I have an Asus EEE PC and I can’t boot from a bootable USB key. What should I do?

March 4, 2011 in Hardware, Netbooks, Recipes, Windows Tips by Francesco Zuliani


This has been tested while successfully trying to install Windows 7 from a bootable USB key on a Asus EEE Pc 1008HA netbook. The same instructions may apply to other netbook models and/or operating systems: in this case, read your user manual to check what are the correct keys to be pressed to perform the actions described in this recipe. Follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your netbook.
  2. Turn it on, and keep pressing F2 repeatedly unless the BIOS screen appears.
  3. In the Boot section, disable Boot Booster.
  4. Plug your bootable USB key in a USB port.
  5. Press F10, then Enter to confirm. The netbook will reboot.
  6. Keep pressing ESC repeatedly unless a boot menu appears.
  7. The menu displays a list of bootable devices. Choose your USB key and press Enter.

You’re done! You may want to re-enable Boot Booster following steps 1 to 3 again, and then pressing F10 and Enter to confirm the changes you made to the BIOS configuration.

UPDATE: User Kityspit has written some additional instructions for the Asus 1225b netbook. You can find them here.