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This document shows you how to set your computer boot from CD/DVD-ROM. There are some differences between various BIOS model and computer model, but the key steps are the same. If you cannot find the example match your computer, you can take this document as reference.

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Key steps:

  • 1. Press BIOS Entry Key to access BIOS setup utility.
  • 2. Open boot option.
  • 3. Select the CD-ROM drive as the first boot device.

How to boot from CD/DVD-ROM - Example for setting PhoenixBIOS to boot from CD/DVD-ROM

To set your computer boot from CD/DVD-ROM, please follow the detailed steps below:

Step 1: Press BIOS Entry Key immediately and repeatedly after powering on, until BIOS setup screen appears. Note: Different computer model has different BIOS Entry Key. Now we press F2 to enter PhoenixBIOS setup utility. Tip: More BIOS Entry Keys for various PC model, see BIOS Entry Key table.

BIOS Entry key screenshot

Step 2: When BIOS setup screen appears, screenshot shown as follow:

Step 3: Use ◄ ► key, move selected item to Boot item. Make it selected. Shown as follow:

Step 4: Use +/- key to move CD-ROM Drive item to the first. Shown as follow:

Step 5: Press F10 to save the setting and Exit.
Tip: If you want your computer to boot from Windows password reset CD/DVD disk, now insert Windows password reset CD/DVD disk to CD/DVD-ROM and press enter key to go on.


BOIS Entry Key Table:

Manufacturer Model BIOS Entry key
HP HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built in 2006 or later (came with Vista or Windows 7)) F10
HP HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built before 2006 (XP or earlier) ) F1
HP HP Notebook PCs F10
DELL Dell Inspiron, Dell Dimension, Dell Precision, Dell Optiplex, Dell Vostro
Dell XPS
DELL Dell Latitude Fn+F1
Acer Aspire, Power, Veriton, Extensa, Ferrari, TravelMate, Altos DEL or F2
Gateway DX, FX, One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro F1
Gateway Older model F2
Lenovo Lenovo F2
Fujitsu,NEC, Sharp Fujitsu,NEC, Sharp F2
Toshiba Portégé, Satellite, Tecra, Equium F1 or ESC
Toshiba Toshiba Equium F12
Shuttle Glamor G-Series, D'vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, X Mini XPC, Surveillance F1 or DEL
Phoenix Phoenix BIOS F2
AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) BIOS F1
AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) BIOS DEL

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