How to show the Boot Menu of your bios
July 4, 2021
There’s a special key in every BIOS (when the computer first boots) that makes you able to boot from another device that is not its hard disk.
Apple / Mac users: You will simply need to power-on the computer with the USB stick inserted while the
alt(⌥) key is pressed.
You can either enter in the bios to configure the boot order or to hit the key that selects the device to boot “only this time”, the second option is suggested.
In short, you simply need to turn ON your computer, then immediately press multiple times the F’ key that a message should tell you something like “boot menu” until a menu appears, then just select the device which you want to boot from (the one that contains Elive in your USB or DVD).
This special F’ key is normally F12 in Acer computers and ESC in the Asus ones, you can try all the F’ keys or better search which F is in a list like here, other common F’s are F10, F2, F1 and F8
Important: Sometimes in laptops you need to press the Fn key in order to press the F’s keys, for example: Fn+F1, Fn+F2, etc…
List of function keys used commonly by manufacturer:
- Acer – F2 or delete
- Asus – F2, F9 or delete
- Compaq – F10
- Dell – F2
- Emachines – tab or delete
- HP – Escape, F1 or F10
- Lenovo – F1 or F2
- Lenovo Thinkpad – F12
- NEC – F2
- Packard Bell – F1 or F2
- Samsung – F2 or F10
- Sharp – F2
- Sony – F1, F2 or F3
- Toshiba – Escape, F1, F2 or F12
If your computer uses those newer BIOS that ships with Windows 8 (or more recent) with the “feature” to restriction to use on it other operating systems, you need to enter in your BIOS setup and basically:
- disable “secure boot“
- disable “UEFI mode“
- enable “legacy boot“
- enable “CSM“
If you need more info about the UEFI and “Secure Boot” of the bios make a look to our other FAQ article
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Samuel F. Baggen
Founder and Developer of Elive