What is the best boot sequence configuration?

I have Windows XP, and I would like to know the best boot sequence configuration the experts prefer. Thanks in advance.
sheana11Asked:
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theras2000Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I prefer CD, HDD, floppy, USB.  I put floppy and USB after the HDD because it's annoying if you leave those drives in and it tries to boot off them.  Whereas if I leave a bootable CD in, I usually want to boot off of it.
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speshalystCommented:
are you looking for msconfig? the tool to modify the boot config?
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TekServerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
As a general rule, I agree with theras2000.  Bootable CD's usually default to booting from the HD first anyway, so if you forget and leave one in the drive accidentally and then walk away for a few minutes, you won't come back to an odd error message or a boot environment you didn't expect.

That said, this is a good GENERAL rule only; only you can decide what is best for your specific environment.  For example, if you have a network where some users are not entirely trustworthy (or competent), there may be reason to set the boot order to boot the HDD first (or only!), and password protect the BIOS so it can't be changed without authorization.

Hope this helps!
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Dave HoweSoftware and Hardware EngineerCommented:
my bios has "hit F12 to change boot" on it, so I just leave it set to hdd and leave it at that - if I want to boot from anything else, I just need to hit F12 in time.

I used to have floppy though, back when I had one, because it was a convenient way to stop the boot just before the "hit f8 for menu" screen. alternatively, you can use a boot time menu that has more options (such as grub or lilo) so you can choose something else at boot time, or just let it time out into the default HDD boot.
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sheana11Author Commented:
speshalyst, are you saying you can modify the boot sequence by using msconfig?
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sheana11Author Commented:
Theras2000, why is it annoying to have the computer try to boot from the floppy and/or USB drives? (By the way, by USB do you mean an External Hard Drive?)

Speshalyst, I'm looking for the tool to modify the boot config.
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theras2000Commented:
It's annoyinig because, if you accidentally leave a floppy or USB key/HDD in, then it says "no system disk" and doesn't boot at all.

No you can't modify BIOS boot order from msconfig.  Speshalyst was just not sure what you meant ... probably because (a) you didn't say BIOS or POST, (b) you mentioned XP, and (c) it's in the zone Email Protocols and WinXP.  I was confused too, but I just guessed.
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sheana11Author Commented:
I gave most points to theras2000 - felt his answer was best. Also gave points to Tek for fleshing out his answer. Thanks everyone, sorry I put in email -  it was a mistake.
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TekServerCommented:
Thanks!

Glad we could help.

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