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Start Windows from a CD or DVD
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You might need to start Windows from the installation CD or DVD if:
You want to install or reinstall Windows. You want to recover Windows from a serious error. If your computer won't start Windows at all, you can access system recovery options from the Windows installation disc that can help you get Windows running again.
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Burn a DVD-Video disc with Windows DVD Maker

Windows DVD Maker is a feature you can use to make DVDs that you can watch on a computer or on a TV using a regular DVD player. The quickest way to make a DVD is to add pictures and videos in Windows DVD Maker, and then burn your DVD. If you want to get creative, you can customize the DVD menu style and text before you burn the DVD.

How to Burn DVD's with Windows DVD Maker

Windows DVD Maker has been introduced with Windows Vista and it continues to be present in Windows 7. Unlike with other tools in Windows 7, Windows DVD Maker doesn't have any new major features compared to its Windows Vista counterpart. The differences are cosmetic at best and the tool works the same. In this article I will touch on the following topics: where to find Windows DVD Maker, which file types and discs is supporting, how to customize and burn a DVD and how to solve issues with this tool.

Windows 7 on Ibm Thinkpad R40?

I just got a 160 GB HD for a older IBM Thinkpad R40. I want to put Windows 7 on the HD but have run into some problems. I have a CDRW burner/DVD reader in it but because there are no DVD drivers, I can't install from the DVD.

Would I be able to install the Windows 7 DVD from my old HD (which has Windows XP) onto the new HD if I made it into a portable HD using an enclosure? And then would I be able to replace the old HD (with Windows XP) with the new HD (with Windows 7)?

No response from Win7 install DVD

New build:
CPU: AMD Quad core Phenom II X4920
mobo: MSI 785GTM-E45
HDD: Seagate SATA 1T ST310000520AS

BIOS is set to boot first from SATA DVD reader/writer.

Computer powers up perfectly, shows splash screen, goes into BIOS control with depress of key, etc

However, the installation routine will not start from either of my 64 bit Windows 7 install DVD's. Install routine will start from any 32 bit (Linux, windoze, etc) OS install CD, just not a 64 bit windows install DVD.

Furthermore, I have tried another SATA DVD, as well as a pata DVD reader/writer. Still no cigar

When I attempt to boot into the installation, the spash screen comes up, then goes, and there is a little "hyphen" cursor blinking (ad-infinitum) at the left edge of the screen. Nothing further.

I have used the same install DVD to install Win 7 on another (Intel in this case) new computer once before. It worked perfectly, the DVD has been in its sleeve ever since, and there isalmost no possibility that it is damaged.

I am sure that the Phenom II is a 64 bit processor. What is going on here? Do I need to set some system jumper or what?

Install windows via network

1) I have a laptop and I want to reinstall windows
2) I do not install windows using a windows cd, it's a dvd that came with the computer and is a rescue dvd, it erases everything and copies windows and all the drivers. It's like an image.
3) The dvd drive isn't working ok and I need to boot from this dvd to restore the OS.
4) I have another computer running WXP SP2
5) I have a router: NetGear WGR614 v6
6) I want to take advantage of the network and boot from the other computer's dvd drive.

How does one finalize a DVD in Windows 7

How does one finalize a DVD in Windows 7? Nothing seems to work to get DVD to play on anything other than the computer it was created on. Primarily, these are videos of my wife's speaking engagements.

Windows DVD Maker query

I have several video files and an audio file that I would like to burn to a DVD. These files all had an .avi extension so that if I burnt them to a DVD using the 'Burn' tool in WindowsMedia Player (I have version 12 on a Win 7 operating system), I would only be able to play them on a computer and not a normal TV DVD Player (I have a Samsung player).

I have had to convert all the video files from .avi to .wmv and then I can open up Windows DVD Maker and import them ready for burning. I can see them in Windows DVD Maker ready to be burnt.

However, when I try to import my lone audio file (now converted from .avi to wma), Windows DVD Maker does not import it (basically, on the finished DVD, I will have all movie songs andtracks, but the first track was taken from the radio and is therefore audio only).

Blank Screen upon Windows Startup

I have one of those SONY Vaio All in One PC's - VGC-LS25E running Windows Vista Home Premium, 2GB Memory, 250GB HD

Started having problems with computer booting up and it would start dumping memory - so got into safe mode and tried restoring the settings from the last known system restore point, but had no luck.

Next, using my Recovery DVD, I tried going back to the Original Factory installation but it would not not go through my Vista installation.

I got myself new memory and a HD, and wiped my old HD clean. When my memory and HD showed up in the mail a couple days later, I first replaced the memory and tried to start up the computer with my Recovery DVD in place, but the screen is completely blank.

There is some activity in the DVD drive, but otherwise there is no noise at all.

I also replaced the HD and still the same.

Play a CD or DVD in Windows Media Player

In Windows Media Player, you can play audio CDs, data CDs, and data DVDs that contain music or video files (also known as media CDs). You can also play video CDs (VCDs), which are similar to DVDs, although the video quality isn't as high. If you have a DVD drive and a compatible DVD decoder installed on your computer, you can use Windows Media Player to play a DVD-Video disc-this is the type of DVD that movies are distributed on. If you encounter an error indicating that you are missing a DVD decoder, click Web Help on the error message dialog box to determine how to obtain a decoder. Watch this video to learn how to play a CD or DVD in Windows Media Player.

Playing DVDs in Windows Media Center: frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some common questions about playing DVDs in Windows Media Center. Why isn't there sound when watching a DVD? Why is the video distorted when watching a DVD? Why won't a DVD play? Why is the movie information or cover art for my DVD wrong or missing? Why does a different program open every time I insert a DVD in my computer?