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Windows 7: Using an Acronis Bootable Backup: Arranging Boot Order in BIOS

24 May 2015   #1
Stevekir

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Using an Acronis Bootable Backup: Arranging Boot Order in BIOS

EDITED. PLEASE SEE AMENDED POST ABOVE.

Para 5.1.4 of Acronis 2015 Manual = "Arranging boot order in BIOS". It says:

"To boot your computer from Acronis bootable rescue media, you need to arrange boot order in BIOS so the media is the first booting device." and:

"Press the key combination (such as, Del, F1, Ctrl+Alt+Esc, Ctrl+Esc). BIOS setup utility will open.."

MY QUESTION: Am I Right in thinking that my machine will then automatically tell me the correct key combinations to press to get the BIOS setup utility to open, (so that I can then set my bootable backup to be the first booting device)?

If not, how do I find them?

Thanks.


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24 May 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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The correct key to get into the BIOS varies, depending on motherboard or PC manufacturer.

The list of keys mentioned are likely candidates. The delete key works on my PC.

I've got a Gigabyte motherboard, just as you do. I'd suggest you try the delete key. You may have to hold it down or poke it once per second or twice per second. The timing can be cranky.

Once you get into the BIOS, you can then change the order to whatever you want.

OR--and this is likely simpler--use one of the F keys to bring up a ONE-TIME only menu, from which you can choose the boot device. That way, you don't have to use the BIOS at all.

F12 works for that on my Gigabyte board. You'd choose your CD/DVD drive from that menu--if you made a recovery CD. Or choose your USB drive, if you made a USB recovery drive.
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24 May 2015   #3
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

That's just what I needed. Thanks.

But please see my similar post just above, Question 1.
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24 May 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

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What's edited about your post other than these 6 words:


EDITED. PLEASE SEE AMENDED POST ABOVE.

What's your remaining question?
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24 May 2015   #5
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You shouldn't open a new thread just to add a new question!

When you start your computer, the first screen shows:
- key to enter BIOS
- key to open Boot Menu (one-time menu ignatzatsonic mentioned)
- key to update BIOS (depends on BIOS version I believe)
- key to run factory reset installation (on branded PC/laptops)

Power-On-Self-Test (POST) is the first screen you see when you start your computer. Then SATA controllers load.
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25 May 2015   #6
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
What's edited about your post other than these 6 words:


EDITED. PLEASE SEE AMENDED POST ABOVE.

What's your remaining question?
This:
Para 5.1.4 of Acronis 2015 Manual = "Arranging boot order in BIOS". It says:

"To boot your computer from Acronis bootable rescue media, you need to arrange boot order in BIOS so the media is the first booting device." and:

“To boot from Acronis bootable media:
1. If you use a USB flash drive as a bootable media, plug it into the USB port. [I will use a USB ext. drive.]
2. Turn your computer on. During the Power-On Self Test (POST), you will see the key combination
that you need to press in order to enter BIOS.”


"Press the key combination (such as, Del, F1, Ctrl+Alt+Esc, Ctrl+Esc). BIOS setup utility will open.."

QUESTION 1: (On the italic bold text above), I have never seen this key combination. What should I do to get it to appear?

QUESTION 2: Am I Right in thinking that my machine will then automatically tell me the correct key combinations to press to get the BIOS setup utility to open, (so that I can then set my bootable backup to be the first booting device)?

If not, how do I find them?

Thanks.
The revised words are in italic.The remaining question is No. 1, about seeing the key combination. From your reply, perhaps I just hold F12 down before starting the machine and I will get the one-time opportunity to specify the boot volume. Is that correct?

(I'm wary about doing boot stuff. A wrong keystroke can cause havoc.)

Thanks
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25 May 2015   #7
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
You shouldn't open a new thread just to add a new question!

When you start your computer, the first screen shows:
- key to enter BIOS
- key to open Boot Menu (one-time menu ignatzatsonic mentioned)
- key to update BIOS (depends on BIOS version I believe)
- key to run factory reset installation (on branded PC/laptops)

Power-On-Self-Test (POST) is the first screen you see when you start your computer. Then SATA controllers load.
Yes, I know, but for some reason the first post got posted without me knowing until I had redrafted it and posted it for the first time (as I thought)*. If I had known it had been posted I could (would) have posted a reply asking the second question.

* I guess that having inadvertently posted the first, I did not notice that it had gone because I had not refreshed my browser (I had no reason to), so the first post was not visible to me as I drafted and posted the second (thinking it was the only one).

On your tech reply "When you start your computer, the first screen shows:", I have never seen that. To start it I just press the big blue button on the box. The machine just starts.
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27 May 2015   #8
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Just keep tapping F12 after you start PC until you get to boot menu or windows start to load.
Alternatively, keep tapping DEL to get into BIOS itself.
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