How to Enable Boot from DVD Option with UEFI Boot Mode Enabled (Windows 10, 8.1 & 8)

How to Enable Boot from DVD Option with UEFI Boot Mode Enabled (Windows 10, 8.1 & 8)


Learn how to enable boot from DVD option in UEFI BIOS with UEFI boot mode enabled. If your PC with UEFI BIOS is unable to boot to DVD or CD, follow the instructions below to add the optical drive to the boot list.

Applies to PCs with below specifications and settings:

  • Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 PC with boot mode set to UEFI
  • PCs with optical (CD, DVD or Blu-ray) drive

Adding CD/DVD boot option manually in BIOS

Note: Alternatively refer to the Dell knowledge-base article Access UEFI (BIOS) System Setup from Windows 10 or 8.1 or 8 for another way to access the BIOS from within Windows.

Expand the sections below according to the BIOS type of your PC

Steps are provided below:

  1. Tap F2 key at the Dell logo screen to enter System Setup or BIOS.

  2. On the left pane, click Boot Sequence.

  3. 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

  4. Check that Secure Boot is set to Disabled. Within the BIOS go to Secure Boot > Secure Boot Enable, and set the checkbox to Disabled (Figure 2)
    Note: If the system is not set to boot to UEFI, change it from the BIOS (F2) during startup or from the One-Time Boot (F12) menu.
    Secure boot disabled
    Figure 2: Secure Boot Disabled

  5. Go to the 'Boot Sequence' tab in the BIOS and select Add Boot Option.
    Add boot option
    Figure 3: Add Boot Option

  6. A new window will appear with blank boot options.
    Add boot option fields
    Figure 4: Add boot option fields

  7. 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"
    • Leave the File Name entry blank.
    • 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.

  8. Click Exit.

  9. The system will restart.

  10. 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 Dell Phoenix BIOS setup.

Steps are provided below:

  1. Boot mode should be selected as UEFI (Not Legacy)
  2. Secure Boot set to Off
    Note: If the system is not set to boot to UEFI, change it from the BIOS (F2) during startup or from the One-Time Boot (F12) menu.
  3. Go to the 'Boot' tab in the BIOS and select Add Boot option. (see fig 4)
    Fig 4
    Figure 4
  4. A new window will appear with 'blank' boot option name. (Figure 5)
    Fig 5
    Figure 5
  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 9
    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.
Note: If you are still unable to boot from the Windows reinstallation CD or DVD or if the CD or DVD is corrupt, browse to the Dell OS Recovery Tool page to download and create a Windows recovery or reinstallation disc for your PC.




Article ID: SLN142679

Last Date Modified: 09/10/2018 08:55 AM


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