Before you can start your system installation/repair, you need to know how to boot from cd/dvd-rom.
Insert your operating system installation cd/dvd disk (xp,vista or win7) into cd/dvd-rom drive and restart
When your computer starts running, will display for a moment the name of your motherboard
manufacturer, the model and more important the key that needs to be pressed in order to choose the
device from which you want to boot. It will display also the key needed to enter in BIOS. In this moment
you have 2 choices:
1 - First choice: If your motherboard provides you the option to choose from which device to boot, we
recommend using it. Be quick and press the indicated Key. A menu will appear with your present devices
from which you can boot: hard disk, cd/dvd-rom, usb device; Select cd/dvd-rom and press enter.
From this moment the system boots from cd/dvd-rom and begins your system installation/repair.
2 - Second choice: If you choose to enter in BIOS be quick and press the indicated key (usually is Delete or
WARNING: The BIOS is the program that makes the transition from your hardware components to your
software programs (cmd, operating systems, drivers). Please don’t change anything!!! Only navigate until
you will find the boot priority menu and change your cd/dvd-rom device to be the first one. When you make
this change, don’t remove your hard disk, just leave it on the second position. Save your changes. Once the
settings are saved, the system will restart and it will check for a bootable CD/DVD disk.
Before you change anything in your BIOS, please consult your motherboard's manual. (With
inappropriate BIOS settings you can damage your computer components)
If you have done some changes and you don’t know what to do, exit without saving any changes or find the
option that loads default settings.
Note: If you choose from BIOS, CD/DVD-ROM to be your first boot device, every time your computer will
start, will check for a bootable CD/DVD. Once the system installation/repair is completed you need to
change back the boot priority settings.
After you choose how to boot from cd/dvd-rom, you can decide what type of installation suits your needs.
Note: When you start a installation from cd/dvd-rom, UPGRADE option is disable. If you want to UPGRADE
your system to an another version or operating system you need to start the installation/upgrade from your
current operating system.
These are the options when you start installation from cd/dvd:
Note: To show how an installation or repair goes in Windows Xp, Windows Vista or Windows 7 the articles
are made using Professional or Ultimate editions. The articles added using Home edition demonstrate that
you can install what version of windows you want because the installations are basically the same.
- Windows clean install ( A ) should be used when you have purchased a new computer and it has no
operating system installed or if you have changed your hard disk. This installation differs from the other ones
because this is first installation and the hard disk needs to be partitioned. We also provide a recommended
amount for the system partition depending on the operating system that will be installed.
- Windows repair installation ( B ) should be used in cases when the system files are too damaged or the
system is too infected and no security software can run in order to disinfect it. The advantage of repair
installation is that you can keep all your user account file , settings and installed programs like they were.
This is a very easy and quick way to fix your system. Don't confuse this repair with the option for recovery
Windows reinstall can be classified in 5 types:
- Reinstall formatting system partition ( F )
This reinstall with formatting the system partition should be used when the repair failed, or when the
system is too infected and no security software has helped to disinfect it. By formatting the system partition
you are sure that no infected files remain on the partition. You will also hear that is also called clean reinstall.
If you have used the repair install and the system still have issue it's recommended to use this reinstall.
But this install will not keep your files. Prior to begin a reinstall you will need to backup all your data that are
saved on the system partition to a secondary partition or to an external device( usb memory stick, cd or dvd
disks, external hard disk, etc)
- Reinstall recreating system partition ( R )
Reinstall remaking the system partition is similar with previous reinstall but you have the option to delete
system partition (all files will deleted) and recreate it.
- Reinstall in the same directory ( D )
Reinstalling the system in the same directory will not format or recreate your system partition, windows will
delete the existing windows installation, including your files. Before starting a reinstall in same directory a
backup of your data is required. This should be used only if your don't have enough free space on the system
partition to go with a reinstall in a new directory.
- Reinstall in a new directory ( N )
Reinstall in a new directory on the same partition helps you keep your data during the system reinstall. The
user files are kept.
- Custom install only for Windows Vista and Windows 7 ( O )
A custom install of Window Vista or Windows 7 creates a folder called Windows.old of your previous system.
All the files will be moved in Windows.old directory ( you can easy access your data once the installation is
Note: If you use this type of installation you can use windows.old directory to return to your previous