The computer's BIOS allows you to set the boot order. That is, the order of where it looks for a bootable disk. Setting the CD ROM drive before the hard disk forces booting from the O/S disk when placed in the CD ROM drive and the computer is restarted.
Hi: I have an interesting question for everyone. Should I ever use one of the utility programs to wipe my hard drive completely, how do I reinstall Windows XP since the CD driver has been erased? How can you reinstall an operating system that is on CD when you have no driver for the CD player? The reason I am asking these questions is that I might want to give my computer to friend and I want my stuff off of the hard drive and my friend to be able to use the computer. Please advise. Thanks in advance. Jim