How to Change Your Boot Order and Boot Into a USB Drive

Have you ever needed to boot from a CD or USB instead of your hard drive? Changing your boot order in the BIOS can allow you to do just that. In this tutorial, we will show you the process of changing the boot order in your BIOS.

To get started, restart your computer and click on the key on your keyboard to launch the BIOS settings. Depending on your computer manufacturer, it could be a few different keyboard shortcuts. The most typical one is the F2 key, but you can also try the Escape or Delete key. Sometimes, if your computer is booting up and you see something along the bottom of the screen that says “press this key to enter setup,” just click that key and it will take you where you need to go.

Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, scroll down to the Enter Setup selection, and tap on the Enter key on your keyboard. Now, you have entered the BIOS. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, scroll over to the Boot tab.

To move one of the entries up or down the list, click the plus or minus key on your keyboard. For example, if you want the CD-ROM drive to be the first item to boot, use your arrow keys to go down to the CD-ROM drive. Then, using the plus symbol on your keyboard, click it, and we see that it is slowly moving up on the list. Click it one more time, and we see that the CD-ROM drive is the first drive to boot.

To save these settings, click on F10, save configuration changes, and exit. Before you click on Enter to accept, you should know that you can reverse these changes to default settings at a later date if you want to. Just follow the shortcuts on the bottom of the BIOS to reset the settings at a later date.

Now, click Enter for yes, and the computer will boot from the CD if you have one inserted. If there’s no CD inserted in the computer or whatever your primary boot device is, it will automatically go to the next item in the list to boot off of.

We hope this tutorial helped you out. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.