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How to Fix Windows 7 Press Any Key to Boot from CD or DVD not Working

Windows 7 is one of the most popular Windows version from Microsoft. It has excellent features that make it as user-friendly. One feature it boasts of is that which allows users to boot from CD/DVD, USB drives or internal hard drive. Booting from CD/DVD enables the user to restore, reset and/or install operating systems. It is, therefore, a big concern when users aren’t able to boot from either of these media. This article gives straight-forward solutions of fixing press any key to boot from cd but nothing happens in Windows 7.

Method 1: Use PS/2 Keyboard

If you are using a USB keyboard, swap it with a PS/2 keyboard. USB keyboards can, at times, uninitialize the boot process. Using PS/2 keyboard is an easy way to solve press any key to boot from cd keyboard doesn't work.

Method 2: Enable Legacy USB in BIOS

If you don’t have access to a PS/2 keyboard or, as expected, your PC doesn’t have a PS/2 port, then this method could help you fix the problem. The rationale behind using this method is that the underlying issue could be that your peripheral and integrated components on your motherboard have been disabled, rendering them non-functional. Enabling the settings in BIOS is a sure way of fixing press any key to boot from cd stuck if the root cause is as described. Follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Reboot your computer and press the “Pause Break” button on your keyboard before The Windows logo appears on your screen. This prevents the computer from normal booting.

Step 2: Depending on your PC brand or motherboard, press the appropriate button to enter BIOS. (Common buttons include F8, Esc, F10, etc. The onscreen instructions should direct you well.

Step 3: Hit the “Pause Break” button simultaneously with the appropriate key displayed on the screen to access system setup.

Step 4: Using the arrow keys, navigate to either “Onboard Devices”, “Advanced” or “Integrated Peripherals” on the men.

Step 5: Select “USB Controller” and use the + or – keys to alter the setting to “Enabled”.

enable usb legacy support

Step 6: Hit the “F10” key to save the settings and exit BIOS. You will have enabled USB ports.

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Fixing press any key to boot from cd does not appear in Windows 7 is simple and straight-forward as explained above. Other methods include plugging in the keyboard into a different USB port or using a different keyboard. A great workaround is installing Windows using the setup.exe option when the system is running.

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