Desktop Boards
Desktop Boards
Using Fast Boot to Reduce Boot Time

Fast Boot is a feature in BIOS that can help to reduce the time it takes to boot Intel® Desktop Boards.

View Fast Boot video tutorial

The Fast Boot option has three optimization settings that allow General, USB and Video Optimization to be turned on or off separately. By default, all Fast Boot options are disabled.

To enable Fast Boot:

  1. During boot, enter the BIOS setup by pressing F2.
  2. Go to the Boot menu.
  3. Enable the Fast Boot setting.
  4. Enable any (or all) of the three Fast Boot options:
    • General Optimization
    • USB Optimization
    • Video Optimization
  5. Press F10 to Save and Exit.
Setting Description
General Optimization If you enable General Optimization, the system boots faster because the following features are disabled:
  • Boot to Network
  • Boot to Optical Devices
  • Boot to Removable Devices

RAID devices are bootable, but not configurable.

USB Optimization If you enable USB Optimization, all USB devices will be unavailable until after the operating system boots but the system will boot faster.

USB Optimization cannot be enabled if a User Password or Hard Drive Password is installed.

Enabling this feature will prevent using a USB keyboard to enter BIOS setup. This feature can be temporary disabled by unplugging the computer. The USB optimization feature will be disabled for the first boot after restoring power to the system.

Video Optimization If you enable Video Optimization, the BIOS displays text only (a custom logo does not display) but the system will boot faster. If disabled, the BIOS displays the logo but boots slower. Changes to this setting do not affect video capabilities after the operating system boots.

Recovery options

Fast boot recovery
The BIOS can tell if the previous boot was unsuccessful. When the computer is booted, if the previous boot failed during POST, Fast Boot is disabled and the following message displays: The previous boot attempt failed. Would you like to restore Fast Boot on the next boot? (Y/N)

If the boot attempt fails after POST, such as OS boot failure, no message is displayed and Fast Boot is still active.

Power button recovery
The power button can be used to recover if you encounter Fast Boot problems.

From a powered off state, press and hold the power button for about 2 seconds (release it when you hear three short beeps). The BIOS will follow a normal boot path as if Fast Boot were disabled.

If Fast Boot is enabled, the following message displays: Fast Boot failsafe trigger was detected. Would you like to restore Fast Boot on the next boot? (Y/N)

Back to BIOS recovery
This method can only be used for Intel® Desktop Boards that include the Back to BIOS feature.

Pressing the Back to BIOS button on the back panel of the board triggers a recovery boot process. It forces the BIOS to boot directly into the BIOS Setup, where you can disable Fast Boot if needed.

BIOS recovery with the configuration jumper
This method can be used with any Intel® Desktop Board.

  1. See the Product Guide or Technical Product Specification for the location of the BIOS configuration jumper.
  2. Move the jumper from Pins 1-2 to Pins 2-3.
  3. Turn on the system. It will boot directly into the BIOS, where you can turn off Fast Boot if needed.

A/C power loss when Fast Boot is enabled
If your system loses A/C power during the POST process, the board detects the A/C power loss on the next boot and this message displays: The previous boot attempt failed. Would you like to restore Fast Boot on the next boot? (Y/N)

This applies to:

Intel® Desktop Board D2500CC
Intel® Desktop Board D2500HN
Intel® Desktop Board D2550DC2
Intel® Desktop Board D2550MUD2
Intel® Desktop Board D2700DC
Intel® Desktop Board D2700MUD
Intel® Desktop Board D410PT
Intel® Desktop Board D425KT
Intel® Desktop Board D510MO
Intel® Desktop Board D525MW
Intel® Desktop Board DB65AL
Intel® Desktop Board DB75EN
Intel® Desktop Board DB85FL
Intel® Desktop Board DH55HC
Intel® Desktop Board DH55PJ
Intel® Desktop Board DH55TC
Intel® Desktop Board DH57DD
Intel® Desktop Board DH57JG
Intel® Desktop Board DH61AG
Intel® Desktop Board DH61AGL
Intel® Desktop Board DH61BE
Intel® Desktop Board DH61BF
Intel® Desktop Board DH61CR
Intel® Desktop Board DH61DL
Intel® Desktop Board DH61HO
Intel® Desktop Board DH61KVCH
Intel® Desktop Board DH61SA
Intel® Desktop Board DH61SKCH
Intel® Desktop Board DH61WW
Intel® Desktop Board DH61ZE
Intel® Desktop Board DH67BL
Intel® Desktop Board DH67CF
Intel® Desktop Board DH67CL
Intel® Desktop Board DH67GD
Intel® Desktop Board DH67VR
Intel® Desktop Board DH77DF
Intel® Desktop Board DH77EB
Intel® Desktop Board DH77KC
Intel® Desktop Board DH87MC
Intel® Desktop Board DH87RL
Intel® Desktop Board DN2800MT
Intel® Desktop Board DP55KG
Intel® Desktop Board DP55SB
Intel® Desktop Board DP55WB
Intel® Desktop Board DP55WG
Intel® Desktop Board DP67BA
Intel® Desktop Board DP67BG
Intel® Desktop Board DP67DE
Intel® Desktop Board DQ57TM
Intel® Desktop Board DQ57TML
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67EP
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67OW
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67SW
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77CP
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77KB
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77MK
Intel® Desktop Board DQ87PG
Intel® Desktop Board DX58OG
Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO
Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2
Intel® Desktop Board DX79SI
Intel® Desktop Board DX79SR
Intel® Desktop Board DX79TO
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68AF
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68BC
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68PL
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68ZV
Intel® Desktop Board DZ75ML-45K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77BH-55K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77GA-70K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77RE-75K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77SL-50K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ87KLT-75K

Solution ID: CS-032034
Last Modified: 30-Oct-2014
Date Created: 17-Nov-2010