How to Start My VAIO for a CD Boot

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How to Start My VAIO for a CD Boot
If you perform a system recovery you will need to boot from the CD drive. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Sony VAIO computers offer a number of boot options, and can be started up from a CD or DVD, from hard drive or over a network. The device the computer boots from is determined by the computer's basic input/output system (BIOS) settings, which stores a list of the devices to try at boot time. The BIOS works down the list, trying each device until it discovers one it can successfully boot from. Generally the computer's hard drive will have the highest priority. In order to boot from a CD you must give the CD drive the highest priority.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Restart the Sony VAIO if the computer is already running, or power the computer on if it's turned off. Wait until the VAIO logo appears, and then press the "F2" key to enter the BIOS.

  2. 2

    Press the left arrow key to move to the Boot menu.

  3. 3

    Press the down arrow key to select the highest priority under Boot Priority, and then press the "Enter" key.

  4. 4

    Press the down arrow key to assign the CD drive the highest priority, and then press the "Enter" key to store the choice.

  5. 5

    Move to the Exit menu option with the arrow keys, and then select Exit (Save Changes). Press the "Enter" key to exit the BIOS and save the changes made. When the Sony VAIO restarts it will attempt to boot from the CD drive before trying the hard drive.

Tips and warnings

  • If you need to boot from the CD only once, restart your VAIO and press "F11" when the VAIO logo appears to display a boot menu.
  • You can also boot a Sony VAIO from external drives by enabling External Drive Boot from the Advanced menu in the BIOS.

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