13 June 2014

Boot from USB Drive without BIOS Support

We have been shown you how to create a bootable USB (Universal Serial Bus) pen drive using the Windows command prompt or some free software. The only problem of booting your system from a pen drive is the motherboard support. These days all the new modern PC usually have added the option of boot from USB in their BIOS (Basic Input Output System) settings, but if you are using an older board that does not support this feature then what would be your alternative? Fortunately there is a solution for you using a free utility application which is called PLoP Boot Manager. It is a small application that allows you to boot from different operating systems including CD/DVD ROM and USB. PLoP Boot Manager can access your PC USB and CD/DVD ROM without the need of using the BIOS. If you do not know how to create a USB bootable drive then follow the link below:

How to use PLoP Boot Manager

Step 1

Before anything you need to download and install the PLoP on your system. To do that, download it from the link that I have provided for you and the installation is quite easy. You get a zip file which is after the extraction you can find various folders and files inside the plpbt directory such as "install", "Linux", "Windows" etc. Go to the Windows directory and double-click on the "InstallToBootMenu" bat file. This bat file will install the PLoP boot manager on your system by creating a directory named "plop" on the C: drive and as well adding the PLoP Boot Manager to your Windows operating system boot manager.

PLoP Boot Manager

Step 2

During the installation, a Windows command prompt will appear and ask you to confirm adding the PLoP manager to the Windows boot menu. Type "y" and hit the Enter key, this will create a directory on the root drive (which is the C: drive) named plop. Whether to check that the PLoP has been added to the Windows boot file, go to the My Computer>Properties>Advanced System Settings>Start Up and Recovery>Settings>Advanced tab and then check the Default Operating System.

Step 3

Now if you restart your computer, you have options to boot into the Windows operating system or to the PLoP Boot Manager. Select the PLoP to go to its menu, as you can see you have various options such as Floppy, CD-ROM, and USB. Insert your bootable Flash drive and then choose the USB option to boot your system from the USB port. 

Step 4

If you want to remove the PLoP boot manager from the Windows boot menu, open the plpbt directory which you have downloaded earlier and then go to the Windows directory (refer to the figure below). Run the plpbt4win as administrator which opens a Windows command prompt. Type "?" to see all the available commands; first of all enter "l" to list all Windows boot menu entries. Each entry has a unique ID starting from 1. Find the PLoP Boot Manager ID. To remove it, type "r + ID" (example "r 3") and hit the Enter Key.