Windows 10: Professional cleaning: what's involved? Solved

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  1. Posts : 10,299
    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       14 Jan 2018 #41

    Does he have a UEFI bios? If he does, open an admin command prompt and copy/paste this into the command window shutdown /r /fw /t 0 and press enter. He doesn't have to press any key. It will boot into BIOS where he can change the boot options. This only works with a UEFI bios.
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  2.    14 Jan 2018 #42

    essenbe said: View Post
    Does he have a UEFI bios? If he does, open an admin command prompt and copy/paste this into the command window shutdown /r /fw /t 0 and press enter. He doesn't have to press any key. It will boot into BIOS where he can change the boot options. This only works with a UEFI bios.
    Good tip
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  3. Posts : 10,299
    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       14 Jan 2018 #43

    vram said: View Post
    Good tip
    Only if it works.
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  4. Posts : 976
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       14 Jan 2018 #44

    shutdown /r /fw /t 0

    It works for me. I just tried it.
    I have been trying to get into the Start menu. No luck so far.

    Jack
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  5. Posts : 10,299
    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       14 Jan 2018 #45

    what start menu Jack? The startup programs?
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  6. Posts : 976
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       15 Jan 2018 #46

    I have Restart and Shut Down off of the little window (far left, taskbar). Use to be the Start Orb.
    It would be neat to put your restart into bios there.

    Code:
    Shut Down
    (Bios Restart) would be nice.
    Restart
    Don't go off doing a lot of work to figure out my little dream.


    Jack
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  7. Posts : 10,299
    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       15 Jan 2018 #47

    I may play a little. I just saved the command to notepad and named it bios.bat. I just right click and run as admin. Your idea would be neat though.
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  8. Posts : 5,459
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       15 Jan 2018 #48

    Layback Bear said: View Post
    I have Restart and Shut Down off of the little window (far left, taskbar). Use to be the Start Orb.
    It would be neat to put your restart into bios there.
    Don't think that's possible, but you can easily add it to the All apps list. Just create a shortcut for it on your desktop then move that into the Start menu (for all accounts, or just your account). You could then pin it to Start too for easy access.

    Add or Remove Items for All Apps in Start menu in Windows 10
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  9.    15 Jan 2018 #49

    essenbe said: View Post
    Does he have a UEFI bios? If he does, open an admin command prompt and copy/paste this into the command window shutdown /r /fw /t 0 and press enter. He doesn't have to press any key. It will boot into BIOS where he can change the boot options. This only works with a UEFI bios.
    Please ignore these remarks and see my next post which contains updated information.
    Last edited by RhinoCan; 15 Jan 2018 at 19:35. Reason: Update the information
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  10.    15 Jan 2018 #50

    essenbe said: View Post
    Does he have a UEFI bios? If he does, open an admin command prompt and copy/paste this into the command window shutdown /r /fw /t 0 and press enter. He doesn't have to press any key. It will boot into BIOS where he can change the boot options. This only works with a UEFI bios.
    I haven't tried your idea yet. I'm still playing catch-up from a previous idea. I went into the BIOS of my brother's computer and found that the settings were NOT the same as a previous suggestion proposed. It said I could find the boot from boot manager option on the Main panel of the BIOS but I didn't find anything like that there. However, I did find what appeared to be a comparable option in a later menu. The wording was slightly different but it was basically an enable/disable for boot manager. It was disabled so I enabled, then saved and exited. Then it finished booting to Windows. I did a shutdown then powered up the computer again. I went pretty much immediately into an empty screen. It just sits there like that. The monitor LED is blinking as if it isn't getting any input and none of the LEDs on the tower are lit so the computer appears to be off. I was going to re-disable the boot manager then try YOUR suggestion since it *is* a UEFI computer but, instead, I tried rebooting one more time. This time, it told me that the Delete key would take me into BIOS and F12 would let me choose where to boot. I choose the Sandisk UEFI option instead of Boot Manager and *finally* I was into the flash drive instead of the hard drive. (This is the first bit of success I've had with this problem since I started so I'm doing a bit of a cheer in my head as I write this.)

    Before I proceed, I have another question. Which type of installation do I want? Since I haven't yet erased the hard drive, which would appear to be a critical step in the resolution of this problem, I feel as if I should be doing that right about now. I was thinking I should make up the flash drive that had DBAN on it again - I couldn't run that before because I couldn't get it to boot from the flash drive - and then do that before I even think about installing a new copy of Windows. Does that make sense?

    Also, if you experts agree that this is the way to go, should I do an Upgrade or a Custom Install once I've erased the hard drive? I'm leaning toward the Custom Install because the blurb for Upgrade says "This option is only available when a supported version of Windows is already running on the computer." I'm guessing that once the erase has taken place, a supported version of Windows will NOT be running on the computer.
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