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So, I got an Dell notebook and a External CD/DVD Drive from Dell connected to my USB port and of course a legal copy of Windows 7 Home Preimum. Now, yesterday I tried to perform a clean install on my machine but the funny thing is, it doesn't let me boot from the DVD.

When you reboot with a Windows DVD in the drive you should get the option "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." but I never get this message, it just keeps starting normal Windows.

I have tried to edit my BIOS Boot order and placed CD/DVD/BD on top in the list but it still doesn't let me to boot up from the DVD. I also tried to connect my USB power expander to the drive but it still didn't work...

What should I do?
 

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try just tapping the space bar as soon as the computer is powered on.

You should have a selection to boot from external device or something similar in your boot setup.
 

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Eh... okey, this gave me an option to select what OS I want to launch, that's not quite what I wanted, I want to do a clean install of Windows 7 and I need to get to the setup screen, you get my drift?
 

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Eh... okey, this gave me an option to select what OS I want to launch, that's not quite what I wanted, I want to do a clean install of Windows 7 and I need to get to the setup screen, you get my drift?
the space bar normally does not have anything assigned to it when you turn on the computer. That is why I said to tap the space bar - It WAS NOT because I misunderstood what you were asking.
 

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the space bar normally does not have anything assigned to it when you turn on the computer. That is why I said to tap the space bar - It WAS NOT because I misunderstood what you were asking.
Then why did you tell me to tap the space bar in the first place? Anyway, I just want to do a clean install of windows and whatever I do I can't reach it because it doesn't find the CD/DVD...
 

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for some reason the message "press any key to boot..." does not always appear on some computers but pressing any key when you turn on the computer will still boot to the disc. It was a test to see if this was happening in your case.
 

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hi,

what is your boot sequence in bios set for? see if you can set the boot order to usb first.
The boot order are set to run from CD/DVD/BD or what is's called, it looks like this in order CD/DVD/BD, Hard Drive, Network.

for some reason the message "press any key to boot..." does not always appear on some computers but pressing any key when you turn on the computer will still boot to the disc. It was a test to see if this was happening in your case.
I see, but it still didn't send me to the setup window after tapping any key, it just gave me an option to choose what OS to start.
 

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1.plug the external dvd 2 your lap
2.power on your lap
3.enter your bios and go to boot device .enable boot other device.change the order of your dvd.save changes in bios .restart.and enter again bios to see if it recognize your ext dvd. put ext dvd on first position on boot order
 
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