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Compaq will not boot from burned discs

Last response: in Windows XP
February 23, 2010 10:52:51 PM

I am working on a friend's PC and decided to reload WinXP on. The only problem is that I cannot get it to boot from the many WinXP CDs I have. From Pro to home, and from SP1 to SP3. Probably 5 discs, none of them boot. But the second I put a dell XP disc or authentic Vista disc in it will boot straight from it.

So my conclusion is that this PC will not boot from burned CDs. Any reason why?
February 24, 2010 2:45:29 AM

Hi Newcomer and Welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

1. Check & change the BIOS boot settings to boot from CD/DVD.
2. XP OS cd's you are having may not the bootable discs! Have you tried in some other systems ??
February 24, 2010 2:47:51 AM

I know the bios is set for DVD first. I know it works because like I said, the official vista disc I put in booted up. Just my burned XP discs that will not.

And yes these are bootable discs, I have been using them for a year or two on probably 50 systems.