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How to Boot From a CD on Sony VAIO

The Sony VAIO's boot sequence allows booting from a CD.

The Sony VAIO's boot sequence allows booting from a CD.

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by Contributing Writer

Installing an operating system or launching some recovery programs requires you to boot from a CD or DVD. When a bootable CD is present in the drive, some Sony VAIO models automatically boot from it. But some models require you to adjust the boot sequence by entering the BIOS, or setup. Positioning the CD drive to the highest position in the boot sequence tells the computer to boot from a CD before attempting to boot from the hard drive.

Step 1

Insert the bootable CD into the CD drive and reboot your computer. If the computer is preconfigured to boot from a CD, it automatically does so.

Step 2

Look for a notice stating "Press XXX to enter BIOS Setup" or "Press XXX for Boot Menu." Make a note of the keys.

Step 3

Press the key that corresponds to the notice "Press XXX for Boot Menu" continuously while rebooting. If you didn't see such a notice, press "F11" or "F12," which are the most common keys. Highlight the CD drive, using your arrow keys, and press "Enter" to boot from it. If you still don't enter the Boot menu, then your model may not have that feature.

Step 4

Press the key that corresponds to the notice "Press XXX to enter BIOS setup" continuously while rebooting. If you didn't see that notice, then try "DEL," "ESC," "F1," "F2" or "F10."

Step 5

Navigate to "Boot Sequence" or "Advanced Boot Options" using your arrow keys, and locate the section that lists the boot order. This is a list of bootable devices, such as hard drives, CD drives, floppy drives and possibly USB devices.

Step 6

Highlight the first position using your arrow keys, and press "Enter." Highlight the CD drive and press "Enter" to select it as the first boot device. In some VAIO models, the procedure requires you to highlight the CD drive and press "+" to move it up to the first position.

Step 7

Press "F10" to save and exit BIOS, then reboot from the CD.

About the Author

C. Taylor embarked on a professional writing career in 2009 and frequently writes about technology, science, business, finance, martial arts and the great outdoors. He writes for both online and offline publications, including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Samsung, Radio Shack, Motley Fool, Chron, Synonym and more. He received a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences at College of Charleston. He also holds minors in statistics, physics and visual arts.

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