How to Enter the Boot Menu on an HP Compaq Presario

By Tiffany Garden

Your HP Compaq Presario computer uses a specific boot sequence to choose which drives to boot from when your computer starts up. This boot order allows your system disk to boot before other drives; however, you can adjust the sequence if you need to boot from another device. A common reason to change your Presario's boot order is for a reinstallation of Windows.

Step 1

Restart your HP Compaq Presario computer.

Step 2

Press the "F10" key as soon as the computer begins to boot. You will be taken to your computer's basic input output system, also known as BIOS.

Step 3

Press the right arrow key three times to access the boot menu.

Step 4

Scroll down and highlight "Boot Device Priority." Press "Enter."

Step 5

Change the "1st Boot Device" setting to the drive you wish to boot from, such as your CD-ROM drive. Press "F10" to save and exit the BIOS settings page.