Changing your PC's boot device priority

If your computer starts in Windows® after restarting with the MediaTools Wipe CD or a USB flash drive with the proper MediaTools Wipe ISO burned to it, follow the steps below to change the boot priority order. The boot order must be set to start from the optical drive or a dedicated drive which has the MediaTools ISO file on it.

Since there are a variety of computer configurations and motherboards which utilize different BIOS vendors, your system and function key combinations may not be listed below in the chart. However, your function keys are normally displayed briefly when your system restarts. You may have to restart your system more than once if you miss it or refer to your system’s manual.

Once you identify the function key for your system, restart your system and repeatedly press the key or keys to invoke the Bios menu or Boot menu. If you see the Windows splash screen you have missed the timed window and will need to retry again.

Note: if you are using a USB keyboard and mouse and cannot get into the bios or boot menu you may have to switch to a standard PS2 keyboard / mouse.

Step 1
Restart your computer and you may see a screen that says, “Press F12 Boot for boot Menu” or “Press Del for Setup”.

Step 2
Once you have entered the boot menu, you can use the up and down arrows to select the device you want to boot from. If you were unable to enter the boot menu, you may not have that feature on your computer. In this case, go to the next step to enter the BIOS and change the settings there.

Step 3
Press the “Del” key in step 1 for entering the BIOS. This might be the “Delete,” “F1,” “F2,” “F10” or “Esc” key. (NOTE: Please see table below for computer model specific keys).

Step 4
Navigate using your arrow keys to the menu titled “Boot Sequence”, Boot device Priority” or “Advanced Boot Options.” Find the listing for “Boot Sequence” or “Boot Order.” Highlight the device from which you wish to boot and press “+” to move it to the top position. On some BIOS screens, you may simply be able to highlight the first position and press “Enter.” You can then select the device from the submenu. Instructions are typically listed at the bottom of the BIOS screen.

Step 5
Press the “F10” key to save and exit. You will now be able to boot from the chosen device.

This is a list of most OEM PC’s boot menu keyboard function keys.

If your PC is not listed it could be one of the following keys : ESC, F10, F12, or F2. Additionally if your PC does not support a separate boot menu you can use the “ Del” key to access the system bios and change the boot priority manually.

OEM PC’s – Boot Menu Keyboard Function Keys

Computer Model BIOS Keys
Acer® F1, F2, CTRL+ALT+ESC
AST® CTRL+ALT+ESC or CTRL+ALT+DEL
Asus F8
Compaq® 8700 F10
CompUSA® DEL
Cybermax® ESC
Dell® F12
Dell® 400 F3, F1
Dell Dimension® F2 or DEL
Dell Inspiron® F2
Dell Latitude Fn + F1 (during boot)
Dell Latitude F2 (once booted)
Dell Optiplex F2 or DEL
Dell Precision™ F2
eMachine™ F12 or DEL
Fujitsu F12
Gateway® ESC or F10
Gateway® 2000 1440 F1
Gateway 2000 Solo™ F2
HP® (Hewlett-Packard) F1, F2 or ESC
IBM® F1 or F12
IBM® E-Pro Laptop F2
IBM PS/2® CTRL + ALT + INS after
CTRL + ALT + DEL
IBM Thinkpad® Start > Programs > Thinkpad CFG
Intel® Tangent DEL
Lenovo F12
Micron™ F1, F2 or DEL
Packard Bell® F1, F2 or DEL
Sony® VIAO F2 or F11
Tiger DEL
Toshiba® F12
Toshiba® 335 CDS ESC
Toshiba® Protege ESC
Toshiba® Satellite 205 CDS F1
Toshiba® Tecra F1 or ESC

Accessing the boot menu

BIOS Boot Menu

Accessing your system bios

BIOS Boot Settings