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Trying to reformat my computer, but when I get the 'press any button to boot from CD' upon startup... nothing happens and windows boots.. my keyboard works.. I know that much.

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Hit f2 or delete repeatedly at first booting and go into bios. oook for a setting about boot order or boot priority and set the cd-rom to first, and everything else off, if possible, for the time being. then try to boot form cd.

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