How to change boot order in Windows 10 home


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    Windows 10 home edition
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    How to change boot order in Windows 10 home


    Can I use that script on Windows 10 home edition to boot from an external Windows 7 hard drive taken from my old laptop? I do not have the installation software for Windows 7, and it is in NTFS. It was a hard drive removed from my old Asus laptop with Windows 7 on it. I have other external hard dives, but I donít think I can copy my old sad laptop onto a fat32 formatted drive, as some people have suggested. Is there a way to boot directly to the external ssd from my laptop in Windows 10 home?
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  2. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    Dollypaige said:
    to boot from an external Windows 7 hard drive taken from my old laptop?
    In the boot menu, select the external Windows 7 hard drive.
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    The format of FAT32 shouldn't be a problem when copying from an NTFS drive BUT a problem exists with Windows and its FAT32 limit of 32GB partition size and 4GB single-file size. If NTFS isn't usable and if at all possible I'd change the FAT32 to exFAT first as that gets around those limits. Simply put, any data copied from a drive [A] to another drive [B] takes on the format of the destination drive [B].
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  4. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    Dollypaige said:
    Is there a way to boot directly to the external ssd from my laptop in Windows 10 home?
    I don't think Windows can prevent you from booting your PC directly from any external devices. I use Windows 10 Home, and I can always boot my PC directly from any of my external Linux devices.

    Berton said:
    FAT32 limit of 32GB partition size
    Another member used GParted to create an FAT32 partition larger than 32 GB.
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  5. idgat's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Dollypaige said:
    Can I use that script .....
    What script?

    Dollypaige said:
    Is there a way to boot directly to the external ssd from my laptop in Windows 10 home?
    I have Win 10 (albeit Pro, but no different to Home in the boot process) installed on a SSD in an USB enclosure. I simply pull up the boot option (boot menu, or BIOS > boot order) and select the external USB drive.

    However, I have (1nce or 2wice) come across a device so old it doesn't recognise a USB boot option.
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  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    If the OP doesn't know what a boot menu is, see below:

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