Solved How do I get other boot devices to work in Windows 8?

November 18, 2013 at 11:01:37
Specs: Windows 8.1
I don't like W8.1 so I tried to restore from an Acronis image, but W8x uses F11 for its restore so Acronis cannot be loaded at startup, and if you reset the boot sequence to an Acronis image or even the Acronis CD, Windows ignores it and loads Windows anyway. Then if an Acronis restore is done in Windows it must reboot, and then it ignores what you just did. Grrr!

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November 18, 2013 at 16:14:01
You need to change the boot order in the BIOS to recognise the cdrom. With an Asus machine you need to hit f2 as soon has you hit the start button. You need to give us more information regarding your system and computer specs for more definitive help.

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November 19, 2013 at 08:08:03
I already tried changing the boot order to my optical drive. Windows simply bypassed booting to it. I know this because I then checked in the BIOS if the boot order was still set to the DVD drive, and it was. My basic system information is thus:

Item Value
OS Name Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro
Version 6.3.9600 Build 9600
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name PEDRO
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model 700-030qe
System Type x64-based PC
System SKU D6M08AV#ABA
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date AMI 80.07, 6/5/2013
SMBIOS Version 2.7
Embedded Controller Version 255.255
BaseBoard Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
BaseBoard Model Not Available
BaseBoard Name Base Board
Platform Role Desktop
Secure Boot State On
PCR7 Configuration Binding Not Possible
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.3.9600.16408"
User Name PEDRO\Sarah
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 12.0 GB
Total Physical Memory 12.0 GB
Available Physical Memory 9.72 GB
Total Virtual Memory 24.0 GB
Available Virtual Memory 21.5 GB
Page File Space 12.0 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Hyper-V - VM Monitor Mode Extensions Yes
Hyper-V - Second Level Address Translation Extensions Yes
Hyper-V - Virtualization Enabled in Firmware Yes
Hyper-V - Data Execution Protection Yes

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November 26, 2013 at 09:20:11
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Try turning off the secure boot state in the BIOS and see what happens. I had some issues with UEFI bios, which is the new generation input/output system on newer hardware. I have a dual boot Win7/Win8 running, but it took several tries to get the bios set correctly. Also, look at computer properties>advanced>startup and recover>settings and default to Win7. This brings up the older Win7 boot manager instead of the newer Win8 boot manager.

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