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Windows To Go Startup Options - Boot USB

  1. #10


    Greece
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    @adamf - I have no idea if I use BitLocker. If I do it is being used by something automatically.

    I have an OEM installation of Windows so I'm not sure that I could use option 2 in the tutorial you linked to.

    @Brink - I have tried all the different recovery usbs I have. In each case the laptop boots straight to Windows unless I press F12 to get into the boot menu. I can see and use the usbs from the boot menu, but the plan was to have them boot automatically and this clearly isn't working.

    Is there any way to find out whether it is something to do with the features of the motherboard (as you mentioned earlier) that is stopping this happening?

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  2. #11


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    You could boot to your UEFI/BIOS to check and see if you have USB flash drives listed first in the boot priority, then your Windows drive second. In addition, check to make sure that you have booting with USB flash drives enabled if there is an option for it. Afterwards, be sure to save your UEFI/BIOS changes.

    UEFI Firmware Settings - Boot to from inside Windows 8
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  3. #12


    Greece
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    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You could boot to your UEFI/BIOS to check and see if you have USB flash drives listed first in the boot priority, then your Windows drive second. In addition, check to make sure that you have booting with USB flash drives enabled if there is an option for it. Afterwards, be sure to save your UEFI/BIOS changes.

    UEFI Firmware Settings - Boot to from inside Windows 8
    Did this. On the boot tab I have exactly the same as I posted above:

    UEFI BOOT
    USB Entry for Windows to Go (no device)
    Windows Boot Manager
    UEFI Onboard LAN ipv4
    UEFI Onboard LAN ipv6

    So this looks to me like USB is #1?

    On other settings I also found:

    Change Boot Mode - options are:
    Legacy Boot Mode, Secure boot Off
    UEFI Boot Mode, Secure Boot Off

    USB Emulation enabled
    USB Wake Support disabled
    Misc Devices: USB debug disabled

    I can add a Boot option, but have no idea how to do this. I can give it a name, then when I click on the entry (which I named Boot from USB) I am asked to select a file system. There are 2 long strings of characters, neither of which mean anything to me.

    If I look at the properties of the Boot option I add, I can give it a filepath. and something else (can't remember what exactly).

    Is any of this any use?
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  4. #13


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    Change your boot priority order to this below to see how it works afterwards.

    USB Entry for Windows to Go (no device)
    UEFI BOOT
    Windows Boot Manager
    UEFI Onboard LAN ipv4
    UEFI Onboard LAN ipv6
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  5. #14


    Greece
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Change your boot priority order to this below to see how it works afterwards.

    USB Entry for Windows to Go (no device)
    UEFI BOOT
    Windows Boot Manager
    UEFI Onboard LAN ipv4
    UEFI Onboard LAN ipv6
    Hi Shawn,

    I've been away for a while so no chance to try this until now. I misrepresented things above. UEFI Boot is not an option I can choose, it's a header (UEFI Boot: )

    So I guess I'm out of luck?
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  6. #15


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    64-bit Windows 10


    No problem Maggy.

    Double check your UEFI/BIOS settings to see if you have a separate setting to enable booting from a USB, to enable USBs at boot. You may need to look through all the settings until you find something similar for this. If you find it, be sure to "Save and exit" from UEFI to apply.
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  7. #16


    Greece
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    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Hi Shawn,

    I thought I would try a slightly different tack, and ask about changing boot options order on the Dell forum. To my surprise I got a quick reply (don't often get one at all), which was as follows:

    'You cannot with the UEFI system setup - it'll only show the flash drive as bootable if it's connected to the system and has a bootable UEFI (GPT) partition on it.'

    Does this information offer any options for me?
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  8. #17


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    That's basically just saying that you will need to have the bootable UEFI USB flash drive connected when you boot to your UEFI firmware settings for it to show up as an option, or to select to boot from in your F12 boot menu.
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  9. #18


    Greece
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    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    That's basically just saying that you will need to have the bootable UEFI USB flash drive connected when you boot to your UEFI firmware settings for it to show up as an option, or to select to boot from in your F12 boot menu.
    Thought it was too good to be true. Maybe I will go back and rephrase the question in simpler terms, and also browse my settings as you suggested.
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  10. #19


    Greece
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Hi Shawn,

    I thought I would try a slightly different tack, and ask about changing boot options order on the Dell forum. To my surprise I got a quick reply (don't often get one at all), which was as follows:

    'You cannot with the UEFI system setup - it'll only show the flash drive as bootable if it's connected to the system and has a bootable UEFI (GPT) partition on it.'

    Does this information offer any options for me?
    Just to update for info Shawn:

    I asked my question on the Dell forum again, and got a reply that the only way I can set my system to boot direct from a usb (and not via F12) is to change to Legacy boot AND do a reinstall of Windows. Not something that appeals after a week spent refreshing and restoring system images.

    So it looks like my particular Dell laptop (and no doubt others) can't use this eminently useful startup option without a lot of fiddling around.

    I will just have to keep my fingers crossed that I can always use that F12 key .

    Thanks for all your help with this anyway.
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