No CD-RW or DVD-ROM. How can I reformat without a CD-ROM?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by awhatley, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. awhatley

    awhatley Guest

    My computers has lost the drivers for the CD-RW and the DVD-ROM. This
    happened after installing vista. I followed the instructions to delete the
    upper key filters and the lower key filters (which I never found), but
    nothing has worked. I would like to use my original restore disc to go back
    to XP, but the computer can't boot from the CD-RW because it doesn't find the

    I've got my Vista disc and my old XP discs and would like to try installing
    again, but I can't use it because all the computer will recognize to boot
    from is the 3.5 diskette drive.

    Any ideas on a way to restore my computer to pre-Vista state?
    awhatley, Jun 18, 2007
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  2. awhatley

    Don Guest

    awhatley wrote:
    This has nothing to do with Vista. The BIOS of your computer determines
    what hardware devices will be available to boot from.

    To fix the problem you need to enter your BIOS config utility during the
    next boot. The usual way is to hit the DEL key during the boot.

    Once in the BIOS config, you will be able to change the order of boot
    Don, Jun 18, 2007
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  3. awhatley

    Rock Guest

    This is not a Vista issue. It can't impact access to the CD/DVD when the OS
    isn't even loaded. When starting the computer you need to press whatever
    key press is necessary on your system to enter the BIOS (setup) and change
    the boot order so the DVD drive is the first boot device.
    Rock, Jun 18, 2007
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