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Boot from External CD Reader

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by akimatsu, Jul 20, 2006.

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  1. akimatsu

    akimatsu Thread Starter

    Dec 18, 2005
    I have an old computer, whose built in CD reader broke. I got an external USB CD reader. I would like to use the WinXP installation disk to totally format the harddrive, then re-install windows xp. However, to do that, i need to boot from the disk. When i go to "Boot from Devices" and choose CD, it tries to book from my original built-in CD reader, which is, agian, broken.

    How do I boot from the external CD device?

  2. ozrom1e


    May 15, 2006
    Unless the COMS (BIOS) lefts you boot from a cd and a USB port you are out of luck from what I have been told. What ever it is that you want to boot from has to have the capability to be in the boot order in CMOS.
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