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BIOS SETTINGS I am attempting to change back to Windows XP, which came with my new PC from Vista. I was told I need to change my BIOS settings to boot from the CDRom. (XP installation disk) Which came with my PC. What steps do I take to get to that point to format my hard drive?

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    Bobby King Jan 01, 2009

    Here's the problem: I changed the bios to boot from cd and restarted my pc. My pc starts right back up like I never did anything. Background comes up, etc. What am I doing wrong? Nothing about the cdrom comes up.

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    Bobby King Jan 01, 2009

    Ok, I'll try that. Thanks.

  • Bobby King
    Bobby King Jan 01, 2009

    I have 2 options when restarting my PC: Boot menu, F10 and Bios settings, F2. I clicked on F2 and scrolled down to where the boot from cd was and clicked on that and saved that. When my pc restarted, nothing about the cdrom came up.

  • Bobby King
    Bobby King Jan 01, 2009

    I will try that and let you know. I really appreciate you help.

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Take the battery out for an hour. There should be a JUMPER near the battery but the position will vary with different motherboards. It might say something like CLEAR CMOS. There are three pins. Move jumper to opposite setting and power up the computer. Shut down and reset the jumper to original position. In setup, CDROM should be set to FIRST BOOT DEVICE. If all of this does not work the first time try again. They can be stubborn sometimes. But this should get you to a point where you can re-install XP. If your computer has Vista installed none of this may work. I know very little about Vista.

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Once you have changed your bios to boot from CD the xp installation disk should start up and a partition manager will appear delete the existing partition and then press enter on install windows and the format tool will come up.

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  • machadojr_fe Jan 01, 2009

    that's strange check the BIOS to make sure it saved the CD setting and when restarting a black screen should come up that says (To Boot From CD Press Any Key................) when that comes up press any key and it should start.

  • machadojr_fe Jan 01, 2009

    Let me know if you need any more help and I will help you the best i can.

  • machadojr_fe Jan 01, 2009

    ok try using F10 and see if there is an option there to boot from the CD.

  • machadojr_fe Jan 01, 2009

    ok let me know what happens and thanks for letting us help at fixya!

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