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  • Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD

    Posted on May 22nd, 2009 admin No comments

    Many computers are not configured to boot from the CDROM. If you cannot boot from the CDROM, this is probably due to the boot order of your devices being incorrect. You can change this in the BIOS.

    You enter the BIOS from the first screen you see when you turn your computer on. To enter your BIOS, most users here will press the DEL key.

    Most Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Sony & HP systems will press F2.

    Compaq users will usually have to press F10.

    IBM typically uses F1 or F2.

    Other brands may have different keys to press to enter setup, F1, F2, Del, Tab and CTRL+S. If possible see the manual for your computer or motherboard. Also, the BIOS will usually display which button to press to “enter setup” during POST (if it flashes by too fast, press the Pause key).

    When you enter the BIOS setup, you need to change the boot order. The CDROM should be setup before the Hard Drive. Each BIOS is different, but here is an example:

    xpbios

    IMPORTANT NOTE: After running a repair, you may find that Windows Update refuses to install the most recent 80 patches. This is because the latest version of Windows Update is broken, and doesn’t register some DLLs if they’re previously been registered (as happens with a repair install). Here’s a work around until they get it fixed:

    1. Stop the Automatic Updates service. To do this, follow these steps:
      1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
      2. At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press ENTER after each command:
        net stop wuauserv
        exit
    2. Register the file that is used by Windows Update and Microsoft Update. To do this, follow these steps:
      1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
      2. At the command prompt, type the following command, press ENTER after the command, and then click OK when you receive a verification message:
        regsvr32 %windir%\system32\wups2.dll
        Note: for x64 machines regsvr32 %windir%\syswow64\wups2.dll
    3. Start the Automatic Updates service. To do this, follow these steps:
      1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
      2. At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press ENTER after each command:
        net start wuauserv
        exit

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