Windows 10: booting up the win 10 install from a dvd?

  1.    4 Days Ago #1

    booting up the win 10 install from a dvd?

    Background: At present in windows 7 trying to convert to win 10. I lost control of my main computer! Whether it was the cat wandering all over the keyboard while I was temporarily out of the room or it was something I did. I returned to find the computer locked up with several programs in evidence; non the less I had to do a hard reboot. Now it will not boot up except in save mode and the options presented only consist of 'boot normally'. But when selected it boots into safe mode.

    So, In the bios I can set so as to boot from a dvd drive but the win 10 I bought came in a flash drive. Unfortunately the bios can't be set to do that. So can I copy the usb flash drive to a dvd which would then boot the upgrade?

    Thanks for any help!

    PS: I tried booting with the original win 7 disk repair disk but it said "not in safe mode"
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  2.    4 Days Ago #2

    Hi, You can only upgrade if you can boot normally, then start the upgrade e.g. from a mounted ISO, or by running setup.exe on a Win 10 flash disk (or similar) or a DVD.

    Thus you would need to fix your Win 7 first in order to upgrade.

    If you boot your PC from a Win 10 bootable medium you can either
    a. start a clean install
    b. via 'Repair your computer' navigate to advanced startup options such as Startup Repair, System restore, Command prompt etc.

    Your simplest option to create a DVD is to download an iso and burn it to DVD
    Download Windows 10 ISO File Windows 10 Tutorials
    - but this will not help you upgrade a PC which cannot boot normally.
    Last edited by dalchina; 4 Days Ago at 01:41.
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  3. Posts : 3,059
    3-Win-7Prox64 2-Win10Prox64
       4 Days Ago #3

    The flash drive would want to install as uefi and formatting the existing hard drive or ssd to gpt when it's probably mbr disk
    DVD win-10 install should be fine if you can create the media on another machine

    The win-7 dvd you can use startup repair with it's recovery tools
    Startup Repair - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Or you can if you have another machine create a Macrium Reflect winpe cd recovery disk and try it's startup repair too
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect Windows 10 Tutorials
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  4. Posts : 6,344
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1709
       4 Days Ago #4

    First thing I would do is create a boot disk and get your data copied off the drive to ensure it is safe.

    You should be able to boot this disk and then perform the copy.

    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk
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  5.    4 Days Ago #5

    "In the bios I can set so as to boot from a dvd drive but the win 10 I bought came in a flash drive. Unfortunately the bios can't be set to do that."
    I don't know if it matters what make/model you have but I have a Dell Inspiron 580.
    --- With the computer shut down, I connected my bootable Win10 install USB, went into the BIOS upon startup and it did not include an option to select my Win10 install USB.
    I shut own and upon booting back up, I pressed F12 boot options: it included an option to select my bootable Win10 install USB
    --- If the Safe Mode issue you are having doesn't interfere, maybe it will work for you.

    EDIT: Are you still unable to select USB by going through the boot options?
    --- If so see if restoring to a known good prior system restore point is helpful.
    Last edited by MeAndMyComputer; 2 Days Ago at 13:52.
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  6. Posts : 15,144
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       2 Days Ago #6

    See if you can boot to the windows advanced troubleshooting menu or to the Windows 7 or 10 iso.
    Download Windows 7 Disc Images (ISO Files)
    Download Windows 10
    If you can boot to any of the above then you should be able to open the Windows advanced troubleshooting menu.
    In the windows advanced troubleshooting menu there are options for:
    system restore
    startup repair
    command prompt
    Can you open any of these?
    You had commented that you can get into safe mode.
    Can you get into safe mode with command prompt?
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  7.    2 Days Ago #7

    When you boot into Safe Mode, are you able to boot into Safe Mode w/networking?
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