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How to Set BIOS to Boot from CD ROM or USB Flash Drive

Part 1: How to access BIOS Setup

Part 2: Set PC's BIOS boot order to boot from CD/DVD disk

Part 3: Set PC's BIOS boot order to boot from USB Flash Drive

Generic procedure:

1. Power on locked computer, press F2, DEL, or F10 key to enter BIOS interface
2. Navigate to BIOS "Boot" menu, then expand "Boot Device Priority" (Sequence/ Advanced BIOS Feature), it commonly shows a list of devices, such as Floppy, CD-ROM, First Hard Disk etc.
3. Select CD-ROM or USB Drive (Removable Device, Hard Drive) as "First Boot Device"
4. Press F10 to save and exit. You computer will restart and boot from the disk you set in boot order option.

Note: Here below are 4 mainstream types of motherboards BIOS Setup procedure, check out that is relative of your locked computer to finish the BIOS configuration task.

1: Enter AMI BIOS

Start your locked computer, as soon as you see a message that says "Press DEL to run Setup", immediately press DEL key on the keyboard to enter the BIOS.

If you read the initial startup screen on your PC carefully, it will tell you exactly what you must do to access your BIOS settings.

AMI Del

Once you're in the BIOS, use the instructions given at the bottom of the screen to navigate through the BIOS.

Here you go to Boot > Boot Device Priority > 1st Boot Device, and select CDROM or Hard Drive as first boot device,

Press F10 key to save changes.

AMI set

2: Enter Award BIOS

On Award Bios you will see a screen similar to the image below, simply click the DEL key to access to the BIOS.

Award del

Now choose Advanced Bios Features.

Award menu

And set First Boot Device to CDROM or USB Flash disk, and set Second/Third Boot Device to HDD-0, Floppy.

Press F10 to save it.

Award set

3: Enter Dell BIOS

On some Dell Systems you can enter BIOS by pressing F2

Dell f2

 

Now choose Boot Sequence and then set 1 to CD-ROM or USB Flash disk by pressing - and + and press space to enable it


Press ESC key on the keyboard and choose Save settings and exit.

Dell f2

4: Enter Phoneix BIOS

Press F2 key to get into the BIOS settings.

Phoenix f2

Next, select BIOS FEATURES SETUP option.

Phoenix menu

And set Boot Sequence to A, CDROM, C and Press Esc and F10 to save it.

Phoenix set

 

Part 2: Set BIOS boot order to boot from CD/DVD disk

Basic steps: Go to "Boot" menu (or "Advanced BIOS Features"), and find the "1st Boot Device", or maybe called "First Boot Device", or "Boot Sequence" sub-menu, and then configure "CDROM" as the first boot option.

Once you're in the BIOS, you'll see a list of the keys you can use at the right/ bottom corner of your screen.

Step 1. Use → or ← key on the keyboard to navigate to the menu named "Boot". Then use the + and - key to move devices up or down in the priority list. Here we need to designate the "CD-ROM Drive"' as the first boot device option. In other words, keep "CD-ROM Drive" on the first order in the priority list.

Step 2. To save changes, press F10 key to save your settings and exit BIOS. Alternatively, navigate to 'Exit' Menu and press 'Exit Saving Changes' (or similarly words) to save your changes and restart your computer.

Now, you computer will restart and boot from the CD/ DVD disk.

Note: This process will look different on each computer and the screenshots won't look exactly the same. You may check the screenshots in Part 1 (4 mainstream types of motherboards BIOS Setup) to get more information about BIOS boot order option.

Part 3: Set BIOS boot order to boot from USB flash drive

Basic steps: Head to "Boot" menu, find the "1st Boot Device", or maybe named "First Boot Device", or "Boot Sequence" sub-menu. The USB boot option will show up under one of the following headings: "Hard Disk Drive", "Removable Device" or "Removable Device ", then select it as first boot order.

When you're in the BIOS screen, you will have to Use the keys given at the bottom/right corner of the screen to navigate through the BIOS.

Step 1. Head to "Boot" Menu, expand "Hard Drive" sub-menu, and select "USB Flash Disk" as the first position in the priority list.

Note: In some PCs, the USB flash drive may show up as an entry in the "Removable Devices" sub-menu, so be sure to dig around if you're having trouble finding the right one to choose.

Step 2. Once done, simply press F10 key to save changes you made and exit. Or head to "Exit" Menu and press 'Exit Saving Changes' (or similar words) to save the settings and exit BIOS.

Now your computer will restart and boot from the USB flash disk.

Note: This process will look different on each computer and the screenshots won't look exactly the same. You may check the screenshots in Part 1 (4 mainstream types of motherboards BIOS Setup) to get more information about BIOS boot order option.

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