How to Boot from USB in BIOS Using InsydeH2O Setup Utility


When you want to perform a clean install of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 with install media like a USB stick, you need to boot your computer from the USB. Do you know how to add the USB boot option in BIOS? If USB is not listed as a boot option in the BIOS, what should we do?

If you are being bothered by these problems, this post may be helpful to you.

In this post, you will be told how to boot from USB in BIOS using InsydeH2O Setup Utility. If your computer is running InsydeH2O Setup Utility in BIOS, read on to get more.

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What is InsydeH2O Setup Utility?

InsydeH2O Setup Utility is one of the most common BIOS setup utilities. It is a hardware configuration program built in BIOS where you can change some basic computer hardware settings. Most computer models like Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Samsung, and Sony are using it.

How to Boot from USB in BIOS Using InsydeH2O Setup Utility?

To add the USB boot option in BIOS using InsydeH2O Setup Utility, you can follow the instruction below.

Step 1. Start your computer and hit F2 to enter BIOS.

Step 2. Disable Secure Boot in the Security option.

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Step 3. Click on Boot Mode in the Boot option, and then select Legacy BIOS.

Step 4. In the Boot Priority order, change USB HDD as the first one boot order.

Step 5. Press F10 to save and exit.

Now you can shut down your computer and reboot it with a USB stick attached.

If your USB is not listed as a boot option in the BIOS, follow these steps:

Step 1. Start your computer and hit F2 to enter BIOS.

Step 2. Disable Secure Boot in the Security option.

Step 3. Enable the load legacy option ROM.

Step 4. Keep the Boot Mode set to UEFI.

Step 5. Press F10 to save and exit.

Step 6. Shut down your computer and reboot it with a USB stick attached.

Step 7. Press F12 on boot to get the legacy boot options.

Now you should be able to find the USB in the list. Pick it from the list and off you go.

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That’s all. Have you got it? If you still fail to boot from USB in BIOS using InsydeH2O Setup Utility or if you need further assistance, leave comments below to let us know. To get more useful computer tips, please click here.

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    1. It doesn’t seem to be an option for every computer. BIOS menus and settings differ greatly from one PC to another. Could you please provide the screenshot of your BIOS?

  3. Good post. I’m dealing with a Lenovo Yoga 2 11 Win10 problem now and so looking to install Win 10 Clean via USB Stick that I made using MS Media Creation Tool per MS procedure. A USB device is not listed in my Utility so I started to follow your Steps below. However, please clarify Step 3. I do not see that option setting in my Utility. Are you saying “Load Legacy Option ROM” [submenu: Enable/Disable] is supposed to be shown in the Security option or Boot option?

    Step 1. Start your computer and hit F2 to enter BIOS.
    Step 2. Disable Secure Boot in the Security option.
    Step 3. Enable the load legacy option ROM.
    Step 4. Keep the Boot Mode set to UEFI.

  4. I cannot change boot priority order from HDD to USB HDD (instead of WIN I would like to use LINUX MINT)
    why, any solutions
    I use ACER ASPIRE 5733

    thx

  5. Guys need some serious help. My iball Compbook is running on this Boot Utility version BYTNO.12.53 IBALL V08XJX. Now my inbuilt Windows 10 Home Basic has startup files corrupted and needs repair. But there is NO BOOT FROM USB or a BOOT FROM CD/DVD ROM option. Can someone pls advise me on how to proceed about Booting from the USB Pendrive in this case.

  6. Hello,

    I read the article with pleasure.
    What I like to do: Enable that it is possible to startup the laptop from a bootable USB device.
    Problem I have: I do not find a way to change this configuration in a 3 months old Acer laptop with InsideH20 Setup Utility.

    Configuration currently set in the BIOS.
    In the “Security” tab:
    – The entry “Supervisor Password is:” contains “Clear”.
    – The entry “User Password is:” contains “Clear”.
    – The entry “Secure Boot Mode” option is on “Standard”. (It has no brackets around, so I cannot change it.)
    In the “Boot” tab:
    – The “Boot Mode” option is set to “[UEFI]”.
    – The “Secure Boot” option is showing “[Enabled]”,
    – The Boot priority order only shows “1. Windows Boot Manager”.
    – In this tab it is not possible to go up/down, so it only allows you to enter the “[UEFI]” item but it shows nothing else.

    Could you have an idea how change something in the Boot Menu so that it is possible to configure the laptop to also support Booting from a USB device?

    Thanks in advance for the help and response.

  7. My computer is displaying the Insyde20 setup Utility and I do not know why. Not sure if someone tampered with it, how do I exit this window so that I go back to using my computer normally?

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