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How to Boot from External Media in UEFI Windows 8.1

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1

    How to Boot from External Media in UEFI Windows 8.1

    Hello everyone, I recently purchased a new laptop after about 8 years. Previously, I had BIOS in my old laptop from which while booting, I could easily press the F8 key and choose to boot from any other medium such as a USB or a DVD. So, suppose when my OS used to crash or get bricked, I simply waited for the BIOS to turn on, and I hit the F8 key to boot using a Windows DVD and reinstall the OS to solve my problems. But now, in my new laptop which has UEFI and Windows 8.1, suppose if the OS completely gets corrupted, how do I boot from a DVD?

    The only way I know how to boot using a DVD is to load Windows 8.1 and then head into settings and schedule it to boot from DVD the next time, but what if I cannot load Win 8.1 at all?


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  2. #2

    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    F2 - DEL or ESC should get you into firmware setting to change boot order..

    F12 - gets me into boot menu
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  3. #3

    Posts : 879
    Windows 10

    "The Boot Menu column shows the known boot option keys for various computer manufacturers."

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  4. #4

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    In bios I had to enable the boot menu to get F-12 as the key to press at boot up to get the boot manager.
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