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Boot Device options question

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    Boot Device options question


    When I plug in a USB stick to boot from, and I hit the ESC key to get to the Boot Deivce Options screen, why are there 3 different selections for my USB stick as shown below...
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    Two of the entries are identical and one is different. Why is this, why isn't there just one USB boot option?
    Is there a way to 'fix' this instead of having multiple entries when I want to boot with a USB stick?
    FYI, this particular USB stick was created by MiniTool Partition Wizard so I can boot from it and manage partitions.

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    Top USB entry unknown. update you may have your USB as first boot device, Windows Boot Manager should be first boot device.

    UEFI: SanDisk entry, USB is UEFI mode bootable.

    SanDisk entry, USB is Legacy mode bootable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Top USB entry unknown. update you may have your USB as first boot device, Windows Boot Manager should be first boot device.

    UEFI: SanDisk entry, USB is UEFI mode bootable.

    SanDisk entry, USB is Legacy mode bootable.
    Ok the last two things you said I think I understand now.
    The first entry though (above the boot manager) I believe I had to set up in BIOS so it would even boot from a USB. Should I remove that as one of the boot options in BIOS, and if so, will it still boot from any bootable USB media?
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    The first entry though (above the boot manager) I believe I had to set up in BIOS so it would even boot from a USB. Should I remove that as one of the boot options in BIOS, and if so, will it still boot from any bootable USB media?
    From the One Time Boot Menu, yes.

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