How can I boot Windows from CD and re-install it?

Steve August 2, 2011
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I was running Windows XP Pro on my computer, but had to install Linux 11.04 when Windows crashed. I managed to re-install Windows, but my internet wouldn’t work because I didn’t have the drivers installed. So I’m running Ubuntu 11.04, but can’t get my Windows CD to boot up.

When I try to boot my computer with the CD in the drive, it goes to the screen where it says “press a button to boot from CD” or where you have to select from boot options, or whatever, but my computer won’t register it when I try to use the keyboard. Is there a way that I can boot up the CD?

  1. Anonymous
    August 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    stop and deconect and unplugthe system, then boot to windows and see if it works

    if you have realtek then there is a diagnostic tool

    download a new driver and from the desktop install it.

    Under network connections-double click Local area connection-properties-TCP/IP
    properties-Use the following
    Mask -
    Primary DNS say
    Click OK

    on ubuntu

    August 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Hello, also if you have a keyboard connected to a usb port, make sure to into BIOS and enable usb legacy. 

  3. Jeffery Fabish
    August 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    This is most likely because you're using an older keyboard or it has old firmware. Have you a USB port that is connected directly to your motherboard? If so, use it because your BIOS isn't detecting it as a "crucial device" on the BIOS Post-Test. If not do you have a PS/2 keyboard you could use? 

    Check your BIOS and make sure Plug & Play and USB or USB2 is enabled in your settings. If you can't find it there, when booting, look for text that says "Press &lt key &gt to switch to post", you'll want to press that key. This will add overhead to your boot time but should detect all devices.