How to Boot Your Computer from a USB Flash Drive

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USB Boot Guide Step-By-Step Quick Start

1- Obtain, borrow, buy or make a bootable USB flash drive.
2- Power Off your computer completely. [Start]-->[Shutdown]
3- Insert CraftedFlash bootable USB Drive.
4- Power On your computer.
5- Press the Boot Menu Key, usually Esc or F12 when the display starts.
6- Select USB-HDD or “Patriot Memory”

Boot Menu Keys for: Acer Asus Dell Fujitsu HP Lenovo NEC Samsung Sony Toshiba
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So, it turns out this is really easy on most recent computers. The first four steps are self explanatory. Step five is just a matter of knowing the right key to press and when. Step six can be somewhat confusing because not every computer manufacturer uses the same terminology to describe the bootable USB flash drive or pen drive. Just search for your computer manufacturer and model below, then note the boot menu key(s) and any special instructions.

The tables below offer assistance with steps five and six. The "Boot Menu" column shows the known boot option keys for various computer manufacturers. When you are trying to get to the boot menu, reboot and press the first key as soon as the display flashes or is no longer blank. If that does not work, reboot again and press the key repeatedly immediately after you turn on the power. If that does not work, reboot again and press the next listed key immediately after the display becomes active. After you get to the boot menu, step five involves locating the bootable CraftedFlash USB device. Usually, this device is listed as "Patriot Memory", "USB" or sometimes "USB-HDD". Sometimes it will be listed on a sub-menu with the other hard drives.

Keep in mind that most computers will also allow you to change the boot "priority" so that the bootable USB stick is preferred over the local hard drive. The "BIOS/UEFI Key" column shows which key can be used to enter the BIOS/UEFI setup menus in order to change the boot device sequence.


USB Flash Drive Boot Reference List

Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Acer     Esc, F12, F9   Del, F2  
Acer netbook Aspire One zg5, zg8 F12   F2  
Acer netbook Aspire Timeline F12   F2  
Acer netbook Aspire v3, v5, v7 F12 The "F12 Boot Menu" must be enabled in BIOS. It is disabled by default. F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Apple   After 2006 Option      
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Asus desktop   F8   F9  
Asus laptop VivoBook f200ca, f202e, q200e, s200e, s400ca, s500ca, u38n, v500ca, v550ca, v551, x200ca, x202e, x550ca, z202e Esc   Delete  
Asus laptop N550JV, N750JV, N550LF, Rog g750jh, Rog g750jw, Rog g750jx Esc Disable "Fast Boot" and "Secure Boot Control" in order to boot from MBR formatted media. F2  
Asus laptop Zenbook Infinity ux301, Infinity ux301la, Prime ux31a, Prime ux32vd, R509C, Taichi 21, Touch u500vz, Transformer Book TX300 Esc Disable "Fast Boot" and "Secure Boot Control" in order to boot from MBR formatted media. F2  
Asus notebook k25f, k35e, k34u, k35u, k43u, k46cb, k52f, k53e, k55a, k60ij, k70ab, k72f, k73e, k73s, k84l, k93sm, k93sv, k95vb, k501, k601, R503C, x32a, x35u, x54c, x61g, x64c, x64v, x75a, x83v, x83vb, x90, x93sv, x95gl, x101ch, x102ba, x200ca, x202e, x301a, x401a, x401u, x501a, x502c, x750ja F8   DEL  
Asus netbook Eee PC 1015, 1025c Esc   F2 Boot Tab, Boot Device Priority, 1st Boot Device, Removable Device, F10
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Compaq   Presario Esc, F9   F10 BIOS "Advanced Tab", Boot Order
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Dell desktop Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude, Optiplex F12 Select "USB Flash Drive". F2  
Dell desktop Alienware Aurora, Inspiron One 20, Inspiron 23 Touch, Inspiron 620, 630, 650, 660s, Inspiron 3000, X51, XPS 8300, XPS 8500, XPS 8700, XPS 18 Touch, XPS 27 Touch F12 Select "USB Flash Drive". F2  
Dell desktop Inspiron One 2020, 2305, 2320, 2330 All-In-One F12 Select "USB Flash Drive". F2  
Dell laptop Inspiron 11 3000 series touch, 14z Ultrabook, 14 7000 series touch, 15z Ultrabook touch, 15 7000 series touch, 17 7000 series touch F12 Select "USB Storage Device" F2 Settings->General->Boot Sequence->"USB Storage Device", then up arrow, [Apply]--[Exit]
Dell laptop Inspiron 14R non-touch, 15 non-touch, 15R non-touch, 17 non-touch, 17R non-touch F12 Select "USB Storage Device" F2 Settings->General->Boot Sequence->"USB Storage Device", then up arrow, [Apply]--[Exit]
Dell laptop Latitude c400, c600, c640, d610, d620, d630, d830, e5520, e6320, e6400, e6410, e6420, e6430, e6500, e6520, 6430u Ultrabook, x300 F12 Select "USB Storage Device" from boot menu. F2  
Dell laptop Precision m3800, m4400, m4700, m4800, m6500, m6600, m6700, m6800 F12 Select "USB Storage Device" from boot menu. F2  
Dell laptop Alienware 14, Alienware 17, Alienware 18, XPS 11 2-in-1, XPS 12 2-in-1, XPS 13, XPS 14 Ultrabook, XPS 15 Touch, F12 Select "USB Storage Device" from boot menu. F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
eMachines     F12   Tab, Del  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Fujitsu     F12   F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
HP generic   Esc, F9   Esc, F10, F1  
HP desktop Pavilion Media Center a1477c Esc   F10 BIOS "Advanced" tab, Boot Order, Move "USB Device" before "Hard Drive"
HP desktop Pavilion 23 All In One Esc Select boot media from the menu. F10 UEFI/BIOS "Advanced" tab, Boot Order, Move "USB Device" before "Hard Drive". For non-UEFI media, disable secure boot and enable legacy support.
HP desktop Pavilion Elite e9000, e9120y, e9150t, e9220y, e9280t Esc, F9   F10  
HP desktop Pavilion g6 and g7 Esc   F10 UEFI/BIOS "Advanced" tab, Boot Order, Move "USB Device" before "Hard Drive"
HP desktop Pavilion HPE PC, h8-1287c Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP desktop Pavilion PC, p6 2317c Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP desktop Pavilion PC, p7 1297cb Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP desktop TouchSmart 520 PC Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP laptop 2000 Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu". Select "Patriot Memory" on the Boot Option Menu. Esc Then F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP notebook Pavilion g4 Esc   F10 BIOS "Advanced" tab, Boot Order, Move "USB Device" before "Hard Drive"
HP notebook ENVY x2, m4, m4-1015dx, m4-1115dx, sleekbook m6, m6-1105dx, m6-1205dx, m6-k015dx, m6-k025dx, touchsmart m7 Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc Then F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP notebook Envy, dv6 and dv7 PC, dv9700, Spectre 14, Spectre 13 Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc Then F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP notebook 2000 - 2a20nr, 2a53ca, 2b16nr, 2b89wm, 2c29wm, 2d29wm Esc Then F9 for "Boot Menu" Esc Then F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources
HP notebook Probook 4520s, 4525s, 4540s, 4545s, 5220m, 5310m, 5330m, 5660b, 5670b Esc   F10 BIOS "Advanced" tab, Boot Order, Move "USB Device" before "Hard Drive"
HP tower Pavilion a410n Esc   F1 BIOS "Boot" tab, Boot Device Priority, Hard Drive Boot Priority, Move "USB-HDD0" up to #1 position.
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Intel     F10      
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Lenovo desktop   F12, F8, F10   F1, F2  
Lenovo laptop   F12   F1, F2  
Lenovo laptop ThinkPad edge, e431, e531, e545, helix, l440, l540, s431, t440s, t540p, twist, w510, w520, w530, w540, x140, x220, x230, x240, X1 carbon F12   F1  
Lenovo laptop IdeaPad s300, u110, u310 Touch, u410, u510, y500, y510, yoga 11, yoga 13, z500 Novo button Small button on the side next to the power button. Novo button Small button on the side next to the power button.
Lenovo laptop IdeaPad P500 F12 or Fn + F11   F2  
Lenovo netbook IdeaPad S10-3 F12   F2  
Lenovo notebook g460, g470, g475, g480, g485 F12   F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
NEC     F5   F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Packard Bell     F8   F1, Del  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Samsung     F12, Esc      
Samsung netbook NC10 Esc   F2 Boot Tab, Select "Boot Device Priority", Press Return, Up/Down to Highlight, F6/F5 to change priority.
Samsung notebook np300e5c, np300e5e, np350v5c, np355v5c, np365e5c, np550p5c Esc   F2 Boot Tab, Select "Boot Device Priority", Press Return, Up/Down to Highlight, F6/F5 to change priority.
Samsung ultrabook Series 5 Ultra, Series 7 Chronos, Series 9 Ultrabook Esc Note that you must first disable fast boot in BIOS/UEFI to boot from a USB drive. F2 Boot Tab, Select "Boot Device Priority", Press Return, Up/Down to Highlight, F6/F5 to change priority.
Samsung ultrabook Ativ Book 2, 8, 9 F2 Note that you must first disable fast boot in BIOS/UEFI to boot from a USB drive or use the F2 boot menu. F10 Boot Tab, Select "Boot Device Priority", Press Return, Up/Down to Highlight, F6/F5 to change priority.
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Sharp         F2  
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Sony   VAIO Duo, Pro, Flip, Tap, Fit assist button   assist button  
Sony   VAIO, PCG, VGN F11   F1, F2, F3  
Sony   VGN Esc, F10   F2 BIOS "BOOT" section, "External Device Boot" enabled
Manufacturer Type Models Boot Menu Boot Once BIOS/UEFI Key Change Priority
Toshiba laptop Kira, Kirabook 13, Ultrabook F12   F2  
Toshiba laptop Qosmio g30, g35, g40, g50 F12   F2  
Toshiba laptop Qosmio x70, x75, x500, x505, x870, x875, x880 F12   F2  
Toshiba   Protege, Satellite, Tecra F12   F1, Esc  
Toshiba   Equium F12   F12  

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Acer Aspire v3 771g

Hello, I have the option "F12 boot menu" turned on but i can only see the hdd not the usb, please help.

No USB in boot menu for Acer Aspire v3 771g

Hi Cracovia,

The Acer Aspire v3 771g has two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports.
Due to a BIOS limitation, some laptops are unable to boot from the USB 3.0
ports. Have you attempted to reboot with the USB drive plugged into all four
USB ports on the system? Apparently, the right side of the laptop has the
USB 2.0 ports.

Are you able to boot from the USB drive on other computers? If not, then the
USB flash drive is probably not be formatted as a bootable drive. I would
recommend you try booting the flash drive on a different computer to verify
that it is working.

Regards,

Brian

if no windows

if I don't install windows on my acer v5 netbook (there is an option to buy it cheaper w/o OS installed) can I then boot from a USB drive / linux?

Hard drive boot and USB boot

Hi Sarah,

Fundamentally, you can boot your Acer v5 netbook from the hard drive and from a USB drive.
There are some requirements for the various operating systems (Linux vs Windows, etc.) and the
BIOS or software on your motherboard may have a "secure boot" requirement that you might need to
disable for some Linux versions.

If you choose not to install Windows on the hard drive, then you can install one of the many Linux
distributions on the hard drive instead. However, this means that you have to follow the
instructions for installing Ubuntu, for instance, and that could take some time when your new
laptop arrives. Why not ask Acer to preinstall Linux on your laptop instead of Windows? With a
large enough hard drive and jumping through some hoops, you can even "dual boot" both Linux and
Windows from the hard drive. If this is your plan, you should search for dual boot instructions
and understand the requirements before purchasing the netbook.

Regardless of what you decide to put on the hard drive, you can also boot Linux or any other
properly configured OS from the USB drive. The devil is in the details, of course, but most Linux
distributions have support for booting from USB.

A question that I would put to Acer is whether you can boot from a USB 3.0 port. With a 3.0 USB
drive and a 3.0 USB port, you will get much better performance during boot and afterwards. Some of
the earlier BIOS/firmware only supported booting from USB 2.0 ports.

Regards,

Brian

Acer v5-573

I cannot boot from usb with my acer as well. I can boot my lenovo with the same usb. So I suppose that my usb is fine. What's worse is it even cannot boot from the USB disk created by Acer recovery manager. And I tried all 3 ports and failed.

Suggestion

Check your USB boot policy like UEFI Legacy, chnage it and than try .... hope it works

Sometimes USB ports fail

Hi Leon,

Are the USB ports working at all on your Acer v5-573? Do they work with an external mouse and/or keyboard? I have a Dell Inspiron laptop where the USB ports have completely failed. At this point, I have to assume the USB controller (chip) is bad. The rest of the laptop works fine.

Did you create the USB recovery disk on the Acer v5-573 itself? If so, the the USB ports are still working...

Is the Acer v5-573 fairly new (2013 or later)? Then you may need to disable secure boot. Secure boot is a BIOS (firmware setting), use F2 during boot up to enter the BIOS menus. Although, I would have expected the recovery disk to be secure boot compatible.

If you post the exact error message that you are getting, maybe someone will recognize the problem and offer a solution.

Regards,

Brian

How to boot the OS using pendrive

I have the option usb hdd but i can't able to boot using the usb drive
Whats the problem i am facing?

Please be detailed and precise. Error message?

Hi Gaurav Sharma,

Why can't you boot using the USB drive? Simply select usb hdd and then select the USB drive to boot from. If that is not working, then please provide the exact error message or an exact description of the problem behavior. Every computer model is a little different and we have no idea which one you have nor what it is doing that isn't working.

Does the USB drive boot on other computers?

Regards,

Brian

Can't format through USB in UEFI mode

I want install windows 8.1 using pendrive in pc but when I change UEFI to LEGACY, it supports pendrive otherwise not. But at the time of installation it says your disk file system is of GPT format and we can't install in this this drive.

For install os

Hi I am using acer aspire one ZG5 I want to install the windows Xp through pendrive.But I am getting USB HDD 2.0 is Flash Disk how can I change it into patriot memory please give me suggestions

How to boot versus what to boot?

Hi Narendhar,

> I want to install the windows Xp through pendrive.

At CraftedFlash.com, we prefer one of the many Linux flavors, such as Linux Mint or Ubuntu. Alternatively, you can install one of the many Linux distros that are preloaded on our flash drives. Unfortunately, we are not specialists in the installation of Windows OS via flash drives. This page is really about how to boot from a USB flash drive. The subject of what to boot is addressed elsewhere.

> But I am getting USB HDD 2.0 is Flash Disk
> how can I change it into patriot memory please give me suggestions

"Patriot Memory" is the flash drive manufacturer that we use and recommend. However, you can boot from any properly formatted and bootable flash drive or even a bootable USB external drive. It does not have to be from "Patriot Memory".

These are some of the bootable flash drives from CraftedFlash.com.

Green Zone
Games To Go
Admin Key

Some of these distros support installing from the flash drive onto the hard drive as well.

Regards,

Brian

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Window xp could not boot hp computers

hi. I want to install window xp from usb device. first I made a bootable usb of win xp and test this on lenvo computer and installed window xp on lenvo then the successfully complete the installation of window xp. but I have problem that the usb of window xp can not boot to hp dc7700,7800,7600 computers, no boot any one hp computer from window xp, however window 7 usb boot the hp computers. please solve my problem of window xp boot the hp computer easily. thanks and regards.

Repair disc boot via usb hdd

Hai.. my laptop hp 6720s dvd drive not working (windows 7 os err) i have repair disc iso &usb pen drive how 2 boot via usb hdd.

Boot options
Opti Cd/dvd boot
notebook hdd boot
netwok boot
usb floppy
usb hdd
usb cd/dvd
please help me

booting acer zg5

Sir where can I buy a bootable usb drive?

HP Pavillion g7 will not boot from flash drive.

I have multiple Linux Distros and antivirus tools installed on a "bootable" flash drive. When I insert it into my laptop, I am forced to select USB Floppy Drive for it to even attempt to boot. At that point, it shows a text only screen that says SYSLINUX Copyright blah blah blah. It just sits with a blinking cursor at that point and never goes onward. The same flash drive is capable of booting and installing Linux Distros on other laptops as well as very old desktop computers. Is there any way at all that I can get this darn thing to boot correctly?

Unable to boot from USB

I have a gateway LT2016u netbook on which I'm trying to install Ubuntu. I have ubuntu on a USB drive which I've used to successfully install Ubuntu onto my HP desktop. Every time I try to boot up from the USB, I get the "SYSLINUX 4.07 EDD 2013-07-25 Copyright '94-'13 H. Peter Anvin et al" message, followed by a blinking cursor, but that's it. It doesn't proceed beyond that. Sometimes it is accompanied by continuous beeping, which can be defeated by pressing the power button once, but will come back if the enter key is pressed. Any ideas how to get around this? The computer had the repeating key virus with WinXP, but I have since thoroughly erased the hard drive with dban so that should be gone. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

When it hangs after the title, probably not loading stage two

Hi Joe,

First, I should point out that we use GRUB at CraftedFlash.com, rather than syslinux. For this reason, we are not well versed in the minutia of syslinux configuration. However, syslinux is a fine tool and works well in the vast majority of use cases.

The syslinux boot loader title that you are seeing is probably coming from the stage one and it is hanging attempting to find, load and/or execute stage two. This means that your boot sector is probably fine. However, the stage one boot loader is most likely having trouble locating stage two. If you were getting stage two loaded correctly, there would probably be more output. There are several possible explanations.

The BIOS on the LT2016u might not recognize the partition structure of the USB drive. One suggestion here would be to wipe this USB drive to zero and reinstall the Ubuntu ISO or install Ubuntu on a different drive that you first wiped. Alternatively, you could use a FAT32 boot partition if there is an EXT partition that is not working. You can find out many details of the USB drive using the "Disk Utility" tool on your HP Ubuntu desktop. Just plug the drive in first and then launch the "Disk Utility".

The syslinux configuration ("syslinux.cfg"?) may refer to the USB drive by number or device, which may be incorrect at the BIOS level due to the presence of different hardware devices. It is best to refer to the boot partition by UUID. Of course, to correct this, you would need to locate the correct UUID and the update the syslinux installation. The blkid command at the Linux command line should give you the UUID if your USB drive is plugged in. It will also indicate whether the USB drive is using FAT32 versus and EXT filesystem. As for updating syslinux, please refer to the syslinux documentation.

Good luck with your USB boot issue.
Brian

Windows 8 Installation

Hi, I'm tryn to install windows 8 from my bootable flash disk, bt once I reach the installation stage, I get the message, 'Your computer lacks either a Cd, Dvd or flash driver'; which then goes ahead to suggest areas in my computer where I can browse for this driver. My problem is, specifically, which driver is this; does a bootable flash disk require a specific driver to enable it to function? My machine is an Acer 5733

Are you attempting to install

Are you attempting to install Windows 8 *onto* the flash disk? Or have you booted from the flash disk and started installing Windows 8 *from* the flash disk onto the local hard drive?

It seems like the generic Windows 8 installation may be missing a driver or two from Acer that are required for the Acer 5733. If Acer supports Windows 8 on the 5733, then you may be able to download the necessary drivers from their website.

In the past, it was sometimes possible to use a driver from a previous version with a later version of Windows. I do not know if that applies to Windows 7 and 8 or not.

THANKFULL

VERY NICE...........................

Unable to access OS, factory reset (F9) not working .....

I have a ASUS Notebook X200CA. When turning the laptop on, the ASUS logo does not appear and immediately goes to the BIOS Setup Blue Screen. Any suggestions? I don't have any installation software. The OS is Windows 8.
When the BOOT tab is selected from the main BIOS page, nothing is listed.
If you need any other info , or details, please ask , I will provide you with all the info you need......please help.. thank you

Hard drive problem?

Did you try tapping the F8 key after turning on the notebook? Search this page for X200CA and you will find the F8 key is listed as the boot menu key for the ASUS notebook. If that does not work, try tapping the ESC key after you power on the notebook.
If the BOOT tab shows no bootable devices, then most likely your hard drive or SSD is faulty. I would recommend running the BIOS diagnostics on the drive. Alternatively, you could purchase the Admin Key USB Flash drive, which is useful for running hard drive diagnostics as shown in the Admin Key example video.
The fact that the installed OS is Windows 8 only means that you probably need to disable secure boot for most bootable flash drives to be allowed.
Good luck with your ASUS boot issue,
Brian

Boot Windows 8

I'm using sony vaio e series and it has a assist button
Your information is very useful!Thank you for sharing.

Dell Latitude E6500 - Unable to boot from bootable USB or DVD

I have a Dell Latitude E6500 laptop. I am trying to reinstall Windows 7 Pro. I created a bootable flash drive and bootable DVD. The settings list the boot sequence as 1. USB; 2. CD/DVD; 3. IHHD. When I attempt to boot from F12, CD/DVD and Internal Hard Drive are my only boot options. When I try to boot from the bootable DVD, it is ignored and it boots from the IHHD. What can I do to reinstall. I no longer have the install DVD and I am out of warranty.

Boot device sensing

Many of the modern BIOS/motherboard combinations will try to sense the available boot devices. If the F12 menu is not showing your USB device, then maybe it is not bootable. Can you boot other computers from the same USB? The same applies to the bootable DVD. If it is not being recognized by your Dell E6500, then test it on a different system. If the other computer boots the DVD, then maybe there is a problem with your E6500. If the other computer does not boot from the DVD, then maybe the DVD is faulty. In general, test the media on other computers until you can isolate the fault. Either the media is incorrectly formatted, or the media is bad or the drive/port is bad.

As for changing the bios to

As for changing the bios to legacy this has also worked for me but then I cannot install windows 10 on my drive without repartitioning since the legacy mode doesn't support gpt partitions. Any ideas?

Boot Windows 8.1

I cannot boot from usb with my HP Pavilion 15-n202nx Notebook PC

Hi Waleed,

Hi Waleed,
Without any information on the behavior of your Pavilion 15-n202nx when you attempt to boot from USB, it will be difficult for anyone to offer assistance. Which boot menu key are you using? Are you getting any error messages? Have you confirmed the USB drive boots in other systems?

Hp boot usb - not working

I have moved the usb in the bios to the first option but it still will not load the usb. I have don't have secure boot configuration in my bios because my bios is 7.15 version. How else can I make this work??

Check drive and/or post error message in forum

Hi Lisa,
Do you see the USB flash drive listed in the boot menu (when you use the boot menu key to access the menu during startup)? If the flash drive is not listed, then the BIOS is not recognizing it as bootable. In this case, there may be something wrong with the flash drive. Try booting it on a different system. If it is listed, then you should be getting some type of error message when it attempts to boot from the flash drive. Post the error message in our usb boot forum to get some help with that.

usb flash drive NO HDD

I have A laptop copaq presareo RS3000 4000 and i am trying to install win xp home on a usb flash drive with a laptop with no HDD it will read the flash drive
Bit in the middle of install processes it will tell you to pres ese to skip files bit windows will not work corecectly What is wrong my usb is 16 gb it should install my dad in MA is vrey smart at pc's & mac's he sead it suold work somebody plesee help me asap

installig win xp home on a usb flash drive on my laptop NO HDD:(

hi i am trying to install win xp on a usb flash drive with 16 GB on my laptop with no HDD :-( in in the middle of the install process it says pres ESC to
Skip files but windows xp wil not run correctly i need help plz Asap

HP P6-2326s Pavilion

In my work there is computer HP P6-2326s Pavilion windows 8 they forget password i have software to delete password but the computer doesn’t allow to me to boot from usb and the usb is bootable so can you help to what i need to do for make computer boot from usb to run software to delet password.

thanx

Boot from flash drive on Win8 HP Pavilion

Hi Yasso,
You probably need to enter the BIOS and enable legacy boot. Most likely it is the same procedure as the other HP P6 systems listed above: "F10, Storage tab, Boot Order, Legacy Boot Sources".
Regards,
Brian

Boot from flash drive.

Is it possible to boot a pc from a USB that is connected to a server? I have a bitlocker start up key on a USB drive, but don't want it connected to the PC to attain start up key for security reasons. The PC does not have TPM so I was wondering if it is possible to put the USB start up key in say a server an when the PC is powered up boot from the USB connected from the server. If this is not possible is there any other ways you know of booting from a start up key that is connected to another PC or a server? Thanks for the help.

PXE for network booting

Hi Josh,
You can boot a standard PC from a PXE server as long as the BIOS supports PXE booting, which most do. I'm not positive the server can be configured to provide the boot files from a USB drive that is attached or not. Nor is it clear that the "bitlocker start up" can be served from a PXE server. It might work, but you can just as well copy the boot files over to the server hard drive. Technically, the answer to your question is yes. However, you will need to configure the server system to implement a PXE server and that may entail a good bit of setup work.
Regards,
Brian

black screen with system information

well i tried to boot from usb the windowns 8.1. i tried 2 different programms to make my usb flash bootable ,i changed my bios settings and all i get is a black screen with my system informations

USB 2.0 vs 3.0

I was having issues trying to install Win 7 on laptop's new HDD. The laptop is an HP DV6t-3000. Has 3 USB ports. Could not ID the USB drive that I had previously used on a PC build when that HDD went bad. So I know the stick works. Kept trying different things. Then I started to think about the stick. Its fairly new and I was pretty sure 3.0. So I dug around and found my wife's Marvin the Martian 8 GB USB which turned out to be 2.0. I used the same tools and ISO that I had on the other stick to load this one. Stuck it in and booted the laptop. Found the USB device on the first try. Install went perfect.

As a friend was telling me, there is supposed to be backward compatibility in the 3.0 stick. But as I told him, that doesn't mean the laptop setup from HP was designed smart enough to wait long enough or power the USB ports long enough to check. But that solved the USB boot problem for me.

Port vs BIOS vs USB Protocol for Booting

Thanks for the feedback Bitter.
I believe that some BIOS (firmware) releases are only able to detect and boot from a USB 2.0 *port*. If you insert the USB 3.0 drive into a USB 2.0 only port, the BIOS *should* be able to boot from it through the compatibility your friend mentioned. That might also work with a USB 2.0 drive in a USB 3.0 port. However, on the affected systems, a USB 3.0 drive in a USB 3.0 port will definitely not work.

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I have an Asus x200CA and cannot boot into USB via F8 or any other key in the function keys. This article is useless for my notebook.

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Hi Norm,

How does one boot an Asus x200ca notebook from USB? Which key do you use to enter the boot device menu? We would certainly like to update this page for others...

For your notebook, apparently you need to modify some BIOS settings to boot from a flash drive formatted for legacy boot mode. If you have UEFI on the flash drive, these steps should not be necessary.

  1. First insert the bootable flash drive.
  2. Then boot the notebook and use the ESC key to enter BIOS.
  3. Once you are in the BIOS, disable "fast boot" and then disable "secure boot control".
  4. Then save the BIOS settings and reboot.
  5. Now use ESC to enter the BIOS a second time.
  6. Under the "Boot" tab, enable "Launch CSM". Apparently, Asus calls legacy boot "Compatibility Support Manager" or CSM.
  7. Save the settings and reboot again.
  8. This time the ESC key will give you access to the boot menu and you should see your legacy bootable flash drive as a listed option.

Please do not forget to complain to Asus about making it hard to use your notebook for your own purposes.

Cheers,
Brian

thank you

This list is awesome. Super helpful!

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