Unable to access BIOS, HP Compaq

  bumpkin 20:05 05 Jul 2013
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Hello all, I am trying to get to the BIOS settings on HP Compaq desktop appx 5 yrs old, running XP Pro. I have tried all the usual keys but all I can get to work is f10 which takes me to "Hewlett Packard Setup Utility" Any advice please.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:24 05 Jul 2013

and what does that give you?

click here

  bumpkin 20:40 05 Jul 2013

Figure 2

  bumpkin 21:29 05 Jul 2013

Unable to change the boot order from one HDD to another for some reason.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:38 05 Jul 2013

Thats because the BIOS looks at the drives in order of SATA port (starting with 0) and boots from the first one it finds

If you want to boot from different op systems on different drives you need to alter the boot menu system with EsayBCD

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:39 05 Jul 2013

Should have said if using Vista onwards

  bumpkin 21:40 05 Jul 2013

One drive w7 the other xp. Always defaults to xp unless I select w7 on the screen when booting, this is what I need to change. I want it to load w7 unless I choose xp.

  bumpkin 11:13 06 Jul 2013
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Thanks Fruit Bat, as soon as I saw your link 9.38pm I remembered how to do it. Think my head needs a memory upgrade sometimes:-)

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