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How to boot from USB
Posted by Andre V. on 02 April 2011 10:26 PM

How to Get Your PC to Boot from USB:
(In layman terms: how to get your computer to boot from your USB stick instead of your hard drive)

 

FIRST STEP:

Plug in the USB stick into any USB port. Then restart your computer/laptop.


SECOND STEP:

Keep pressing DELETE key every 1 sec until you enter BIOS.

(If nothing happens — then it's likely F2 key. If it's not that, then try F10.)

 

Ok, now here's how to setup your BIOS settings to boot from USB (To boot from CD, click here)...

 

STEP 1: Choose the "Boot" option. It's also called "Advanced BIOS Features". Or "Bios Features Setup".

STEP 2: Look for something called "Boot Device Priority". Or "First Boot Device". Or "Boot Sequence".

STEP 3: Choose "USB ZIP " as the 1st Boot Device. (1st in order.)

NOTE:

Sometimes USB has several versions:
USB ZIP, USB FDD, USB HDD, Removable Media

Start with selecting "USB ZIP". If that doesn't work, then move onto the next.

 

STEP 4: Choose "HARD DRIVE" or "C" or "HDD" as the 2nd Boot Device. (2nd in order.)

STEP 5: Exit BIOS, and choose "Yes" when it asks you to save settings.

NOTE: If your PC came with Windows 8, then you'll also have to do these extra 2 steps:

STEP 6: Boot > Launch CSM > Enable. Or if this option isn't available, then change "UEFI Boot" to "CSM Boot". (NOTE: You'll have to reverse this action if want to launch Windows 8, 10 again).

STEP 7: Security > Secure Boot Menu > Secure Boot Control: Disable. (NOTE: You'll have to reverse this action if want to launch Windows 8, 10 again).

 

That's it! PC will now automatically boot from the USB stick. (If it doesn't, then see advice in above green box.)

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