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Windows 7 Cannot boot from CD: Code 5

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  • Hello, I was trying to boot the DVD of Windows 7 when suddenly, the Cannot boot from CD: Code 5 error appeard... I was sad. I mean I googled for hours and didn't even find a good solution yet. Please I need help to install Windows 7... 

    Thank you
    Saturday, May 02, 2009 1:07 AM

Answers

  • Hello, I was trying to boot the DVD of Windows 7 when suddenly, the Cannot boot from CD: Code 5 error appeard...
    You can create a bootable disk. Take a correct boot sector from other bootable disk and merge it into the Windows 7 installation disk. See here.
    Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:25 AM
  • Hi,

    Since your description is not really informative, pleaes try the following generic troubleshooting tips:

    1. Try re-burning the ISO using the a slower burning speed.
    2. Use a different burner/DVD-R

    If the above doesn't help, may I know where are you getting that error? Is it during the Windows setup? Or the error appears after the POST screen (when trying to boot from the DVD, but still in the black screen)?


    Jabez Gan [MVP] - http://www.msblog.org Contributing Author for: (Sybex) MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-643
    Saturday, May 02, 2009 10:36 AM
  • Hi,

    Are you using an OEM computer? This may be the customization by the computer manufacturer.


    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    Monday, May 04, 2009 8:21 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Since your description is not really informative, pleaes try the following generic troubleshooting tips:

    1. Try re-burning the ISO using the a slower burning speed.
    2. Use a different burner/DVD-R

    If the above doesn't help, may I know where are you getting that error? Is it during the Windows setup? Or the error appears after the POST screen (when trying to boot from the DVD, but still in the black screen)?


    Jabez Gan [MVP] - http://www.msblog.org Contributing Author for: (Sybex) MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-643
    Saturday, May 02, 2009 10:36 AM
  • Hi,

    Are you using an OEM computer? This may be the customization by the computer manufacturer.


    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    Monday, May 04, 2009 8:21 AM
  • I had the same problem (as had many other users), and both the DVD and the drive were innocent (tested on other systems). In my case, the problem was the chipset of the motherboard (Asrock PE Pro-HT, SIS 645 chipset for P4), from which the installer cannot boot. A Google search yielded several descriptions and solutions.

    I used the boot utility Gujin as described in one of the solutions, and it worked a treat. If you enter the search text gujin code 5 windows 7 in Google you'll find several hits. Note that this solution requires a floppy drive and a utility to write an image to floppy (for the latter, I used the simple utility Diskwriter.

    Hope this helps
    Monday, May 04, 2009 7:44 PM
  • As a matter of curiosity, I wonder why the two replies offering only general information are marked as answers, while the two offering solutions are not ...
    Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:07 AM
  • Hello, I was trying to boot the DVD of Windows 7 when suddenly, the Cannot boot from CD: Code 5 error appeard...
    You can create a bootable disk. Take a correct boot sector from other bootable disk and merge it into the Windows 7 installation disk. See here.
    Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:25 AM
  • Thank you Konst-33. Worked like a charm.
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 5:59 AM
  • Yes, and as of July 2013 it still works!
    Wednesday, July 24, 2013 6:12 AM