All modern Computer Systems manufactured in the last years, support the boot from CD feature, but you may be required to configure this feature in the BIOS as some manufacturers may have disabled this feature or may have changed the boot priority sequence.
When you start your computer, check the boot-screen for setup key, In most newer PCs it will be the DELETE key.
Some other examples of popular BIOS manufacturers are listed below.
This AmiBios Require you to press DEL key to enter setup
now you will see a similar screen to the one below, choose the Boot option and choose Boot Device Priority change the 1st Boot Device to CDROM and 2nd Boot Device to Hard Drive, you need to press F10 to save the settings.
On Award Bios you will see a similar screen, choose the right key to Enter setup, again DELETE is the most common option.
Now choose Advanced BIOS Features
and set First Boot Device to CDROM and Second or third to HDD-0 and Press F10 to save it.
On some Dell Systems you can enter BIOS by pressing F2
Now choose Boot Sequence and then change option 1 to CD-ROM by pressing – + and press space to enable it
Press ESC and choose save settings and exit
Sometimes you can press F12 to temporary boot from CD on some Dell Systems
On PhoenixBIOS Press F2 to enter BIOS setup
and set Boot Sequence to A,CDROM,C and Press Esc and then F10 to save it.
Some Computers have the option to temporary boot from CD/HDD/Floppy/USB Device, just keep tapping the F8 button to get Boot Menu and then choose your manufacture of the CD ROM.