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    Windows 8 boot from usb


    hi
    i'm running currently on windows 8 consumer preview
    i want to select boot devices (usb) to boot at startup
    but there is no such option in settings

    this is what i did:

    settings
    general
    advance startup

    choose options: continue,troubleshoot, turn off pc

    i couldn't find select boot devices there.

    is there any way i can do this?!
    help!!


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    hi,

    I don't think you can boot from any USB drive.

    You can via the bios to install Windows 8, but that is not what you want.

    Jeff
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    hi,

    I don't think you can boot from any USB drive.

    You can via the bios to install Windows 8, but that is not what you want.

    Jeff
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    i don't have all these options on my laptop. all i have is continue, troubleshoot and turn off.
    i want the other option "use a device".
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    Quote Originally Posted by vardhan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    hi,

    I don't think you can boot from any USB drive.

    You can via the bios to install Windows 8, but that is not what you want.

    Jeff
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    i don't have all these options on my laptop. all i have is continue, troubleshoot and turn off.
    i want the other option "use a device".
    Shortly :
    Your current OS is Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Now you want to boot from USB device.

    To do this can use Use a Device but as I understand you dont have this option.
    To do it without this :
    1. Restart computer
    2. Enter BIOS (to enter this you need to press key , you will see which key you need to press to enter BIOS).
    3. Find Boot options and Boot Order.
    4. Set Removable Device (or USB device or anyother like this) for first device. For this you can use +/- or what that say.
    5. Attach that device.
    6. Save & Reset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalticTrinty View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by vardhan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    hi,

    I don't think you can boot from any USB drive.

    You can via the bios to install Windows 8, but that is not what you want.

    Jeff
    Click image for larger version
    i don't have all these options on my laptop. all i have is continue, troubleshoot and turn off.
    i want the other option "use a device".
    Shortly :
    Your current OS is Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Now you want to boot from USB device.

    To do this can use Use a Device but as I understand you dont have this option.
    To do it without this :
    1. Restart computer
    2. Enter BIOS (to enter this you need to press key , you will see which key you need to press to enter BIOS).
    3. Find Boot options and Boot Order.
    4. Set Removable Device (or USB device or anyother like this) for first device. For this you can use +/- or what that say.
    5. Attach that device.
    6. Save & Reset.

    Baltic Trinty.
    thanks for the replyi
    tried that way by pressing all the keys (F2, F12, F1 and del)
    but my system is little too fast for my response.
    i even had my friends try to enter the bios but not possible.
    is there any other way to boot from usb like using command prompt or enabling it in advance startup settings??
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    hi,

    I don't think you can boot from any USB drive.

    You can via the bios to install Windows 8, but that is not what you want.

    Jeff

    Hi there

    YOU most CERTAINLY can boot from USB stick. In fact I can even boot from a micro SD card installed in a smartphone. !!

    Just go to the Windows to Go tutorial to set this up.

    Note that this Windows is a REAL RUNNING windows system -- not just an "Install disk". Your USB stick / ext disk is the "C" drive.

    You get access to all your local (and network) drives too.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Well Jimbo, my bad, I was unter the impression that Vardhan wanted to install and run Win on a USB stick/drive, which is impossible.

    I always install via a USB-drive/stick, do not have a DVD in my computer. I removed this long ago, have no use for it.

    So I misunderstood.

    Sorry


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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    install and run Win on a USB stick/drive, which is impossible.
    Windows To Go is a new feature for Windows 8 that allows this now and officially supported. But you're right, in previous Windows you couldn't do it (without hacks etc...)
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    Has anybody asked OP what he is trying to do in simple terms????
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    Quote Originally Posted by vardhan View Post
    tried that way by pressing all the keys (F2, F12, F1 and del)
    For entering the "boot device selection screen" on some PCs also F8 or F11 works.
    For entering BIOS in most cases "del" of F2 should work.

    Give us the name of your PC - perhaps we find the correct key in the internet.
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