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How can I boot from a d.v.d. in Windows 8.1?

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    How can I boot from a d.v.d. in Windows 8.1?


    I have pressed F9 during boot up and that gets me to a screen on which I can supposedly go to a section in the UEFI which I can select with the + and - keys and then pressing Enter.

    Although the F9 key works, the computer doesn't respond to either the + or - keys or the Enter key. It is as though the USB port into which the keyboard is plugged is not active.

    The machine is an HP 110-412na.

    I have written the Microsoft ISO to disc as per Fred Langa's item in the current Windows Secrets newsletter. Although I have removed all the non solicited software which was pre-installed I want to start from scratch with a new Microsoft only Windows.8.1

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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Try ESC and then F9
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    Thank you, but that doesn't work. The success of doing that depends on the USB port/s of the computer being active during boot. They're not.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If the F9 key works on boot up the USB port must be working. Try the up down arrow keys.
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    Thank you both.

    I have discovered a method of setting the BIOS - which is within the EUFI - to boot from d.v.d. but I'm afraid that it doesn't help.

    See this thread in the Windows Secrets forum for an explanation. Burning an ISO file in Windows 8.1 | Windows Secrets Lounge
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    To use the embedded OEM product code you have to install the matching version. If Core was installed at the factory that's what you have to install. If you install Pro the OEM key will be rejected and vise versa. If it came with Pro and you install Core the key won't work.
    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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    I'm afraid that most of the information in your post and that in those links, means very little to me. What is Core?

    Can I get rid of all traces of the existing installation, including the Recovery partition, get rid of the embedded OEM key, or ignore it, and install a retail version?

    I want no dependence on, or interference from, any left over bits of the existing installation. Ideally I want to remove everything from the hard drive and start with a completely clean one.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    regular 'Windows 8.1" is known as Windows 8.1 Core - they have since dropped the Core title and just refer to it as Windows 8.1

    Most likely your PC came with Windows 8.1 and has a windows 8.1 product key embedded into the firmware..

    You can install any version Core or Pro - the correct version for your PC will not ask for a product key as it will read the embedded key
    The wrong version will ask you to supply a Retail product key..

    You can clean install windows 8.1 and wipe your drive of current data - by choosing the custom install method..
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Most likely your PC came with Windows 8.1 and has a windows 8.1 product key embedded into the firmware.
    Yes, it was an OEM installation.

    You can install any version Core or Pro - the correct version for your PC will not ask for a product key as it will read the embedded key
    The wrong version will ask you to supply a Retail product key.
    That's where I have been confused. The downloaded ISO file wasn't accepted when I came to install it as the only key I have is the embedded on - which I entered.

    You can clean install windows 8.1 and wipe your drive of current data - by choosing the custom install method..
    What would be the procedure to do that? Install it then remove the unwanted files, or can I wipe the drive clean first (which I would like to do) and then install?
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    What would be the procedure to do that? Install it then remove the unwanted files, or can I wipe the drive clean first (which I would like to do) and then install?
    The installer will wipe your drive.
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