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Solved What does <F12> Change Boot Order in Vista do?

sassofalco

What bad, bad,habit?
Vista Guru
#1
When my Notebook first starts up, a note in the bar at the bottom of the opening 'Acer' screen graphic shows;

<F12> Change Boot Order in Vista

I don't have the confidence yet, just to hit the <F12> to discover where this leads to, and what it is all about. I fear that I may do something that will de-stabilise my perfectly operating system, or worse, get into a predicament that I have no knowledge off, nor the technical ability to escape from it.

I have searched through the Forum threads, but have been unable to find anything that discusses the <F12> boot order.

I would like to know the following:

1. In what situations is the <F12> boot key used, or when should it be used?

2. What system boot order does it change, and can this be beneficial to the performance of the Notebook? [my system in specs below....saves a lot of re-typing!].

3. Are the instructions clear and understandable to a 'non-geek'?

4. Is it easy to exit or escape from <F12> window, and can that be done without making any field or boot order changes?

5. Is there an ability to revert to, or restore to, former boot system settings, if incorrect or invalid changes are made, which later de-stabilise the system start-up?

Cheers, sassofalco :confused:
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire Notebook 5633WLMi.[5630 Series]
    CPU
    Intel Centrino Duo Processor - Intel Core 2 CPU.
    Memory
    4GB DDR2 [3.07GB maximum real available]
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce Go 7300, 128MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio, Ver. 6.0.1.5717, 2.08MB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer Aspire Notebook - 15.4"; Acer LCD Monitor X223Wsd - 22".
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800x60Hertz [max.]
    Hard Drives
    Notebook - Samsung HM320JI 320GB HD installed 07 August 2009.
    External HDs [4];Maxtor One Touch4 - 500GB External HD [Drive M:\].Western Digital WDXMS1200TA - 120GB External HD [Drive G:\ - Windows Defender Backup Files only]. Two x LaCie 320GB Mobi
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless V320 for Notebooks - Model M/N: M-RCD125
    Internet Speed
    Down 20000kb/sec / Up 1000kb/sec [Bigpond-Aus]
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Fumz

Buggin
Vista Guru
#2
re: What does <F12> Change Boot Order in Vista do?

Hi sassofalco,

The boot order isn't a Vista thing, it's a bios thing.

One typically changes the boot order when you re-load the operating system. Right now your first boot device is your hard drive, but if you wanted to re-load Vista from a DVD you'd have to make the first boot device the DVD drive. Unless you changed the boot order you would continue to boot off your hard drive and never be able to boot from the DVD; essential if you're re-loading.

Escaping is easy; just save your changes, or not, and exit the bios.
 

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    DFI LP DK P35-T2RS
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    4GB G.Skill PC-1066
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    eVGA 8800 GTS
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    X-Fi XtremeGamer
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    Samsung 226BW
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    500GB W.D. RE2 Primary
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    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610
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    Lian Li Lancool K62
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sassofalco

What bad, bad,habit?
Vista Guru
#3
re: What does <F12> Change Boot Order in Vista do?

G'Day Fumz, and thank-you for that advice.

From my perspective with only 17 months of computer experience under my belt....
so much to learn.....so little time!

Cheers, sassofalco.:huh:
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire Notebook 5633WLMi.[5630 Series]
    CPU
    Intel Centrino Duo Processor - Intel Core 2 CPU.
    Memory
    4GB DDR2 [3.07GB maximum real available]
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce Go 7300, 128MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio, Ver. 6.0.1.5717, 2.08MB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer Aspire Notebook - 15.4"; Acer LCD Monitor X223Wsd - 22".
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800x60Hertz [max.]
    Hard Drives
    Notebook - Samsung HM320JI 320GB HD installed 07 August 2009.
    External HDs [4];Maxtor One Touch4 - 500GB External HD [Drive M:\].Western Digital WDXMS1200TA - 120GB External HD [Drive G:\ - Windows Defender Backup Files only]. Two x LaCie 320GB Mobi
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless V320 for Notebooks - Model M/N: M-RCD125
    Internet Speed
    Down 20000kb/sec / Up 1000kb/sec [Bigpond-Aus]
    Other Info
    Brother MFC-465CN; PC to Fax/Scan/Copy/Photo MFC. Epson Perfection V300 Photo Scanner. Siemens Speedstream 6520 Router. Wacom 'Bamboo Fun' CTE-650 PC Tablet, Stylus and Mouse. UAC - On;Activated. Browsers; [1] FireFox v3.6[2] IE8. Honorary R.S.M. to the 4th [Assault Pioneer] Troop Pune Sepoys , and 3rd Troop Jodhpur Bengali Lancers.
#4
re: What does <F12> Change Boot Order in Vista do?

G'Day Fumz, and thank-you for that advice.

From my perspective with only 17 months of computer experience under my belt....
so much to learn.....so little time!

Cheers, sassofalco.:huh:
And just when you think you've got it - BAM! It's all changed!
 

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System One

  • CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2GHz
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    4GB DDR2 @ 667Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce Go 7600
    Hard Drives
    1x 160GB 7200rpm 2.5" SATA
#5
While everything written above is true, please note that F12 on an Acer does not take you into the BIOS, it brings you to a boot order screen where you change the boot order just for the current boot.

You use it when you want to boot from a cd/dvd just this once. I use it when I need to boot a cd with imaging or recovery software that runs outside of Windows, like Ghost or Acronis. Feel free to hit F12, you will see the choices from which device you'd like to boot from. Just select HDD hard drive and it will then boot normally.
 

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sassofalco

What bad, bad,habit?
Vista Guru
#6
While everything written above is true, please note that F12 on an Acer does not take you into the BIOS, it brings you to a boot order screen where you change the boot order just for the current boot.

You use it when you want to boot from a cd/dvd just this once. I use it when I need to boot a cd with imaging or recovery software that runs outside of Windows, like Ghost or Acronis. Feel free to hit F12, you will see the choices from which device you'd like to boot from. Just select HDD hard drive and it will then boot normally.
Grazzi YoVincenzi,

At last I've learned something before an event. Check out my Specs, and you will see that I intend to install Acronis v11 Mirror Image, plus an extra HDD.

I take it then, that the <F12> key boot order access, would be appropriate for recovery using Acronis, in the event of a major blowout in my system?

Cheers.

sassofalco
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire Notebook 5633WLMi.[5630 Series]
    CPU
    Intel Centrino Duo Processor - Intel Core 2 CPU.
    Memory
    4GB DDR2 [3.07GB maximum real available]
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce Go 7300, 128MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio, Ver. 6.0.1.5717, 2.08MB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer Aspire Notebook - 15.4"; Acer LCD Monitor X223Wsd - 22".
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800x60Hertz [max.]
    Hard Drives
    Notebook - Samsung HM320JI 320GB HD installed 07 August 2009.
    External HDs [4];Maxtor One Touch4 - 500GB External HD [Drive M:\].Western Digital WDXMS1200TA - 120GB External HD [Drive G:\ - Windows Defender Backup Files only]. Two x LaCie 320GB Mobi
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless V320 for Notebooks - Model M/N: M-RCD125
    Internet Speed
    Down 20000kb/sec / Up 1000kb/sec [Bigpond-Aus]
    Other Info
    Brother MFC-465CN; PC to Fax/Scan/Copy/Photo MFC. Epson Perfection V300 Photo Scanner. Siemens Speedstream 6520 Router. Wacom 'Bamboo Fun' CTE-650 PC Tablet, Stylus and Mouse. UAC - On;Activated. Browsers; [1] FireFox v3.6[2] IE8. Honorary R.S.M. to the 4th [Assault Pioneer] Troop Pune Sepoys , and 3rd Troop Jodhpur Bengali Lancers.
#7
Yes, that is correct.

Bear in mind that some computers will automatically boot from a cd/dvd if the disk that is inserted has booting capability.

When you press F12 and go to the boot order screen, if the CD/DVD drive is first in the list, then there actually is no need to press F12 to boot from the disk because it would boot from it automatically. If the first device in the list is not bootable (ie not a boot disk just a regular cd/dvd), then the computer will default to the next device, which is usually the hard disk.

By the way, when you are in the F12 Boot Screen, you choose the device you want to boot from using the up/down cursors on the keyboard.
 

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Dwarf

The Contemplator
Vista Guru
Gold Member
#8
It should be pointed out that, since this is a BIOS option, the key in question will vary. For example, on my system it is F11.
 

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SIW2

Vista Guru
Gold Member
#9
Hi,

It's F11 on mine too - I have an AMI (American Megatrends Inc. ) BIOS.

SIW2
 

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  • CPU
    Intel E8400
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    ASRock1333-GLAN R2.0
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    2gb DDR2 800
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johngalt

Antidisestablishmentarian
Vista Guru
#10
It should also be noted that different BIOS manufacturer's will do it in different ways. For example:

Newer AMI BIOSs give you the option to limit the current boot drives to specific ones, and then also allow you to limit what is available via the boot menu as well - so, as a result, in one of the computer labs I am managing I have set the BIOS to disable USB and floppy at all times, and set the HD as the primary boot device, and set the boot menu to allow PXE and CD ROM as the only alternatives. Additionally, placing a system password on the BIOS also locks the Boot menu.

Now, on the newer Lenovos we got, you first hit [ENTER] to interrupt the quick POST to give you a mini menu that includes F11 for Boot menu, IIRC.
 

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