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Windows boot order problem

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Windows boot order problem


    I have a SSD and a HDD. I installed Windows from a flash drive, so I inserted the flash drive and restarted the computer and entered the BIOS setup. I changed the boot order so Windows would see the flash drive. The OS was successfully installed, and I went back to change the boot order.

    What I noticed was that the order was now as follows:
    Boot Manager (SSD)
    P1 Samsung SSD
    P2 ST1000Dm003

    I think there's also an external HDD that is listed. With the current order as listed above, Windows starts with no issues. If I change the order, Windows gets to the lock screen and can't proceed past that point. I don't know why the external HDD needs to be listed in the startup. It's just a storage drive; it doesn't have any OS on it.

    The OS is on the SSD.

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    When you installed Windows on the SSD did you have other Hard Drives connected ?
    When installing Windows, only the SSD/HD where you are Windows installing to should be connected.
    Maybe some of your boot files are installed on the wrong device (Hard Drive) ???
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  3. #3


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    Windows 10


    There is no need to change the boot order settings when you install Windows.

    - Connect your Windows 8 USB flash drive.
    - Restart the computer.
    - Press the correct key to enter the boot menu (see this link for help).
    - Select your USB flash drive from the boot menu.



    Last edited by genet; 18 Sep 2014 at 05:31. Reason: typo
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  4. #4


    Posts : 33
    Windows 8.1


    The issue I posted about is after installing Windows. I'm trying to determine why the external HDD is listed. Shouldn't the startup be SDD then the HDD and then maybe an external HDD?

    After the install, Windows didn't even see the HDD. It had to be added later.
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  5. #5


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    Windows 10


    edit: There is no need to do that because everything is alright.

    Install Windows again, and this time:

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    When installing Windows, only the SSD/HD where you are Windows installing to should be connected.
    Last edited by genet; 18 Sep 2014 at 05:31.
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    Windows 8.1


    Is it a problem to leave everything the way it is?
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  7. #7


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    Windows 10


    edit: There is no problem.

    Now you have this problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    Maybe some of your boot files are installed on the wrong device (Hard Drive)
    Last edited by genet; 18 Sep 2014 at 05:30.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by cb2367 View Post
    What I noticed was that the order was now as follows:
    Boot Manager (SSD)
    P1 Samsung SSD
    P2 ST1000Dm003

    With the current order as listed above, Windows starts with no issues. If I change the order, Windows gets to the lock screen and can't proceed past that point.
    Or, do not change the boot order, if Windows works ok.
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  9. #9


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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Why do you want to change the Boot Order? What I've noticed, is that on PC's with a UEFI BIOS, the BIOS lists "Windows Boot manager....." as the first boot device. On PC's with no UEFI BIOS the hard drive Windows was installed to, is listed as the first boot device.
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  10. #10


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    Windows Boot Manager should always be first boot device.

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