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Windows 7: PC Will not boot from CD despite CD first in Boot order


01 Apr 2014   #1

London
 
 
PC Will not boot from CD despite CD first in Boot order

Hi,

Newbie alert. I am guessing this is the correct forum for this question if not mods please move.

I rebooted my PC last Friday and it failed to reboot Win 7. I've tried all the main solutions: safe mode, Windows defender. I was trying to run with a recovery disc created on another win 7 64bit then start up with Ubuntu just to backup my files.
However I have changed my BIOS Boot order to CD and it still keeps booting to the Windows recovery screen.

The CD-Rom Group is number 1 in the boot order.
Has anyone any ideas?

Thanks

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01 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gasper View Post
Hi,

Newbie alert. I am guessing this is the correct forum for this question if not mods please move.

I rebooted my PC last Friday and it failed to reboot Win 7. I've tried all the main solutions: safe mode, Windows defender. I was trying to run with a recovery disc created on another win 7 64bit then start up with Ubuntu just to backup my files.
However I have changed my BIOS Boot order to CD and it still keeps booting to the Windows recovery screen.

The CD-Rom Group is number 1 in the boot order.
Has anyone any ideas?

Thanks
When you are at Windows Recovery Screen, does it give you an option for System Restore? If so, choose that and go to a date before you had the problem. This should repair it.
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01 Apr 2014   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Might be something with bios settings.

If you have a key F11 or similar to bring up one time boot menu, that is easiest. Should be in your motherboard manual.
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01 Apr 2014   #4

London
 
 

Thanks for the response bigmck.

The only options I get on the Win recovery screen are:
Launch start up repair (recommended)
Start Windows Normally.

If I select start up repair the PC loads some files, goes black screen for some minutes then just displays a light blue screen with a sun ray type pattern and nothing else.
If I select start Windows it looks like it is starting but then just sticks n the Windows logo.

One other point: Although in the bios set up utility it says CD is first boot device, on the boot-time diagnostic screen it says, at the bottom:
1st drive : Hard drive name
2nd drive : cd drive name.

Cheers
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01 Apr 2014   #5

London
 
 

Thanks SIW2.

Wouldn't have a clue about the motherboard manual but I have tried hitting all F keys without any result.
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01 Apr 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

What is the PC or mobo maker? BIOS Boot menu keys

How to Boot A Computer from CD or DVD - YouTube

What I would do is make the Windows 7 installation media for your licensed version from Step 9 of
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start then work through those steps, starting with System Restore run from System Recovery Options . The steps also include a method to rescue your files, then if necessary reinstall.
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01 Apr 2014   #7

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I have agree with greg on the last post. It does sound like there is a very distinct possibility you may need to reinstall windows; so with that in mind i hope you bothered to back up anything important.
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01 Apr 2014   #8

London
 
 

Thanks Gregrocker

It's an HP and I was aware of the esc key. I have already set the boot order as per the video but the PC still insists on booting from HD.
As I said in an earlier post I only get the option to start repair of windows and neither actually start, so I'm not going to bother with the Partition Wizard.

Anyway I just ran Smart Short self test and got a fail, so I'm now assuming it's a HD failure that is causing my problems.

I Just want to try and get my data. Matts6887, I do keep backups but haven't done for a couple of weeks so just most recent work is missing and that's just a pain not a disaster.

Any suggestions how I can stop it booting from HD so the CD will run?
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01 Apr 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gasper View Post
One other point: Although in the bios set up utility it says CD is first boot device, on the boot-time diagnostic screen it says, at the bottom:
1st drive : Hard drive name
2nd drive : cd drive name.
I think you need to go into Bios and check again on the boot sequence. Either the CD is first or it's not. It can't be two different ways.
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01 Apr 2014   #10

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi Gasper and welcome to the Forum. You say that you made the Windows Recovery CD on another machine. Are you sure that it is a BOOTABLE cd. Have you tried it on another machine to be sure.
At boot time, does it even try to boot from the CD? Any lights flash on the CD Drive when booting?
Cheers
JohnnyA
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