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Re: Unable to boot Vista install DVD on FreeDOS
Your DVD should be bootable -- that is, restart and it should boot off DVD. If in fact you have an installable copy of Vista, and you have a working DVD drive.
If those two answers are correct, restart your computer and immediately figure out how to get into the BIOS -- Normally delete, F1, F2 or F10. Hit 'em all real quick and keep trying, looking also for something like "To enter into system configuration, hit ..."
There should be an entry for boot preference. Just make sure CD/DVD/removable media/ATAPI drives are listed before your hard drive.
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Have you installed the Windows OS on the new HDD? Insert the new Windows OS in the DVD rom drive, shut down, Unplug, remove battery, plug in, at boot the new OS DVD should start and ask Press any key to boot from CD/DVD, tap key.
Alright, here is what you need to do. Go to the BIOS. When you turn on your PC, it first shows the manufactures' message. Under the logo there should be a instruction on how to open the BIOS. Press the button that opens it. Go to the tab boot, and select the CD/DVD drive as boot device 1#. Go to the tab exit, and select "Save settings and exit". Insert the CD/DVD with the Operating System of your choice. If FreeDOS already booted, reboot the PC with the disc inserted. Wait untill a line saying "Boot from CD" (It could be anything near this) and press any key. Now follow the steps of the installation. If it doesn't say this, it might is not a bootable CD/DVD. Purchased disc with Windows should boot. If not, bring it back. I hope this helped, and if the problem persists, don't hesitate to come back to FixYa. Thanks, and have a great day.
How did you format the computer, inside windows or outside?
Try this change the boot sequence from the BIOS instead of booting first to HD make your optical drive as first boot. After changing the boos sequence insert the windows vista disk to the drive then restart the computer. When it boots it will ask you to press any key to boot to CD/DVD. Keep tapping on space bar. If you notice it will say windows copying files. When copying files completed we isolated the problem dvd rom is fine and the vista installer is fine as well.
If the problem only started in or during attempting to format you HDD might causes the problem.
This is Vista you are running and there are a couple of options. I'll go for the easy one first
Boot and insert Vista install or recovery DVD (any Vista disc will do for this)
Reboot and hopefully it will offer the option to boot from the DVD. Take this option and follow it through until you are offered the option to install Vista or repair your computer. Just follow things though from there and it MAY repair the boot problem.
If it does not offer you the initial boot option then look on the initial boot screen for the boot options key - probably F11 or F12 - and press that during initial boot to obtain the boot options screen
i have a problem when my external drive is in the usb and i start my laptop it says bootmgr is missing how can i sort this problem as i have to take it out of the usb plug to get my laptop working the i plug the external drive back in and it works,