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A. Solutions to Common Problems > A.1. Your Computer Won’t Boot from the CD

Your Computer Won’t Boot from the CD

Most modern computers are configured to attempt to boot from the CD before booting from the hard drive. The reason for this is to make it easier for you to use the Windows Restore CD when your computer gets messed up with viruses and spyware. But sometimes the settings get changed, and when you need to boot from a CD like Move, you find that it doesn’t work.

The problem is almost always that a setting in your computer’s startup code has changed the boot order to make your computer boot from the hard drive first. To fix this problem, boot up your computer and read the text that appears on the screen when your monitor first comes to life—you should see something like “Press F2 to Enter Setup” in the lower left or right corner. Press the specified key to enter your computer’s setup configuration screen. Look for the setting that specifies boot order; the exact location will vary depending on your computer’s manufacturer. When you find this setting, simply change it to boot from the CD-ROM before the hard drive, save the setting changes, reboot your machine, and you should be all set.


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