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"Press any key to boot from CD" then still goes to Windows instead of blue screen..??

Q: "Press any key to boot from CD" then still goes to Windows instead of blue screen..??

I'm trying to reformat the hard drive on our 2nd computer, and I have properly changed (and saved) the BIOS settings for Boot priority to "CD/DVD". In fact, I disabled all other choices for 2nd and 3rd priorities, etc. All the tech support/instruction articles I've found tell me I've succeeded here if I get the line "Press any key to boot from CD", which I have. However, when I press a key, in a moment it starts Windows up just like always, instead of giving me the blue screen.

The CD seems fine. I checked it from within windows, and the computer reads it correctly, and when I click on Setup, it brings up the menu of installation options, just like I want it to from the blue screen. Its just that I can't get to that point after the "Press any key..." part in the boot process.

What am I missing here?

Thanks!

Darren

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A: "Press any key to boot from CD" then still goes to Windows instead of blue screen..??

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Hello everyone, wasn't really sure where to post this but since I'm trying to install windows 7 here I am. A while back my hard drive died, it said a partition was corrupt. I was having problems with the computer locking up during the recovery console at the time. So I bought a new hard drive and plugged it in, all I got was a black screen with a flashing cursor, I tried installing windows 7 on it with a retail disc and it locks up at the "press any key to boot from cd or dvd" screen. When that didnt work I placed the hard drive in another computer that I'm borrowing and it installed just fine, so I reformatted it and put it back in my computer, along with the optical drive from the loaner comp. just to make sure it wasn't my optical drive failing. Still the same thing. Ive tried installing windows xp on it, locks up on a blue screen that says windows xp install and nothing else. Ive made sure all the cables are connected. Ive tested the psu with a multimeter and get the correct voltages out of it. I tried running memtest86+ and it freezes it at test 7, and when I tested I used one stick of the two ram sticks that I have. when I go into bios and mess with any of the settings it locks up when I try to save and exit. Ive tried resetting the cmos that didnt help the problem. Ive tried setting the cd drive to boot in the boot option screen, that doesnt seem to do anything to fix it. Ive taken the ram out and started the computer to see if I get a bee... Read more

A:Can't install windows, computer freezes at "press any key to boot from CD/DVD"

All stock except the psu ? You mean it's failed before? Looks like it's failed again then....any time some component fails twice is the time to start looking for why ?......
 

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Hi.

Im currentling installing XP on my laptop. When i insert the CD into my laptop , the "Press any key to boot from CD.." pops up. When i do so, it freezes exactly on the spot. Ive waited almost an hour for anything to show but its just the "Press any key to boot from CD.." thats there

Please help me out.
 

A:Windows XP Installation - " Press any key to boot from CD.."

never press any key when you see that message..so reformat again and start over..
 

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My pc was running fine when it just started beeping like a warning klaxon. Rebooting didn't help, but rebooting into safe mode then normal mode did. Then 1 hour later while running spysweeper, I stopped the scan early because it was taking too long. It detected 1 adware and 1 trojan, but the log said the trojan (ruin) could not be quarantined and some threat was still in memory, despite a problem free pc except for the beeping which I thot was resolved. After exiting spysweeper, my pc locked up and could not be turned off manually, so I unplugged the cord in back. Then I got a blue screen after it tried rebooting. The bootup started normally, but then a blue screen read as follows, more or less-If this is the first time you are seeing this message reboot your pc. Otherwise check for viruses, remove any new hard drives or hard drive controllers. or refer to your startup manual. I can't even boot in safe mode. I am running win2000 on a pIII 933 mhz at 256mb ram w/ a cable modem. Can anyone help? TYVM.
 

A:not booting-blue screen, "boot device inaccesible"

Get the drive diagnostics for your hard drive model from the manufacturers web site and test that first. The constant beeping may also be a BIOS warning of either a boot sector virus or a thermal warning. Open the case and make sure all of the fans are running including the power supply fan.
 

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On a Gateway Notebook, with OS Windows Vista, I am not able to boot Vista w/o getting the "unmountable boot volume" error. I have followed the instructions: boot in Safe Mode (won't work), start up and press F8 to get to recovery menu (doesn't work).....everything tried keeps coming back to the blue screen with "unmountable boot volume". The last two ops I did on the computer before getting this error was: first, I increased the paging file size...second, I downloaded the Windows Office Home and Student 2007 program onto the computer. Everything seemed to be working fine until I turned on the computer the next day. I have researched the prob from my desktop...seems I need another Windows Vista program CD to boot up the OS to find out how to make repairs. That's what I am understanding but is that the best solution? I need help...can I download and burn a OS program safely from the net to use to make the repairs?...am I going to have to buy another Windows Vista OS? Thanks!

A:Blue screen error "unmountable boot volume"

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I recently made some hardware adjustments to my pc, which have ended in disaster. Here follows what I did, sorry it's a bit long-winded, please bear with me...!!!

I have a Jetway 600DAP mobo, with on-board sound. I bought some surround sound speakers, but realised that there were not enough sockets to support them, so I reinstalled an old creative soundcard that I had, along with its' software. Problem was that I was still having problems getting the speakers to work, even with it installed, so I removed the card after no success.

After a while, I thought I would have another bash with the soundcard, so I plugged it in and let xp boot up. The system identified the new hardware, and asked if I wanted to install the drivers. I answered "no", and instead thought I would use "System Restore", to reinstall both the drivers and software. Problem was, that when I booted up the system froze!

Now, whenever I boot up, the system runs POST, shows the Xp loading screen, with the blue bar going back and to, but remains like that indefinitely, with no further HDD activity.

If I boot into safe mode the following happens. The safe mode screen appears, with the build no. on top, waits for a bit, and then enters the dreaded blue screen. At this point the system says "KERNAL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR" and then makes a memory dump, restarts and I'm back to stage one! The same happens if I try and restore the system to last known working point!

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A:Solved: "Blue Screen" error, pc will not boot

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Yesterday I suddenly started getting a Blue Stop Screen when starting up my computer. This happens both in Safe Mode and Normal Mode, and also when I try "Last Known Configuration." Regardless of what I choose from the F8 menu upon bootup, I always immediately get this error. (Everything was working fine before.) The file "ntfs.sys" was referenced in the error.

STOP: 0x0000007E
ntfs.sys

See the following screenshot:


So I decided to boot from the WinXP Pro CD, to be able to access the Recovery Console or run chkdsk. I inserted the boot disc into the CD drive, and it was read. I saw a screen saying "Windows Setup" and the status bar showed different steps of Setup loading drivers and preparing.

Then, when all the initial steps were done and Windows Setup was ready to run, I got another Blue Stop screen!!

This is the second Blue Stop screen I got when booting from the WinXP CD, it's a little different from the first one, the error is now 7B:



In this second blue screen, there's no reference to "ntfs.sys", but it's still a stop screen.

As you can see, I can't even load from a WinXP Pro Boot CD properly! Nothing works: not the Safe Mode, not even the Boot disc. It's not reaching a point where it can let me choose to run ChkDsk or any recovery process.

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A:Blue Stop Screen "ntfs.sys", Can't Even Boot from CD

Ok, it sounds like a bad sector of memory, so try a different hard drive, or with only a single stick of RAM and get back to us?

to quick test your ram, remove one stick and try, if it works it the other stick, repeat for the other if the first one doesnt work
regards.

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Yesterday I suddenly started getting a Blue Stop Screen when starting up my computer. This happens both in Safe Mode and Normal Mode, and also when I try "Last Known Configuration." Regardless of what I choose from the F8 menu upon bootup, I always immediately get this error. (Everything was working fine before.) The file "ntfs.sys" was referenced in the error.

STOP: 0x0000007E
ntfs.sys

See the following screenshot:
So I decided to boot from the WinXP Pro CD, to be able to access the Recovery Console or run chkdsk. I inserted the boot disc into the CD drive, and it was read. I saw a screen saying "Windows Setup" and the status bar showed different steps of Setup loading drivers and preparing.
Then, when all the initial steps were done and Windows Setup was ready to run, I got another Blue Stop screen!!

This is the second Blue Stop screen I got when booting from the WinXP CD, it's a little different from the first one, the error is now 7B:

In this second blue screen, there's no reference to "ntfs.sys", but it's still a stop screen.

As you can see, I can't even load from a WinXP Pro Boot CD properly! Nothing works: not the Safe Mode, not even the Boot disc. It's not reaching a point where it can let me choose to run ChkDsk or any recovery process.

I called Dell Support and they said it could be a memory issue. We did a hard disk BIOS scan and everything passed. They said it's not the hard disk, and ... Read more

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Upon restarting, I'm come across a blue screen that reads, "unbootable boot volume." Once I manage to get past it my machine lags and overheats. I've been walked through a fix by DELL tech before, but I forget what it was. It used the XP disc and tapping one of the F keys at startup. Any help?
 

A:Blue screen, "Unbootable Boot Volume"

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i was on my computer (on aol) just doing nothing when suddenly i got the blue screen of death! i have not recently installed any hardware OR software, to my knowledge ...and now windows will not let me in - same blue screen every time. does anyone know what this is, and how i can possibly fix it on my own without having to pay a ton of money i don't have for a tech to come to me? a phone tech suggested it might be a spyware issue. if you think so, can you possibly recommend a program that i can buy on CD and is bootable (that i can run while booting up, since that is where the problem is occurring)? or just any ideas anyone has would be great! ...i am running windows xp on a dell system that's about 1.5 years old, i am sorry if i'm leaving out a lot of information - i want to give you more but i had to travel to this computer just so i could reach you guys and gals over the internet. any help you could give would be amazing! i will check back here tomorrow ...thank you so much for all the times you've helped me... princi*
 

A:Blue Screen "unmountable Boot Volume" ...please Help!

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This screen came up after i deleted Nero through ad/delete and restarted my pc ,and i cannot get it to boot from cdrom despite changing the boot up sequence in BIOS..any ideas please??
 

A:blue screen at boot up "Unmountable-boot-volume"

This from TeckTips4U

"When booting up to Win XP you may get a error that reads "Unmountable Boot Volume". This is probably because your boot.ini file is messed up.

You can boot with your the XP CD and when you see the "Welcome to setup" screen press the letter R
You will get a dos-type prompt
Then type chkdsk /p (note the space before /p)and hit Enter
When that is done type fixboot and hit Enter
Y and Enter at the prompt
Then type exit and hit Enter
The system will now reboot into Windows

If for some reason that don't work for you, you can boot to the recovery console like above and...
Type chkdsk /r (note the space before /r) then enter
When done type "exit" and hit enter.
This will take longer, but the system should boot back into Windows."
 

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I had a fresh install of 7 and everything was working fine.
All of a sudden it starts randomly freezing and programs start responding.
I got KERNAL_PAGING_ERROR BSODs etc. and got a new disk, thinking it was that.
After cloning the new disk which didn't work, and produced loads of errors on chkdsk, I decided to do a clean install of 7.

I still keep getting "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter", and when it does boot, it freezes all the time and every time I click the start button, it basically crashed and is messed up.

Tried new SATA cable and ports. Any ideas?
 

A:Windows 7 freezing, "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter"

BIOS settings or Motherboard issues?

Have you checked with the manufacturer website for the Motherboard that you have the Windows 7 drivers?

Is your Windows 7 DVD a retail copy...or the pre release BETA....or dodgy(in which case problems might lie there)
 

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So, I'm using a burnt CD-R of windows XP w/ SP 2 I downloaded from MSDNAA. This is actually the second copy burnt from the same iso. I'm running Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon, so that's on the MBR, and there is about 50 gigs of unpartitioned space sitting on the primary hard drive. My combo drive is IDE, my hard drive is SATA, and my motherboard uses the P35 chipset.

Now, to the actual problem. I pop in the disk, set the first boot device to be the optical drive, it gets to the "Press any key to boot from CD...." message. I press a key. Nothing happens. A few details on what exactly "nothing" is: In contrast to when you don't press any key, no more trailing .'s occur. However, the cursor keeps blinking, so the system is totally hung. But there are no noises, nothing new pops up on the screen, etc. Nothing happens.

I'm thinking the ISO may be bad (though I did directly download it from microsoft), but I've also heard of people unable to install specific versions of windows from not being able to boot from the CD under similar conditions.
Anyway, any help you could provide would be very much appreciated.
 

A:"Press Any Key To Boot From CD" Hangs when I press a key

How did you manage a direct download from MSDN of XP?
 

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Hi all,

So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)).
I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load.
I also end up at a OneKey Recovery as well.. unfortunately, the laptop does not have initial backup or user backup images.
I have a Windows 8 CD for repairing purposes.. however, I cannot load the BIOS/UEFI to change the boot order to load the optical drives first. I have also tried to remove the CMOS battery to fix it.. did not work. .
Also - Windows Boot Manager:
Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] -- does not load properly (leads to OneKey Recovery) Safe Mode (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Networking (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Command Prompt (doesn't load - tries to boot and load all files onto partition that is too small.. can't change partition?)
Enable Boot Logging Enable Low-Resolution Video Debugging MOde Disable automatic restart on system failure Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Display Early Launch Anti-Malware Driver
Start Windows Normally
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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recently installed windows 7 on an old Gateway 510 x. Wanted to put XP Pro back on it so went ahead booted from disk, formatted, the computer restarted as usual to complete installation but never made it past "press any key to boot from disk...". I let it sit for like an hour (even though I knew time wouldn't help). What could be the problem? I read somewhere about pressing F6 when the XP cd first loads to install SATA/RAID drivers but my drives are IDE. Also if I do try to "press any key" after the formatting has finished and the computer restarts nothing happens. The only fix i've found is to put in the windows 7 dvd I have and reformat with it - then reboot with xp disk. Then when I push "any key" to boot from disk the usual XP setup dialog blue screen comes up. Anyone have any ideas? I've googled my brains out trying to get an answer so this is my last resort.
 

A:XP installation hangs "press any key to boot from disk...." forever

The only thing I can think of is a bad XP Install disk although it will boot when you first install which is the only time you should "press any key".. Other than that it could be something with your keyboard not being sensed at that time, try a different keyboard. Problems like this are sometimes only solved by process of elimination.
 

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So today my computer was turned on and said the above and not do anything but sometimes it would get on to chrome and shortly there after freeze.
 

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I tried formatting my hard drive using the provided software from the company I bought the computer from, but it did not install correctly. Now there is no Windows or any files of Windows showing up on my hard drive whatsoever.

Whenever I pop in the Windows CD to try and repair or re-install, I get an error that states "Disk Boot Sector is to be modified! Press Y to continue, any key to abort" and once I do, it seems like the Windows options are about to come up, but then it just shuts down my computer. Any thoughts or possible fixes? I'm not sure of the correct location for this thread so I put it here. Thanks in advance!

A:ERROR: "Disk Boot Sector is to be modified! Press Y to continue" then crash?

I'd try a bootable hard drive diagnostic that's available from the support website of the manufacturer of your hard drive. That'll let you know if the hard drive is failing and we can move on from there.

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This error happens every time I try to boot my PC.

First sign of something going wrong was the wireless internet not connecting to any network, after rigorously scanning fr viruses there was a trojan my anti-virus software could not get rid of. Occasionally, my system starts up if I'm lucky, but having this problem I have left my PC off for quite some time, came back to it today and it turned on fine although being very slow. Also, when the computer starts it makes a little beep noise but being on the desktop it kept repeating the noise over and over as if it was stuck in a loop, then after around 5 minutes the blue screen error message came up, after this it just keeps displaying the disc boot failure message.

I have no idea how to fix this as I am no computer boffin, any help would be highly appreciated!

Thanks, Sam.

p.s im using a different computer to the one im trying to fix if this isnt already obvious
 

A:"Disk boot failure, insert system disc and press Enter"

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Hi there!

One of our CPUs and monitor gave up most of the ghost. I monitor is hosed, I tested so that is no biggie... But the CPU says that the CPU fan is not running, press F2 to continue boot or it will shut down in 5 seconds.
If I press F2, it boots fine. I have a new HD in the CPU because my boss REALLY needed his computer and I had a spare. So he is set, but I am still dealing with his old one. I have checked the fans on the PS and the MB. BOTH are working. So am I missing something? It is a HP pc 864n Media center.

Thanks!
 

A:Error message "CPU Fan is not working" On boot. Press F2 to boot...

It could be that the CPU fan is connected directly to the PSU rather then on the CPU_FAN connector on the motherboard &/or the CPU fan is spinning at such a low RPM level that the motherboard cannot detect it.

If the CPU fan is spinning & the temps are decent, then you shouldn't worry.
 

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Ok, I built a system for my oldest daughter based on the take offs of my own upgrades. A MSI Kt4AV mobo is now her mobo. The odd thing now when booting is it asks EVERY time on boot, to press the space bar as the case has been opened. I had opened and closed my case a gazillion times during my time with this mobo and never got this message. It's a new case but essentially it is my entire old system, never happend once to, happens EVERY time with hers. If you don't hit the space bar within 3 secs of boot, it "hangs" on that screen and you have to reset it. Any ideas, I've looked through the CMOS and see no on/off for this option. Just annoying, not a major issue.
 

A:"case opened, press spacebar" on boot ?!?!

Some cases have a small switch, located somewhere around the side panel. This switch gets activated when the side panel is closed. If the side panel is not activating the switch, it will send a signal to the mobo, saying the side panel is open. A small cable goes from the switch to the mobo headers. It is possible that this switch has gone bad.

If this is the case with your`s. Simple unplugging the wire from the mobo should stop it.

If that`s not the case, then I`m out of ideas.

Regards Howard
 

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Hi

I?ve had this problem for a while now? When I turn my PC on, it comes to a black screen saying ?MBR Error 1 - Press any key to boot from floppy?. For months it was not much bother as within a few hits of the reset button Windows would load. But then it got to a stage where I?d have to hit the reset button more and more. So for the last few months I?ve just been keeping my PC on?.

?. I went on holiday in October and switched off while away. It took several hours of hitting the reset to get Windows to load. Then, a few weeks back, I stupidly switched my PC off by accident. This time it took a whole 24 hours to get Windows to load! I reckon at least 300-400 reset presses!

Anyhow, I?m using this as a calling to update to a more modern OS. But seeing as I have got spare hard drives, I would quite like to keep my current OS as is in case I need to come back to it for whatever reason. So I wondered if anyone knows how to fix my problem?

I did try some stuff a while back but none of it worked. This included FIXMBR and FIXBOOT. I?ve got screenshots from the time if they might help? I?ve also got a BSOD from around the time and another screen with various ISOLINUX messages. My memory is hazy as to what I did exactly though.

One other thing? When I went through the 24 hour resets, I went in to BIOS a few times and the OS system HD was not showing in BIOS. TBH, I thought it was dead. I knew it worked mechanically because I could hear it. But I must admit... Read more

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hey,
so every time i boot the computer i get that good ol' blue screen of death right where windows should open to my desktop.. instead it says "welcome" with the light blue background.. the screen goes black and then comes back with the blue screen.. the message on the screen says:
stop: 0x0000007a (0xe16dac70, 0xc0000185, 0xbf985c66, 0x20e18860)
win32k.sys - address bf985c66 base at bf800000, datestamp 41107f7a
beginning dump of physical memory dumping physical memory to disk: and counts up to 100 then the computer restarts.

i was able to get into safe mode to try a system restore but when the computer restarted it never finished the install (it actually gave me the confirmation that the restore was successful while i was doing a repair install later on)
i have tried going through the windows install disc repair utility and doing a chkdsk /p and a chkdsk /r upon doing /r it froze at 53 percent and did not move (i left it for a good 4 hours the first time before restarting it.. and then over night the second time.. and both times it never passed 53 percent.

after this i tried doing a repair installation of windows.. it completed the installation fine and then restarted the computer and tried to load windows (it got to the black screen windows logo "please wait screen" and then went to black and froze) i restarted the computer and it looked like all was well but upon getting to the light blue welcome screen it blinked and went to the blue screen a... Read more

A:windows blue screen and restart after light blue "welcome" screen

See if these links help.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/130801
http://www.techimo.com/forum/showthread.php?t=112921
 

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A:Game crashing right after "Press [Enter] to Play" Screen

Could you copy/paste the code you have using code tags please.

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Wow,

So I did some work on this machine not too long ago. It had basically lost one hard drive in a raid 0 setup during a power surge, and this poor fellow lost all his data. I tried to talk him into upgrading to a third drive for future situations like this, but now not even two weeks later, when he boots, we get to a screen that says

a disk read error occurred
press ctrl alt del to restart

A browse through these wonderful forums is telling me that his hard drive, or at least the partition on 1 of the drives is toast, which would be disastrous at this point. So I am truly hoping for another solution. Yes the machine is running Raid 0. When I boot the machine I get to the intel boot agent screen with the option to enter the setup menu (this is not the bios, just a boot agent something or other where you can tell the machine to boot according to the bios ect) Following that, the screen goes blank, the super micro graphic screen comes up just briefly and then bam, this good old message appears, so there does not even appear to be a way to get into the bios.

I am desreate for advice... If I must resinstall windows, then so be it, but we are talking thousands of dollars worth of data, that would be lost. Please please help!
 

A:Raid 0, Boot prob, "A disk read error occurred" press ctrl alt del to restart

Try hitting del continuously when booting to see if you can get into the bios, then see what drives in the raid array are recognized.
 

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hi,

i want to move the press Ctrl+Alt+Del to log on to little above or down below so that i can view my background image nicely.
"currently it is located in the center" i want the writing to be on top or down
thanks in advance.

A:How do I move " press Ctrl+Alt+Del to log on " in login screen

im having a dell pc. and i dont think it will have any settings in the bios related to what i want.

attached 2 pictures, one is the original and the other one is the way i want

thank you

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Hello,

I am having the most peculiar issue.
My computer responds just fine to my PS2 keyboard durring the Post as well as BIOS. But as soon as I try to install windows and the "press any key to boot from CD" dialog comes up my computer refuses to respond to keyboard commands (the 3 periods appear and it states that it can not boot).

I tried multiple Keyboards all the same issue.

You help is so much appreciated,
- Erik

A:"Press any key to boot from CD" does not respond to Keyboard

Create boot disks, floppies. Thats how I get around issues like that, with
xp, and 2000. Takes six floppy discs.

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I've tried several times to install Windows XP now on a new Maxtor drive bought just the other day. When I have the disc in, it loads to the blue install screen without asking me to press a key to boot from cd, I choose to install, partition the drive and format. It copies the files and then restarts, but when it loads again it still doesn't ask for me to press a key (which you aren't supposed to press the second time), and it loads back to the first menu, where I can start all over again. Any help?
 

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Hi all, my name is Ron. I have exhustively searched the Windows 7 Forum, and many other internet sites, for a solution or explanation for my dilemmas to no avail.

I've been working with computers since 1967, when we had to wire the IBM boards by hand and use punch cards. I write Basic and bat files. I'm not a novice, nor an expert. I've never had such problems with Windows software (Win95, 98, 98SE, WinMe, XP) as I have experienced now with Windows 7 Professional. Just sneeze wrong and if fouls up. I have multiple-stage full backup images for recovery (which I have already had to use 3 times).

Note: There is not a Win7 installation problem. Win7 is installed and boots and runs just fine (except for all the bloat).

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP1 problem: the "press any key to boot from CD or DVD" does not always appear at bootup. BIOS is the latest version and is set to boot 1st from CD/DVD, then USB CD/DVD, USB HD, internal HD (OS). BIOS is also set to AHCI SATA mode.

I have run the Win7 Repair Disk - Startup Recovery Repair 3+ times, no error. Memory test is OK.

Equipment:
Dell Alienware Aurora-R4 ACPI x64 based PC
Intel Core i7-3820 (Quad Core, 10MB Cache) @3.6Ghz
16GB Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz RAM
1 - Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA 6Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache (Not RAID)
1 - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6870 (video card)
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium (sound card)
1 - DVD-RW
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A:"press any key to boot from CD or DVD" doesn't always appear at bootup

  
Quote: Originally Posted by RCM


Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP1 problem: the "press any key to boot from CD or DVD" does not always appear at bootup.


How frequent is the problem. 75% of the time it doesn't show, or 10% of the time it doesn't show.








  
Quote: Originally Posted by RCM


Problem/question #2:
Should Drive(1) also be formatted as GPT Type, instead of MBR Type?


I wouldn't think so. I've yet to use a GPT style partition table yet.










  
Quote: Originally Posted by RCM


Question #3:
How do I go about moving/setting the pagefile (swap file) onto another partition? Is there a 'Registry' entry to change/add?


Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced System Settings, under Advanced tab, choose Settings from Performance, click on Advanced. Go to the Paging File section. Click on Change. Set however you like.









  
Quote: Originally Posted by RCM


Note: before anyone says anything about moving the swap file, I already understand all of the arguments about putting it on the same HD. I'm putting it there to reduce backup image size and reduce fragmentation. I'm not a gamer.


Run it wherever you see fit. I don't leave mine on my SSD because of limited space. I moved my page file to my mechanical drive. It... Read more

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Hi good day. I am trying to install windows 7 and the option to press any key to boot from disc is not showing. Its an i7 920, 14gigs ram and gtx 760 msi card. I tried switching out cables and roms and just before it crashed, I even put the windows setup on the hard drive to boot from to no avail. I just need this option to show so I can format and start installing.
 

A:"Press any key to boot from disc" not showing.

Its just going straight to "launch startup repair / start windows normally both of which are not working. First is attempting to system restore and not working. Second is blue screen and crash to restart. Thank you in advance.
 

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I dropped my laptop while it was on

after restarting, it only said "Please Wait.."

I tried installing a new hard drive
now, my fan gets really loud, then stops, and I get a screen saying, "All boot options are tried. Press <F4> key to recover."

pressing <F4> only restarts the computer, giving me same instructions.

I've tried booting from a windows 7 CD and USB, but I just get the same message :/

Thanks for any and all help!!!

A:"All boot options are tried. Press <F4> key to recover..."

Hi, first thing to do after a fall is to remove the battery, you can then try to boot from the mains only, you say you replaced the HDD, this would require you reinstall windows on this HDD, why did you do that? It is most likely a fall could have damaged connections the RAM seat would be first, it is important, did you remove the battery before replacing the hdd, as I said this is the first thing you should do.

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Ok so originally my computer had a problem booting up, it kept restarting saying bad boot.ini

I just wanted to back up and reinstall so i put in another HD with vista and took ownership of some files to copy. But later I tried to repair xp with an xp cd but endded up installing another instance of it ><

now it wont listen to any keys and just boots straight into the new install of xp

what can i do????

A:"press any key to boot from cd" does not respond to any keys! Please help!

disable the HDD which u want to install to (in the bios pririty disable the HDD)
than use the O.S disk and good luck suppose to work after the installation boot dont forget to change back and enable the HDD

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Hi guys, I ask you a lot of help because I'm in trouble up to my neck. I try to be as detailed as possible.
I have a Packard Bell with initially installed Windows Vista Home Premium (I don't know if 32-bit or 64-bit). Over time I updated it to later versions, and in fact before the problem I normally had Windows 10.

Brief introduction: as you know, telematic lessons have started in the world at home. So I installed Microsoft Teams and so far everything is ok. I noticed, however, immediately that the fan of my old PC with more than 10 years of intense work was starting to fuel quickly. While I was thinking about how to solve, the inevitable happened: during a lesson the PC freeze in the screens, and after waiting 5-10 minutes I turned it off by the button. By re-accessing it, this screen appeared, as the title says:

"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have the disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \ Boot \ BCD
Status: 0xc000000f
Info: The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors. "

What I did: I searched on this and other sites but I was not able to juggle well. I understood that you need an installation CD, which I DO NOT ha... Read more

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my pc is acting up, it has been working fine for over a year now. i have an asus a8n5x mb amd x2 4200+ an ATI x1900xtx 3 GB RAM and a Raptor hard drive. when i went to turn on my computer a couple days ago i turned it on and it is like frozen at the screen "press delete to enter bios" and my keyboard wont work . its like the keys i hit dont have any effect.

please help asap
pwnage_07 thanks
 

A:Computer frozen at the screen "press delete to enter bios" and my keyboard wont work

do you have a USB keyboard or a PS/2 one?
 

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When we press s on keyboard we get snip and sketch tool and i cant type letter s which is very annoying,
please let me know how can i disable this ? already i have uninstalled still problem persists

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Sorry if it's hard to read. I've gotton it 6-12 times and thought I should take action.

Anyone??? Anything??? Please.
 

A:"A problem has been dected and Windows has been shut down..." Message On Blue Screen

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My computer randomly receives this error, and this link here http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;827663 is what I think I have been receiving. It said this problem should be resolved by updating to SP2. Well I have SP2 and I still am receiving this problem. Could there be any other possible problem that could be interferring here.
 

A:Random "0x0000008E" Error Message on a Blue Screen in Windows XP

Closing duplicate, please reply here:

http://forums.techguy.org/t332954.html

eddie
 

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i have a dell xps 400 that i needed to format i got it off a friend and i have a windows service pack 3 disk and when i boot the cd up i get to the screen that shows all the drivers being installed and when it gets to "setup is starting
windows" i get this blue screen error.......



***stop: 0x0000007b (0XF7CAF524, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)



any help would bve much appreciated i am hopeing to get this pc running

A:[SOLVED] "Setup is starting windows" blue screen error

Is this a SATA drive or a EIDE? If it is a SATA drive you may need to enable SATA in the Bios.

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i have a dell xps 400 that i needed to format i got it off a friend and i have a windows service pack 3 disk and when i boot the cd up i get to the screen that shows all the drivers being installed and when it gets to "setup is starting
windows" i get this blue screen error.......

***stop: 0x0000007b (0XF7CAF524, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)

any help would bve much appreciated i am hopeing to get this pc running
 

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Hello all,

This is my first post, I am not very computer literate and I am having a very large problem at the moment with my Windows XP Media Edition, with Microsoft Service Pack 3 installed.
This morning I started my computer and it worked fine initially loading up my desktop background and desktop icons, then the task bar at the bottom turned grey.
Without clicking anything my screen then turned blue and I got the error message that follows:

STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}
The WIndows Logon Process system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0x0000005 (0x00000000 0x00000000).
The system has been shut down

I rebooted about 4 times getting the same error, but on the 5th time it logged on as normal. I was then able to use the computer for about an hour I then turned it off. After rebooting it a few minutes ago the same error has appeared again and have rebooting about 10 times it doesnt seem to be going this time.

On occasions I get a different error which is:

"STOP: c00000135 {Unable To Locate Component}
This application has failed to start because qt-mt.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.

Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete
Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further assistance.

Has anyone got any idea what this is and how to solve it? And if the two errors are related?
Thank you

Haychee
 

A:Windows XP Blue Screen "SPOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}"

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I have a brand new build with Windows 8.1 freshly installed. Onboard graphics seem to work perfectly. I go to put in my old GTS 250, and it boots at a low resolution which is generally normal without drivers. I go and grab the latest stable Nvidia drivers. Installation completes and I restart my computer. I'm then greeted by a blue screen with a sad face telling me my computer can't boot.

Upon restart, it enters some sort of self-repair cycle, which--of course--is "unable to repair" my PC.

I throw in the 8.1 disc and proceed to do a manual startup repair. It fails.

I attempt to perform a system restore. It is frozen in the process of restoring for hours.

I format and reinstall Windows 8.1. I try using Windows Update instead of downloading the graphics drivers myself. After the first update completes and I restart my PC, I get the same blue-screen-sad-face message as before.

Is this a software or hardware issue? Any resources to point me in the right direction for remedying this situation would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Blue "sad face" screen after installing Nvidia drivers on fresh Windows 8.1 install

Did you install the drivers (disk) that came with your motherboard.
Does your motherboard has the latest Bios installed.
Have you installed the lates microsift updates.
 

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Hello,
I really need your help. I have exams coming up soon so need to get back on my computer as soon as possible. I have a notebook with windows XP. The model is Compaq mini CQ10-400.

When I switch the notebook on it displays the "BOOTMGR IS MISSING"... message. I cannot get on my computer passed that screen, apart from when I press escape after pressing Ctrl, Alt, Del. It gives me 4 options ... " F1 system information, F2 system diagnostics, F9 boot device options, F10 BIOS setup."

There is no disc drive so what should I do, and what is the easiest way to fix this issue.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:"BOOTMGR IS MISSING""PRESS Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

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Hello,
I really need your help. I have exams coming up soon so need to get back on my computer as soon as possible. I have a notebook with windows XP. The model is Compaq mini CQ10-400.

When I switch the notebook on it displays the "BOOTMGR IS MISSING"... message. I cannot get on my computer passed that screen, apart from when I press escape after pressing Ctrl, Alt, Del. It gives me 4 options ... " F1 system information, F2 system diagnostics, F9 boot device options, F10 BIOS setup."

There is no disc drive so what should I do, and what is the easiest way to fix this issue.

Thanks in advance.

A:"BOOTMGR IS MISSING""PRESS Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

The only way to fix this is to use startup repair from the Windows XP CD.

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My computer is constantly restarting by itself. When this happens a blue screen appears saying a "stop error" has occurred. When I send the error report, Microsoft tells me it is because of software was not installed properly. The thing is I have not installed any new software lately.
Any suggestions will help- Thanks
 

A:Windows XP "stop error" blue screen

Can you post the exact error message?
 

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Hello,

I'm not sure weather I am posting this the right thread, however I have a problem which seems to be partly to do with the windows 7 operating system. Anyway I would be grateful if anyone could help me out

I got a new computer on Thursday from Scan.co.uk, it seemed to work fine until yesterday (Monday) when I got a blue screen of death and something saying "Windows has been shut down to protect your memory" however I was unable to read the message as the computer just restarted. 1 hour and 4 blue screens later I some how found that the blue screen only seemed to occur when the program "Steam" was open.

Later that night I ran a "Who's crashed check" this is what it returned:
On Mon 03/09/2012 22:13:32 GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\090312-21840-01.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x7F1C0)
Bugcheck code: 0x1A (0x41790, 0xFFFFFA80008322F0, 0xFFFF, 0x0)
Error: MEMORY_MANAGEMENT
file path: C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
company: Microsoft Corporation
description: NT Kernel & System
Bug check description: This indicates that a severe memory management error occurred.
This might be a case of memory corruption. More often memory corruption happens because of software errors in buggy drivers, not because of faulty RAM modules.
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A:"Windows has been shut down" blue screen of death

Not an expert on identifying system messages but you might want to try removing Steam from Safe Mode. If this won't help then either some drivers you installed are causing the problem or indeed Memory modules are faulty.
Do you have OS recovery partition or media (CD/DVD)?
 

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I've been having this annoying problem since Saturday, on my ASUS laptop which has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition (build 7600) integrated into it. I haven't installed any new softwares/hardwares and haven't visited any "inappropriate" (lol) sites lately either, so I don't know what caused it. Sometimes it happens right after the "Welcome" screen and sometimes after 4-5 minutes if I'm lucky. Same situation with all the reboot modes. (But today I couldn't even open it. Lights on the keyboard are turned on when I try, but nothing appears on the screen. I'll keep on trying, though. I still need to save some private files as well as the dump reports to post on here if needed.)

Errors on the blue screen vary like these, as I took little notes of them before:

MEMORY_MANAGEMENT

SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION

BAD_POOL_HEADER

PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA

PFN_LIST_CORRUPT

IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

CACHE_MANAGER

I used Windows 95, 98, XP and Vista over more than 10 years, yet I never experienced one single "blue screen" error with none of them. I'm hoping to get over this with your appreciated help on here. I know I'll lose all the files on my hd if I take the pc to the technical service...
Edit: I managed to open the computer on the "safe mode" and copied these dump reports quickly before it gives the error again. (Attached to this post.)
 

A:Constantly having "blue screen" errors on Windows 7...

Anyone?
 

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