To change the Boot Order in BIOS, please follow the instructions below:

  • Fully shut down and restart / turn on your computer
  • During the POST, a message will appear indicating that you should press a specific key/s on your keyboard (computer brand dependent) in order to enter the BIOS Setup
  • Herewith some of the leading computer brands and their key/s to access the BIOS:
    • Dell: F2 or F12
    • HP: Esc or F10
    • Acer: F2 or Delete
    • ASUS: F2 or Delete
    • Lenovo: F1 or F2
    • MSI: Delete
    • Toshiba: F2
    • Samsung: F2
    • Surface: Press and hold volume up button
  • Press the key indicated as soon as you see the message; you will enter the BIOS Setup Utility
  • Locate and navigate to the boot order options in BIOS:
    • BIOS firmware may differ slightly from one computer to the next as it comes pre-installed on the PC and therefore the location of the boot order options varies from one computer to the next
    • Regardless of the appearance of your BIOS, it is essentially a set of menus containing the various settings of your computer’s hardware
    • The menu option or configuration item could be called Boot Options, Boot, Boot Order or something similar; the boot order option may also be located within a general menu option such as Advanced Options, Advanced BIOS Features or Other Options
    • Any hardware connected to your motherboard that is able to be booted from, for example your hard drive, floppy drive, USB ports and optical drive will be listed in the “Boot” tab
    • The order in which the devices are listed is the order in which your computer will look for operating system information, in other words the “boot order”

  • Change boot order:
    • To change the boot order/which device to boot first, follow the directions on the BIOS setup utility screen
    • In most computers, the boot order can be changed using the + and – keys
    • Make the required boot order changes; in this instance the USB (Removable Devices) should be at the top
    • If the USB device is not listed within the boot options, you may need to reach out to the PC manufacturer for instructions on how to temporarily disable Secure Boot in your BIOS settings

  • Save boot order:
    • In order for your boot order changes take effect, save the BIOS changes you made by following the instructions provided in your BIOS utility (typically navigate to Exit, or Save and Exit menu)
    • After setting and saving your USB device as the first boot device, your computer will check it for boot information each time you start your computer
    • Leaving your computer configured this way shouldn’t cause problems unless you plan on leaving the bootable USB device attached all the time.  

  • Troubleshooting:
    • If changing the boot menu or order doesn’t work, and your PC immediately boots into the OS you want to replace, it is possible the PC had not fully shut down; to ensure the PC fully shuts down, select the power button on the sign-in screen or Start menu and select “Shut down”

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