Changing boot order to USB

To begin with the installation, you must first start your device with a USB bootable that contains the files to perform a clean installation of Windows 10, but this is only possible if the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) on the motherboard is configured to boot from USB.

Update boot order using BIOS

If your device uses the legacy BIOS firmware, you can change the boot order using these steps:

  1. Start device.
  2. As soon as the computer starts booting up, press one of the function keys (F1, F2, F3, F10, or F12), the ESC, or Delete key.Quick tip: The steps to access the BIOS varies per manufacturer and even per computer model. As a result, you may need to check your manufacturer support website for more specific steps.
  3. While inside the BIOS, find the Boot settings.
  4. Set the boot order to start from the USB media with the Windows 10 installation files.
BIOS options

5. Save the changes.

Once you complete the steps, your computer should be able to start from the USB bootable media.

Update boot order using UEFI

If you’re dealing with a UEFI firmware, you may use the same steps as those to access the BIOS firmware, or you can perform the same task more easily from within the Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 desktop.

Access UEFI on Windows 10

On Windows 10, to access the UEFI environment to adjust your device settings to boot from USB, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Recovery.
  4. Under the “Advanced Startup” section, click the Restart now button.
Recovery settings

5. lick the Troubleshoot button

Troubleshoot settings

6. Click on Advanced options.

Advanced settings

7. Click the UEFI Firmware Settings option.

Advanced settings UEFI option

8. Click the Restart button.

UEFI firmware settings

9. While inside the firmware environment, open the Boot settings.

10. Set the boot order to start from the USB media with the Windows 10 installation files

UEFI settings

11. Save the changes.

After you complete the steps, the device should be able to start from a USB flash drive.

Access UEFI on Windows 8.1

On Windows 8.1, to access the UEFI environment to configure your computer to start from USB, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update and recovery.
  3. Click on Recovery.
  4. Under the “Advanced Startup” section, click the Restart now button.
Advanced settings Windows 8

5. Click the Troubleshoot option.

Troubleshoot settings Windows 8

6. Click on Advanced options.

Advanced options Windows 8

7. Click the UEFI Firmware Settings option.

Advanced settings UEFI option

8. Click the Restart button.

UEFI settings

9. While inside the firmware, open the Boot settings.

10. Set the boot order to start from the USB media with the Windows 10 installation files.

UEFI boot order settings

11. Save the changes.

Once you complete the steps, the device should be able to start from a USB flash drive to proceed with a clean installation of Windows 10.

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