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Help me Force Reboot PC to DVDRW!

QuoVadimus 51 10 August 14, 2015 at 07:52 PM
I have a decent-ish gaming rig (budget Cybertron rig) that runs Windows 7. I have a disc that has Windows 7 on it to install, however it's a weird OEM version that everytime I reinstall it I have to call Cybertron (not Windows) and get a new key.

That's just some backstory that I thought might be of revelence.

Late last month I upgraded to Windows 10 with the free upgrade, and do not care for it. I wanted to make a backup copy of windows 10 (as I was thinking there was a legit way to do that for future backups, in case I had to re-install Windows 10, considering this is a digital upgrade that we're dealing with here) and then re-install from my previous Windows 7 disc.

EDIT: Sorry just remembered this part. Windows 10 allows you to freely opt out in the 1st 30 days, and this is within the 30 day period. However when I tried to do that it said it could not do this because the "windows.old" files were deleted. I didn't delete them so...I have no idea why they were deleted, but alas I am unable to simply do a downgrade, so a re-installation is my only option I believe.

However I can't get the computer to do so. I've restarted and hit every button that flashes to be pushed (F4=Bios, F10 and F12..one is for boot one is for something else. Might be something else. DEL is something I think.

None of them will boot from the CDROM, even when I selected it.

It's a brand new DVDRW that I just put in this week (but it's been doing this before I installed the new one) so I don't believe the DVDRW has bearing on this not working.

I can't just go into Windows Explorer and run the Windows Disc because I can't "upgrade" to downgrading.

And I thought there was an option inside Windows (the Task Manager perhaps?) that had an option to re-install and boot to CD, but maybe that was in XP only?

So anyone have any options for me? I've turned the computer all the way off and loaded it up trying to boot from CD, done the restart, and even recovery (won't work beyond installing Win 10), etc.

Thanks.

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If you simply dont like the start menu layout of windows 10, install classic shell and be done with it....
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Well that DOES help, as I don't like this whole tablet look (why I stayed away from 8) but I'm just frustrated because I should be able to do this.

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f4 bios should let you set boot devices and order
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Check the manual for your BIOS. You can either enter the BIOS and temporarily setup the CDROM as the first boot device or you can hit a key on boot that will let you select the boot device.

And no need to backup Windows 10, just copy your Win 10 key and you can download an ISO copy.
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