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Windows 7: Changing boot order in windows 7 home premium

09 Mar 2014   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Jack, you ae probably right. He should check the disc on another system. Or check whether he can boot with e.g. a live Linux CD.


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09 Mar 2014   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Once your in the bios, go to the boot screen. Highlight the cd/dvd drive and move it up to first on the list with the arrow key or the plus/minus key (it will tell you which to use at the bottom or right side of the screen) then save (ususally F10) and exit the bios.

To check, just reboot and go back into the bios.
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09 Mar 2014   #13
phenix

windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The Clonezilla-live iso cd boots from both puters in my home and has been doing
so for years. An HP windows 7 pro 64-bit and a Dell windows pro 32-bit.
The Bios in both putters has been changed to boot the CD 1st and the HD 2nd.
This doesn't work for me on my friends Dell Inspiron running Windows & home
premium. 32-bit.
The Clonezilla-live iso cd boots when the puter is shut down and restarted.

Addram - the suggestion you gave has been tried on the Dell windows home
premium puter and doesn't work. When the CD is highlighted the "Press xxx"
is highlighted and you can NOT move the item in either direction.
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09 Mar 2014   #14
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

So, you`re saying you can not change the boot order in the bios in your friend`s Dell Inspiron, Is that correct ?

You have highlighted the cd/dvd drive and you are unable to move it up to 1st on the list before you save and exit, is that correct ?

Are you actually moving the cd/dvd drive up to 1st before saving and exiting ?
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09 Mar 2014   #15
phenix

windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The first 2 statements are correct.

The 3rd statement is not correct.
I highlight the CD entry.
This highlights "press enter". I press it and
save it and exit. The entry can NOT be moved up or down.
Shut down the puter and restart it.
The puter then boots into windows and ignores the CD

Also there is nothing wrong with the Clonezilla-live cd.
It works in my home puters.
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09 Mar 2014   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can not just hit enter, that does nothing. You have to move it up to 1st before saving and exiting.

In some Bios, you have to highlight the dvd drive then use the + or - keys to change it to 1st but it doesn`t move in the list, either way you have to make it 1st before saving and exiting. You are not doing that before you save and exit. Keep trying.
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09 Mar 2014   #17
phenix

windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

When I click on the CD line the ONLY thing that highlights is "Press xxx".
Can't remember the 2nd word. I am doing this from memory in my home.
I am not able to move the Cd line anywhere.
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09 Mar 2014   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Then you will have to sit in front of the pc and work on it
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09 Mar 2014   #19
phenix

windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks much.
Obviously you think there is nothing wrong with the Dell windows 7 home
premium BIOS..
Therefor I have to be doing something wrong.
Means I will have to go back there and lose more face.
But that's life.......
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09 Mar 2014   #20
gregrocker

 

This is why its best to use the F12 one-time BIOS boot menu key. What happens when you choose CD drive on F12 menu?

If media won't boot but boots in other PC's then reset the Dell BIOS to defaults, after taking note of the SATA controller setting (IDE, AHCI, or SATA?). Save and exit. Try f12 again.

If that fails run the Dell Diagnostics from F12. There may be two ways to do this, one listed as Diagnostics and the another fuller suite listed as Utility Partition. You want everything so it tests the condition of the OD.

Clonezilla should have a flash stick alternative to try. If not try another imaging option like Win7 for which you can use the Win7 installation DVD or its flash stick alternative, which can be created from the links in Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool.
You can also create the image or backup from Windows:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files
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