Aptio BIOS USB Boot

Recently I bought a Samsung NP550P7C laptop. Today after a long wait I decided to reinstall Windows on it. So I copied all the files onto my USB stick and tried to boot into the installation. When I went into the BIOS I couldn’t find the USB stick in the boot list. After learning that the BIOS is Aptio I did some Google searches but found nothing.

Solution was simple…

From ‘Advanced’ section disable ‘Fast BIOS Mode’

Advanced: Fast BIOS Mode: Disabled
From Advanced section disable Fast BIOS Mode


  1. Go to BIOS options by pressing F2 while on boot
  2. From ‘Advanced’ section disable ‘Fast BIOS Mode’
  3. Select ‘Save Changes and Reset’ from exit
  4. After reset go back into BIOS and select the USB stick from boot override

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53 thoughts on “Aptio BIOS USB Boot

  1. Hi
    I do not have in advance option
    “fast BIOS mode”
    And the BIOS version is 2.14.1219

    Thanks for any help

  2. No such option in Aptio setup for sony vaio f23-series laptops which refuses to boot from usb. Big fail Sony.

  3. Aptio bios has hardly any options and doesn’t show much. A very poor BIOS generally.

    I have a samsung NP350

    I couldn’t see any option to boot from USB. I updated the BIOS. still nope. I disabled fast BIOS saved restarted, but no new USB option appears under “boot override” or anywhere – it seemed.

    A normal/decent BIOS e.g. even on a cheap Dell, besides showing far more in the BIOS, often has an option where a function key offers a boot menu.

    But I tried all the function keys and the only one is F2 to go into the BIOS.

    In the end, I saw that Indeed one had to set advanced.. fast bios mode..to disabled, and restart. But then my USB stick was under
    Boot….Boot device priority…..
    then it said
    CD/DVD drive BBS priorities
    Hard drive BBS priorities
    Choose Hard drive priorities
    Then I saw my USB key listed.

    So, it was within 3 layers!

    Funnily enough, I see under EXIT , an option called “Boot override”. and maybe the USB can possibly sometimes be listed there too .

    Gosh what an annoying weak BIOS.. anyhow, at least it had the USB option there. I like the Samsung laptop though

    thanks for the useful webpage. it helped me.

    1. excelent i tried for few months boot for usb unsuccessfully, thanks for your post, is solved my issues

  4. THANK YOU!!

    had to run linux live mode from usb

    turned off fast boot mode
    turned off secure boot (disable, select legacy os)
    change boot priority to USB(which was connected) from Hard drive priorities

    back to win8 – changed secure boot OS to uefi
    save and exit!

    **now throwing away win8, going to install win7 and get some life in this lappy!!*

    1. Thanks helped alot! Disable secure boot was the one I missed and I was really upset about my bootable usb because it was working all the time… Now it works after disable *secure boot*…

  5. The power of a phone call … After trying everything here and in other blogs I decided to call Samsung support line. I told the first technitian I had no options on the boot priority page. He directed me to a firmware update and after trying to install and failure (error message: the installed firmware is newer than the downloaded one; weird), he gave me a ticket number saying it was a hardware malfunction and I would have to take the laptop for service.

    After 5 min. I gave it a second shot and the second technitian, after listening to my story, asked me to wait for 2 to 3 min.

    And then the power of the phone call: while waiting and looking around (again) the BIOS option I found this secure boot method option where I could switch from UEFI to CMS (whatever this CMS means). That did the trick on my NP550P5C and the USB boot option came alive.

    I explained that to the technitian when he came back to e phone call and he noted the case in their knowledge base. I feel important now! 🙂

    In summary :
    Fast boot: disable
    Secure boot mode: CMS

    1. thx for ur comment…..i did called ASUS….they does not help at all -.-!….i from malaysia….

  6. I have aptio bios but no option for disabling fast boot mode..
    Any ideas how I boot from USB?

  7. I know how to do it.
    Plug in your USB stick/memory. Then go to Bios Setup. Next to “Boot”. Chose “Hard Drive BBS Properties”. Here you can change boot options. As “Boot Option #1” take “USB Flash…” Second has to be your Hard Disk. Then click “Esc”. Now in “Boot Option Properties” you can choose “USB Flash Memory”.

    Let me know if it works, write Comment.

    1. Hello,

      Worked for me thanks!
      Only i did not see USB FLASH. At mine bios it was a empty option that worked for me.

      So 1: Empty & 2 SATA


  8. damn!! i find 2 hour for this LOL thanks dude,,, actually its was damn easy to change! thanks!!!

  9. Thanks a lot. i needed to deaktivate the USB booting, because my son is clever enough and uses my sumsung nootbook with USB booting. That was why no meaning any more family/child safety mode.

  10. I spent TWO HOURS wandering in the web becouse I cannot boot from dvd with my Asus X55A (wich uses Aption Setup Utilities)

    On my Asus X55a the same problem was overrided in this way :

    – disabling “Secure Boot Control” (in security area)
    – Enabling “Launch CSM” (in Boot area).

    Doing so , all boot devices appears.

    Hope to avoid you do waste 2 hours as I did this morning!

    Best Regards
    Gianluca Sanna

  11. Mine is HCL laptop

    In that i am not seeing fast boot/quick boot in any of those tabs
    Can anyone tell me how to do fast boot?? or finding that option in my BIOS


  12. Hi I have a Samsung np305e4z-s01 with the Aptio Setup Utility BIOS (SAMSUNG Electronics BIOS Team u5.4 c2.11.1210). The options are very limited, I see SysInfo/Advanced/Security/Boot/Exit. I tried the tips mentioned above but under Advanced, there are only a few options: Legacy USB Support, UEFi Boot Support, AHCI Mode Control, Battery Life Cycle Extension, USB S3 Wake-up, UMA Frame Buffer Size, and Purchased Date.

    When I look under Boot, Boot Device Priority > it can’t seem to detect my USB thumbdrive, while I am sure my thumbdrive is configured properly because it works on my other computers.

    Anything that I missed?

    1. I have the same problem. Did you find the solution?

      Excuse my poor English.


  13. I just hit F7 to get the available bootable devices and found «STT 1.0.0» in last position.
    Here it was !

  14. I’m going to treasure this info on the bios (thank you!).
    You seem such a helpful guy who happens to have the same model laptop as I have: Samsung NP550P7C (mine has Win 8.1) – so I’ll be bold and ask you if you could clarify something regarding its hard disk . Do you know what exactly all those small partitions represent?
    .. how cheeky can one be.. I deserve to be ignored!

    1. Hi Pete,

      You made a good choice!

      As you might have guessed mine came with Windows 7 pre-installed on it. I had 3 partitions:
      1. System Reserved: Partition hidden in Windows containing Windows boot files
      2. Actual drive that Windows was installed
      3. Recovery partition: I think you can use it to re-install Windows and go back to the state you bought it. I never used it and never will. It probably includes all the useless programs from sponsors.

      Do you have any extra partitions?

      I re-installed Windows 7 in I think less than 2 weeks. I deleted all the partitions after backing up the drivers. I created

      2 months ago I bought an SSD to have as primary drive and HDD as secondary. I highly recommend you get one. It really makes a huge difference in speed.

      1. Great to see your answer!
        Re partitions, I seem to be more richly endowed than you 🙂
        Besides the C: drive, I have a whole host of hidden partitions:

        Recovery 499 MB – EFI system: 300 MB – Recovery: 349 MB –
        Recovery: 22.44 GB – Recovery: 1.00 GB

        ah, not to talk about an extra 128 MB *primary unformatted* whose existence only my imaging program reports. From some info I’ve come across the web, the 1 GB partition is the one not to touch unless you wouldn’t mind losing the F4 capability. But I’d love to know more about the other *recovery* ones – I was rather hoping you might be able to shed some light on the matter 🙂

        I bet you’re enjoying supersonic cruising conditions with the addition of the SSD as a primary! something I’d love to do too, may-be in the future? certainly after I’ve got to know my hard disk more in depth. Cheers!

  15. i have a samsung mini laptop and some of my keys are not working and i need to log into windows but need an enter key and it is not working ,, i try reinstalling new OS but i have to dissable the fast mode and after then i cant sae changes because i need ENTER KEY

  16. Got a Samsung np359v4 6gb 1tb win7home 64bit. I see the Seagate internal hd on aptio setup menu… But can’t access it. SAMSUNG asking for $200 to change disk.. But even a new HD is not recognizable. I used swupdate.. It suggested updating bios chip online.. I did and the Computer became dead.. Only f2 shows the aptio menu… What should I do?

  17. Hey your advice brought me the solution.

    But i had to go to Boot menu, instead Advanced menu in apitio 🙂

    Happy Regards,


  18. Thank you all for contributing to this thread. I almost called the company to request an RMA to return the laptop before you finally saved them 😉
    I feel like I should contribute to this thread as well, in the hopes that someone would find this info helpful:
    1) under “Advanced” go down and select “USB Configuration”. Now select and disable “XHCI Pre-Boot Mode”
    2) click Esc to go back to the main screen. Now, under the “Boot” tab select “Fast Boot” and set it to Disabled. Now, select “Launch CSM” and set it to Enabled. Now under Boot Option Priorities, make #1 to be your USB drive that you have already plugged in.
    3) Under the “Security” tab, go down and expand “Secure Boot Menu” then set Secure Boot Control to Disabled.
    4) Hit Esc, then go to the Save & Exit tab, hit Enter to save your changes.
    5) Finally (you may or may not need this) upon restarting, keep tabbing the Esc key so the boot options screen is up, from where you select your USB drive to boot from.
    I hope this helps.

  19. BIOS AMI or APTIO 2.17.1429 on a nock-off NUC or BRIX .. Switch to WIN-7 mode. There is no advanced option. Setting states “Win 7 Legacy & EUFI mode” then change back to Win8 mode when finished.

    Your settings didn’t work for me. But Thanks for the idea to look there again, i didn’t see “Win7 & EUFI” mode it the first time.

  20. For anyone else who has exhausted all other options, I found that I was struggling due to the system not recognizing the USB 3.0 ports. I switched the thumbdrive to a USB 2.0 port and it was magically recognized.

    Oh, the amount of hair I lost in this frustration…

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