Prevent Win7 from reading CD at startup

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seashell

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Is there a way to prevent Win7 from reading my CDROM at startup? Its a bit anoying to hear the drive speed up and I also have the feeling that it delays the startup a bit. I know this might not be a problem if I just removed the CD, but since the Starcraft CD is the only one I use at the moment that doesn't make sense to me.
 
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Sometimes if you remove any discs in the Cd drive then on startup it will be quicker or you can go into bios and maybe set the Hard drive as first boot device Save and Exit
 

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Whether or not removing the CD will speed up booting depends on why it's reading it. As Megabite said, it could be reading it to see if the CD is bootable. In that case removing either the CD or the 'boot first from CD' option that Megabite recommended will speed up booting. But if it's just reading it so it knows what CD is in the drive (e.g. to show the CD name/details in Explorer) then I doubt if it's affecting the boot time at all. At least it doesn't for me.
 
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