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Hello, I have a severe problem and since I am not very verse with linux and really need help. Here's my situation:
I removed XP and installed red hat on a public PC in my house. Everyone in the house complained and I am now commissioned to install windows 7 RC1 and remove red hat. Problem is I have no idea what I'm doing. I have the windows 7 RC1 dvd and an external dvd drive. I removed all of the linux partitions on my HDD, but now when I turn on the PC it boots GRUB. I want to boot from the external DVD so I can fresh install windows 7 RC1, but I have no idea where to start, or how to do this. I got into the BIOS, and I changed the boot order. I don't think the MoBo supports booting from the external DVD drive though. I changed the boot order to:
USB device: first
IDE CD-ROM Drive: second
Diskette Drive [A:]: third
Hard Drive: [C:]: Fourth
Broadcome Ethernet Controller: Fifth
but my system still boots GRUB, I can't figure out a way to boot from the windows 7 DVD, so I can install windows 7!! I really could use some help, and I'm begging for some assistance. Thanks! I am a noob and could really use simple language.
Things I have:
external DVD-RW drive (USB)
internal CDROM drive
RedHat installation CDs
Windows 7 RC1 installation DVD
Thanks for the quick response, I infinitely appreciate it. I've tried hitting all the typical BIOS buttons, F1, F2, del. But when I do, my system always just boots to GRUB. When I turn my system on, the only message I get on the initial screen is "press any key for Option ROM Messages" and when I press any key during this one-second flash, the system still only boots to GRUB.
the windows 7 dvd is definitely bootable, I can boot from it on my laptop. However, as per your idea, when I stick the RedHat installation disc in the external drive, I can't boot from that either. Looks like my MoBo can't boot from external DVD drive. Crap! Well thanks anyways eco, look like I'm going to have to buy an internal DVD drive.
I've got Ubuntu on my home office PC, I got the red hat installation for free and thought id give it a run on our HTPC on our big screen in our living room. Guess the grass always seems greener on the other side.
I bought a internal dvd drive and am installing windows 7 RC1 on the HTPC right now, its taking FOREVER though. thanks for all the positive input, I really appreciate it.