Guide

How to Boot from CD/USB?

Step 1: Insert newly burned CD/DVD into your computer.

Step 2: Turn on the computer. As it starts it should display an option to enter the system set up menu, or BIOS, commonly reached by keys like DELETE, F1, F2, F10, F12 or Alt+S. Use whichever keystroke is indicated on screen. In some cases your computer may display a graphic while it starts. Typically, pressing Esc will dismiss the graphic and allow you to see the necessary messages.

Find the setting that controls which devices the system boots from. This is usually labeled as the "Boot Order" and commonly shown as a list of devices, such as Floppy, CD-ROM, First Hard Disk, and so on.

Make sure that CD-ROM is selected as a first priority boot device. Make the change, then save and exit. (In case of doubt, you should consult the manual that came with your computer, and/or its motherboard.) The computer should now restart.

Some computers have option to boot once from CD-ROM/HDD/Floppy/USB device. Keep tapping the F8 button at boot time and then choose to boot from CD-ROM when boot menu comes up.

The rest of this section contains detailed description of this procedure for different motherboard and BIOS vendors

1. Setting up AMI BIOS

AMI BIOS usually requires you to press "DEL" key to enter setup.

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Choose the BOOT menu and set Boot Device Priority option: set first boot device to CDROM and second boot device to HARD DRIVE. Now you can press "F10" to save settings.

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2. Setting up Award BIOS

On Award Bios you will see something like this screen. Press a key required to enter BIOS setup:

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Now choose Advanced Bios Features.

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And set First Boot Device to CDROM and Second or third to HDD-0 and Press F10 to save it.

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3. Setting up Dell BIOS

On some Dell Systems you can enter BIOS by pressing F2.

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Now choose Boot Sequence and then assign CD-ROM to first position by pressing – and + and press space to enable it (when enabled, it is marked by asterisk *). Press ESC and choose "save settings and exit".

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On some Dell Systems you can press F12 to boot from CD one time.

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4. Setting up Phoenix BIOS

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Press F2 to enter BIOS setup:

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And set Boot Sequence to A, CDROM, C. Then press Esc and F10 to save it.

set boot sequence phoenix - Windows Boot Genius guide

How to Boot Computer from Burned USB Flash Drive

Step 1: Insert newly burned USB Flash Drive to your computer.

Step 2: Please reboot your computer and pres "F2" or "Delete" or "F10" to enter your BIOS setup. As it starts it should display an option to enter the system set up menu, or BIOS, commonly reached by keys like DELETE, F1, F2, F10, F12 or Alt+S. Use whichever keystroke is indicated on screen. In some cases your computer may display a graphic while it starts. Typically, pressing Esc will dismiss the graphic and allow you to see the necessary messages.

Step 3: Look for a tab or menu relating to booting in the BIOS setup software's opening screen. In this example, it's simply called "BOOT" and can be accessed by using the tab and/or arrow keys to highlight the word "BOOT" on the menu bar. Once there, hit enter, and you'll see a submenu that's specific to how the PC boots.

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Step 4: Using the tab "and/or "arrow keys, select "Hard Disk Drives", and hit "Enter".

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Step 5: Select the "1st Drive", hit "Enter".

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Step 6: Select the "USB: your USB brand", in the example it is "USB: Kingston DTG (4G)", and hit "Enter" to Set the USB Flash drive as the first bootable option.

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Step 7: When you're done with the BIOS setup program, using the tab and/or arrow keys to navigate to the EXIT menu, select the option for saving the changes you just made, and then reboot. (In many BIOSes, a special key--often the F10 key--will save, exit, and reboot in one step.) . When your computer restarts, it will boot from the USB flash drive.

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