Setting your computer up to boot from your CD/DVD drive

by on June 9, 2009

Q: All attempts to remove a serious virus from my computer have failed and I wish to reformat and start from scratch. I would appreciate instruction on how to do this as I have never attempted it before, but at this point I have nothing to loose. Any files I wish to keep have been backed up. I am running Windows XP and have a set of recovery discs if they are required.

I have had no luck with the recovery discs. When I reboot my computer with the recovery discs in Windows just boots up and I am never prompted to start the recovery process. I have not been able to find any  read me files for further info on the discs nor could I find an .exe file to try to run the program.

I would like to just format the hard drive and start from scratch but am not sure how. Also, I wonder if the recovery discs aren’t working for some reason, will I be able to re-install the XP files? These recovery discs were made after I purchased the computer and have never been used before.

A: It sounds like your computer is not even trying to boot from your CD/DVD drive. To fix this you will need to go into your BIOS and change the boot order so that the CD/DVD drive is read before the hard drive. If you do not have it setup this way then it will always boot from your hard drive first and that is why you would end up in Windows instead of in the recovery program.

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