This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
Quick Tips: Quick Tips: Boot your computer from a CD
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

Quick Tips: Quick Tips: Boot your computer from a CD

1:57 /

How to tweak the PC's BIOS so your PC can boot off a CD recovery disk or other program.

[ Background Music ] >> Booting from CD is one of those computer functions that everyone kind of assumes you know how to do. I'm Tom Merritt from and after this quick tip, you will know. Now, maybe you'll just boot from a CD. Put a bootable CD-ROM in the drive, restart the computer and see but if it doesn't work for you here's what to try next. The BIOS is the part of the PC that boots up first and figures out where the operating system is. You can usually access it by pressing a function key during boot up. Often, the proper key will actually be noted briefly on the screen right after you power up. If you cant figure it out at all, do a search or visit's access BIOS page. Once you're in, different BIOS's work slightly differently, but you wanna find an option for boot order. Then you'll be presented with some gobble that represents all the different parts of your machine. This is a priority list of devices from which to boot your computer. The computer checks each device in order until it finds a device that has a bootable operating system. Now, a fair warning, you can really mess up your computer mocking about in the BIOS so be very, very, very careful what you do here. Try to identify which item corresponds to your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. It should say something like CD-ROM if you're lucky and then find which item corresponds to your hard drive. It's probably gonna say something like HD01 or it might have the operating systems name. Following the on screen instructions, move the CD-ROM up the list of priority above the hard drive. If in doubt, move the CD-ROM all the way to the top then save the setting. Next time your computer boots, it will check to see if a bootable CD exists in the CD-ROM drive and boot from that. If not, it will boot from the next item you have on the list, most likely the hard drive. That's it for this Quick Tip, I'm Tom Merritt for

New releases

Tomorrow Daily 043: Time traveling...
24:00 August 27, 2014
On today's show, we discuss using virtual reality as an illusion of time travel, check out Royal Carribbean's...
Play video
Easily run Windows and Mac OS...
2:49 August 27, 2014
Parallels Desktop 10 makes switching between operating systems a snap
Play video
Not quite high caliber blendin...
2:41 August 27, 2014
Beneath the overblown health hype, the NutriBullet works well enough, but doesn't stand out from less expensive...
Play video
Melitta's cheap drip makes bitter...
2:07 August 27, 2014
Think twice about choosing the Melitta 10-Cup Coffeemaker to save cash.
Play video
Too-hot tech: Overheating Surface...
2:55 August 27, 2014
Hewlett-Packard recalls more than 6 million defective power cords, Microsoft promises a fix for overheating...
Play video
The gigantic Lexus GX 460
5:59 August 27, 2014
Lexus' second largest SUV may be a better fit for big luxury drivers.
Play video
The Bowers and Wilkins CM1 speakers...
1:50 August 27, 2014
The Bowers and Wilkins CM1 S2 speakers look great and sound terrific but aren't the best choice for punk...
Play video
Plantronics BackBeat Pro: A full-size...
2:33 August 27, 2014
The $250/£250 BackBeat Pro is Plantronic's version of the Beats Studio Wireless, with noise canceling inc...
Play video

Video discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre