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Cannot boot to DVD drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by email@email.net, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. email@email.net

    email@email.net Flightless Bird

    I would like to re-install Windows. I put the Windows system disk in my CD/DVD drive and
    restart Windows. A prompt comes up saying "Press any key to boot to CD." I press a key,
    several keys, and watch as Windows boots normally from the hard disk. I have set the first
    boot device in my BIOS to be the CDROM drive. Why is this happening?


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  2. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On 04 Jul 2010 17:34:57 GMT, Clydesdale (email@email.net) wrote:

    > I would like to re-install Windows. I put the Windows system disk in my CD/DVD drive and
    > restart Windows. A prompt comes up saying "Press any key to boot to CD." I press a key,
    > several keys, and watch as Windows boots normally from the hard disk. I have set the first
    > boot device in my BIOS to be the CDROM drive. Why is this happening?



    The disk you put in the drive is probably not what you think it is;
    it's probably not a bootable CD.

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  3. Clydesdale

    Clydesdale Flightless Bird

    The disk is the Windows system disk that came with the pc. It has
    worked to re-install Windows many times over the last few years.


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  4. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:4c30c641$0$9866$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com,
    Clydesdale <email@email.net> typed:
    > I would like to re-install Windows. I put the Windows
    > system disk in my CD/DVD drive and restart Windows. A
    > prompt comes up saying "Press any key to boot to CD." I
    > press a key, several keys, and watch as Windows boots
    > normally from the hard disk. I have set the first boot
    > device in my BIOS to be the CDROM drive. Why is this
    > happening?


    Restart the computer; not windows.
     
  5. boatman312

    boatman312 Flightless Bird

    On 07/07/10 2:48 PM, Twayne wrote:
    > In news:4c30c641$0$9866$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com,
    > Clydesdale<email@email.net> typed:
    >> I would like to re-install Windows. I put the Windows
    >> system disk in my CD/DVD drive and restart Windows. A
    >> prompt comes up saying "Press any key to boot to CD." I
    >> press a key, several keys, and watch as Windows boots
    >> normally from the hard disk. I have set the first boot
    >> device in my BIOS to be the CDROM drive. Why is this
    >> happening?



    Do you have a USB keyboard? Do the keyboard lights flash on boot? Some
    older machines won't find it, so you'll have to use a PS2 adapter or
    keyboard.
     

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