Solved Cant get into Bios to change boot order (ThinkPad T450)

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LostMyWalrus

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So, my friend has just received a laptop that isn't exactly functional at the moment. It only has Ubuntu on it, which is in guest mode, and there is no known password for elevated privileges (that we actually have). So I made her a bootable USB with Windows on it to install. The problem is that we can't seem to get into the BIOS, no matter how quick we are (tried everything). When taken to the GRUB bootloader, this is all we get:


Are there any commands I can use in Grub to get it to see the USB, or is there something I can accomplish in guest mode to change the delay so I can get into the BIOS? Or, is there a way I can help her get sudo access? I thought maybe it could have something to do with fast boot or something, but I have no idea. It's a little difficult because she's across the country, but I know more than she does when it comes to computers, so I'm trying to help.

The laptop is a Lenovo ThinkPad T450. Please feel free to ask me for any other necessary information. I wasn't sure if this would be enough, but didn't know what else to include.
Thank you in advance for your time! ^_^
 

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Lenovo ThinkPad T450 Laptop (support site)

You didn't say which Windows version and bit number you used to create that bootable USB thumb drive.

I know nothing about Ubuntu or GRUB, so someone else who does will need to address it.

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Hello LostMyWalrus,

The only way to access and change settings in the BIOS is by using the set keys, see here these computers can sometimes have up to four passwords on them so I hope they are all available if they have been set.
 

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Going by phillpower2's post try pressing Enter key just after switch on (which may give a menu) then pressing F12 should give a boot device menu where the Usb stick can be selected.
 
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