Windows can't boot from CD


My Windows (OS: XP Pro) cannot be booted from the CD drive (it is a working CD!). It always routes back to boot from C drive.

I have checked the boot sequence in the BIOS, the first boot is from CD then C:.

What have possibly gone wrong? Any helps appreciate. Thanks.

Lee CC
Now we are getting somewhere! :-)

(Actually, it IS a keyboard issue. Your keyboard only works in your BIOS environment. In the bootable Windows CD environment, it stops working. This can be easily fixed, though; it is VERY common.)

EDIT: As has been correctly pointed out by Tech-Geek and Noel, it is possible that it is not a keyboard issue! The CD might work well in one PC but not in another, depending on a number of factors. A solution might be to use another CD. Or the CD drive might need to be replaced. Then again, it is still possible it is either a keyboard or BIOS setting for legacy/USB devices!)

Look at the manual for your motherboard. Page 32.

2-7 Integrated Peripherals

What is the setting for USB Keyboard Support -- Disabled (the default) or Enabled?

What kind of keyboard are you using -- wireless or wired? USB or PS/2?

Also, on the same page, you will see an entry for On-Chip SATA Mode. You might need to change that (temporarily) in order to use the Recovery Console. More info (lifted form your manual):

On-Chip SATA Mode:
Configures the integrated SATA controller.

Disabled Disables the integrated SATA controller.

Auto Lets the BIOS set SATA devices to Combined or Enhanced mode.

If your onboard SATA controller is automatically configured to Combined mode, you can manually re-configure it to Enhanced mode as needed. (Default)

Combined Sets all SATA devices to operate in PATA mode. Combined allows a maximum of 4 ATA devices to be used simultaneously: two PATA devices plus two SATA devices.

Enhanced Sets all SATA devices to operate in SATA mode.

Non-Combined Sets all SATA devices to operate in PATA mode and disables the integrated IDE controller.


What is your current setting for On-Chip SATA Mode?

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Last updated June 8, 2020 Views 4,246 Applies to: