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How to enable boot from DVD option with UEFI boot mode enabled. (Windows 8, 8.1 & 10)



Summary: How to enable boot from DVD option with UEFI boot mode enabled. (Windows 8, 8.1 & 10)


Table of Contents:

  1. System unable to boot to Optical drive. (DVD, CD, etc.)
  2. Add the DVD Boot option manually in the BIOS

1. System unable to boot to Optical drive. (DVD, CD, etc.)

Note: Applies to systems with the below specifications and settings present:

  • Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 system with Boot Mode set to UEFI.
  • Systems with an optical drive (CD,DVD,BLU-RAY etc.)

System unable to boot to Optical drive. (DVD, CD, etc.)

Example: When booting to a Windows CD/DVD to perform an Operating System install, repair or update.




2. Add the DVD Boot option manually in the BIOS

Note: Tap the < F2 > key at the Dell logo on powering on the system to enter the system BIOS. Alternatively see article Access UEFI (BIOS) System Setup from Windows 8 / 8.1 for another way to access the BIOS from within Windows.


Steps are provided below:

  1. Boot mode should be selected as UEFI (not legacy) within the BIOS go to the General > Boot Sequence click Apply.

    Boot sequence UEFI select
    figure 1: Boot Sequence UEFI
  2. Secure Boot set to Disabled within the BIOS go to Secure Boot > Secure Boot Enable.
    If the system is not set to boot to UEFI, change it from the BIOS on startup or from the menu.

    Secure boot disabled
    figure 2: Secure Boot Disabled
  3. Go to the 'Boot Sequence' tab in the BIOS and select Add Boot Option.

    Add boot option
    figure 3: Add Boot Option
  4. A new window will appear with blank boot options.

    Add boot option fields
    figure 4: Add boot option fields

  5. Name it "CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive"
    Note: In the File System List field select the option with "CD" at the end.

    Example: "PciRoot (0x0)/Pci (0x1F, 0x2)/Sata(0x3,0x0,0x0)/CD"

    1. Leave the File Name entry blank.
    2. Click OK.
      Note: If the option for CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive is not present then the drive may not be detected by the system hardware. Try physically re-seating the drive where possible or swap with another systems drive to rule out the drive as the cause of any failure.
  6. Click Exit.
  7. The system will restart.
  8. Tap the < F12 > key on startup for boot menu, DVD option will be there under UEFI

Note: Alternatively if you see an onscreen message to 'Press any key to boot from CD/DVD'
Press any key to proceed.
To add the DVD Boot option manually in legacy Dell Phoenix BIOS setup.

Steps are provided below:

  1. Boot mode should be selected as UEFI (Not Legacy)
  2. Secure Boot set to Off
    If the system is not set to boot to UEFI, change it from the BIOS on startup or from the menu.
  3. Go to the 'Boot' tab in the BIOS and select Add Boot option. (see fig 1)

    Fig 1

  4. A new window will appear with 'blank' boot option name.


    Fig 2

  5. Name it "CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive"
    Note: In the File System List field select the option with "CD" at the end.

    Example: "PciRoot (0x0)/Pci (0x1F, 0x2)/Sata(0x3,0x0,0x0)/CD"

    1. Leave the File Name entry blank.
    2. Now using tab key highlight YES and hit < ENTER >

      Fig 3

      Note: If the option for CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive is not present then the drive may not be detected by the system hardware. Try physically re-seating the drive where possible or swap with another systems drive to rule out the drive as the cause of any failure.
  6. Press < F10 > key to save settings and restart.
  7. The system will restart.
  8. Tap the < F12 > key on startup for boot menu, DVD option will be there under UEFI

Note: Alternatively if you see an onscreen message to 'Press any key to boot from CD/DVD'
Press any key to proceed.



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Article ID: SLN142679

Last Date Modified: 07/27/2017 09:53 AM


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