How to Boot From a Dell Latitude Recovery CD


The BIOS (basic input/output system) of a Dell Latitude computer is responsible for containing the settings related to how hardware and software is accessed. One of the primary settings of the BIOS is the boot order. Users have the option to boot the computer from a number of devices including an internal hard drive (default), USB, LAN and CD/DVD drive. If a Dell Latitude computer is experiencing problems, it may be necessary to run the recovery CD for repair. The CD will need to run at startup. To do this, change the boot order to use the CD/DVD drive at startup.

Things You'll Need

  • Dell Latitude recovery CD
  • Place the Dell Latitude recover CD in the CD/DVD ROM drive of your computer, and then shut down your computer.

  • Power on your computer.

  • Press "F2" at the “Dell” splash screen to enter the BIOS. F2 is used to access the BIOS on most Dell Latitude computers. Check the boot-screen for the setup key if F12 doesn’t work.

  • Navigate to the “Boot” tab using the left and right arrows on the keyboard.

  • Use the up and down arrows to change the CD/DVD ROM drive to the first (top) boot device.

  • Navigate to the “Exit” tab using the left and right arrows on the keyboard. Select “Save Changes” and press “Enter.” Your computer will reboot from the Dell Latitude Recovery CD.

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