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Booting from CD after installing an OS in WinVPC

Posted by essjae on November 30, 2009

After you install an OS in Windows VPC, you’ll notice that you can’t boot from a CD after that…the reason, the boot order is hard drive then CD.  As long as your hard drive (VHD) is bootable, the VM won’t bother with your CD.

It’s fairly simple to change: first you need to get into the BIOS of the VM, to do this, you need to be able to see the VM’s boot window, press SHIFT+ESC as the VM starts to unhide this, next you need to be very quick and press the DEL key to enter the BIOS, as soon as your VM starts, rapidly hit the DEL key.  If you’re successful then you will be rewarded with the blue and gray BIOS screen.  Go to Boot–>Boot device priority, and change the 1st boot device to CD, the BIOS will automatically swap the Hard drive to the 2nd boot device.  Save your changes in the BIOS and now you will be able to boot from a CD or DVD.


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