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Windows 7: Help changing boot order in Intel BIOS

26 Dec 2010   #1
pare

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Help changing boot order in Intel BIOS

Hi everyone.
A little embarrassing but I can not change the boot order in the BIOS of my mobo to boot from the ODD in order to boot from a CD. My mobo is an Intel desktop board DH55TC. Hopefully there is some of you guys who has the same mobo who can give me a little help.
Merry Christmas.


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26 Dec 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

Changing boot order in BIOS setup steps are on page 64 here: http://downloadmirror.intel.com/1850...chProdSpec.pdf

You can also get a one-time BIOS Boot Menu by pressing F10 key repeatedly at first boot screen.
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26 Dec 2010   #3
pare

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Help changing boot order in Intel BIOS-capture-1.png

Thanks Greg, for helping me out with the boot issue. I did it with the F10 command.

This is how my partitions looks like now. I did it with the partition wizard.
It is a verry nice program. Thanks for recommending it. The only thing,
I forgot to do a backup, but thankfully it went well.
Are there any suggestions? Everything is welcome!
O, about the data partition. Can I just go on and dump stuff on it or is there something I should do first. Like shuffle my personal folder and documents, music,pictures folder from C partition to D partition??
Thanks again guys.


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26 Dec 2010   #4
gregrocker

 

Looks good, however I would not move installed programs off the OS partition or install programs to any other than the OS partition as they write registry keys which intergrate them into Win7.

A good arrangement for data partitions (unless you want to use them for storage only) is to move the User folders there using this method: User Folders - Change Default Location

This keeps the OS/Programs backup image lean so if it becomes sluggish or irreparable you can reimage it in 20 minutes and your User data is ready and current in its own partition "vault" - which should also be backed up more frequently:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files
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26 Dec 2010   #5
pare

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Confusion about the backup system image.
Where should I save the system image (backup)? On the D: data partition? Can I save it on the new created logical partition that I named programs? If I save it on the D: data partition will I have to move the user folder from C: to the data partition first?
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26 Dec 2010   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You can save images anywhere you have space EXCEPT on the partition you are imaging. That is--if you are imaging C, you can't save that image on C.

Normally, you should consider image files as "data" and save them on a data drive and back them up just like they were prized photos, videos, or other documents.

Images are just another file and have nothing to do with your user folder.

Not sure why you made a separate "programs" partition.
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26 Dec 2010   #7
pare

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Hi ignatzatsonic,
I just gave it a name but are not sure jet what to do with it. It became unallocated
when I resized my C: partition that was to big in my opinion.
I might leave it like that until I decide to convert it into primary to put another OS on it.
Thanks for your support.
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26 Dec 2010   #8
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pare View Post
Hi ignatzatsonic,
I just gave it a name but are not sure jet what to do with it. It became unallocated
when I resized my C: partition that was to big in my opinion.
I might leave it like that until I decide to convert it into primary to put another OS on it.
Thanks for your support.
OK.

You could have just left it as unallocated as well. My only concern was that you were thinking about installing applications to it--which is generally frowned on. No problem if you put data on it, but then you would have 2 data partitions.

That would be OK, but it's generally preferable (from a space management/efficiency standpoint) to minimize the number of partitions when possible---otherwise, you will guess wrong about their rates of growth and end up running short on space in one partition, even though you have gobs of space in another partition.

You can always delete it, but as your Disk Management picture looks now, you would have to use a third party application to add the space from the "Programs" partition to D. Disk Management cannot expand a partition into unallocated space to the LEFT. It can to the right.
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28 Dec 2010   #9
pare

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Well, right now I am considering what it is that I really want on the long-term.
Hopefully I am not at the point of no return. For now I will leave the logical partition alone. If I run out of space on the data (primary) partition, from what I understand (I hope I did well) I still can add space to it by taking a little away from the logical partition, using a third party application. Do you mean partition wizard? This partition wizard, could I have installed it on the data partition or is this, one that has to be installed on the OS partition? Pardon my ignorance!
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28 Dec 2010   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can have data folders in any place on the system and even on USB attached disks (but not USB sticks and SD cards) that can be incuded into the libraries. Just right click on the folder in e.g. the data partiton and "Include in library". That creates a new library folder.
Else you can move your default library folders to the data partition as per the link that Greg recomended. In that case make sure you move folders to predefined folders in the data partition and NOT to the partition itself - that creates a mess.
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