How to put in a BIOS downloading from USB drive: step by step instructions

Operating systems over time accumulate junk files, parts of deleted programs. There is a need to reinstall Windows or another OS. Most modern laptops (and sometimes desktops) no longer have CD-rom, so you need to know how to run bootable USB flash drive through the BIOS, to put the priority of the run.

Configure BIOS to boot from pendrive

Every modern PC user needs to know how to put in a BIOS downloading from USB drive. This is due to the gradual rejection of titles and ease of use removable storage. It is much easier to copy the distribution (installer) of the system to the media and to install from it. The only difficulty faced by all who decided to put the OS from the drive – correct setting of the BIOS. It should change the boot priority that will cause the computer to first read data from the removable media and then launch the files from the hard drive.

Some PC owners are faced with the problem that the BIOS doesn’t see bootable USB flash drive. To avoid this situation, you must perform the following recommendations:

  1. The drive must be in USB to start the PC.
  2. Connect the media connector to the 2.0 because the 7th version of the OS has no drivers on the entrance of 3.0.
  3. Sometimes in the BIOS there is no boot from USB drive just because off the USB controller (Award version). To enable it you need from the section Integrated Peripherals/Advanced Chipset Features. Make sure that the front of this line is the word Enabled.

Download with flash in Award Bios

Global laptop manufacturers (Lenovo, Asus, Sony, HP) can install different BIOS versions on their devices. Below is the example of how to put in the BIOS booting from a USB drive version of the Award:

  1. Restart the computer, press Del or F2 until, until you see a blue screen.
  2. Go to Advanced BIOS Features.
  3. If there is an option called First Boot Device, you should click on it and switch on the removable media with the OS.
  4. In new firmware versions of the system there is an additional menu option called Boot Seq & Floppy Setup. Inside it put a priority on the drive as First Boot Device.
  5. The second device preferably exhibit your hard disk. This will be needed in the installation process, so it does not run in a circle.
  6. Press Esc go to main menu, go to Save & Exit Setup. Confirm saving changes.

How to boot from a flash drive in AMI BIOS

Don’t forget that the boot media must be inserted into the connector in advance. Below are instructions on how to put in the AMI BIOS booting from USB drive:

  • go to settings using the button Del (press during the initial splash screen, until you see BIOS);
  • using the arrows, you need to select the partition Boot;
  • go to Hard Disk Drives, then press enter on the 1st Drive line;
  • from the list, select the name of your drive with the OS, press Enter.
  • go to the Boot device priority;
  • enter the menu First boot device when you press Enter;
  • put up again the removable media;
  • exit in the top menu, select Exit saving changes or Save changes and exit, confirm your consent to the changes.

How to put the boot drives Phoenix-Award Bios

There is another version of global settings. Here is a version how to put it in the Phoenix BIOS boot from USB drive. Found this version much less, but the principle remains the same: you must assign the boot priority so that the program launch the installer of the OS. To access the settings, press Del or F2, then:

  1. Check whether USB port. Go to Peripherals and in front of the line “USB 2.0 Controller” must be the word “Enabled”.
  2. After that, go to the Advanced tab, in there next to the line “First Boot Device, select USB-HDD.
  3. Exit the settings with the save using Save & Exit Setup.

How to load Windows from a USB drive in EFI (UEFI) Bios

The latest version of Windows offer the easiest and most intuitive version of how to make booting from USB drive in the BIOS. If in previous firmware menu looks like an ordinary list, in which you had to use the arrows on the keyboard for manipulation, the new UEFI interface includes graphic elements, supports use of the mouse. For different models the transition occurs with the help of special buttons, for example:

  • HP – first ESC, and then F10;
  • Asus – Del, then F2.

Some users of Windows 8 say that they have problems with the transition to UEFI BIOS. To resolve this problem, use one of the following options:

  1. Go to PC settings through the control panel, click the section with the power settings. Here you need to turn off Fast Boot.
  2. Restart the computer and press to go to BIOS button that is specified on the start screen.
  3. To restart Win 8 press Shift+Restart. In the menu after rebooting, select Troubleshoot section. Go to the “Advanced options”. Here you need to click UEFI Firmware Settings: you will be redirected to UEFI directly after you restart PC.

To start with the drive through the new BIOS there are two ways. Don’t forget that after reinstalling operating system settings boot priority will need to be reset to the initial view (first load of the hard disk). Graphics global settings is very intuitive, any user will be able to navigate sections. For setting the priority for the drive you have two simple choices:

  1. Navigate to the Boot Priority at the bottom of the screen. Drag the image to a removable drive at the top instead of the hard disk and release.
  2. Click Exit/Advanced mode, confirm consent to go to advanced settings. Everything here runs on the same schedule: you have to press the Boot to the Boot Option Priorities. In line Boot Option #1, you have to choose your removable drive. Save and exit the settings.

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