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Summary:
This document shows you how to set your computer boot from USB drive. There are some differences between various BIOS model and computer model, but the key steps are the same. You can take this document as reference.

Method 1: Set computer to boot from USB drive via Boot Option Menu.

Method 2: Set the computer to boot from USB drive via BIOS.

Tip: If you fail to set your computer to boot from USB drive, you can tell us your computer model by email (support@windowspasswordsreset.com). We will give you more detail about setting your computer to boot from USB drive.


Method 1: Set computer to boot from USB drive via Boot Option Menu.

Insert USB Flash Drive to computer and restart the computer. When Vender logo (The first screen) appears, press Boot Menu Key to enter Boot Option Menu, and the choose USB Flash Drive to boot from. If fail to enter Boot Menu, you can reboot and try again. Find Boot Menu Key for your computer.

Note: If you computer's BIOS is a UEFI, and it fail to boot from the USB drive directly, you can enter BIOS setting ,disable secure boot, enable legacy support, and then try again. You can see more detail about UEFI boot from https://craftedflash.com/info/how-boot-computer-from-usb-flash-drive

Example 1. Set Dell laptop boot from USB flash drive

Insert the memory device into a USB port and restart the computer. When Dell logo appears, press <F12>. repeatedly until BOOT Menu appears, and then you can select USB flash drive to boot from..

Example 2. Set HP laptop to boot from USB flash drive

Insert USB Flash drive to computer and restart HP computer. When HP Logo appears, press F9 repeatedly until BOOT MENU (Boot Device Options) appears, and then choose USB flash drive to boot from.

Reference: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04346420/

BOOT Menu Keys for laptops and Desktop computers:

Manufacturer Laptop Desktop computer
HP F9 or Esc F12
DELL F12 Esc
Acer F12 F12
Lenovo F12 F12
Thinkpad F12 F12
Asus Esc F8
GIGABYTE F12 F12
MSI F11 F11
Samsung F12 F12
Microsoft Suface Pro volume- volume-
Sony Esc Esc
Toshiba F12 F12
Fujitsu F12 F12
Gateway F12 F12

Method 2: Set the computer to boot from USB drive via BIOS.

Key steps:

  • 1. Press BIOS Entry Key to access BIOS setup utility.
  • 2. Open boot option.
  • 3. Select the USB drive as the first boot device.

Example3. Set PhoenixBIOS to boot from USB drive

To set your computer boot from USB flash drive, please do follow the detailed steps below:

Step 1: Turn on or restart the computer. When the first screen displays, immediately and repeatedly press the BIOS Entry Key (More BIOS Entry for different computer, see BIOS Entry Key Table) key until BIOS Setup Screen appears. Here we press F2 to enter PhoenixBIOS.

BIOS Entry key screenshot

Step 2: When BIOS setup screen appears, screenshot shown as follow:

Step 3: Use ◄ ► key, move selected item to Boot item. Make it selected. Shown as follow:

Step 4: Use +/- key to move Removable Devices item to the first. Shown as follow:

Step 5: Press F10 to save the setting and Exit.
Tip: If you want your computer to boot from Windows password reset USB disk, now insert Windows password reset usb disk to computer and press enter key to go on.

 

BOIS Entry Key Table:

Manufacturer Model BIOS Entry key
HP HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built in 2006 or later (came with Vista or Windows 7)) F10
HP HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built before 2006 (XP or earlier) ) F1
HP HP Notebook PCs F10
DELL Dell Inspiron, Dell Dimension, Dell Precision, Dell Optiplex, Dell Vostro
Dell XPS
F2
DELL Dell Latitude Fn+F1
Accer Aspire, Power, Veriton, Extensa, Ferrari, TravelMate, Altos DEL or F2
Gateway DX, FX, One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro F1
Gateway Older model F2
Lenovo Lenovo F2
Fujitsu,NEC, Sharp Fujitsu,NEC, Sharp F2
Toshiba Portégé, Satellite, Tecra, Equium F1 or ESC
Toshiba Toshiba Equium F12
Shuttle Glamor G-Series, D'vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, X Mini XPC, Surveillance F1 or DEL
Phoenix Phoenix BIOS F2
AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) BIOS F1
Award
Award BIOS DEL
AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) BIOS DEL

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