My next attempt was to change the Boot Sequence in the BIOS. I moved IDE CD-ROM Device to number 1 and it failed to boot from the CD again.
My last attempt was edit msconfig to boot from the cd on the next restart. However, when I tried to open msconfig by Run->msconfig I get the following error message: "Windows cannot find 'msconfig'. Make sure you have typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file click the Start button, and then click Search." Not sure why it can find it. But there are some other odd problems as well such as my task manager window does not fully appear and must use alt-f4 to close it and the tab button to change tabs.
The computer has some problems so I would like to reinstall. Its been awhile since I did it last and I like to do it every once in a while anyway. Also I know that the CD-ROM drive is functional and not broken. Any other suggestion on how can I get it to boot from the CD?