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Can't get to BIOS - goes directly to Win boot

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    Can't get to BIOS - goes directly to Win boot


    I have had not problems in the past entering the BIOS. Del key does the trick. I am finally looking at Win 10 since the free window is getting close.

    When I reboot the Del key will not get me to the BIOS. F2 and F8 do nothing.

    I was sure I had hibernate disabled, and according to my research on the problem should also disable fastboot. My understanding is that using fastboot can cause this issue.

    There is no hiberfile on any of my drives. I went through power settings, but could not find entries for fastboot or hibernate. I used some methods from sevenforums and nothing changed. I used both the hibernate an fastboot disabling procedures.

    I have not found anything else I can try. One errant thought hit me; is MS messing around with < win10 machines to "get them ready for Win 10)? I have seen suggestions they are doing something alond these lines. I have noticed a couple of times in the recent past that my explorer views changed from details to icons without me doing anything I thought might impact that.

    One possible change I can think of that would cause this is if secure boot was enabled. I believe that is a "requirement" for Win 10. Although other sources say enabling it is not actually required; simply that the machine has to be capable of it to get a Win 10 sticker on the case.

    I am not an expert. Any suggestions (except that I should become an expert )?

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    Try using a Win8 recovery CD boot disc which should give you the options to open BIOS instead of going through the recovery process.
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    Thanks. Unfortunately my DVD drive is not available. Used to be; but not for a long time. No idea why, but used so infrequently I have not tried real hard to figure out why.
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    There are links in this thread Recovery on New HDD using Recovery Partition copy on USB on making a USB Recovery boot stick. this will allow you to boot without DVDrom. It's a little complicated though.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Try turning Windows fast Startup off, Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8 It's hybrid sleep mode can make it tricky to access the BIOS on boot up. also look at this, UEFI Firmware Settings - Boot to from inside Windows 8
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    I am looking at the links above. I had to fix my wife's computer to get back here. Her monitor fell off it's base. She moves the monitor back and forth using the monitor to do it. Unscrewed it from the mount; sigh. I had to fix her printer. Hair salon appointment card jammed in the back of the paper feed; yet another sigh.

    I believe fast boot is deactivated. No hiberfile. I have a Reflect recovery USB. Trying to just test if it was bootable caused the failure to boot. It was not responsible for the not being able to get into the BIOS. Something else is screwed up there. My guess on the boot problem is that when I disconnected the C drive to test the recovery USB drive, a process marked the C drive as not a boot drive. I don't believe Reflect can make that change to a drive, but I may be able to fix it by restoring the the boot partition.

    Something that would help is a way to add applications to the recovery drive or make a new one with tools like partition managers. That would let me change drive C to bootable and at least fix that problem. I will look at that.

    A full restore of the last Reflect backup would probably fix the problem. I could try booting from USB with C removed, and then reconnect C. See what I get. I am very paranoid about doing some of this. A while back I really messed things up fooling around with stuff like this. If I can just get to the BIOS, I can deal with the boot device order and make life a lot simpler.

    I will let you know what happens as I try things. In the meantime, please feel free to provide input on what I should do.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you disconnected the hard drive fast boot will be disabled/bypassed anyway. Leave it disconnected and boot up and you will get BIOS access. If no boot device is found you will be left in the BIOS. You should see a message saying hit X key to run setup.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Disconnecting your hard drive will not change its boot marker. It may shuffle the BIOS boot options around though. Also be sure you connected it back to the same port it was originally connected too.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 20 Jun 2016 at 15:13. Reason: Had to add the "not"
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    alphanumeric - unfortunately that is not how it is working. It goes to a message to install a proper boot device. That's it.

    Drive was returned to the same port.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Wireless keyboard? If yes try a USB keyboard.
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