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Solved: my operating system, their pc, their code - will it work

Question: Solved: my operating system, their pc, their code - will it work


A friend of my daughters has a packard bell pc (4 years old). After ridding various virus from the machine and coming to a full stop they decided to use the restore disc (red floppy) and restore to factory default - all appeared to be going well. Machine froze after telling them to remove the floppy, when it came back to life it requested master cd1, which they dont have and dont remember ever having (bearing in mind machine is 4 years old).

What do you think the best track would be to contact packard bell for master disc. I wondered whether my copy of xp home would work with their pc and their code - afterall they have purchased the machine etc. or am I being totally blonde. I am quite happy to reformat for them if this is a possibility but dont want to attempt it if there is the possibility it wont work. I realised xp is one machine one copy but not sure whether this is reliant on code or not.

Advice, please.

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Preferred Solution: Solved: my operating system, their pc, their code - will it work

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Last week i bought a h50-30g desktop with windows 8, when it arrives i installed that in my room and turned on, but there is a error 1962 no operating system found, well i get my cellphone and search this error on the net, but all solutions that i saw didn't work. I'm thinking that my HDD have a problem. Anyone have a advice to solve this problem?

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I have a gateway, and i am trying to redo everything because my internet exporer crashed and i cant view any webpages, i lost my operating systems 25 digit code, can someone please help me either figure out how to fix it or figure out a code... would be very very much appreciated.

Answer:Product Code for XP Operating System Disk

Rock XP will recover your Microsoft product key -

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MY C40 AIO Computer was on. Went to bed, got up had error code 1962 no operating system found press any key to continue. Power off & restarted the AIO started. Why have the message appeared? Please help.
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Answer:C40 AIO - error code 1962 no operating system found

hi ashokjeetprasad,
Welcome to the Forums.
The Error Code 1962 - No Operating System Found may occur if one or more of the following conditions are true:

The basic input/output system (BIOS) does not detect the hard disk.
The hard disk is damaged.
Sector 0 of the physical hard disk drive has an incorrect or malformed master boot record (MBR).Note: Some third-party programs or disk corruption can damage an MBR.
An incompatible partition is marked as Active.
A partition that contains the MBR is no longer active.

Since most of the common cause of the error is pointing to the HDD, I recommend you run a diagnostic on the drive to verify its health.
Diagnostic tools:
- HD Tune
- Lenovo Individual Diagnostic (see storage test)
- Seatools (for Seagate / Samsung drives)
- Data Lifeguard Diagnostics (for Western Digital Drives)
Let me know how it goes.

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My B540 continues to experience intermittent problems with Error Code 1962-No Operating System Found.  Sometimes the computer will run correctly for 3 or 4 days, other times for just an hour, but in the end it repeatedly locks up and will not reboot.  If I check the Bios Setup immediately after this happens, it says that there is no HDD.  However, if I wait for an hour or two with the computer off, it will boot.1. The logical explanation is that the HDD is faulty, but that is not so in this case.  In addition to the HDD that came with the computer, I have tried two other HDDs, both brand new, never used, and both with fresh Win 7 installs.  Both of those ended up with the same Error Code 1962.  There is no way that all three HDDs could be defective.2. I removed and reseated the memory.3. I ran extensive diagnostic tests on the memory; it tests OK.4. Someone suggested plugging the HDD SATA cable into a different SATA connection, but the B540 only has two connections (one for the HDD, one for the optical drive).  I swapped those two, but still got the error code. I have to believe that the problem is with the motherboard.  I have noticed on the forum that other people are experiencing the same 1962 error code; has anyone found a working solution? Thanks!


Go to Solution.


Did you also swap the SATA cables?

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 Computer was on. Went to bed got up had error code 1962 no operating system found.    Today I also has PXE-E61 media test failed    Since the support from Lenovo leaves a lot to be desired, I have been unable to get ANY help. No windows 8 disc shipped with computer so that is out. When I check it does show hard drive and bios. Also shows windows 8 so how can it no find it? HELP!!


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Hi hwb120240,
Welcome to Lenovo Communtiy Forums!
If the HDD is still detected you can run Recovery.
-Before you do that Try Power cycling the computer by unplugging from Wall outlet and holding the Power Button down for at least 10 sec. Then Reconnect the Power,
-Now Try Resseting the BIOS
   Turn ON the copmputer and start hitting F1
         This should boot you to the BIOS screen, Press F9 to load all defaults, then F10 to save and Exit.
See if that resolved it.
If Not you may need to do a recovery
This Deletes everything and install fresh.
Turn OFF the computer and Power it back ON start hitting F2 and this should give you recovery option and do an initial Backup Recovery.
Hope this helps

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Windows 7 installed. Continually getting error 1962 and Windows won't load. No recovery disks were made that I know of. When I couldn't get passed the error message, I removed the hard drive and scanned for infections and found 10 infections - trojans & spyware. Removed the infections but once HDD back in PC still getting error 1962. I replaced SATA cable and tried a different SATA port and that hasn't fixed it either.I found on Lenovo website to make some changes which I have done and I am waiting to know if that will fix it as I currently have the HDD in a different PC and scanning HDD for errors. The PC detects the HDD no worries. Looking for suggestions as to what to try. Imperative to get up & running ASAP. Cheers. P.S I tried a different hard drive that has an OEM version of Win 7 and it was started up. Unfortunately the computer is not mine, I am trying to fix for the owner so I can't leave my HDD in there.

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Well, looks like I really messed the computer up this time. Computer was crashing, so I ran a couple of scan disks, and from what I remember, I got a pop up window on a reboot that asked for a yes or no answer. Forgetting the number one rule of debugging, to never answer yes to anything, I answered yes and now the computer will not boot. All the problem seems to be at the CMOS/BIOS screen. Anything after that doesn't work. Tried start up repair-no luck, safe mode doesn't work, command prompts to repair the boot record didn't work. Reloaded a back up copy and that didn't work either.

I'm wondering if I blew away my boot program. Is there anything in the CMOS/BIOS setup utility that would get me back to a proper boot cycle? As I stated previously, any corrections tried down stream of the CMOS/BIOS have not worked.

Computer Info as follows:

Dual boot (XP Pro & Win 7 Pro) MaxForce PC
Thermaltake 500W power supply
Intel Core i7 870, 2.93 GHz, 8 MB
Gigabyte GA-H57M-USB3 motherboard
Super Talent DDR3-1333, 8 GB (2 x 4G) memory
Hard Drive #1: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS, 640 GB, SATA 2, 32 MB (XP Pro)
Hard Drive #2: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS, 300 GB (Win 7 Pro)

Thanks for your time & any help will be greatly appreciated,
Mad Maximus

Answer:Computer cannot load operating system-Error code 0X0000007B

Forgot to add, neither operating system will boot, both get the same BSOD message.

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I have a Lenovo H415. I have not been able to fix it using all of the usual techniques. I have a recovery USB and that is not working. I have gone into BIOs and tried to change the primary boot sequence to the USB that had the ISO on it and that did not work.  I have exhausted all of my options and I am going back to a Dell.  This is what I get for trying to go less expensive. 
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Yesterday I tried to start my computer like I do any other day, but today when I started it, I couldn't open start (nor use windows key to do so) search bar didn't work only some of the icons worked. There is also some blank spaces where it seems there used to be icons oh and did I mention that the whole taskbar freezes after 5 minutes. Task manager doesn't work if I right-click on the desktop and press Personalize/Display settings they give me an error message (ms-settings:personalization_background

This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel.
Same thing for Display settings except for the title which is: ms-settings:display). Settings refuses to open, but task manager just give me the Not responding message for all eternity. If somebody knows what to do help will be greatly appreciated! :)

Answer:Hello my operating system doesn't seem to work properly.

hi there i do not know how to delete messages either.

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it works for the first maybe 5 minutes and then after that it stops working all pop up windows or drop down menus do not work i cannot open any programs or anything. Can someone please help me?

Answer:Windows Operating system doesn't work. Can I get some help please?

Are you using Windows Phone or desktop Windows? Which version of Windows Phone or Windows are you using?
Sent from my Moto X using Tapatalk

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Hello everyone.
I have a Gateway Desktop PC that came with a Microsoft Windows Vista
Operating System Disc, to my surprise. I have a HP laptop that needs a
new HDD, I'll be getting one in a few days. Can I use the Gateway Vista
disc on my HP laptop when I get the new HDD? My laptop has a Vista license key, and both the PC and laptop have the Home Premium 32bit version.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Will Operating System disc work on another brand?

Yes, as long as you are using the key that is on the machine. However, sometimes, HP will require an HP install disc, so it's a crap shoot.

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After I put the disc in and restarted my computer, I chose the option "Full System Restore (destructive)." After I chose it, it said "Formatting hard disk partion in NTFS file system... Please Wait" After a few mins of that it just restarted and nothing was changed. Is the disc broken or is there something else wrong?

Answer:Operating system disc doesnt work

You tried only once?

System manufacturer and model?

No error message of any type?


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I was trying to recover/reinstall win 7 and bring back my asus laptop to its manufacture state. When I run the recovery media (recovery dvd) that comes with my asus laptop and after answering the prompts, it gives off "missing operating system" message on an entirely black screen. I tried to go to the bios setting by hitting delete key upon boot-up but it does not respond. I switched off and back on several times trying the delete key every time but to no avail. Please help. It's an ASUS N61J Series with intel i7. I need this very badly! Thanks...

Answer:missing operating system, del key does not work going to bios setting

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Have you tried using the computer's recovery partition as it sounds as though the recovery disc may be corrupted?

To use the recovery partition you need to start your computer and tap the F8 key then select the repair computer option from the advanced boot menu. Follow the prompts to format your drive and restore your computer to its factory state.

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I'm trying to format my friends computer but I can't get his OS cd to work. When I reboot his computer with his OS cd, gateway, it says, "No hard disk found, Gateway System Recovery cannot be continued".
But, when I us my OS cd, dell, I can get to part to make a new partitian. What's going on, can I use my Cd to format his computer?

Answer:my friends operating system disk does not work in his cpu, but mine does...??

You can use your cd to format his drive (assuming its not a recovery disk), but I do not think you will be able to reinstall windows with it.

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I had to use my operating sytems disk a month ago or so but I went to go use my Microsoft Works program and its no longer there same with office and power point... They orignally came installed on my system..... Why are they not there now, how do i get them back.

Answer:Had to use my operating system Disc/ Now don't have some programs like microsoft work

Did you format before you reinstalled Windows or did you just reinstall Windows? If you just reinstalled Windows without formatting, your programs may still be there under the Program Files directory. If you formatted (erased) before reinstalling, your programs are gone Did they give you an Applications disc with your computer?

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Firstly I should say that I am primarily a mac user, and it is not my laptop I am posting about. Although I am reasonably knowledgable about Windows, I haven't used it since XP, about four years ago, and so am pretty rusty.

Basically, my girlfriends computer randomly turned off about a week ago, she assumed it was a dead battery, plugged it in, and then when it turned back on it wouldn't boot displaying error message: missing operating system.

As it is a Dell laptop it didn't come with any installation discs, and I totally forgot to even make a repair disc when we got the laptop. I managed to get hold of a Windows 7 Installation Disc and license key for Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit through my university. I think the laptop was previously running Windows 7 Home Premium, but that's all I know, and I'm not entirely sure of that fact.

Anyway, burnt the .iso to disc and have tried to boot several times from DVD Drive. The laptop loads the files from the DVD fine, and gets as far as the "Starting Windows" screen, where it seems to get stuck for a few minutes, until it becomes a black screen with just a cursor (the cursor still moves). This also happens with an 64 bit repair DVD I also managed to get hold of.

Any ideas on what I should or can do next?


Answer:Missing Operating System - Booting from installation disc doesn't work

Welcome To Windows Seven Forums.

Please have a look at this excellent tutorial.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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I just reinstalled Vista with the factory Reinstallation DVD that came with the computer (Dell Inspiron 1525) and now I can't get the WI-FI to work. "Network adapters" does not appear in the Device Manager. From what I've read, it seems as though I need to install the wireless/WIFI drivers, but there are three problems: 1) The Dell support site with the drivers doesn't seem to be working (please provide direct link if you can get a working one. 2) I don't know EXACTLY what drivers to download. 3) I don't know how to install the drivers once downloaded (from what I've read, it's apparently not as simple as just double-clicking and installing.

Your help would be greatly appreciated, as this is my cousin's computer that I'm helping him with.

Configuration: Dell Inspiron 1525
Windows Vista Home Premium
Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2390 @ 1.86GHz
Memory (RAM): 2.00 GB
System type: 32-bit Operating System

Answer:Can't get Dell Inspiron 1525 WIFI to work after Operating System reinstall

There is a service tag # on the Dell computer that should take you to the correct drivers.

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I had to download the updated drivers for my computer that has windows 2000 loaded on another computer. The drivers were too big to copy to a 3 1/4 floppy, so I copied the drivers to a cd disc. When I try to update the drivers using the cd disc, the pop up screen say "this is not a valid mfg hardware update." I know they are valid because I copied them from the mfg website. How can I get these drivers installed in c:\winnt folder since the first place the installation looks for is files that are under this particular folder first and then ask if you have disk. Any help will be gladly apppreciated. Thanks


Answer:Trying to get modem, video, and audio to work with Windows 2000 operating system

Hi ja50us, Welcome to TSG !!

I did the exact same thing. I downloaded the new drivers for mine to CD (video, MB, audio, nic, etc.). I opened device manager, Right clicked the device I wanted, selected properties. Clicked on update driver, Then pointed to the cd. Found the driver and installed it. Did that for each one.

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I have a Dell Latitude 13 7350 2 in 1 running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and I'm trying to install the multi-touch drivers from the Dell site which are listed as version 10.1207.101.113 ,A06 and compatible with Win10 x64 however when I run the installer I get the error 'This software is not compatible with your operating system.  Click Ok to exit setup'
I've tried downloading again in case it was a corrupt download but same on the second attempt, I've extracted the files and run the Vi64\DPinst.exe install which seemed to work fine although I'm not seeing any difference in control panel, the mouse version isn't updated and I'm not seeing any applet for the touchpad to configure it (although I know that's not always the case now).
Any tricks for running the installer and is it possible to get more options to customise the touchpad?  The main problem is simply that I want to disable the pinch to zoom.

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Why did my deployment of Windows 2012 fails with the error message, "The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot
proceed. To install Windows, click "OK" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation." OR I have components that didn't install drivers that are in my driver package?
example error in setuperr.log (from %windir%\Panther) shows the following failure information:
Error  CBS Startup: Failed to process advanced operation queue, startupPhase: 0.  Primitives are still pending. [HRESULT = 0x80004005 - E_FAIL]

Do I need to update latest KMDF if mean please share for windows server 2012

Pandiyan Muthuraman

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hi i need help each time i boot up my pc it always asks to choose operating system the first one is xp pro the second is also xp pro and the third says previous operating systenm on c:/

Answer:Solved: [SOLVED] when i boot pc it asks to choose operating system

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Currently i am using windows 7 professional 64bit but i have heard that windows 7 should be use in XP mode since its a great way to move to Windows 7 without giving up full Windows XP compatibility.

So my question is how to use XP mode? i am not getting the clue . Should i format my system and download new OS of windows 7 which has Xp mode embedded in it? or whether there is some app/software/upgrade which need to be installed to run xp mode? Which is it?..please give me the torrent link if any.
Also please tell me if there are any DISADVANTAGES of using XP mode and counter measures for the same.
Thanks in advance

Answer:[SOLVED] operating system help

Hi I think you may have some things confused win 7 pro can have a version of win xp running from within it see the info here Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

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I have Win XP SP3. I had just reinstalled XP SP2 on the C drive. When I reboot my PC, it gives me 2 options of Microsoft Windows to choose from. By default the first option is selected which is the latest XP SP2 that I had installed.
I logged in using my old XP SP3 and deleted the windows folder of the new XP SP2 that I installed. Yet I still get the option of 2 Microsoft Windows when I reboot the PC. How can I get rid of this? I want the old Microsoft Windows to be selected by default or maybe totally get rid of the option page. I directly want to get logged in with my old Windows XP3 without any options. Is it possible ? Or do I have to reformat and reinstall XP again ??

Answer:Solved: Two Operating System

I have Win XP SP3. I had just reinstalled XP SP2 on the C drive.Click to expand...

why ?

it appears you have setup the new version in the same partition - But why did you want to install XP again

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I bought a two gigabyte hard drive for my dell dimension C521 280 watt computer. I had my windows vista 32 bit operating system on two discs but they will not work a message comes up failed to intialise a start engine I think I am mystified.

I also bought a nvidea gtx 460 games card. I was told by the shop assistant at PC world it was compatible with my dell dimension C521. Its not it's too big I was thinking maybe taking out my motherboard and sticking it in a bigger case so that the graphics card would fit any ideas people please. Something cheap with a couple of fans and where to buy please.

Answer:Solved: operating system

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When I turn on my PC the first screen says Windows XP and the next screen where I log on says Windows 7 Ultimate. Do I have two systems on my PC?

Answer:Solved: Which operating system do I have?

Is this a new or old computer? I doubt someone used it before and installed windows 7 theme on XP which means most probably it is XP. By the way u can go control panel --> system and check your Operating System. It is definitely not 2 systems.

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Today I turned on my machine and got the message "No Operating System". I can boot into the Recovery Console" using the XP CD. Chkdsk runs to completion. However, Bootcfg /scan returns the folling message. " Failed so successfully scan disks for Windows installations. This error may be caused by a corrupt file system which would prevent BOOTCFG from successfylly scanning." I was able to supply my admin password and the directory stucture look good. HELP please. I put this disk into another system (as the slave) and I can access it. As a master, the same problem occurs - I can't boot, but instead of getting the message No Operating System, I get a blue screen of Death.
Any suggestions short of reinstalling the works?

Answer:[Solved] No Operating System

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Hi I have an laptop that is a about 5 years old that I replaced with a new desktop this winter. I would like to bring it back to how it was when I bought it. I have done this a few times but I forgot what to do. I think I pressed alt and the f12 key or something during start up. I just want to do this the easy way. Like I said have done in the past and it worked great but have forgotten how to do. Thanks in advance for your help

Answer:Solved: Operating System

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I`m running XP now.I`m thinking of getting a new computer,which will come with windows 7.I do have,however quite a few programs ,encoders etc,which would not run on W7.
Is it possible to have two operating systems installed on your computer.I`d like access to XP

Answer:Solved: Operating system

Here you go! How to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows XP’ with Windows 7 installed first

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Was trying to do a reformat to my Hp a475c with my recovery disks,I put in disk 1 and it says preparing recovery partition-please wait so I waited and waited and nothing...The disk only reads for maybe 8 secs and stops, and now it is telling me I have no operating system which is true...I would like to know if anyone can help me get back my operating system?

Answer:[SOLVED] No operating system

If you erased your OS, you will need your Windows XP CD to install your OS.

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Hey all! I am pretty new to this kind of Win7 issues, so I hope some of you will be able to help. Story goes...

After few hours of gaming the computer died. (It happened right after switching keyboards.) Now, on every setup BIOS(?) comes up with list of options (F2 enter BIOS, F11 boot options, F6 Flash etc.). After that a black screen with error message comes up: Missing Operating System.

I tried rebooting from USB (since I have no disk-drive) and I keep on getting the answer: Error Loading Operating System.

Any ideas?


Answer:Missing Operating System/Error Loading Operating System

All unlikely, but possible - (a) your HDD died. (b) your bios became corrupted (c) your HDD boot sector became corrupted (d) your HDD partition is corrupted.

Does the drive spin up when you switch on (feel it)?
Check the bios to see if the HDD is reported correctly and is at the top of the boot order.
Find a bootable CD - an OS installer, or create Easeus partition manager bootable CD and boot from it. What does the HDD look like with Easueus?

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Hi-I bought a used Dell Optiplex 780 with no o/s installed to replace my old Dell Dimension 3000.  I have a brand new copy of Windows 7 to install on it.  I've reinstalled xp on my old computer 2 or 3 times so I'm not completely new to this but, I thought I'd try to find out as much as possible before I begin.  Any advice will be appreciated.  I am wondering - when I connect the keyboard, mouse and monitor to the Optiplex with no o/s, will it recognize the components so that I can begin the installation of Windows 7?

Answer:installing operating system on computer with no operating system installed


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This may should like a stupid question but I am not sure so I felt that i should seek assistance from on of the most reliable places I know of.

I have a system that I want to give away but i cant give it away with the current operating system as it is under educators license. Currently the system is running windows xp pro. It is possible to put my older operating system back on the machine. I have been told that I can't by several people but I figured if anyone would know the people in here would ..

I appreciate any and all help with this.

Answer:operating system question about going back to prior operating system

yes you can. if you have NTFS and want to put back win98 or winME you need to format the volume with FAT32. you can use a win98 or winME startup diskette. or you can download one from .

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Hey guys, first off I'm sorry if I'm posting under the wrong thread here.. Feel free to move it if need be.

I have a Dell Studio laptop, and see Dell came with something called "Dell DataSafe" installed on it. I didn't care much about it, and just left it alone, until today when it said the package was expiring tomorrow. I thought that since I never use it, I may as well delete was taking up over 40gb of space anyways. So since Dell didn't have any uninstall file for the DataSafe program, I just restarted into safe mode, and used CCleaner to uninstall both the DataSafe files. Everything was working just fine, and they uninstalled just fine too.

After restarting the computer again, Grub loaded up (I have Grub installed w/ Linux and Windows Vista dual booted on it), and listed this:
GRUB loading.
the symbol '►' not found
Aborted. Press any key to exit.
Copyright (C) 2000-2008 Broadcom Corporation
Copyright (C) 1997-2008 Intel Corporation
All rights reserved.
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM.
Operating System not found

I checked the BIOS and it is booting from the hard drive, not the network. I've tried calling Dell Support, but the lady didn't really know, and she said I'm going to have to send it off to the professionals to retrieve my data.. I spent the past few hours over google, and found that Dell Data Safe actually writes to the MBR. I've loaded ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Operating System not found

Hey guys! This issue was solved over in another forum board.

For anybody running into the same problems, visit

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One day few weeks back I turned on my home built comp. and It stated that there was a file missing. And this wasn't the first time I got this error. But I knew what to do, format and re-install windows. (kept a back up hard drive for all my files since this happens every 3- 4 months) But this time, when I try to install it, the setup procedure stated that there was a file that I couldn't install, actually there were several. It gave me an option to either retry or skip this file which could result in a malfunctioning os. I had no option but to skip it. And when it was done, it rebooted and a blue error screen message came up. I have re-formatted and re-installed at least 4 to 5 times, the hard drive is not the problem and neither is the disc. I have a dell laptop, and I used the os disc that came with it, the same error came up. I even changed the cd-drive from which it was reading the cd from, but no luck or results, techguy please help

Answer:Solved: Operating system problem

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Hi everyone.

Where do I start. I have Windows XP SP3
I was looking at getting software to cloan a drive that I'm going to replace in a rebuild. So I loaded Norton Ghost on my own PC to try it first. Here starts the problem. When I loaded and tried this, Ghost rebooted my PC but it failed to reboot and reported 'Missing Operating System'.
I reloaded the BIOS. Still no boot up.
Next I tried repairing windows using my original XP CD, but repair now asks for an 'Admin password'. Why it's asking for this beats me. I only loaded XP in my new PC about a year ago and I definately didn't put an Amin Password in. Is there a default password?
I'm not trying to find someones password as I know this is against the forums rules, just a default one.

Doeas anyone have a solution please?

Answer:Solved: Missing Operating System

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hi i have a windows vista e-system laptop but when i turn it on it says operating system not found and i don't know alot about computers please help

Answer:Solved: operating system not found

by the sounds of it it is a netbook? and do u have a system restore cd or a windows installation disk? also do u have a cd drive?


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I have been getting the msg "operating system not found" on and off for the past couple of wks. I have been going to SETUP and reseting all the default values, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't ...Today i just turnd on the computer and it workd.. wha can I do, if the msg OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND pops up again?

Answer:Solved: Operating System Not Found

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My dad is having problems with his Dell Vostro V13. While he was on the computer, windows 7 froze up and he had to restart. Then this happened Vostro V13 hard drive problem - YouTube

From reading the comments it appears to be a specific problem with the model. I was hoping someone here could clear it up. We're running a diagnostics now.

Answer:[SOLVED] Operating System Not Found

The Dell diagnostic should pinpoint the problem

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I am thinking of buying a pc on ebay that has no operating system,My pc already has winxp home and i am curious if i can just transfer it to the new pc? without any problems, My pc was a bundle from walmart so i don't have the winxp cd's.Thank's for your help.

Answer:Solved: Operating system Question??

If you want XP on the new computer, you will need to purchase another copy.

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Hi, everyone. I just loaded Windows XP Home with SP1-SP3 on my computer. When I boot the computer, I see a DOS screen that asks if I want to use Windows XP or another operating system on my computer. I am given 20- some-seconds to decide before Windows XP is chosen for me by DOS.
At this point, I always want to boot with the Windows XP operating system. How do I get this annoying question removed? How can I have my computer automatically boot with Windows XP Home?
Thanks for your help.


Answer:[SOLVED] choice of operating system

Right-click My Computer and select Properties. Click the Advanced tab and then the Startup and Recovery Settings button. The top section of the dialog box that then pops up will allow you to modify this behavior.

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My system has been hijacked. There is an auto dialer that I cannot seem to remove and it's locking down my system. I'm getting a ton of illegal op. messages and freezing. Can someone review my hijack this log and provide an insight? Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!

Thanks in advance!
- Jason


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 4:07:27 PM, on 7/22/06
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - _{CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {87185E78-A61B-4DB3-965A-3235BBD7A622} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\win32hp.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {15498DC0-1476-11DB-BD32-0000E88DF688} - C:\Program ... Read more

Answer:Solved: HiJacked Operating System

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When I turned on my laptop today I got this message - No operating system found.

I installed the windows xp home disk and when I typed R for repair I got a black screen with a description of the repair feature. When I went to the install option - Unknown Disk ( there is no disk in this drive.) was displayed four times.

Ultimate Boot CD.
looking for some thing that may help this is what I've found.
Active partition recovery - NTLDR is missing - NTLDR is compressed
I think it was Test Disk 6.0 - I can see all programs and files listed
fixboot can not find system drive, operating system not found
fdisk - recognizes the disk
bootcfg /scan - failed
chkdsk - value appears to contain 1 or more unrcoverable problems
when I plug the drive into another computer through the usb - it is not recognized ( nothing at all happens )

Please help

Answer:Solved: Operating system not found

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thanks for taking time to help me.....I did a stupid mistake....
i had 2 Operating systems which were corrupt and i installed a 3rd one....
the newly installed OS is working good but in order to skip the page of operating system selection i went to advanced options in my computer and selected one of the corrupted Operating system by mistake and mentioned 0 the systems restarts but goes into the corrupted one over and over again...
please help...
how can i go back to selecting operating system screen....
thanks a million

Answer:Solved: operating system selection

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Well this has me stumped. I am here in Iraq and I managed to dowload some updates from Microsoft. Before I went to sleep I clicked on install updates. The same day, KBR decided to do generator maintenance, oops, well the battery died, and when I woke up I was faced with the HP logo screen and a frozen computer. So I resarted the computer and it froze at the HP logo. I emailed HP and they said reflash the BIOS which isn't possible now. So I emailed them again, they said purchase the restore disks.

Here is what I have done. In order to access BIOS you have to take the CMOS battery out and put back in after 5min. Then you can access the BIOS screen. I ran memory test (passed) and hard drive test (passed), exited BIOS, and the computer froze at the HP logo again. I had to remove the CMOS battery again. I tried to go to system restore from the partition (F11). It appears corrupted, I can't run windows in any mode of operation. All of my data files are good, cause I tested them drive on my friends computer, no problems.

The having to remove the CMOS battery everytime has me concerned. Windows updates failing to load completely also has me concerned.


Answer:Solved: BIOS or Operating System or Both

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I was running a virus scan and simultaneously removing a program from my IBM Thinkpad Model T40 running Windows XP. The laptop turned itself off. I cannot re-start due to the following error message:

PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, Check Cable
PXE-MOF Exiting Intel Boot Agent
Operating System Not Found

I dont know how to check for message origin or how to access BIOS or what prompt/start command to use. Can someone please help!!

Answer:[SOLVED] Operating system not found

Goodmorning Star, Whats happened is for some reason your computer is trying to boot off a network instead of from your hard drive. Try powering off the computer and then restarting it as it starts continually press the appropriate F key to enter into your Bios. Once you are in use the arrow keys to navigate to the boot order. Disable boot from network. Then save and exit. Turn your computer off and then restart it, and it should boot from the hard drive now. If for some reason this doesn't resolve the issue for you just post back and we can proceed from there. The F keys most commonly used are F2, F8, F12, and Esc. You might have to turn your computer on and off to find the correct key to use to enter the Bios.


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All of a sudden my computer decided somehow to use the old operating system(win 2000)
I've installed and had been using (win XP) Obiosly everything is wrong now. How could this happen and how can i fix it? Thank You

Answer:Solved: old operating system reappeared

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I was unable to switch on my computer (a Dell desktop with Windows 7, purchased in July of 2012). I had to shut it off manually because it wouldn't shut off on its own after an automatic Windows update that required a shutdown and restart. Then, when I tried to switch it on, it kept sending me to the diagnostic tool, which didn't find anything. I spoke to Dell and found out that my operating system became corrupted. (My hard drive is okay.) Even after the system was reinstalled to the factory setting, I could no longer log in using my username and password. So Dell is sending me a flash drive that it says will solve the problem. Can somebody explain if I should have done something else? I'm not good with computers at all. And have other users had similar problems with Windows 7? When I get the flash drive, I'll post what happened.

Answer:Solved: My operating system became corrupted

Have you or can you use this>>
1. Open a command prompt (or the Start-Run line).
2. Type and enter "sfc /scannow" (without quotes but with the space).

Your files will then be scanned and repaired if necessary. It may take 10 or 20 minutes, depending on your system.

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intel UNDI, pxe-2.1 (build 082)
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel corporation

For Realtek RTL110S/8169S gigabit ethernet controller v1.5 (050428)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: exiting PXE ROM.

intel UNDI, pxe-2.1 (build 082)
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel corporation

For Realtek RTL110S/8169S gigabit ethernet controller v1.5 (050428)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: exiting PXE ROM.
Operating system not found

... I just bought this flybook dialogue two days ago from a guy really cheap... It ran like a charm untill a few hours ago...I went to get onto one of the games and as soon as it came up, the book froze. It started making a grinding, woodblock-ish popping sound. I tried ctrl alt delete, and nothing happened. I then hit the power off button. when I went to turn it back on the grinding, popping sound resumed and booted up really slowly. If i let it load all the way through it comes to a black screen that says Hit F9...nothing happens when i do... and if i hit a button on the load up screen and try to boot in any alternate mode the afore mentioned message comes up... is there anything i can do to try and salvage the flybook before i have to bring it to a comp. repair guy? is it the hard drive? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! thanks for your time!!

Answer:Solved: operating system not found?

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help! ?

Answer:Solved: Possible Virus V/s Operating System

I can sympathize that you are angry but all of the CAPS is yelling and it is also a little difficult to read.

If you are having trouble installing HijackThis try safe mode if that will not work please send any error messages you are getting. Also I would also like you to delete any HJT programs and files you have and re-download as per the next part:

To download HJTsetup.exe To Download HijackThis go to the following:;dl=item5
Filename = 1137518044HJTsetup.exe
Save the file to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\HijackThis.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialog boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialog.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialog box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
At the top of the Notepad HJT log screen, hit Edit then Select All then click Edit and then click Copy doing that copies the text to the clipboard, you won't see it yet....
Open a TechSupportGuy forum Reply window under Internet & Networking in Security for this thread, to have ready to paste the Hijackthis log into. Click once to place the typing cursor ... Read more

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XP is installed on D:. I reformatted C: rebooted. Now machine tries to reboot from Broadcom UND1 PXE (my ethernet device) and displays OS not found, although hard disk is listed first and highlighted. I used installation disk to use recovery console but it is greek to me. If I don't get help soon, I may just reinstall XP. Thanks for your time. Dell laptop Inspiron 1501

Answer:Solved: operating system not found

There are no letters assigned to partitions until they are assigned by an OS at boot time. They are generally assigned in the order that they are detected. You can even have multiple OS's on the same drive that are all on C: when booted. They change all the time and should not be used for identification when partitioning or installing.

You most likely formatted your system partition with the OS on it.

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Hi all,

System Specification:
HP Compaq
Presario 2500
Intel Pentuim 4
WinXP Pro 2002
Service Pack 2

Here's what happened:

3 Partitions
Drive C, Drive E, Drive F
OS installed in F:\ (F:\ was in the last among the 3) - [C:\][E:\][F:\]
Run PowerQuest Partition Magic 7.0 to merge Drive C & E
Resulting drive letter was labeled G:\ (which should have been C:\)
Result as shown in the PM7.0 GUI looked like this -> [Unallocated][F:\]

After the process, the system did no longer boot.

Argon PXE Boot Agent v2.01 (BIOS Integrated)
(C) Copyright 2002 Argon Technology Corporation
(C) Copyright 2000 3Com Corporation
All right reserved

Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE)
(C) Copyright 1999 Intel Corporation
All right reserved

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
and next message is
system not found

I was trying to fix this by looking for similar problems/troubleshooting but nothing worked so far;
reset BIOS by remiving the Bios battery - did not work
tried to reformat with bootable WinXP CD - still did not work
going through F2 menu changing the boot sequence, etc. - did not work, still the system recognizes the hard disk
going to F8 menu - does not displays the menu
etc. etc. etc.

i have read some articles that something has happened to the first sector of the HDD that's why the system cannot boot up.
is there something i can do to change back the HDD partition back to C:\?

Everytime I used PM7.0 I get in trouble.. *sob*

I hope someone can he... Read more

Answer:Solved: Operating system not found

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I recently built my gaming computer and installed my operating system on my SSD. Installed a few games and was playing everything fine. I received my HDD today and installed it, then formatted it, played some more games, installed a windows update and therefore had to restart. After restarting It came up with the message "Bootmgr is missing." And after trying to reinstall windows 7 on my SSD and the HDD it now says "Missing Operating System." I have tried in vain to system restore but it does not recognize any restore points and system repair didn't work either. I have no idea where to find the Win7 OS images to use for the image repair tool. I cannot even get to my desktop. The start up does not go further than Bios or Win 7 installation repair tools.

Please help.

Answer:Solved: Missing Operating System

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Hi Guys,

On my Acer laptop I enabled the Hard Drive Password in the BIOS. When I went to Re-boot it comes up with the above Problem.

I removed the HDD and connected it to another PC and it doesn't detect the drive at all. When booting on the laptop it doesn't prompt for the password I entered

any tips how I can recover it?


Answer:[SOLVED] No Operating System Found

With the HDD in the laptop, boot into the Bios. Here make sure the drive is being recognized there on the main page. Go to the HDD Password and Disable the password. Also, go to SATA or HDD Mode and change it from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility Mode.

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hello, i recently took my laptop to be fixed which is running windows XP. i got given the laptop back with a new operating system, but they left the old one on two, but behind the new one. so it shares half my memory with the new one and with the old one.

I want to get rid of the old one but dont know how to do that.

Answer:Solved: laptop operating system

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My ibm laptop will not boot only a no os found comes up. I replaced the harddrive as a clicking was present hence no clicking anymore also same no OS not found tag. I used prod recovery discs the pc took it but still nothing...any ideas? Couldn't re install xp as no cd came with the unit new
so I borrowed a friends xp disc that did not work either not able to read disc. Any help would be appreciated.


Answer:[SOLVED] XP pro No operating system found !!

Check your bios and see what the boot order is and if is "sees" your new hard drive.

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A friend passed a Dell desktop computer to me to install or re-install the software. We have the disk that came with the computer which is a Reinstallation DVD with Windows Vista Home Basic 32 Bit operating system. I formatted the hard drive and tried to boot up on the DVD but got the message, "NTLDR is missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. I restarted and pressed the F2 key which it said to do to enter setup because I wanted to be sure it was booting up on the DVD drive but it would not enter setup. The same message came up on the screen. What must I do to be able to reinstall the files from the DVD?

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I reformatted and reinstalled XP Home. I have a smart card reader and for some reason the drive letter for the master is i with the removable drives being c,d,e and f. I don't recall it being like this the first time but I believe it is causing problems installing certain programs. Is this normal and if not how do I fix it?

Answer:Solved: Operating system not on c drive??

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Hey Guys

I need a bit of help with a computer issue that has occurredon my mate’s computer.

He kept having the screen showing ‘Windows is not genuine, Pleaseactivate’, so I went into computer system properties and activated the productkey – all worked well!

I also put Malware bytes and MSE on there as well. (Alreadyhad another anti-virus program as well)

However, now after it’s booted into Windows and seems towork fine. But after a while (very spontaneous) it will go to a black screenand shows:

Loading Operating System….

Boot from CD/DVD:

Disk Boot Failure: Insert System Disk andpress Enter

If you shutthe computer down (hold the power button on the tower) and turn it back on itwill boot fine.

So I tookMalware bytes and MSE off as it thought it may have been that corrupting ithowever this didn’t work. Did a CHKDSK and it showed nothing. Also swapped theSATA cables from the DVD player to the HDD to try an isolate this issue howeverthe screen also came back up.

So do youguys have any other things I can try? Does it sound like a corrupt registry?Failing HDD? (Although the computer is less than 4mths old) I don’t want toreinstall the OS if I don’t have to.

Thanks inadvance


Answer:Solved: Loading Operating System....

Windows System Restore might help to iron out if it is a registry issue. Just reset back to when it was working.

Try putting another OS on the drive and booting to that 10 or so times. If it works then you know it's not the drive. If you have Windows lying around you can use that or the various flavours of Linux. Don't use Puppy Linux though as it won't be a fair test on the drive.

Which flavour of Windows is it?

Another thing to do is go into BIOS and turn off everything at Boot except for the drive. It might simply be some sort of drive ordering bug with BIOS? (improbable - I know)

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Hi can anyone tell me why this piece of code is not working (C#)?
string s = "Hello world.";
string binaryString = String.Join(String.Empty, s.Select(c => Convert.ToString((byte)c, 2)));
I complains that:

The Best Overloaded method match for 'string.Join(string, string[])' Has some invalid arguments
Click to expand...

Any help would be apreciated...



Answer:Solved: Why Won't this code work?

What is "C" and what exactly are you trying to do?

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cheers everybody .
i want to now can i install microsoft windows 8 on my computer using MS DOS system? attention please, i mean form the starting system boot and not CMD.exe . so how it is ?
thanks to you TechSupportForum

Answer:[SOLVED] can i install MS Windows 8 with an DOS operating system?

any help??
sorry i made a mistake pals please forgive !
my question is just about this : "i want to now can i install microsoft windows 8 on my computer using MS DOS system?"

and NOT this ! : i mean form the starting system boot and not CMD.exe . so how it is ?


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I decided to install a second operating system on my laptop. Originally it only had Windows XP. I partitioned the hard disk and installed the Ubuntu operating system.
Now, when the laptop is turned on a list of the two operating systems is displayed and if I do nothing the Ubuntu starts automatically. I can choose Windows XP from this list easily enough.
I would like to know how to change the priority of the two operating systems so that if i do nothing, Windows XP will start automatically, this being to Operating system I use most often. How do I do this?

Answer:Solved: How to adjust the priority of an Operating System?

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Asus A8JS (half year old)
C2D 7200, 2GB RAM, 120GB Hard disk (no partitions)
ZoneAlarm 7 Suite
A2squared free

Original Windows XP root directory: C:\Windows

My Asus laptop has suffered an inoperable condition (please prove me wrong)

I've been playing Rakion on my Windows XP Pro Sp2 (Fully updated) and my laptop suffered a crash, I was able to see the computer responding with Ctrl-Alt-Del but could not see the windows; so I do what usually works for me: put the laptop on standby...successfully.

Upon waking the laptop up, it immediately shuts itself off (no warnings or shutdown signs...just straight pull-the-plug action)

After turning the laptop on (on the 5th go, the first 4 resulted in no reponse or what seems like immediate power failure), I get this message ---> Operating system missing!

Next thing that comes to mind -> Windows XP CD, start recovery console.

It shows that a D drive is now the root directory and my windows folder has become D:\Windows.
I notice nothing has changed, except C drive has System recovery information and some files that contain A8JS backup files.

I have also tried FixMBR and FixRoot, other methods included reinstalling Windows on USB Hard disk, installing windows again on D:\WinXP

Note: C drive now only has 5gb, with 1.1gb free, which is insufficient to install windows on.

After reinstalling, I noticed the message "Operating system missing" is...missing...
Now its a bla... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] WinXP operating system missing - HELP PLS!

Your laptop might be overheated and damaged the HD. Check the fan and use HD diag tool to scan your hard for physical problem.

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How large of a hard drive can the 32 bit Windows XP operating system manage? I'm thinking of buying a 1T internal drive. Thanks for any advice. Bob

Answer:Solved: Windows XP Operating System Limits

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Hi all,
Upon booting up my laptop, everything seems fine at first. My desktop loads as does any startup programs as normal for a good few minutes until the startup procedure is finished, then simultaneously any programs I have open fail to respond and after a few more minutes my operating system fails to respond. Between the time of the programs and the operating system failing to respond, I cannot execute any other programs nor can I lauch task manager (CTRL+ALT+DELETE etc.). A while after the operating system fails to respond this error pops up, no doubt as a response to me trying to open task manager:

"Failure to display security and shut down options. The logon process was unable to display security and logon options when CTRL+ALT+DELETE was pressed. If the operating system does not respond, press ESC or restart the computer by using the power switch."

All this occurs without fail everytime I boot up as normal.

I can boot up my laptop in Safe Mode with success which has allowed me to try a number of things but I am no computer tech so my knowledge is slim to none. These are what I have tried:

1) I have run anti-virus and anti-malware programs which came back clean.
2) I have tried to go back to a system restore point but apparently I have none.
3) I have tried a clean boot up (with only Microsoft start up procedures) but did not help, just made my OS fail to respond almost instantly as my desktop loading instead of after a fair amount of t... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Operating System fails to respond.

Hi and welcome to TSF you could still be infected so I would have security check that out for you usually you would follow the instructions here then make a new thread here
NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help - Tech Support Forum
Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help - Tech Support Forum
please try and mention anything you could not do in the new thread,also running tune up software often includes a reg cleaner and they can cause havoc so this is another thing which could impact on things if you require recovery discs you can get the link here and also how to invoke the recovery partition if need be Tech Support Forum - Announcements in Forum : Microsoft Support

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I am getting an Operating System not found - Error !

on my windows Vista with dual booting.

Just finished installing Linux (OpenSuSE 10.0) and selected
Windows o/s to boot....which opened ok.

Then, tried selecting Linux o/s...which brings up following Error:

Error No operating System

Intel (R) Boot Agent FE v4.1.18
Copyright (C) 1997-2005, Intel Corporation

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
Operating System not found.
(with the cursor blinking on line after Error message.....)

Looks like there is some error in installing OpenSUSE.

Any suggestions on:
How to go back to the dual booting screen

to enable selecting O/s again....


Answer:Solved: Operating System not found -Error

Use Vista Restore CD
Then after restoring vista using system repair,
Download BCDEdit and restore other OS

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I was told to post here so hopefully someone can help me. I have a router and use an ethernet adapter so the other computer in my home can have wirless. out of the blue I cant connect to the internet but the other computer(s) can.

I have these 2 computer icons on my taskbar that say acquiring network address. I got a new adapter because when told to try a command it said adapter isnt permissible. It was also told to me I may need a static ip.

what is confusing me is the other computers can connect but I can't. if anyone can help me I would appreciate it very much.

Answer:Solved: xp operating system cant connect to the internet

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I woke up this morning and my computer had the blue screen of death, so I restarted it and now it keeps telling me "Error loading operating system". I checked and the system setup still detects my HD so it cant be a defect...I'm not sure what to do from here....

Answer:Solved: Error loading operating system!

Dear Friend,
Welcome! The answer to your error message may be simple or needs an expert's advise. Suppose you have downloaded a software and re-started and faced this error message, you can try this:Boot up off you windows xp installation disk( meaning insert the xp installation disk)
-when its done loading press "r"
-you should now be at a black screen that looks like the command prompt
-type "fixboot" (No quotes)
-press enter
-be happy

If you are not happy, the problem is with Bios and you MAY need to do a "repair install of xp" after backing up all your important files, since it can be a sinister message telling you that the Internal HDD is failing!

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Computer : Dell XPS 600 Windows XP Professional

I replaced the CMOS Battery and reset date and time following failure. However when rebooting the machine I received the following message:-

"Floppy diskette seek failure"

In Set Up i have made the following changes:-

Drives - Diskette Drive - switched to "off"
Boot Sequence - Disabled "Onboard USB Floppy Drive"
Set Boot Sequence to 1. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive 2. Onboard SATA Hard Drive

When booting the machine I now get the message:-

"Error loading operating system"

I have no idea what to do now, does anyone have any ideas?


Answer:Solved: Error loading operating system

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Hello. I have a Dell Insperon Pentium 4 3.2 1024gig memory and dont know to much more about it right now! I am a over the road trucker and that computer is at home.
The problem we are having is that we just moved to a place that is out of the cities and had to use dial up for the first time on this computer and that started a whole lot of issues. It started to log on and would blue screen and say something about a physical memory dump. I tried a bunch of stuff to no avail. So I finally did a bios restore default and it started working.
So great. But tonight my wife was having the same issue with it blue screening and i had her try the default setting thing it the bios and now its screwed up. When windows tries to start it doesnt and we get a message saying missing or corrupt file and it is the windows\system32\cofig\system. Can someone help me. I figured we could put the windows cd back into the drive but guess what we have none. So now what? Can anyone help. sorry I am so vague, but i am in new york right now and that computer is back in pine city,mn at my house. Thanks

Answer:[SOLVED] Operating system wont load.

well the blue screen issue sounds like a memory problem, if you could get your hands on another stick it would be a whole lot easier the reinstalling windows. as for not having the cd, you might be able to go to a computer store and have them install it using your cd key.

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I have a HP Pavillion running Vista, a year and a half old. I am not able to boot up all of the sudden. Message is "error loading operating system" and freezes there on boot up.
I am not able to start in safe mode or recovery mode. I do have an older version of Ultimate boot cd (v. 4.1.1) but i don't remember how to use it and none of the options seem familiar to me. I tried to download the new version, but can't figure out how. Do I download individual mirrors or can I download the whole thing at once. I am not sure if UBCD is the right thing to do anyway. I have Acronis true image home 2011 installed, so if I can get it to boot I should be able to pick a restore point and save my data. If I have to do a system recovery back to factory settings, I will, but that is my 2nd choice.

If anyone has ideas it would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: please help-error loading operating system

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Can I pull an operating system off an old drive?

I have a Compaq DeskPro PC. It has a Pentium 3 with Windows XP Pro installed. I recieved this PC second hand without installation disks.

I recently purchased a HP pavilion with Vista Home Premium pre- installed.

I would like to find a way to pull the operating system off the Compaq and install on a partitioned drive in the new desktop as a dual boot system.

Can this be done? Help!

Answer:Solved: How would I pull an operating system off an old drive?

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anybody know how to erase two of the three choices i get when i reboot?i get the choices xp pro .(2)xp pro (3) xp pro setup.... no doubt they are previous installations and attempts! but when i reboot if i dont manually select the second "xp pro" choice it starts automatically on setup option! as you can see i am running xp pro!!!

Answer:Solved: 3 choices at operating system screen???

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I recently had the folly of trying to install windows XP on my Vista machine. In what appears to be a grievous error I overwrote Vista with XP. Naturally I hear now that I should have performed a clean install because XP fails to install several files. Of course I have no backup CD's or anything available, although I do have an older computer that runs on windows XP. Simply put is there a way to get my files copied to my external hard drive without having an operating system? I have looked into boot disks but it does not seem to be what I need. Please help me cure my new computer.

Answer:[SOLVED] Urgent: It seems that I deleted my operating system

Did XP format your partition during the install process or was it some sort of inplace upgrade ? Or were your personnal files on a separate partition ?

If your files are still intact you can use a Bart PE disk (site is currently down but should be back soon I believe, you can google for other sources if needed) to access an OS that's like Windows and copy your files to your external drive. A Linux live CD that supports NTFS partitions could do that too.

Note that you may run into a problem if you get an access denied error on the c:\documents and settings\insert your user name here\ folder. In that case only solution that will work is hook the drive to another computer with XP, boot in safe mode, log as an admin and use this guide to take back the ownership of those files and folders :

If XP formated the partition you must stop using that computer. Don't even try to repair your current installation as it could overwrite the deleted data (which is in fact still there while nothing has been written on top of it). You'll need to hook the drive in another desktop computer (via its SATA or IDE interface, not just an USB enclosure) and use some file recovery software to recover the deleted files. Tell us about it and we'll guide you through the needed steps.

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I am assembling a computer for my son for christmas.. I bought a new inexpensive motherboard and cpu (a biostar with a duron 700mhz processor) and a used hard drive and floppy, cdrw.
It boots up fine but I cannot get the operating system to load correctly.. it always ends up saying some of the files are corrupted, or unable to copy certain key files.. I have tried both ME and XP. I think it might be the hard drive, although it seems to check out ok when I do a scan disk, so I thought I would start with replacing that. .. I hope it isn't the mb or the cpu, but at least they are still under warranty.
Any ideas?

Answer:[SOLVED] operating system won't load correctly

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Hi all,
Upon booting up my laptop, everything seems fine at first. My desktop loads as does any startup programs as normal for a good few minutes until the startup procedure is finished, then simultaneously any programs I have open fail to respond and after a few more minutes my operating system fails to respond. Between the time of the programs and the operating system failing to respond, I cannot execute any other programs nor can I lauch task manager (CTRL+ALT+DELETE etc.). A while after the operating system fails to respond this error pops up, no doubt as a response to me trying to open task manager:

"Failure to display security and shut down options. The logon process was unable to display security and logon options when CTRL+ALT+DELETE was pressed. If the operating system does not respond, press ESC or restart the computer by using the power switch."

All this occurs without fail everytime I boot up as normal.

I can boot up my laptop in Safe Mode with success which has allowed me to try a number of things but I am no computer tech so my knowledge is slim to none. These are what I have tried:

1) I have run anti-virus and anti-malware programs which came back clean.
2) I have tried to go back to a system restore point but apparently I have none.
3) I have tried a clean boot up (with only Microsoft start up procedures) but did not help, just made my OS fail to respond almost instantly as my desktop loading instead of after a fair amount of time.
4) I have &... Read more

Answer:Solved: Operating System fails to respond.

Don't use any type of Registry Cleaners. They do more harm than fix. AVG is considered to be bloatware. TSG recommends MSE

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This is really weird. When I try to turn on my computer with my atache usb drive inserted my computer says that it was unable to load the operating system. When I shut the computer down, take the drive out and reboot without it in, the computer works fine. All I have to do is insert the drive later. It's not a big deal, but I'm wondering what could possibly cause this.

Answer:Solved: Unable to Load Operating System

It sounds to me like you may have your boot order set to check USB drive first and then your internal hard drive. The system is looking for an operating system on the USB drive and not finding it, which gives you the error.

Enter your BIOS and change the boot order to internal drive first and then USB. Plug your USB drive in and try booting again.

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I'm trying to install Server 2003 onto one SATA HDDwhich is in a mirrored raid but I cant because windows cannot find any drives.

If I dont configure these two drives as mirrored and leave them as a non-raid drives, I press F6 to install a third party scsi etc and install the raid controller drivers, windows detects these drives and continues to install fine. However, if i configure these drives into a mirrored raid, and press F6 to install a third party scsi etc, then install the raid controller drivers, windows just informs me that no hdd are present.

can someone indicate what the procedure is (eg. must install this first, then do this and then this) to get windows to install on a mirrored raid. Any help would be great.


Answer:Solved: Issues installing Operating System


If you're wondering what solved it, I used the latest version of Intel Application Accelerator.

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i have three partitions on my windows xp pro pc:
d:My Documents
e:My Music

i wanted to backup my c drive using norton ghost 2003 and saving it on my e drive(it has more space then the other drives). i followed all the instructions and when it rebooted the pc, a message with "Error loading Operating System"......

i tried rebooting to my windows xp cd and do a repair( the repair option after you choose "install windows xp") but this option was not given to me ! !

therefore i rebooted the pc and went to the first repair option. the recovery console came up and asked me for my password and it did not want to except my password( i tried all three times and still no luck)...........

my last solution is to re-install my operating system and i do not want to that. im out of ideas on ho to solve this. can someone help me with this please ! ! ! !

tanx in advance ! ! !

Answer:Solved: error loading operating system

i had a look at the norton website and they said i should use a tool and a cd to remove it but, what if you dont have the cd ?

then i realised that a norton ghost virtual partition was active and that means my windows c drive partition was in-active(thats why windows could not be found or load).
therefore, i rebooted my pc to the windows 98 disk, ran fdisk and set my c drive partition to active. rebooted my pc and then windows xp pro loaded up properly(Hooray) ! ! ! !

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I Hope I posted this in the right place. When a Microsoft operating system disk (Windows XP Media Edition) is supplied with a new computer is there a limit to the amount of times that you can format your hard drive with it or is it yours to use as often as you wish?
Thanks for any help!

Answer:Solved: Microsoft operating system disk

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HY ALL. I have a strange problem to which i cannot find a solution. i have a dell pc, 2 hard drives. i had before 2 operating systems (XP russian and one greek, each one on one hard drive). i formated the first one (greek XP), i install it again on the same HDD, but now the ocmputer only boots from this one (Greek XP), not giving me the oportunity to boot from the second hard drive. so... how can i set the boot sequence to allow me chooosing wich windows i want to boot from?

Answer:[SOLVED] Multiple Operating System Problem

Hi mossanta, Welcome to TSF!

Depending on which one you want to boot first, will depend on how you rewrite the boot file.

Presuming that you wish to boot from Windows? XP [Greek] first, and Windows? XP [Russian] second, the boot ini file will read like this....

[Boot Loader]
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows="Greek: [d:0,p:1] \windows" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\windows="Russian: [d:1,p:1] \windows" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

Hopefully this will cure your problem.
Post back with the results.

Kind Regards,

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It's a Dell Inspiron 1150 xp professional. Will not boot normally. Error message svchost.exe Application Error- Memory could not be read. Then a warning from windows security center says it's infected with spyware. I cannot get on the internet to download so I have been using my desktop. I downloaded ad-aware and installed it on the notebook. It found several things and says it deleted them but nothing has changed. Any suggestions? Should I just reinstall the OS?

Answer:Solved: HELP!! Should I reinstall operating system? SPYWARE

Are you able to boot into safe mode?

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I am trying to remove an old version of Trend Microsystems Internet Security. When I try to uninstall I get the message "A serious windows operating system error has stopped the program. Please restart computer before trying again." I have done this several times. Until I remove this program I can't upgrade to Widows 7 from Vista Home Premium. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Windows Operating System Error

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So here's my problem. My cd/dvd burner is reconized when I boot up my pc but when I log into windows and double click on my computer, I don't see my D: drive, just my C: drive. And when I go into device manager there's a yellow exclamation beside my cd rom drive. I've uninstalled and reinstalled it but I still have the same problem. As far as I know, everything is connected properly and there is power going to teh drive, my OS just doesn't reconize it. Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: DVD Burner not reconized by operating system

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My friend's system had a illegitimate XP operating system. As I attempted to clean the system up (add antivirus; scan; remove adware; etc.) the system seem to operate worse as the days went by. Finally, it got to a point where upon startup, A windows XP screen appeared asking for a password. Not sure what was going on; or if it was the work of a virus.

I got a legitimate copy of XP and loaded it on the E drive (unpartitioned section). The legitimate copy of XP would not allow me to load on the same drive as the illegitimate copy.

I have the computer running well off the new XP version (downloads and everything). How can I remove the illegitimate version of the operating system?

Answer:Solved: Removing a redundant XP operating system

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the HP Pavilion 514n I'm working on needed upgrades. there were no problems with it, just wanted more ram & hard drive space.

it had one stick of 256. i added a 2nd stick of 512. all was ok.

it had one 40G hard drive. i added a 2nd 60 gig hard drive. all again ok. booted, used windows to relocate the mydocuments folder over to the new hard drive.

then the client changed her mind, wanted 1G ram.

so after the computer had been sitting here turned off for 2 days, i took out the 256 stick and replaced with another 512 stick.

at this point i turn it on and get the "Operating System not found" error. Bios doesn't see either drive. it does see the CD/DVD drive which is in the Secondary Master position.

I removed one and then both 512 sticks and put back in the original 256. I moved the cable for the 2 hard drives to the secondary slot, BIOS still doesn't see them. I replaced the IDE cable. Still nothing. Reset BIOS to default, nothing. Cleared the extended configuration data. nothing.

The hard drives work when connected to another machine.

It is PhoenixBios core version 4.06, Bios revision 3.13.

Can someone help?

Answer:Solved: Operating System not found after RAM swap

Try the drives one by one, to see if BIOS detects anything. Also try removing the HDD jumpers as a test. Still no luck, remove the CMOS batt from the board and reinsert.

Also, test the ribbon cable, it may be possible that it was ready to die when you serviced the drives.

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Please help me -When trying to install w98se I agreed to option to delete the data of the installed operating system (xp pro). Then was directed to put in a floppy in the disk. But the laptop does not have a floppy disk drive, so I cancelled, but when I rebooted there is a message saying NO operating system. I have put in a xp pro installation disk, but all it does is read the configuration files then nothing. I can get into the bios and boot from the CD drive. Can someone please tell me how to install the xp pro. Before I started to try to install the operating systems the laptop, I could not boot into windows xp pro. Kept getting - system32\drivers\pci.sys - I had tried to repair and also reinstall but it would not let me do either, so thats why I decided to try w98se. The laptop is an Acer Signature 6000 with about 1g Ram.

If anyone can give me some help I would appreciated it.

Answer:Solved: accidently deleted operating system

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hope someone can help my dads pc was running on a partitioned hard drive but he thinks he has deleted the slave partition when he comes to start it up now it says error loading operating system i have tried putting my windows xp disk in to try reload windows on it but nothing happens.
is there any way to get this running again thanks

Answer:Solved: error loading operating system

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How do i Install
MAC OS X(snow leapord) & XP professional in a Single Machine??
plzz Guide me

i want to install in this Machine
"Dell OpTipleX Series"
(Business edition)

Answer:Solved: Dual operaTing system in a Machine

You can only install Mac OS on Apple hardware. Even if it would be possible to circumvent the hardware restriction, you would be violating the EULA of the OS. Since that is illegal, if it is possible, we can't help you here.


You can, however, legally dual-boot Mac OS and Windows on Apple hardware. You may want to investigate that option if running OS X is important to you.

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I installed vista64 ultimate and during initial setup i made 3 partitions, 1 for vista, 1 for xp and 1 for saving data. The vista install went well and i installed my programs etc no problem. I then put in my xp disc and re-booted and in setup selected the second partition, after formatting and installing setup files pc re-booted but gave an "error no operating system".

I took out the disc and re-started but now i get the same error loading vista. Ive tried booting from vista disc and doing the repair but its not working, it does a number of checks which all say successful but still wont boot.

Can anyone help me please?

Answer:Solved: Error loading operating system

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