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March 11, 2011 4:08:38 PM

i cant boot from my cd and i have put cd 1st in bios and still i dont get the message to press any key from cd.its not the cd because i have tried it on others can someone help me please

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March 11, 2011 4:24:22 PM

Try disabling all the other boot devices in the BIOS.

If that doesn't work, try swapping in a different CD/DVD drive.
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March 11, 2011 4:39:39 PM

thanx afford 10 very helpful.while im at it can you explain why when im trying to format one of my computers to xp media center and when i stick the cd in.tells me to put the product key and i dont have it.i have click in my computer-right click open on disc-folder I386-unattend- and bottom the product key that it gives me but i go to put it on the slot of product key and tells me incorrect.is there a way or can you help me figure that out thank you
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March 11, 2011 4:56:47 PM

Where did you get the XP media center? Is it a full version or upgrade?
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March 11, 2011 4:57:44 PM

when i boot from cd it tells me (disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter)

whih i do and it keeps telling me the same can someone help
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March 11, 2011 4:58:30 PM

aford10 said:
Where did you get the XP media center? Is it a full version or upgrade?

full version
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March 11, 2011 4:58:32 PM

It's not reading your disc. If other computers can boot off it fine, then the problem is your CD/DVD drive.
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March 11, 2011 5:00:41 PM

ok thanx i figured that was the problem but why in my other computer it reads the disk,not on boot but regular
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March 11, 2011 5:03:51 PM

So you have multiple computers, and none of them can boot off the disc? And if you insert the disc, while on the desktop of the other computer, it launches the XP setup?
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March 11, 2011 5:10:09 PM

yes adford.its a windows 7 format disk and well the whole reason im booting from my cd is because the windows 7 cd is in spanish and i cant understand spanish so when i insert the disc i cant format because it tells me that my last up grade is in english .so i want to boot from cd so i can change the language to english and just format it sounds difficult but im sure im not doing something right.im kind of computer illiterate but i do follow directions very good can u help me
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March 11, 2011 6:05:46 PM

The current install is in English? Then why would you want to format with a Spanish version of Windows 7?

Is XP or Windows 7 installed now? Which do you want to be installed?
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March 11, 2011 8:52:21 PM

i dont want to install in spanish.I currently have windows xp media center and i want to upgrade to windows 7.the disc i have is the windows 7 but its in spanish what can i do so i can proceed
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March 11, 2011 9:16:56 PM

yeah i understand aford10,but i cant do the install because before i get to the second step.it tells me error because the last update i got on my computer was in english and now i have a spanish disc.so thats where im stuck because i cant install im stuck on part 2
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March 11, 2011 9:31:31 PM

i havent been able to get to that screen because i cant boot cd,i have followed the steps.in bios taking all boots out except cd and it gives me (disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter)
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March 11, 2011 9:35:08 PM

melissa94 said:
....before i get to the second step.it tells me error because the last update i got on my computer was in english and now i have a spanish disc.so thats where im stuck because i cant install im stuck on part 2


I'm confused, I thought you were getting this. ^^
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March 11, 2011 9:39:09 PM

i am getting it aford10 believe i am,and u have been very helpful thank u
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March 11, 2011 9:47:19 PM

Thanks. I'd like to help you get this sorted out. I'm just a little confused as to how you're getting the disk boot failure, and the language error after step 1 of the install.
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March 11, 2011 9:59:03 PM

ok aford i appreciate u very much.Here it goes and its been driving me crazy since wednesday.a friend lend me a disk he had for formatting windows 7.Its in spanish.So i brought it home and i put the disk in.Before the second step an error pops up saying that my last format was in englisg and i cannot procced so my computer does read the disk.So i took it back to his house and he taught me how to boot in cd, which he did the process in front of me and the disk went to this screen http://pcsupport.about.com/od/oper [...] rt-1_5.htm.he didnt proceed because he said the rest i can handle.so i took it home and my computer would boot cd until you showed me how to boot from bios with taking the other boots away,which you solve that issue.Now the problem i have is that when i boot from cd it tells me (disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter). so i havent actually seen that screen on my computer but i have seen it on my friends computer and that whats boggling me.sorry to confuse u
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March 11, 2011 10:07:16 PM

Ok, that makes a little more sense. So you first tried doing it inside windows (which is where you got the language error.

Look at the boot options in the BIOS. Sometimes there is an option for CD/DVD drive, but will also list your actual CD/DVD drive model as an option. If it lists your CD/DVD drive model as an option, you'll want that as the first boot device instead of the generic CD/DVD option.
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March 11, 2011 10:18:44 PM

no theres only one option on cd/dvd which is the one i have chosen and i have taken the other boots out (hardware floppy disc ect.)the way u showed me earlier.now i can boot cd but it gives me the (disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter)
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March 11, 2011 10:34:50 PM

If you're getting that message, then it's not booting off the CD. It's looking for the specified boot device, and not finding it.

You can try hitting the Enter key a few times, and see if it's just slow in recognizing the disc. Other than that, my best suggestion, would be to try a different CD drive.

Is it a burned CD? Does it look scratched or smudged? If yes, try cleaning it with a soft cloth, and a few drops of water. That can help the drive read the disc.
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March 11, 2011 10:46:29 PM

aford10 thank u you are a genious.i tried a different cd drive and yes!!!!!!!.
wow i wish i had your skills.Im a welder but i got a better oppurtunity in ACS in other words a better job and thats why i learning about computers because prior to last month all i knew was to check emails and basic stuff.but in order to get that job i have to pass COMPTIA a+ 220-701 AND 220-702.they gave me sybex and pearson books but they were expensive for me and is there a better way i could learn the essentials and practical exam,like a software u know of or something that wont break my wallet
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March 11, 2011 11:01:45 PM

yes io have taken them already but i was wondering if u knew a complete software website or something similar to that but 1000000000 thanx thank u and have a good weekend
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March 11, 2011 11:06:10 PM

I'm not aware of many other free ones. Some can be pretty expensive.

Glad I could be of some help. Have a good one!
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March 11, 2011 11:15:23 PM

sorry to bother u aford10 but if i ever need help is there any way i can email u again u are very helpful
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March 11, 2011 11:23:44 PM

Sure, see that green envelope to the left of my avatar? That will send me a personal message directly. I am on here quite often, so I check them regularly. If I can't be of help, I'm sure I can find someone who can.
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