Where is the Anykey?

By dbonniwell ยท 11 replies
Jul 3, 2008
  1. problem with ISO files

    Just kidding.... However
    I downloaded and burned to a CD and program called Ultimate Boot CD
    It is an ISO file, the down load and burn went just fine.
    I checked the CD and I have a lone .iso file that indicates 117MB
    I set the bios to boot from the CD Dirive first and put the CD in
    From a dead start I boot up but it does not boot from the disk and goes all the way to my desk top
    What am I doing wrong?
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    The boot device order is indicated in your BIOS, that is what is the order of devices that should be checked looking for bootable programs.

    These days it is very typical that the hard drive is first in the list. This is great cuz we almost always boot from the hard drive. But not so great when we want to boot from something else.

    In the old days, we'd have to go into bios to modify the boot order such that CD/DVD was listed before Hard Drive. However, these days, many manufacturers provide a function key you can hit a startup that then prompts you for your desired boot order. THEN you indicate CD/DVD first.

    Don't know your computer make/model... so try looking it up in user docs under BOOT ORDER or if still having trouble post the make model here so we can check it.
  3. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Posts: 235

    Get powerISO and open the ISO file in powerISO once its installed, VIA "File", "Open" in the program. When its open look at the bottom of the window and you should see "Bootable Image" if it is a bootable CD or "Non-bootable Image" in the case it is a non-bootable CD. You can burn your image to the CD with powerISO as well so when you see "Bootable Image" at the bottom click the burn button at the top.

    You see, when you burn an image to a CD and want it to be bootable you usually don't burn the ISO file itself onto the disk, but all the stuff inside the ISO file to the disk.

    I know it was a joke as well, the "Where is the any key?" but this post may become useful for someone else one day and the title will throw people off and may make them unable to ever find this topic and the solutions. If you are able to change the title of the topic it would be nice =p. Not at all angry at you or anything, its just to make it more useful for others. ;D Good luck.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Just adding to Whiffen's comments

    Think of the ISO as a zip file that must be unzipped or exrtracted to a CD
    Thankfully UBCD has made a tutorial to burn it to disc

    Burning the Ultimate Boot CD ISO to CDR/CDRW

    Also, I'd like to second that idea of "Edit" your post then Advanced Edit, and change the Title to something more relevant
  5. dbonniwell

    dbonniwell TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 120

    My apologies for the title... I just wanted to bring a few smiles to the forum. I shall refrain in the future. Change it if you wish.

    The boot order is correct, I have it on CD drive as first thing to took for

    I downloaded the Power ISO to my lap top from the site. I am not really sure how to go about using it I installed it. rebooted and and clicked it. it shows a bunch of files
    Do I exact to a CD with this?
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    The "Tutorials" page above should help you
    You don't exactly extract, the Burning software will do this for you
    Open the ISO from your burning software, then burn to disc

    Also you have to change the Title through Edit on your original post
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Do you not already have a traditional CD/DVD build/burn package like Roxio? Nero? NTI? Each one supports burning ISO disks with incredibly simple methods which just require a few point and clicks
  8. dbonniwell

    dbonniwell TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 120

    iso install problem

    Thanks to all for your help
  9. dbonniwell

    dbonniwell TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 120

    does any one know how to change the title to my thread
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Yes I've stated 3 times already, but this time I'm going to be very clear.

    Scroll up to your first post
    Click on Edit (note: you must be logged in, to see "Edit" button under your post)
    Click on "Go Advanced" (again underneath you post)
    Scroll up to the title
    You can now change the title to something more relevant
    Click Save
    All done

    If you could do one more reply once all this is done, then I'll hopefully see the new Titled thread.
  11. dbonniwell

    dbonniwell TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 120

    Sincere thanks to all for your kind help. Sorry about being a pain
    Power ISO did the trick
    Warm Regards
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523


    Where is the Anykey? - Solved :confused:
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