. They can vary depending on your hardware and software. Do keep in mind that sometimes opening the computer yourself can be considered a warranty voider, and as someone who worked as a computer repair tech, I can tell you it's not overly difficult to tell when a unit has been tampered with. This enters the setup program. Press the appropriate key—often F11 or F12—to access the boot menu while booting your computer. Hi all, My Lenovo IdeaPad U160 just stopped working from one day to the other.
On some computers you can also press F12 of F11 to choose a device to boot from. Respectfully I say, that's not quite accurate. Hey guys, I spent days trying to figure out wtf I was doing wrong, it ends up that the Kingston Usb 2. Stone received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Arts in communication studies from Northern Illinois University. You need to figure out which key you hit at the bios splash screen to get a one-time boot menu and then select the flash drive. Connecting after the operating system loads doesn't solve the issue, but is a relatively painless way to work around it.
This was the fix for me! And you want to boot to it? Find your external hard drive's name or classification e. Select an option and press Enter to change it, either to disable it or specify another boot device. The first is permanent until you change it again, but should exist on every computer. I took out the hard drive and it noticed that it was gone. In addition all the data would be lost and although backed up there would still be some labor to reinstall. The command prompt will change when you enter some commands to reflects the current drive and directory; i.
The boot order is a priority list. Although it is marked solved, I still taken the time to add my comment hoping to help future readers of this thread. Instead of booting Win 8 from the hard drive, the computer freezes and does not respond to any keystrokes. This article has also been viewed 413,490 times. For example, using the Live Linux tool to burn a Linux Disc Image to the external hard drive will automatically format it again. Is anybody successful with this operation? So I decided to send it back to the seller - Amazon - since it is, for just some more weeks in the Warranty period. Luckily, they're easy to make and easy to use.
The key to press for Boot Menu will vary per motherboard. And it may have some differences in operating depending on different computer mainboard and brands. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Once your computer restarts, it will boot using your new boot order priority. When vendor logo appears on screen, press Boot Option Key repeatedly until Boot Option Menu appears. Additionally all the personal information like passwords and so that gathers in the Internet browsers.
But you can choose Removable Device as the first boot device. What key do you have that you were able to get the utility to work with. Best regards, Brad Hello Here you can found some video on how let work it: The official page is it:. The problem is, the laptop isn't booting from the usb drive no matter what. Richwt, Thank you for using the Dell Community Forum. If your system supports it, a message should appear briefly stating the appropriate key combination to access the boot menu.
Instead of booting Win 8 from the hard drive, the computer freezes and does not respond to any keystrokes. I have checked and I do have the most recent bios installed. Once again, thank you both for your help. More Boot Options may be created by mentioning Path. Is there a reason to booting from the external drive than the internal? The partition must have boot files on it. Has windows 8 on, but I'm trying to install Windows 7 instead through bootable Windows 7 usb drive. Once you are in the Boot menu, you will see a list of devices.
I ran into the same problem when I changed from Windows 10 due to it's current flaw -the increased internet usage through background apps and system updates to windows 7. Can I just boot from the hard disk? On some older motherboards it does not have support for booting from usb 3. Step 4: Select the 1st Drive and hit Enter. If you read these instructions and you are not sure how to change a setting, it is better to leave it as the default setting. And try on a working computer before a new one! This enters the setup program. You will need to do the following tasks. Amazon doesn't repair the computer, so it is almost sure I will never see it again.
Moved from Win 7 to Win 8 - Hamluis. Don't know if that's a Dell thing or not. This enables external drives to work just as effectively as internal drives for accessing data and, in some cases, booting your computer. The key you need to press will be displayed under the logo. The problematic files can be removed without adverse effects to the device. I'm sure I don't have it totally correct but that is one answer I have found on the net. This allows you to boot from a specific hardware device once without changing your boot order permanently.
After a few seconds, depending on what your flash drive is made for, you will be given control. Presumably, f2 is available even if Win 8 fails. Step 3: Choose Advanced Mode. The wikiHow Tech Team also followed the article's instructions and validated that they work. Kees Nothing dangerous or incriminating, but programs that were developed by singulars-research departments and therefore shouldn't be in an hard drive that will go no one knows where.