How do I access list of 'Boot Devices' at startup

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    In my Asus P5LD2 running Windows XP, I used to be able to get at the Boot Devices list by pressing a 'hot key' at 'Post' during start up. I have forgotten what key I pressed during the Post message, for this purpose.

    I am NOT looking for the Boot Options Menu which is opened by pressing F8 during Post. I am referring to the little window that opens, only showing the list of all the boot devices such as the Hard Disk, DVD Drives, USB Ports, so that I can click and select what I want to boot from, without opening the BIOS.

    I just can't recollect what key I pressed to do this.
     
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    restart computer and immediately start tapping the esc key to get to boot devices
     
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    Thank you Elizabeth I tried this but it is not working for me. The computer ignores this and continue to boot from the hard disk which is the default boot device in BIOS.
     
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    Yes, it is not in the manual but it was possible to do. I discovered this some time back quite by accident when doing something else at start up. I should have written it down at that time!
     
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    It almost sounds as if that is exactly what you're asking for. There are lots of Youtube videos for ASUS models such as yours that show by pressing F8 a window pops up with a list of boot devices allowing you to use the cursor keys to select which one to boot from WITHOUT opening the BIOS.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/zdYHMsMjg1FqbEzV8
     
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    @ClippyBeer, Thank you for the link. Seems to have a lot of valuable information.

    @Elizabeth23, I found the trick by trial and error. At the initial screen that shows the Asus logo I pressed the Tab to display the Post message and then pressed F8 which brought out the Boot Devices window. As you noted this is not in the manual.
     
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