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How to change the BIOS boot order?

  1. #1

    How to change the BIOS boot order?

    I have read many of the posts here on this subject. I have Googled and read many inputs on how to solve this problem. None of these have worked for me.
    Here are some of my system specs:
    Dell Inspiron 17R 5721
    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Version 6.2.9200 Build 9200

    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU @ 1.90GHz, 2401 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical
    BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A03, 10/24/2012
    SMBIOS Version 2.7
    Embedded Controller Version 1.01
    BIOS Mode UEFI

    Secure Boot State On

    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1

    Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 G
    As so many others have written, I can't change the boot-up order which means at this time, I can only boot from the hard disk.
    I am hopeful that it is my ignorance that prevents me from accessing and changing the order, and that some good hearted soul will set my down the right path.


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  2. #2

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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP

    Are you having trouble getting to UEFI/BIOS? Try turning fast startup off: Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8. If you have tried this approach, then please tell us what else you have tried.
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  3. #3

    Can you do it via UEFI? In advanced settings?

    System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8
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  4. #4

    Thanks for the quick replies.
    I have no problem accessing BIOS. On my laptop it is the as it has always been... that is press f2 while starting. But once in BIOS, there is no choice for arranging the boot order.
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  5. #5


    I found that there is another key, the f12 key which seems to be where the boot order might be changed. Unfortunately, I don't understand it and I am chicken to just do things without knowing what the results might be. Anyway this is what pops up when f12 is pressed during start-up:

    Boot mode is set to: UEFI; Secure boot: ON

    UFEI Boot:
    Windows boot manager
    UEFI Onboard LAN IPv4
    UEFI Onboard LAN IPv6

    Other Options:
    Enter Setup - ( When I select this option, the computer automatically boots to the OS in the normal way. I don't understand this at all!)

    Peripheral Device Setting (OPRAM setting) - ( When I select this, The following pops up
    Boot mode is set to :UEFI; Secure boot: ON
    Change Legacy Option Rom to:
    UEFI Boot Mode, Legacy Option Rom ON

    Change boot mode setting (When I select this, I get the following
    Change BOOT mode to:
    Legacy Boot mode, Secure boot OFF
    UEFI Boot mode, Secure boot OFF
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  6. #6

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Welcome to EightForums.

    Windows boot manager will always be first boot for Windows 7/8 in UEFI mode.

    What are you trying to boot?
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    This all started when the OS recommended that I make a backup recovery disk. So I made a usb recovery and couldn't load it. Then I made a dvd recovery and couldn't load that. So that's where I stand now, but I am getting smarter by the minute. I really am enjoying Windows 8. It is a whle new ball game for me. I have been a Linux user for the past few years and just now came back to trying Microsoft's program.
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  8. #8

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Boot the DVD/USB from F12, in UEFI mode.

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  9. #9

    All right! I got it, (at last)
    Many thanks for the help in getting me there.
    I will mark this thread as solved.
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  10. #10

    Posts : 5,591
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    You are welcome, well done.
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