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#1 Plumber

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Posted 23 October 2014 - 08:31 AM

I have a dell desktop with windows8.1.Here is my question,I can't boot from CD and have read all the solutions to being able to do so.I know it's a EUFI thing but still can't boot from CD.That's ok because I want to replace the hard drive with a SSD.If I buy

windows8.1 how will I be able to install it if I can't boot from CD or is there something built into the CD that will allow me to do so.Let me explain that there is nothing wrong with my computer nor do I want to backup my exsisting OS.I just want to start fresh.



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Posted 23 October 2014 - 08:52 AM

i dont understand what u meant by " have read all the solutions to being able to do so " but if it doesnt not include entering the BIOS and changing the boot order so that the system boots from the CD i recommend you to do so... 



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Posted 23 October 2014 - 10:29 AM

Thanx for the reply,I seem to never be able to get a question answered.I'll try again,by getting into the Bios I

believe you have to disable a few things like secure boot and a few other things to change the boot order.I

understand that but that is not what I am asking.Let's assume my 80 yeard old Grandmother wants to install windows 8.1 on her computer just for the helluvit.It has the new UEFI instead of the traditional BIOS.She buys the OS on CD and tries to boot from it,will it install.



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Posted 23 October 2014 - 10:32 AM

It should..

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Posted 23 October 2014 - 10:47 AM

This Microsoft article should answer your question.


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Posted 23 October 2014 - 10:54 AM

Thanx guys but sorry I am still confused.I read the dc3 article and some what understand.Does it mean
that when I buy the CD I have a choice of UEFI or BIOS.

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Posted 23 October 2014 - 11:06 AM

No.. It depends upon your system and its settings oly.

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Posted 23 October 2014 - 11:18 AM

Still confused,sorry.Someone can delete this topic if they want to.



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Posted 23 October 2014 - 11:27 AM

Near the bottom of the article you will see "see WinPE: Boot in UEFI or legacy BIOS mode.", if you click on this link it goes into further discussion of the two different means of booting.


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Posted 23 October 2014 - 11:30 AM

Thank-you






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