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Computer is not reading the start up disk. I can't get to the start up wizard

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    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    If you go to my computer and select the CD drive, does it read it then?



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If you are trying to boot to a start up disk then you may need to check your bios settings to make sure that the drive you are trying to boot from is 1st in the order. I dont know what computer you have so I can't tell you how to get into your bois but you can try the delete key when the computer boots or may an ALT key. You may even see a quick message on how to get into the setup when your computer boots up.

(NOTE: Use caution when modifying your Bios settings.)

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To create a password reset disk for your local user account, use one of the following methods.

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The following methods require one blank, formatted floppy disk.

Use a computer administrator account
If you logged on to the computer by using an administrator account, follow these steps to create a password reset disk for a user account:
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  2. Under Pick a category, click User Accounts.
  3. Under Related Tasks, click Prevent a forgotten password to start the Forgotten Password Wizard.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Insert a blank, formatted disk into drive A, and then click Next.
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If you forget your password, you can log on to the computer by using a new password that you create by using the Password Reset Wizard and your password reset disk. To do this, follow these steps:
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  3. Click Next.
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  5. Type a new password in the Type a new password box.
  6. Type the same password in the Type the password again to confirm box.
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Presumable it initially booted from the disk and you went through the procedure wizard of telling the computer to install a fresh copy of the operating system deleting any existing operating systems, and you didn't ask it to partition the disk and retain the OS that was originally on the HDD.

After formatting it should continue to install the OS on the drive you specified from the CD/DVD disk.

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