How to boot from E drive?

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I am new at this. I upgraded my Windows XP to Windows 7 and it runs fine. My Dell desktop computer came from the factory with a floppy for the A drive and a CD in D and a DVD in E. If I want to boot from a disk, the machine looks to the A drive only. I want to change this so it will look to my DVD, E drive instead. I want the change to be permanent.

I posted this question and was told how to get into the BIOS to change it. That worked great and was right on point however, I can't ID which is the E: drive. What I have is:

I got into the BIOS Boot Sequence. It shows:

1. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive
2. Onboard SAIA Hard Drive
3. Onboard IDE Hard Drive (not present)
4. Onboard or USB Floppy Drive
5. USB Device (not present)


On my computer, I have

A: Floppy
C: Hard Drive
D: CD ROM
E: DVD

When the computer boots, the CD drivelight flashes, then the DVD drive light flashes then, fifteen seconds later, the A Drive flashes. I put my Windows disk into the DVD drive and rebooted to see if the machine would boot from the disk and it did not.

How can I be certain that my computer will boot from the DVD on my E drive?


Thanks again, Joe
 

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Your boot sequence is correct for the drives you have in your PC. Are you sure the discs you're trying to boot from are, in fact, bootable?
 
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Your boot sequence is correct for the drives you have in your PC. Are you sure the discs you're trying to boot from are, in fact, bootable?
I have the Windows 7 upgrade disk from Microsoft. It should boot from that?????
 

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Go into your BIOS and set the DVD drive as the first boot device. It should work then.

It's usually in the Advanced BIOS settings section.
 

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His DVD drive is set as the first boot device.
 

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