How to boot a Dell from a CD

If you want to install an operating system or try Linux with a LiveCD you need to use a bootable CD. You can boot from a CD on a Dell computer in two different ways. For the first way, you must enter the BIOS (basic input output system, Basic Input Output System in English) and change the order of the boot system to make the CD player the first to start. The second way is to show the boot menu and choose the CD player. The boot menu changes the boot order only once, while the BIOS changes that order until you change it again.

If you want to install an operating system or try Linux with a LiveCD you need to use a bootable CD. You can boot from a CD on a Dell computer in two different ways. For the first way, you must enter the BIOS (basic input output system, Basic Input Output System in English) and change the order of the boot system to make the CD player the first to start. The second way is to show the boot menu and choose the CD player. The boot menu changes the boot order only once, while the BIOS changes that order until you change it again.

BIOS

Step 1

Turn on the computer and press “F2” when the Dell logo appears on the screen.

Step 2

Navigate with the arrow keys and select the “Start” tab. Choose the option “Start first” or “1st start device”. Change the device by your CD player using the “+” or “-” keys.

Step 3

Select the “Start second” or “2nd boot device” option and change the device to your hard drive. The device has the name of the manufacturer of the hard drive, for example, WD10EARS for a 1Tb Western Digital hard drive.

Step 4

Save and close the BIOS by pressing the “Esc” key and selecting “Save changes”.

Step 5

Insert the CD from which you want to start to start with it.

Start menu

Step 1

Turn on your computer and insert the boot CD.

Step 2

Press the “F12” key when the Dell logo appears on the screen.

Step 3

Select the CD player in the boot menu. Press “Enter” to start booting from the CD.

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