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Solved Can't get into Windows Boot Manager to change boot order.


theweav

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#1
My Dell Inspiron 660 is 2 months old. It came with Windows 8 preinstalled. My problem: I am trying to change the boot order so I can boot from CD ROM as a first option. I have tried using the "F" keys on boot, but it just ignores me and goes on to boot up. I have also tried the "Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings" in "Change PC Settings" and got the same results. I spent some time on the phone with a Dell tech. After trying all the things I had already tried, he and his supervisor decided I must have a bad Motherboard. Does this sound right? Is there any way to repair this problem?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 660
    CPU
    3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Core i3-3240
    Memory
    8.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GE Force GT 610 2GB
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 23EA63 [Monitor] (23.1"vis, January 2012)
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    1920 X1080
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#2
The option your looking for is located in the BIOS. Try using the Del key to access the BIOS setup screen on startup.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise

theweav

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That doesn't work either. I just tried it again.
Thanks
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 660
    CPU
    3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Core i3-3240
    Memory
    8.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GE Force GT 610 2GB
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 23EA63 [Monitor] (23.1"vis, January 2012)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X1080
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    WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
    1TB
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#4
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This was taken directly from the owners manual on the Dell website. Look for the Boot tab.

Note: you must press F2 repeatedly until you see the BIOS setup screen.
 

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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise

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#5
Windows Boot Manager should always be first boot device, use the One Time Boot Menu.
 

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System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

theweav

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I know, I have done this over and over. I simply isn't working. It boots to my Desktop. I have done this with <F1>, <F2>, <F12>, and Delete.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 660
    CPU
    3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Core i3-3240
    Memory
    8.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GE Force GT 610 2GB
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 23EA63 [Monitor] (23.1"vis, January 2012)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
    1TB
    Browser
    IE 10
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theweav

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theog, I thought I had tried everything. How do I access the One Time Boot Menu?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 660
    CPU
    3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Core i3-3240
    Memory
    8.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GE Force GT 610 2GB
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 23EA63 [Monitor] (23.1"vis, January 2012)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
    1TB
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#9
Press F12 on boot up.

Dell F key.PNG
 

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  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

theweav

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#10
theog,
I just tried that again. The PC just sits there until I have to power it down. I then rebooted with disk in. The PC boots directly to my display. There are NO splash screens from boot to display.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 660
    CPU
    3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Core i3-3240
    Memory
    8.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GE Force GT 610 2GB
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 23EA63 [Monitor] (23.1"vis, January 2012)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
    1TB
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theog,
I just tried that again. The PC just sits there until I have to power it down. I then rebooted with disk in. The PC boots directly to my display. There are NO splash screens from boot to display.
All 3rd party software, bootable CD/DVD/USB disks, which fully supports Windows 8/8.1, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
Which is signed by Microsoft, will boot with Secure Boot ENABLED.

What software, bootable CD/DVD/USB disks are trying to boot?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

theweav

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Thanks ECTECH.

I will try that and get back to you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 660
    CPU
    3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Core i3-3240
    Memory
    8.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GE Force GT 610 2GB
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 23EA63 [Monitor] (23.1"vis, January 2012)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
    1TB
    Browser
    IE 10
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    Norton

theweav

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#14
theog

I have tried my Acronis ATI 2014 backup boot disk and the Dell reinstall disks which I downloaded.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 660
    CPU
    3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Core i3-3240
    Memory
    8.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GE Force GT 610 2GB
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 23EA63 [Monitor] (23.1"vis, January 2012)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
    1TB
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    IE 10
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theweav said:
Acronis ATI 2014 backup boot disk
Is the Acronis version x64 & fully supports Windows 8/8.1, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot, is signed by Microsoft.

theweav said:
Dell reinstall disks which I downloaded.
You can not legally download the disk.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

theweav

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#16
GARU,

When I bought the computer 2 months ago it came with Windows 8 preinstalled. I was informed while registering the computer that I would need to download the reinstallation software and opened a link to allow me to do so. These new computers do not come with reinstallation disks.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 660
    CPU
    3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Core i3-3240
    Memory
    8.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GE Force GT 610 2GB
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 23EA63 [Monitor] (23.1"vis, January 2012)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
    1TB
    Browser
    IE 10
    Antivirus
    Norton

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

theweav

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#18
theog,

Yes ATI 2014 is Windows 8 Supported.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 660
    CPU
    3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Core i3-3240
    Memory
    8.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GE Force GT 610 2GB
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 23EA63 [Monitor] (23.1"vis, January 2012)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
    1TB
    Browser
    IE 10
    Antivirus
    Norton

theweav

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theog

About the disks, Dell said I would need these if the system crashed. It took 4 DVDs. That explanation I gave about how I acquired the reinstallation disk was meant for "Garu"
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 660
    CPU
    3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Core i3-3240
    Memory
    8.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GE Force GT 610 2GB
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 23EA63 [Monitor] (23.1"vis, January 2012)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0
    1TB
    Browser
    IE 10
    Antivirus
    Norton

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