Q: I have made a DVD by copying the Ultimate Boot CD. But to be able to test it my Windows XP Professional machine needs to start up from DVD. When I use F8 at startup so I can alter the BIOS, I can’t get into it. How can I access the settings?
A: You’re using the wrong key sequence. F8 will take you to the Windows Advanced Options menu to allow you to access Safe Mode among other things. The sequence for accessing the BIOS varies between manufacturers, often it’s Delete or F1. It should flash up on the screen as the system boots, if you can’t spot it there’s a list of the codes for various manufacturers at MyDigitalLife.
Originally featured in PCU 138