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I wiped the hard drive of all data and can't boot from disk. the windows disk will not boot on startup from cd drive. in the bios the only thing i'm booting from is the cd-drive, but it still won't boot.

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Go into your BIOS and change the boot order so that it boots from the CD drive first

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Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.
2.    When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
3.    If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console.
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