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February 15, 2014 7:16:56 PM

I have a new Dell XPS 8700 with Win 8. When I have drives plugged into USB ports and I restart, the computer just sits there until I physically remove every USB cable except mouse and keyboard, at which time it loads the OS. How to change it from looking to the USB ports to load the OS?

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a c 450 * Windows 8
February 15, 2014 7:19:16 PM

pschles said:
I have a new Dell XPS 8700 with Win 8. When I have drives plugged into USB ports and I restart, the computer just sits there until I physically remove every USB cable except mouse and keyboard, at which time it loads the OS. How to change it from looking to the USB ports to load the OS?


BIOS settings. Boot from HDD first.
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February 15, 2014 8:19:54 PM

USAFRet said:
pschles said:
I have a new Dell XPS 8700 with Win 8. When I have drives plugged into USB ports and I restart, the computer just sits there until I physically remove every USB cable except mouse and keyboard, at which time it loads the OS. How to change it from looking to the USB ports to load the OS?


BIOS settings. Boot from HDD first.


I wish it were so simple. Inside the BIOS BOOT page it now looks like this:

Numlock On
Secure Boot Enabled
Clear Secure Boot Keys
Secure Boot Mode Standard
Load Legacy OPROM Disabled
Keyboard Errors Report
USB Boot Support Enabled
Boot Mode [UEFI]
1st BOOT DEVICE [UEFI: Windows Boot M...]
2nd BOOT DEVICE [USB Storage Device]
3rd BOOT DEVICE [Internal ODD Devices]
4th BOOT DEVICE [USB Floppy Device]
5th BOOT DEVICE [Onboard NIC Device]

So what to do, vis a vis your suggested fix?

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a c 450 * Windows 8
February 15, 2014 8:21:43 PM

Can you remove [USB Storage Device] ?
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February 15, 2014 8:40:15 PM

USAFRet said:
Can you remove [USB Storage Device] ?


When I select [USB Storage Device] and hit Enter, I get these options in this order:

USB Floppy Device
UEFI: Windows Boot Manager
[USB Storage Device
Internal ODD Devices
Onboard NIC Device

Not much help. Which to try? Am afraid of taking the wrong option, losing my data, and gaining a not very heavy boat anchor.
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a c 450 * Windows 8
February 15, 2014 8:45:35 PM

The general problem is odd, though. Usually what should happen is that the BIOS tries to boot from each device in order. If it does not find boot info, move to the next device.

It should not sit at each non-bootable device forever.
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