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How to Set Computer to Boot from USB

If you are using "Vodusoft Windows Password Reset" to reset Windows password with USB flash drive. Insert the USB to your locked computer and set the computer to boot from USB. Just change devices boot priority on BIOS SETUP. Every PC provides BIOS Setup Utility for users to manage configuartions. It was set to boot from Hard Disk by difault to launch the Windows system.

This article describes how to set your computer to boot from USB so that you can reset Windows password without logging.

Key steps: 1. Run BIOS SETUP - 2. Find Out Boot or Device Boot Priority option - 3. Set USB as the first boot device

Follow these easy steps to boot from a USB flash drive, an external hard drive, or some other bootable USB device: Pen drive, Key drive etc. You also can using a quick way to boot from USB.
Note that there are some differences such as Entry Key and menu options in various BIOS model of computer because it depend on your Computer Mainboard and devices. Take it easy, the key steps on any BIOS SETUP Utility are similar.
Step One: Open BIOS SETUP Utility.

Start/restart your computer, press BIOS Entry Key such as DELETE/ F2 as soon as possible untill the BIOS screen appears. The BIOS Entry Key is different on various brands of desktop/laptop/tablet.

BOIS Entry Key:

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
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
AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) BIOS DEL


Step Two: Find Out Boot Setting option.

When the BIOS SETUP appears, you can hit arrow key on your keyboard to select Boot option.

Step Three: Change devices boot priority.

1. When you get into the Boot menu, hit ↑/↓ key to select "Hard Disk Devices" on the screen and press Enter.

2. Hit arrow key to choose "1st Drive" and press Enter.

3. Hit arrow key to choose your USB drive and press Enter.

4. Hit F10 to save and exit, when a message pops up, select OK and press Enter. Then the computer will restart automatically and boot from your USB drive.

Quick Way: Direct Open the Boot Device Option and Choose USB

Step 1: Power on or restart computer. When vendor logo appears on screen, press Boot Option Key repeatedly until Boot Option Menu appears. You can find the Boot Option Key for your computer from the following table.
Step 2: When Boot Option Menu appears, choose USB drive to boot your computer.


Boot Option Key for Computer Boot from USB Device:
Mainboard Vendor Laptop Desktop computer
Brand Boot Keys Brand Boot Keys Brand Boot Keys
Asus F8 Lenovo F12 Lenovo F12
Gigabyte F12 Acer F12 HP F12
MSI F11 Asus ESC Acer F12
Biostar F9 HP F9 Dell ESC
Soyo ESC or F12 Thinkpad F12 Asus F8
Colorful ESC or F11 Dell F12 Benq F8
Intel F12 Samsung F12 Tsinghua Tongfang F12
Onda F11 Toshiba F12 Founder F12
ASL F10 Gateway F12 Founder F12
Asrock F11 Gigabyte F12 Haier F12
Foxconn ESC or F12 Benq F9    
Gamen F11 or F12 Sony ESC    
Topstar F11 or F12 Fujitsu F12    
Yeston F8 MSI F11    
CTHIM F12 eMachines F12    
Jetway ESC Hasee F12    
Elite ESC or F11 Tsinghua Tongfang
Maxsun ESC Founder F12    
    Haier F12    
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