What boot order?

You would like to configure the boot order of your computer to allow boot DVDs and boot USB flash memory sticks, but you don’t want to boot from the network unless the hard drive was missing or unbootable. Which of these boot orders would be an appropriate configuration for your PC? Pick two.

A) PXE, USB, CD/DVD, Hard Disk

B) CD/DVD, USB, Hard Disk, PXE

C) USB, CD/DVD, Hard Disk, PXE

D) Hard Disk, USB, CD/DVD, PXE

E) Dr. Martens, UGG, Rockport, Sorel, The North Face

The answer: B) CD/DVD, USB, Hard Disk, PXE and C) USB, CD/DVD, Hard Disk, PXE

The Preboot Execution Envionment, or PXE (pronounced “pixie”), is designed as a boot source that you can host from a central computer. If PXE is configured anywhere before your hard drive and you are properly connected to the network, it’s possible that your computer will never boot from your hard drive. To build the boot order to your specifications, the DVD and USB settings in your BIOS should be placed at a higher priority than the hard drive, with PXE as your last-ditch effort to get booted.

Want to know more? Watch “Boot Options.”

Even before Windows starts, there are many options during the boot process. In this video module, you’ll learn how to configure the BIOS, use Safe Mode, and repair your computer with system recovery disks and the Windows Recovery Console.