Hi and thanks
The F2/F12 dance does nothing to address the issue. It appears that I can change the boot order and it appears I can boot from removeable media but the PC persists in actually booting from the HD.
BTW, Macrium allows the creation of a USB PE memory stick but this too fails. Windows 7 Recovery demands a CD/DVD only.
Might I have more success with other boot disks? Possibly, but the aim is to have a recovery setup so if the boot disk isn't able to address the backup image then it won't serve its purpose.
So now I'm wondering, if this PC won't boot from external media should I be thinking of installing a clone of the OS onto a second partition? That's a whole other question I know, and another one I know nothing about, at least in PC world.
Hmmm, stumped for now, but where there's life ...