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How to Set Computer to Boot from CD/DVD-ROM

If you are using "Vodusoft Windows Password Reset" to reset forgotten Windows password with CD/DVD. You need to set your locked computer to boot from CD/DVD-ROM. This requires you to change devices boot priority on BIOS SETUP. Every PC provides BIOS for users to reset pc configuartions. It was set to boot from Hard Disk by difault to launch the Windows system.

This article describes how to reset your computer to boot from CD/DVD-ROM so that reset Windows password without logging.

Key steps: 1. Run BIOS SETUP - 2. Find Out Boot or Device Boot Priority option - 3. Set CD/DVD-ROM as the first boot device

This guide takes Award BIOS Utility for example to show you how to set your computer to boot from CD drive.
Note that there are some differences such as Entry Key and menu options in various BIOS model of computer because it depend on your Computer Mainboard and devices. Take it easy, the key steps on any BIOS SETUP Utility are similar.
Step One: Open BIOS SETUP Utility.

Start/restart your computer, press BIOS Entry Key such as DELETE/ F2 as soon as possible untill the BIOS screen appears. The BIOS Entry Key is different on various brands of desktop/laptop/tablet.

BOIS Entry Key:

Manufacturer Model BIOS Entry key
HP HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built in 2006 or later (came with Vista or Windows 7)) F10
HP HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built before 2006 (XP or earlier) ) F1
HP HP Notebook PCs F10
DELL Dell Inspiron, Dell Dimension, Dell Precision, Dell Optiplex, Dell Vostro
Dell XPS
DELL Dell Latitude Fn+F1
Accer Aspire, Power, Veriton, Extensa, Ferrari, TravelMate, Altos DEL or F2
Gateway DX, FX, One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro F1
Gateway Older model F2
Lenovo Lenovo F2
Fujitsu,NEC, Sharp Fujitsu,NEC, Sharp F2
Toshiba Portégé, Satellite, Tecra, Equium F1 or ESC
Toshiba Toshiba Equium F12
Shuttle Glamor G-Series, D'vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, X Mini XPC, Surveillance F1 or DEL
Phoenix Phoenix BIOS F2
AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) BIOS F1
AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) BIOS DEL


Step Two: Find Out Boot Setting option.

When the BIOS SETUP appears, you can hit ↑/↓on your keyboard to select Advanced BIOS Features and press Enter.

Step Three: Change devices boot priority.

When you get into the Advanced BIOS Features, you will find that there is an option "First Boot Device" on the screen. Now you can hit ↑/↓ key to high light this option and hit arrow key to select CDROM as the first boot device.

OK, press F10 to save the setting and exit, then the computer will restart automatically and boot from CDROM.

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