Windows 8.1: Change the BIOS Boot Order

General Information

If you are unable to change the BIOS Boot Order with the instructions below, view information on How to Access System Setup to Select Disk Drive. 

Changing the BIOS Boot Order with "msconfig"

1. Press the Window's Key + R.

2. Type: "msconfig" in the Open: bar.

mscongif on the run dialog box

3. System Configuration Menu opens.

4. Swtitch to the "Boot" Tab.

Boot tab on the System Configuration window.

5. Click the checkbox next to OS boot information.

6. Select "OK".

Entering BIOS from Start-Up

1. This key is often F2 or Delete: the exact key depends on your computer – if you don’t see the appropriate key displayed on your screen during the boot-up  process, consult your computer’s manual.

2. Press the following key when asked to during the start-up process of your computer. If the start-up is too quick enter the BIOS from the Desktop.

Entering BIOS from Desktop

1. Open the Charms Bar.

2. Select Settings.

3. Click: Change PC Settings.

4. Click: Update and recovery.

5. Click: Recovery.

6. Click: Advanced Startup.

7. Click: Restart now.

Entering BIOS from Shutdown

1. Hold Shift while clicking Restart in the Shut Down menu to restart your computer into the boot options menu.

Changing the BIOS Boot Order within BIOS

NOTE: The steps listed below are for the example BIOS only; your computer's BIOS may be slightly different.

1. Once the Boot menu has been found, search for the Boot Order to be changed.

the BIOS Main Menu page.

2. To change which device to boot from first, follow the directions on the BIOS setup utility screen to change the boot order.

BIOS setup utility screen

3. In this example the boot order can be changed using the + and - keys. Remember, your BIOS may have different instructions.

4. By using the + and - keys the example changes the CD-ROM Drive to the top of the Boot Order.

5. Using F10, you can Save and Exit all of your actions or navigate to the Exit tab and save changes.

Save configuration pop-up window

6. Choose [Yes] When Setup Confirmation appears if all desirable changes are made. (Read carefully before entering [Yes] and make sure the results are acceptable).

7. Place desired CD into the drive before computer restarts (If possible. However, CD must be placed inside of drive when CPU tries to boot from it.).

8.  Changes will now save and computer will restart automatically.

NOTE: When your computer restarts, BIOS will attempt to boot to the first device in the boot order you specified. If the first  device is not bootable, your computer will try to boot from the second device in the boot order, and so on.

*Don't forget to change the Boot Order back when you are finished with your task.  Follow the instructions above and Select Hard Drive.

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7/16/2019 2:08:16 PM