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Boot Drive Selection Help 8.1?

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    Windows 8.1

    Boot Drive Selection Help 8.1?


    I recently purchased a new laptop with Windows 8.1 preinstalled. I am trying to run backtrack 5r3 from my dvd drive. When I go to my boot ootions it wont allow me to change the order of my boot options and I have no idea how to add my dvd drive as a boot ootion. Can someone help me please? I realize I dont know much about this operating system but, Im trying to learn I just cant seem to find any unformation on the right way to do things in 8.1. Only windows 8. Thanks in advance.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Have you highlighted the First boot option & pressed Enter & then highlighted the DVD drive & pressed Enter & then exited saving changes ?
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    Windows 8.1


    All I see is: Boot Option #1 [Windows Boot Manager (PO: ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB.) When I press enter it only gives me a menu with that drive or disable. Ive heard it has to be done through the command prompt? I've no idea how.
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    So maybe ai need to figure out how to ENABLE the other boot drive options?
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I have 8.1 Pro.

    You have 8.1.

    My BIOS might be different.

    On mine I enabled boot menu.
    It assigned F-12 key at startup.

    Sometimes I need to boot from a usb or dvd.
    Even though I first set the first boot option to the needed media, I insert the usb or dvd & restart & press F-12 & the boot menu appears with 3 options, one of which is the usb or dvd.

    This works for me.
    Others may do it differently.
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1


    I have an ASUS q550lf. doesn it matter what type of pc it is? I tried hitting f9-f12 at startup. None of them work. I have to get to my boot options by going through windows and selecting the advanced uefi restart optiin.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    On mine, in the bios I used the down arrow key to highlight Boot menu & pressed Enter & selected Enable.
    The F-key showed up in the top right corner.

    I think someone with plain 8.1 needs to pitch in & help.
    Or Brink.

    I really can't help further, having a different operating system.
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    Windows 10


    Secure Boot - Enable or Disable in UEFI

    "Secure boot prevents “unauthorized” operating systems and software from loading during the startup process."
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    Windows 8.1


    ok well I managed to disable secure boot. My boot menu still only has [Windows Boot Manager (PO YADAYADA HN-YADAYADA) So how do I add my dvd drive as a boot option?
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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by theshwartz View Post
    ok well I managed to disable secure boot. My boot menu still only has [Windows Boot Manager (PO YADAYADA HN-YADAYADA) So how do I add my dvd drive as a boot option?
    After disabling Secure Boot you must also enable "Legacy" boot.

    Windows 8 and Backtrack 5 dualboot - YouTube
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