to discover where this leads to, and what it is all about. I fear that I may do something that will de-stabilise my perfectly operating system, or worse, get into a predicament that I have no knowledge off, nor the technical ability to escape from it.

I have searched through the Forum threads, but have been unable to find anything that discusses the <F12> boot order.

I would like to know the following:

1. In what situations is the <F12> boot key used, or when should it be used?

2. What system boot order does it change, and can this be beneficial to the performance of the Notebook? [my system in specs below....saves a lot of re-typing!].

3. Are the instructions clear and understandable to a 'non-geek'?

4. Is it easy to exit or escape from <F12> window, and can that be done without making any field or boot order changes?

5. Is there an ability to revert to, or restore to, former boot system settings, if incorrect or invalid changes are made, which later de-stabilise the system start-up?

Cheers, sassofalco

Answer:What does <F12> Change Boot Order in Vista do?

Hi sassofalco,

The boot order isn't a Vista thing, it's a bios thing.

One typically changes the boot order when you re-load the operating system. Right now your first boot device is your hard drive, but if you wanted to re-load Vista from a DVD you'd have to make the first boot device the DVD drive. Unless you changed the boot order you would continue to boot off your hard drive and never be able to boot from the DVD; essential if you're re-loading.

Escaping is easy; just save your changes, or not, and exit the bios.

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Here's a video demonstration:

It's acting as if the left and right arrow keys don't exist, even though they work fine in Windows XP. I want to boot off of DVD drive.

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Answer:Can't change boot order in BIOS

Post a screen shot of the screen you move the video to fast for me to see what the keys are. Have you referred to the manual?

Some are
Page Up
Page Down
Enter (then select the one)

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Guys, I feel stupid.  A frustrating place to be.  Please bear with me if I am doing something stupid.  I added a mSata second drive.  Works fine.  Lenovo X220, Bios 1.16.  PC boots from the new drive.  I don't want an operating system on the new drive, just want it for storage.  So I entered the bios by pushing the blue thinkvantage button and can't find a way to permanently change boot order.  I hit F12 to TEMPORARILY change boot order, every time I boot the PC.  Major PAIN!  I tried to enter the Intel Boot Extension Management Engine, but it needs a password and I don't have a password.  Any thoughts? 


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Answer:How to change the boot order? Frustrated!!!

I don't have access to the same BIOS so this is a guess based on my other Thinkpads:  get into BIOS and go to the Startup tab (or similarly named tab).  On that page there should be an entry like ">Boot"  That is Boot with an arrow-like thing next to it.
It looks like the title to the page but can be expanded to the boot list by selecting it.  There should be an option there to move bootable devices up and down in the list.
If this isn't what your BIOS looks like, sorry for wasting your time.
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I have 2 sata slots on my Motherboard so I put in a 160 gig hard drive with windows xp worked fine. Now I have one 40 gig IDE harddrive I wanted to put in just as a storage drive.(This computer has both Sata and IDE) computer reboots sees both drives I press F10 or 9 to continue . Then the screen goes black. I know whats happening,, Its reading the IDE to boot from and it doesnt have an O.S. on it. I want it to boot from the sata drive, SO I go into bios to change the boot order.. Every thing including the time is not letting me change it. Bios lock down ... Now I remember going into bios last year and I was able to change settings . Something happened! Now I cant change it. I even pulled out the dvdrom and put the IDE on the ribbon and power.... I heard that might fix the problem on another message board. SAME Problem. I see people with similar problems and the answer is to flash the bios,,, I have been reading about flashing bios and everyone says don't do it if you don't know what your doing. (PAPER WEIGHT IF DONE WRONG) Some one give me some advise and please something that helps !! I have heard so many dumb things to do I'm about to give up.

Answer:Can't change boot order in bios

Do NOT flash the BIOS! What type of keyboard are you using - PS/2, USB or wireless?

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I have a Acer aspire 5735Z laptop on windows vista that I want to install windos xp on. I rebooted and pushed S2. when I get to the boot options it won't let me change the order to boot from cd. I used 2 different windows xp disks. Can anyone make suggestions on how to get this to change so I can boot from the cd drive and load windows xp and get rid of vista?

Answer:computer won't change the boot order to cd

The boot order is changed in the BIOS which is probably F1 or the delete key. Search Google for the roll back method before you try to install XP & make sure that you can get all the Acer drivers for XP first. How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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I have a new ssd with a copy of windows 10 installed onto it, the only issue is that the machine I need to install it on, doesn't have a change boot order within the BIOS.
Am I missing something? Or do I have to upgrade to a later BIOS version?
Thanks in advance

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I have a Toshiba Tecra 8200 with Windows XP Home and last week I installed a plug and play bootable Sony DVD CD-RW drive.

Since that time it won’t boot the way it used to.

Here is the situation report.

I turn it on.

I get a “Press [F2] for the boot device selection menu.”

I press F2 and 90 seconds or more later the selection menu appears.

I select “Boot from internal HD” and the systems boots up.

If possible I want my computer to boot automatically to the built in hard drive. I like the option of booting to the other devices. I would like to keep the option open to press F2 at start up. However if I don’t press F2 I would like it to boot to the hard drive without my intervention in a short amount of time.

I know there must be a simple way to do this but I don’t know how to do this. Someone please help, I can’t afford to pay someone $ 50.00 to do this for me right now.

Answer:How to change boot order after install

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I have xp on two partitions but I would like to change the boot order.Is it possible.If so how.

Answer:can I change dual boot order

can anyone help

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Hi, My computer seems to be having this frustrating personality flaw where it looks like it loads every other program and service before it enables the network connection. The result of this is that all the programs I have set to auto-run (many rely on a web connection) sit there and say "there is a problem with your network" until the little 'Network Connection' icon pops up in the Notification Area of the Taskbar. Once this pops up, everything zips along with a shiny new connection.

The problem is that it takes a good 30 seconds for this icon to appear and for services to resume as expected. Is there a way to tell Windows to start the network connection first, before any on the other programs start loading? This wasn't a problem on my last Windows XP machine, so I'm hoping its something I can adjust.

Answer:How to Change Boot Order of Services

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hello , I cloned my hdd to a new ssd then installed ssd using acronis . all went well. computer recognizes ssd as c drive and hhd as e drive. it boots to hdd I believe because (a) it is not faster and (b) I hear the typical noise the hdd maker (whirring) been in bios and got lost , tried going into legacy mode but that just didn't work out well.
I am at a loss what to do next

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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.

Answer: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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Fixing a Dell Latitude CPi for a colleague. Problem is the system freezes during the XP splashscreen. I went to change the boot order to CD so I could repair the install, but the BIOS isn't letting me change the setting. PII-233 CPU. 64MB sys mem, 2MB vid mem, 512 KB L2 Cache, 3253 MB HDD.

Answer:Need to change boot order to fix XP install.

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I was given a non-functioning laptop earlier today and I've being trying to do a fresh install of windows 7 on it.
It's a Toshiba Satellite C50D-A-133.
link to specs:
click here first boot it gets stuck on the loading screen with the 'toshiba leading innovation' logo displayed. On second boot it goes into PC repair mode and brings up this screen.
click here entered the BIOS, enabled booting in CSM mode and changed the boot priority to a USB stick which contains windows 7. However, after booting up it gets stuck on this screen even though the USB stick is connected to the laptop.
click here have no idea what to do from this point or how to diagnose the problem, all suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Answer:Unable to boot in either UEFI or CSM mode

Have a look at this click here

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Asus G73sw Laptop that I have used every day for the last 2 years.

So, I got the message: "Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device, press any key" so I tried another working HDD that has windows 7 on it; same message. I took apart the computer and checked the connections and cables. One time, during the constant restarts with other HDDs, I got the message "A Disk Read Error Occured." When I entered the BIOS menu, It recognized the HDD. Also, on the Easy Flash, I could see that HDD and its files.

Finally was able to load windows with UEFI mode. I am unaware what this is, but I assume it will work for now?? I have made no updates to windows 7, installed no drivers or programs recently, and am unsure why BIOS won't load any of my HDDs to windows, when BIOS clearly sees it.

Can anyone help me with this issue?


Answer:Help: Can't boot from BIOS, Needed to change to UEFI, on computer I use every day!

so I tried another working HDD that has windows 7 on it;Click to expand...

OK, you cannot take a hd with windows already installed and put it in another system then expect it to boot. Not going to happen unless the two systems have very similar or identical hardware.
Finally was able to load windows with UEFI mode.Click to expand...

This allows windows boot mgr to take over the boot process. This is not the only difference; there are many. UEFI uses GPT table, can address larger hd, and a lot more. Here is an article that explains uefi in more depth;

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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?

Answer: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  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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