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booting from a CD

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    booting from a CD


    My wife has a new Gateway laptop with win8 pre-installed. This is my first experience with Windows 8. I've been emailing with the Gateway (Acer) support people about the problem of how to boot from a CD. Of course, every time I write, a different person responds, so there's no continuity, and I'm also pretty sure that some of them really don't know what they're doing. Regardless, here's what I've gotten from them and what I've found from experience:

    In order to boot into Windows 8, the BIOS has to be set to boot into UEFI. But in UEFI, you can't boot from a CD/DVD, regardless, no matter what, it aint happening. (One of the Acer people told me to change the boot order so that DVD is first, above Windows boot menu, but I did that and it didn't change anything.)

    In order to boot from a CD/DVD you have to change the BIOS from UEFI to "legacy bios." Once you do that, you can boot from a CD but you can't run Windows8. If you don't have a bootable CD/DVD in the drive, the computer won't boot at all, it just keeps saying to put a bootable disk in the drive.

    Bottom line, it doesn't matter how you set the boot order. If you choose UEFI in BIOS, you can run Win8 but can't boot from an optical disk. If you choose "legacy BIOS", you can boot from an optical disk but can't run Win8.

    Does anyone know how to change this?
    Thanks

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    To boot a 3rd party bootable CD/DVD Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.


    Boot the CD/DVD from the One Time Boot Menu,
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    Check your manual for the F? to use.

    than boot the CD/DVD in uEFI mode.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I don't understand what you're saying. Are you saying there's software that lets you do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncJohn
    My wife has a new Gateway laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed. This is my first experience with Windows 8. I've been emailing with the Gateway (Acer) support people about the problem of how to boot from a CD
    Quote Originally Posted by theog
    To boot a 3rd party bootable CD/DVD Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.
    Quote Originally Posted by ncJohn
    I don't understand what you're saying. Are you saying there's software that lets you do this?

    Do you have Windows 8 3rd party bootable CD/DVD software?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    The particular CD I'm talking about at this time is a bootable recovery disk I made using AISBackup. It's for use if the HD becomes corrupted or unbootable for some reason. I was trying to test it to be sure it would boot; that's how I discovered how difficult it is to boot this computer from a CD.
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