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Booting Linux from a USB Stick

By Binkie Huckaback ·
Tags: Linux
I need to hook up the hard drive from an old laptop to a HP TPN-I120 and in the past (due to the fact I've forgotten the windows password), I've booted Linux from a USB stick or CD to bypass the password.

The other day, I tried the same thing, but am unable to find the correct combination of F key and when to press it. Can anyone offer a suggestion?
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Re: booting

by Kees_B Moderator In reply to Booting Linux from a USB ...

The function keys to go into the BIOS to set the boot sequence or to boot into the boot device selection menu are dependent on the motherboard. There is no standard. But it should be mentioned in the documentation of your laptop. If you can't find it, contact HP tech support.

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Small world. Just last week, no F-Key would work!

by proffitt In reply to Booting Linux from a USB ...

What an annoying machine that was. Anyhow there's another way to get to the BIOS to change the boot order or another setting to get this working.


-> So here's the awful sounding method I used.
I see this discussed at and it's Microsoft documented method at

So I power up and wait till I see Windows starting then I hold the power button till it powers off. After 3 times, Windows will boot to the following screen:

1. Now that I have a command prompt I can do the usual NET commands to change the passwords, creates a new admin account or something else.

2. Go to another menu on that screen to get to the BIOS to change boot options or something else.

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