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My CDROM is unfunctional. Can I use external CDROM to boot / install a new OS

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Only if it supports boot from other device on the bios menu...the issue my came on cause the external cd will use an usb slot ...and when you reinstall you loose for a few moments the usb choice will be to reinstall in a different partition directly from a image windows on the computer ...and after that just delete the old windows and also ..delete the boot ini after that by running MSconfig ...and get rid of the stuff that will prompt you to choose the old OS when you boot...its more complicated...but its the safe way ..and will work for sure can also choose to run a image from your D partition and replace your C partition windows without formating ...just reinstall in the same folder when will prompt you ...this might be triky when the pc is bugged and it might not get rid of all the specify how to do that ...just open any image (ISO) windows with winrar and run set-up...
you may also try to make a bootable usb memory stick and install the system from it...cause if it supports external cd will suport a usb stick also ...I do not know exctly how to explain you to make such a stick but I sow on the insternet some reviws about ..and it isnt complicated...
the most simpler solution is to replace the cd rom ...with any model the will suit into your machine ...even if it doesnt fit proper...just use it open to install and after that put back the old one to cover the hole...and you will do that until you find a suitable cd rom ...lets be honest despite the fact that is frustrating not to have a cd drive do not install it every week
Good luck ...and please prompt me with quiestions if I didnt make myself clear ...

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Yes ,BUT you have to get the laptop to recognize the external cd drive as the master cd drive, before it will boot fron it.

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