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Extrenal cd rom will not boot

Am trying to put windows xp on to a dell latitude c400
using an extrenal cd rom

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Go into the setup menu on boot (before the windows screen appears) by pressing F2 or F10.
Go to the Boot Options and check that the CD-ROM/USB Device boots before the hard disk drive. Save and Exit.

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