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

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


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?


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

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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 tried to upgrade to 250G hard drive and created a recovery disc from my T61.  I formatted the new hard drive and installed it.There was three disc that was created. I started installing with the START RECOVERY DISC and it work but when I was asked to insert disc no. 1 of the OS, it says "wrong disc inserted". Could this be a result of a corrupted DVD? Will appreciated your reply guys. 

Answer:T61 Operating system installation from a recovery disc

Either that or the discs are marked worng. Did you try the other disc?

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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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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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Hello guys.
I just erased my whole disk drive and I created a single unpartitioned space to my hard drive using GParted( usb stick (which proves that this system can boot from usb).
The problem is that whenever I try to boot from my usb drive (fat32) to try either windows 10 technical preview or windows 8.1 the system bypass the usb stick and displays the message Missing Operating System (because it arrives at the 3rd boot option, the internal hard drive - 1st is external device and 2nd is the optical disk).
Any ideas?
Thank you.

Answer:Missing Operating System message while booting

You can't make a bootable usb of any version of Windows only linux, you CAN though make an install disk.

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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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as soon as i turned on the computer, it says " Missing operating system". Please help me how to go back to normal computer. Thank you.

Answer:missing operating system error message on booting computer

that is a message you often see when the hard drive has failed. go into the bios setup and see if the drive is being detected.larry

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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 all,

First of, I like to introduce myself as I am new on this forum.

I'm an IT proffesional, currently going learning for my Configuring Windows 7.

I used windows 7 since the first beta came out, and I must say, I never was dissapointed by it.
But because I am learning I am trying to get all the computers here running windows 7, and I have a computer in my office wich I am trying to install it on.

There are a few problems thoug:

The computer only has a CDrom player, and cannot boot from a usb device.
When I first got it, windows XP was installed, and it only had 750 mb of memory. Stupid as I was, I decided to give it a try anyway installing windows 7 from inside Windows XP using an external DVD player connected with USB.

This failed, and gave me lots of error so I tried the next step.

As It cannot find a network share I had to instal windows PE on a CDrom and from there I could acces my extrernal HDD where I had a clean copy of windows 7 on as INSTALL.wim. I cleaned everything, and created everything from scratch with succes. Image X worked, and BCDboot worked. So it seemed to go great.

After restarting my system, it still will only give me, Missing operating system.

I tried to search on the internet but couldn't really find something related to my problem.

In the bios it says I can start from IDE CD-rom device, Diskette drive, Hard-Disk Drive c:, Integrated NIC (Disabled)

I bought some different memory and I am now at 1.5 mb DDR
It is an Intel Pentium 4 pr... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 installation: Missing operating system after using imagex.

First try writing the ISO to flash stick using this tool with Win7 in the dropdown: Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3 then boot it under USB, Removable or HD's - however it shows up once it's bootable and plugged in and you access the BIOS setup Boot Menu or one-time BIOS Boot Selection menu.

If it truly can't boot USB (very rare) then boot the Win7 Repair CD, mark SysREserved partition Active if it isn't already: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to correctly write the System boot files to the SysReserved (preferred) partition.

If this fails, change the Active flag to Win7 partition itself, try repairs again to see if it will start on its own.

You can also mark Active and see a picture of which is currently System Drive using free Partition Wizard bootable CD - the most valuable tool we use here to help thousands of users. After marking Active, click on the HD to highlight it, then from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR which may preclude the need to run Startup Repair.

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hi there,
I've been lurking the forums for a couple weeks now trying to find a way to fix my pc. The problem is that i don't even know whats wrong with it. I have tried multiple ways to fix it. ive tried the system repair and that doesn't work. i created the system repair disk and that doesnt work either. either it doesnt work or i dont know how to use it. i created the disc, then i restarted my computer. i press f12 the boot dvd/cd-rw then it loads it and says the files are corrupted or damaged and thats it. any help in helping me restore my cpu to factory setting?
on a side note no virus protector i install picks up on the problem since it still persist even after multiple scans. when i run my cpu in safe mode it seems like the problem isnt there since my web browser runs smoothly in safe mode.
i forgot to mention the problem which is my cpu runs the internet pretty slow and some games that require connection to the internet. i had forgotten to make a system restore backup so no luck there. Can anyone help me?


Answer:system repair disc doesn't work

Actually a few clues here.

Do this download and run malwarebytes, do the long scan and update before using. This is not the same as the anti virusl

Second, do a clean boot and give results

The results of safe mode and the clean boot will give a lot of information.

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I'm trying to restore my Windows 7 64bit machine to its factory settings at the moment, and I've tried the following but they've all failed.

1.) Boot up and hit F8, select Repair computer, but then it just boots Windows normally.

2.) Create System Repair Disc, and from BIOS boot-up, choose boot from DVD-RW, but when it does that and loads Windows files, Error 0xc000000d and winload.exe missing comes up.

3.) When I tried to insert the installation disc that came with my computer, it's not recognized and nothing happens (during boot from DVD-RW).

*Note - Just today when I tried to do a system restore, it said that I had no previous restore points, but I just restored a week ago, so that might add some info.

Any help please? I'm not too computer savvy so sorry.

Computer is Alienware by the way.

Answer:After booting System Repair Disc, error 0xc000000d winload.exe missing

Hello Fanahtic Welcome to the Seven Forums!

My first guess which is likely to be the same as many would be the optical drive is where to begin as well as checking the disks for any scratches or finger marks from handling.

If the repair cd was simply a bad burn that would explain part of the problem when booting from it. The install/repair disk that came with the system might be a bad disk as well. That can happen where an OEM disk or even new media is simply a useless coaster.

Despite all that however if the drive is loaded up with dust and needs a len cleaning those are found in the dvd player, tv sections at any Target, Best Buy, Walmart, or other retail chein for a few bucks.

Or you might simply have to replace the drive itself if the lazer reader is now history if no other media is able to read from or burned to like a data disk. I just had to replace one of the two optical drives used on the present system due to some problems and put in a 7yr. old optical drive and all worked well! After a few years of use they can go on you.

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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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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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Hello,I'm using Windows 7 on a T500, and I have encountered some strange problems, which seem sort of related: 1. Windows update installation ends with error code 80070670 Windows Update_dt000 2. My Bluetooth mouse (Logitech V470) required driver installation, but the process ended in failure; 3. I tried to use Lenovo System Update, but the process took much longer than usual, and didn't finish My internet works normally. I scanned the computer for viruses, and there were none. I tried an earlier system restore point, and it didn't make a difference. Does anybody have a suggestion what could be wrong?Regards,bostjanv

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Help my windows 7 laptop just keeps rebooting and i cant get to safe mode or recovery what should i do ?

Answer:system recovery doesn't work and safe mode doesn't work and just keeps reboting

System manufacturer and model?

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Help my windows 7 laptop just keeps rebooting and i cant get to safe mode or recovery what should i do ?

Answer:system recovery doesn't work and safe mode doesn't work and just keeps reboting

System manufacturer and model?

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I updated from Win7 to Win10 a couple months ago, and everything was fine until 2 days ago. I turned my computer on and it wouldn't boot and it gave me a BSOD. I tried restarting a few times, unplugging extra hard drives, etc. Eventually I got a screen saying to insert the Windows installation disc. It also mentioned \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe with status 0xc0000001, and said that the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

Of course, becuz I did the online update from Win7 to Win10, I didn't have a recovery disc. I created it based on this website:

I checked the BIOS to make sure the boot sequence was DVD drive 1st, and put the disc in my computer. The Windows 10 logo came up, but after a long time, I got another error message: Recovery. Your PC needs to be repaired because a required file is missing or corrupt. You'll need to use recovery tools. If you don't have installation media (like a USB drive or DVD), contact your PC administrator. File is \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe, Error code 0xc0000225. Press Enter to try again or F8 for Startup Settings.

Why would it tell me to use the DVD when I used the DVD to get that far?? I figured it must have somehow booted from the SSD. So I went back into the BIOS and disabled all drives except the DVD-ROM. Tried it again w/ the same result.

Answer:BSOD when booting Win10 from SSD, recovery disc doesn't help

Is the boot drive / boot priority in the BIOS set to boot the DVD drive first ?

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i have a oem home edition windows xp and i messt it up and now were windows is the bar only loads half way and windows starts and it restars in 3 minuets by it self so i want to formatt the hard drive and install everything back like new but i dont have that operating system disc to formatted

Answer:were can i buy a oem operating system disc

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I have a compaq desktop running win 7 with no os disc given, can I make my own os disc? I heard it can be done easily but I've not found out how.

Answer:No operating system disc

i beleave this can be down when the system is brand new it gives you the option to create one but that is the only time you canDavidw

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I have a Dell Dimension 2350 that came w/ Win XP. However, I'm ugrading my system w/ a new HD and need to put the OS back on it. Will I be able to do it w/ this disc?

Just b/c i know XP needs to be activated and it can only be done once. Also, I dont think Dell gave me a CD key or anything like that. The disc isn't like a legit XP disc... looks like some Dell junk. LOL


Answer:Dell Operating System Disc

Okay you can do this. After you reinstall XP it will ask for you to activate. Go ahead. You only made changed to the HDD not anything major like a mother board or anythign so you should not get any problems. If you do just call M$ and tell them that you installed a new HDD and new a new key for install.

As for the key it should be on the side or back of the machine somewhere. You should see a little sticker that Dell put on there that has the OS name and serial.

XP activation can be done more than once. I have used the same XP disc for installs more than a dozen times and not once have been asked to activate. It isnt a corp edition either.

The Disc that Dell gave you was just "made" specifically for you machine. What i mean by that is it has most, if not all, the drivers you need to have everything working when XP is fully installed. The disc is catered to your specific machine.

Hope this helps. let me know if you have any more questions.

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My old Windows XP won't take the Operating System Disc. It's Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and I just want to wipe everything and restore the system to its base.

Answer:Not Taking Operating System Disc.

Go into the bios and set CD Rom as first boot device.

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I have just recieved my new Dell E7470, at some reason it is preinstalled with windows 7 pro, but the installation disc/recovery disc provided, is windows 10 pro, and there is a big white line accros the disc, that says "already installed on your computer". but since my computer is running windows 7 that is clearly not the case
What is the deal with that, and how do I get windows 10 Pro on my computer, i would use the provided dvd-rom, but there is no optical drive? 
PS why even provide dwd installation disc with a computer that does not have a optical drive?

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Alright, one day all of a sudden my computer had a black screen and said No Operating System found on disc. So I restarted with an XP disc in the drive and tried to just do a fresh install. When I got to the screen where it says select drive to partition, delete partition, and install windows, it says at the bottom something about not enough disc space, and says that there is 0 mb available to install. Then after I hit any button, I get the STOP: 0x0000008E error. I attached a picture of the blue screen error.

I'm thinking that if I get a new HD, all should be well, but I wanted to ask someone else just to make sure, I don't really wanna waste money if it won't fix the problem.

Thanks for any help,

Answer:No Operating System Found On Disc!

The STOP 0x8e error that you posted usually has to do with hardware compatibility issues.There's several commong reasons for this (and a bunch that are less common).I'd suggest that you first run this free, bootable memory tester to check your memory: the ISO to a CD/DVD using an ISO burner, boot from the CD/DVD and let the test run for at least 3 passes (overnight is better). If it starts giving errors you can stop the test and start troubleshooting the bad memory.I'd also suggest a bootable hard drive diagnostic from the manufacturer of your hard drive (usually free). This will tell you if the drive is OK.Finally, some questions...What type of hard drive do you have? Is it SATA or IDE? If it's SATA, did you load the SATA drivers with a floppy (or slipstream them into your CD) when you were prompted (at the bottom of the screen) to press F6 to install SCSI or RAID drivers?

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Hey im trying to dual boot a different operating system on my brand new computer and it wont let me please let me know

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I bought a dell optiplex GX260 that was supposed to have no OS. When i turned it on this XP OS started loading and the Novell client log in popped up. Since i couldent log into the computer i figured iwould install XP all over again. I switched the bois booting order to boot from the CD rom but when i put the xp disc in nothing came up. What do i do?

Answer:Booting an operating system

Where did you get the XP disc from? If its a copy, it probably wasn't burnt as a boot image. (By the way did you hear the CD drive making a noise when trying to boot from it?)

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Hi,   I got a Lenovo 3000 N200 Laptop. I bought it some 11 months before. I'm facing a typical problem. My laptop is not booting the Operating System, but it detects the hardwares and stops there. I tried to boot the Operating System from a CD/DVD but even it fails and stops there. I tried to contact the support team, there is no proper reply. I'm a student and I'm doin my project by the way. I got struct by this for more than 3 weeks. I tried all my options but I couldnt get in through. Kindly anyone please help me and give me a solution. Cheers!!Brit

Answer:Not even booting the Operating System

Brit, welcome to the forum, Are you calling this number 08705-500-900 to contact support? It is open from 09:00 through to 18:00.

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Does anyone know if it is possible to have a "Master & Slave Drives" with Windows XP installed on both drives (in same computer system) so that when you boot up you are given a choice of which drive to boot up from? My computer is a Dell Dimension E510 with Pentium 4.

I have 2 SATA HD's in my computer and would like a choice of which drive to boot up to without taking cover off of computer and unpluging & pluging up Drive connections. There must be some way or perhaps some software to accomplish this. If there is no way please let me know and I'll just have to make other arrangements such as pluging, unpluging etc.

Primarily, I want to do this to be able to quickly recover from a HD failure and have access to both drives at will.I recently went through having to re-install my entire system due to HD failure. Also, I have Acronis True Image 9.0 to effect cloning my drives etc.

Thanks for any assistance you may be able to render.



Answer:Booting From 2 HD's in Same Operating System!

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I think it might be a virus, do to the warning I got before my PC rebooted by itself. I was on-line, yes I have virus protection. I have talked to some people I one of them thinks it might have been a virus I got through the search engine I was using. OK so it starts to boot gets to the black screen before the Windows load screen then goes back to the start like it is doing a "try again" function. I am able to get into safe mode, but I don't have a recovery disk, lost it when I moved. What I'd like to do is just wipe this HHD clean and load a new OS. What do I need to do?? Thanks for any help.Daven_star

Answer:XP operating System not booting.

"I think it might be a virus, do to the warning I got before my PC rebooted by itself'Posting that "warning message" would have been helpful."I am able to get into safe mode"Then you should be able to fix the problem without having to do a reinstall."What I'd like to do is just wipe this HHD clean and load a new OS"If that's what you want to do, why did you post? Which "new" OS do you want to install?

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I have a MX 7527 laptop with Media Center 2005. After the operating system was reinstalled, it basically gave me a crippled system. I can't connect to the internet through a ethernet cable or wireless. Under network connections, all I have is a 1394 connection which shows that its connected, and firewalled, even though I don't have anything connected at all.

Also, it has very few programs installed and when I went to the help website, it talked about Gateway utilities and there is no such thing on the computer.

Answer:Reinstalling Gateway with Operating System Disc

Open device manager and look for any entries with yellow ! or ? at the end. Sounds like you need to install the drivers for your NIC etc.

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how can i make the laptop boot if its saying boot device not found?

Answer:please install an operating system on your hard disc but the...

Hi Try the HDD test to see if the HDD is working fine

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When I start my computer I get the choice between two operating systems as if I have a dual boot system, which I don't. I have just reinstalled Windows XP today following a complete format. Both options shown are Microsoft Windows XP.

I only have one Windows folder on my hard drive and i'm the only user of the PC. My boot.ini file is as follows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect

At the moment I have the delay set to 3 seconds so it only just flashes up now, how can I remove this completely?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Duplicate Operating System when Booting

Hi turner2000,

please try the following:

- Click Start -> Run -> type:
- Click OK
- Click the BOOT.INI tab then select the 'Check All Boot Paths' button
- The system should pick up on the incorrect listing and sort it out for you

Post back if it helps or not please :)

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This happens two or three times then boot's up OK. I'm running XP. Could this just be a cable issue or something more sinister? Has been happening for several months now!


sounds like the hd to me, do you have another drive? maybe you could clone this one to check if the problem goes away

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Windows update did not finish and screen turned multicolored. Turned off computer but now it will not reboot Black screen comes up saying PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable.   PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM. Reboot and Select proper boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key

Answer:Computer not booting to operating system

Hi @Nolan711, For this issue, MS mentions that you need to check the HDD under BIOS. Microsoft Document If that does not fix the issue please follow the  HP Document.

I am an HP employee.Make it easier for other people to find solutions, by marking my answer ?Accept as Solution? if it solves your problem.***Click on ?Thumbs Up? STAR to say thanks!***

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Hi,My computer is currently running windows xp home edition sp2 (Upgrading to vista home basic)Now what I want to do is dual boot with Linux, this is beacuse I want to see what it is like and see if I can get some wireless drivers to work on linux as they do not work when in live cd mode.Anyway Does anyone know How I can do it and How I can save certain partitions. for instance My dell Backup partition. The last time I installed Linux I ended up losing all partions and the backup one so the computer is useless.So does anyone know If they can help me set up linux in dual booting and keeping all of my urgent partitionsThanksBen

Answer:Dual Booting with other operating system

I would recommend run from a live CD first, something like Puppy Linux to see if all your hardware is compatible click hereA live CD runs from the CD disk and doesn't put anything on you hard drive.

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I was trying to reformat my hard disk and thought that I was doing everything correctly but now when I try to boot up the message is "no operating system". What can I do?It is a Windows 95 HP Omnibus laptopGrateful for any help


Formatting the disk involves deleting everything on it so you will have to reinstal the operating system and the backups you made of all your Data.

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I am getting the same message as dreamcleaver. I can sometimes boot up and see my desktop but I cant get the internet to work to run a full virus scan from Nortan.

Answer:Re:Booting up saying No operating system found

Make backup and repair windows with a recovery dvd.

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I have an windows xp Operating system disc which was shipped with my Hp desktop PC. And I am just wondering if I can use that disc to install windows xp on my old Sharp laptop which I bought secondhand currently using the non-genuine copy of windows xp. Somebody please give me some guides!

Answer:[SOLVED] Using desktop PC operating system disc for notebook.

Hello John,

The short answer is NO, as the CD that shipped with the Hp? is only compatible with their machines.

I suggest that you purchase a Windows? XP CD (OEM version) as they are now fairly reasonably priced.

Kind Regards,

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Hi When I purchased my lap top from Dell 2.5 years ago I made a backup OS CD. The computer did not come with the xp disc. I need to re-install the OS now-computer is slow, sluggish and just acting down right weird. I know its time, so as I gathered up the gutts to do this but when I popped in the cd and began the process it asked for the key number. I dont have that because I made the disc. I just followed the directions when I bought the computer. Now what do i do? I would rather purchase and upgrade to vista but when I ran the program to see if I could, there were some issues, plus its getting old and needs more memory, ram etc.... Sooo this is the next best thing untill I breakdown and get a new PC. Thanks for your help in advance!

Answer:Solved: Reinstalling operating system from backup disc

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When I received my T470, initialized it, I created the Windows 7 Rescue Disc and the 4-disk Lenovo Recovery Set.  When I later tried to run off the battery, it would not boot.  I discovered elsewhere on this forum that this happens when Wake On Lan is disabled in BIOS (which I had done).  However, a side effect of this was that the machine would not boot after this because the EFI and/or MBR was mangled.  After repairing this by booting up with the Windows 7 Rescue Disc, I eventually learned about the BIOS problem, but only aftering going through this cycle several times.  I enabled Wake On Lan in the BIOS.  So it seemed fine.  Then the Windows 7 Rescue Disc would not work because it could not find the system drive (256G NVME), nor could another one be recreated using recdisc.exe, which gives the error "The parameter is not correct (0x80070057)".  The recovery discs will not work either. So I contacted Lenovo and was shipped the Lenovo 2 disc Recovery Media for Windows 7 and the Lenovo Operating System Recovery Disc Windows 7.  The Recovery disc is not bootable.  If I try to boot from it, the error is:  "CDBOOT: couldn't find BOOTMGR".  There is neither an EFI nor a BOOTMGR or any BOOT files at the root of that DVD.  How can this disc be made bootable, or have I just been sent something that was incorrectly created and configured by Lenovo?

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If you buy a computer with the operating system installed it should come with a copy of the installation disc............. This recovery disc is for the birds.   This is why I will never buy a computer that doesn't offer a copy of the installation disc.  Dell is now just as guilty.  And if Cyberpower is the same, I'll just order my PC without operating system and buy my own copy and install it. That is all. 

Answer:Missing Windows installation Disc

Hello, Welcome to the HP Support forum. HP computers which come with Windows preinstalled on them have built-in recovery partitions. HP does the same as most other O.E.M. vendors and PC makers. The recovery partition is a special partition stored on your HDD which can be used in tough times when you experience issues with Windows or you just want to reinstall Windows (restore to factory default condition).HP offers you the ability to create original recovery disc(s) or USB recovery media for the PC.As a Windows user, you can also create system images of your entire HDD which can then be used to restore your PC to the date/time of the system image. HP also offers original recovery media for the very rare cases when the above didn't happen or was not possible. These are usually cheap and cost around 27 USD (for America) or 33 pounds or euros (in EU) Hope this helps.

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My scanner did run when I had the disc, It's lost. So I downloaded the driver online at Driver guide. I still can't use the scanner, If I need the installition Disc along side everything thing else I've done, how can I get a copy?
Mean while I get these messages
Files nedded '48U micro.dll'on e+48U is needed
Click icon message reads LastErrorCode=0

Answer:Artec e+48U missing installation disc

The driver you got from DriverGuide may be the wrong one.

The Artec (Taiwan) website appears to be inaccesible currently, but you may want to try the Vuescan universal scanner driver/application software instead. It's compatible with most USB-connected scanners, even when no driver is installed (in which case Vuescan install it's own driver):

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Hi, I had the very problem discussed here (, and I did what they suggested there, only that I ended up with another problem. When booting, it asks me now to choose between Windows (default) and Windows (default).
I must mention that I played around with StyleXP 3.something and, silly me, I tried to change the boot screen. And eversince my computer made me choose between "Windows XP Professional (bootscreen)" and "Windows XP Professional". I deleted that windows xp professional (bootscreen) line from my boot.ini file and now I have something like this:

[boot loader]
[operating system]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\Windows="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptInClick to expand...

I thought it'll solve the problem, but as I said, now I have to choose between "Windows (default)" and "Windows (default)". I know that I could set the timeout to 0, but I wondered if I could get rid of this problem and if it's a serious one. Thanks!

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when i turn on the computer it boots up and goes straight to black screen and Says Operating System not found. How do i fix or can it be fixed? It is a Laptop computer old. Intel Inside pentium 4 The name on the Laptop say Alienware. Is there hope?

Answer:Operating System not Found error booting PC

You already have a thread on this subject in the General Hardware section. It's confusing to cross-post the same question in another section like this. I'd recommend that you ask questions, and look for replies, in your original thread. If you think you posted in the wrong section ask the mods to move it for you.

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Hey all... New here.. hopefully you guys know whats going on with my laptop...

Its an hp dv.. it came with a partition for recovery, therefore no cd.. After surfing the web last night, I booted up to receive an os not found message. In the bios, I reset settings to default and I believe that its not recognizing the hard-drive.. The system recovery function attached to the F11 key simply doesnt work.. all I can get it to do is go into the BIOS but that hasnt really done me any good!

Help! Thanks!

Answer:Vista's booting up saying No operating system found

Hello Dreamcleaver

Welcome to TSF

Ok right there is a process called Disk2Disk recovery which allows you to recover the system without recovery CDs,It uses that recoevery partition and will return your system to factory settings and will delete everything stored on the machine.

To initiate press ALT + F10 when the computer is first turned on. Hold down the ALT key and repeatedly press F10. The window of opportunity is very small so may take a few attempts.

Alternatively someone was kind enough to upload a vista recovery download, download and burn to disk

Restart with the CD in the drawer and recover the PC that way

Vista Recovery Disk

Vista Recovery Disk - Torrent

I would advise try with the first option before using any recovery disks

I believe this issue on Vista machines can be caused if the system is using an NVIDIA nForce 430/410 Southbridge chipset

Once you recover the system to avoid this happening again please download one of the following updates from automatic updates page

? NVIDIA Corporation driver update for NVIDIA MCP61 Serial ATA Controller
? NVIDIA Corporation driver update for NVIDIA nForce 430/410 Serial ATA Controller
? NVIDIA Corporation driver update for NVIDIA nForce 590/570/550 Serial ATA Controller
? NVIDIA Corporation driver update for NVIDIA nForce4 Serial ATA Controller



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Hello,what should i do when operating system not found in the IBM laptop (t42) while booting and doesnt go forward before that. I was using windows xp as my operating system before can anyone help me by providing a solution for that. as i dont have clue in regarding that. Thanks in advance

Answer:Operating system not found while booting in my laptop T42

 The moment the T42 starts, what happens when you press Access IBM button? 

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Hi there...can anyone please help me with my problem on this computer as this is not booting properly...from POST screen it indicates that we need to UPDATE BIOS SETTINGS TO UNLEASH ITS FULL POWER...i can also see a message: UNKNOWN CPU...motherboard: ASUSProcessor: 2.56mhz, Intel Core 2 DuoHDD: Western Digital 80GBRAM: 1GBPlease give me any idea to fix this problem. Thanks so much!!!

Answer:my computer is not booting properly to its Operating System

try using your recovery disk that should have come with your PCuse start-up repair

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I built a pc a while ago and recently ran into a problem where i can properly boot my computer. When i try to it either tells me to restart or freezes, i have a copy of windows hooked up to the usb port and try to repair and it freezes as soon as i try to repair or wipe the drive. Any help is deeply appreciated i just want my computer back

Answer:Problem with operating system not booting properly

Cant* sorry

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I have a hard disc running '98,and I want to clean the disc and reformat so that I can install an OEM copy of ME.When I boot from a floppy the download gets as far as 'Scanning PCI bus using mechanism #2' and then stops.I have used this method many times before but never run into this problem,anyone out there with any ideas would be much appreciated.

Answer:Booting from Floppy to reinstall operating system.

have a look click here

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I have a satellite pro and satellite a100. I have bought a microsoft disc to replace XP with windows 7 on the a100.

The a100 dvd drive will not recognise the w7 disc yet it plays sound and video discs fine.

The satellite pro recognises the w7 disc so I think there may be a problem with the a100 dvd drive or its settings. Can anyone help please?

Answer:Satellite A100 - ODD doesn't read Win7 installation disc


There is nothing wrong with the settings because there are no special settings to read an disk.
If the optical disk drive does not read the inserted disk, then either the disk or the CD/DVD drive isn?t OK.

Since the disk works in connection with another optical disk drive, I guess that the drive?s laser lens cannot handle the Windows 7 medium.

From my experience such issues could appear due to dirty laser lens.
I would recommend you to clean the laser lens using cotton wool tip and alcohol fluid.

In many cases this simply workaround helped to get the disk recognized again.

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We bought a Thinkcentre M72Z PC with a windows 7 downgrade.  The PC came with the Windows 8 Pro (OEM Activation required) operating system recovery disc but I cannot load Windows 8 from it.  Does anyone know what steps I have to take to use this disc?  It says the media is provided for recovery purposes, but it is not like an install disc.

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Hi am after some help if possible please
My Asus X401A laptop did a windows 10 update on the evening of 13 April but when I went to use it the following morning it was stuck in an auto repair loop
Tried all the fixes but couldn't get out of the dreaded loop
When I turned the laptop on this morning the following appeared on a blue screen
Your PC/Device needs to be repaired
The operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors
File:CEA.SYS.System Error Code:0xc000000d
Choose one of the options below to address this profile
Press Escape for Recovery
Press Enter to try again
Press F8 for start up settings
Have tried all of the above and still get same message
Any help gratefully received, also if I can get in and delete Windows 10, would I lose any files currently on my C drive i.e. files photos etc?
I currently do not have an installation CD as laptop was bought pre-installed .Laptop has been working fine until last update

Answer:Missing CEA.system file 0xc000000d - The operating system couldn't be loaded

Few suggestions here: Your PC needs to be repaired.

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"Missing operating system" massage is coming when i start my system and i am not able to start. I think because , i had given "mark partition as active" option for one hard dive (E) in disk management when last time i opened. it did not have any data. i did not know, this will make any problem. Now i am not able to boot windows re installation dvd also. i can only take BIOS settings. please any one suggest any way for rectifying this problem ASAP.

Answer:Missing operating system" error massage when system starts

Try disconnecting all drives except for your main drive and powering your system back up.

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HI guys,

I have a XP PC but unfortuately due to persistent son who create a user name and password that cannot be cracked.....
When the system is switch on it comes up with user name and password...can I re-install as I have the installation question is do I insert the CD's and a window appears asking me for additional options ..I know in doing so it will erase any existing it as easy as that....

Thanks in advance...


Answer:RE-Installation of Operating system

Hi Mstevo

Put the windows disk in pc, restart pc and the windows installation will begin. Follow steps to install. You will be given the option choose a drive to load windows to. Here choose the drive you want, and press enter (i think, but wil tell you) then choose format (not quick but full, but i doint think it says full. Just clik the one that dont say quick). This will then take about 40 mins from here.

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i have hp pavillion laptop with windows 7 installed in it...
i also want to install to do it???

Answer:installation of two operating system

Run the Ubuntu live CD and install. As part of the instalation it will detect the existing Windows (NTFS) partition. You can resize to what you need and Ubuntu will install in the remaining space.

On reboot you will have the 'Grub' loader which you will be able to select which OS to boot from.

As a precaution, I would back up all your windows files and or do an image first.

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for some reason the computer I'm working on's disc clean doesn't work.  anyone know how to troubleshoot this?

Answer:disc clean doesn't work

Not without more info.What version of windows?What is "disc clean" and how doesn't it work? Do you receive any error messages?

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Hi ,

When i try to boot my PC it always gives the the following error as in the attachment.After i click OK/cancel, it takes time to display the Desktop.

I noticed this error on 05-oct-02

waiting for your valid Response


Answer:Error while booting my PC - Operating System Windows/2000

Do you have pc cillin as your antivirus ?

If so try removing it via add/remove programs and reinstall it when complete.

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Hello, I am in dam **** with my Vostro 1310 laptop. It had water poured on it and for the past two weeks, it signals the following issues:

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Existing PXE ROM.
Operating System not found

Please, help me recover very important files buried in my laptop, and also solve this problem

Much thanks in advance.

Answer:Operating system not found while booting my DELL laptop

Hi and welcome to TSF please try going into the bios and set the harddrive as first boot device save and exit then try booting,you can try pressing enter when booting and see if that gets you to the bios or it might be the delete key ther is normally a message at the bottom left of the screen when you boot telling you which key or keys to use,if you miss the time in which to do it just start over

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Hi, I am currently dual booting Windows XP and Windows 7 32 bit. They are both installed on the same hard drive. I want to upgrade the 32 bit windows 7 to the 64 bit version. Will that have any affect on XP? I am worried that 7 will remove XP but I am pretty new at dual booting and installing operating systems in general so I am probably wrong. I just want to make sure before I do anything.

Answer:Upgrading one operating system on a dual booting machine

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshot tools.
A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums
Snipping Tool - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows
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Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

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Can someone please give me some advice in terms of correcting the following problem?

When I turn my computer on, it cycles through the booting process over and over again. I've tried all the different booting options available by pressing F8 and nothing. The computer gets to the windows 2000 screen and then restarts the booting process again. It actually shuts down and then restarts itself. Please help!

Answer:Problem Booting Windows 2000 Operating System

Hiya and welcome

Can you get to safeMode:

If the computer is running, shut down Windows, and then turn off the power
Wait 30 seconds, and then turn the computer on.
When you see the black-and-white Starting Windows bar at the bottom of the screen, start tapping the F8 key. The Windows 2000 Advanced Options Menu appears.
Ensure that the Safe mode option is selected. In most cases, it is the first item in the list and is selected by default.
Press Enter. The computer then begins to start in Safe mode.
Ah, I see that you've already tried the options in F8. Have you tried the option Last Known Good Configuration?

1. Restart the computer.
2. Press F8 when you receive the following message:
Please select the operating system to start
3. In Windows Advanced Option Menu, use the arrow keys to select Last Known Good Configuration, and then press ENTER.
4. If you are running other operating systems on the computer, click Microsoft Windows 2000 from the list that is displayed, and then press ENTER.

WARNING: After you start your computer by using the last known good configuration, changes that you made since the last successful startup are lost.

If you can start your computer by using the last known good configuration, the last change that you made to the computer (for example, the installation of a driver) may be the cause of the incorrect startup behavior. It is recommended that you either remove or update the driver or program, and then test Windows for proper... Read more

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Will Windows 10 Still Work With My 8.1 Installation Disc? Also, what will happen if my pc breaks?

Answer:Will Windows 10 Still Work With My 8.1 Installation Disc?

You download for either the USB install or ISO. Then when y

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So I had a huge crash after upgrading to 10, couldn't repair anything and after 5 hours of trying just wiped everything and started anew (it was time anyway didn't do that for 3 years). I installed 8 again, had that running for 2 days (because i really had enough of installing anything ). Now i got sick of that and upgraded back to 8.1 from the Store. Download was complete and i restarted the Computer and now i'm stuck at "Loading Operating System..."
What can i do now? I already tried loading from the CD again and going back before the Upgrade but nothing changed.
Is there any way i can fix this without having to wipe everything out again (its not like there is that much on already but i really don't want to spend another 12 hours downloading programs and games again)?

Thanks in advance

Small Update:
Now i did format and reinstall the whole thing but i'm still stuck in the loading screen. I didn't change a thing with my hardware during any of this except for getting my SSD out to take a few folders out before erasing everything.

Answer:Loading Operating System... but it doesn't

Go directly to Windows 8.1, no need to mess with 8.

How to Create or Download a Windows 8 and 8.1 ISO

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I formatted my hard drive and when i try to boot from my xp installation disk it comes to a screen that says bootmgr missing. What can be done?

Answer:bootmgr missing when booting from xp installation cd

It means your computer is still trying to boot from the hard drive, not from the CD.
You need to go into the BIOS Setup, set the CD-ROM drive as the first boot device, then press F10 to "Save and exit".

When booting from a Windows installation CD you should get a prompt to "Press any key to boot from CD". If that prompt doesn't appear it means your PC is not booting from the CD.

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I formatted my hard drive and when i try to boot from my xp installation disk it comes to a screen that says bootmgr missing. What can be done?

And i'm very sure that i had already change the bios set up for the first boot is CD\DVD, but the problem is keep coming, can someone help me?

My computer is Compaq Presario CQ40, a very old computer O_Q

Thank you very much.

Answer:bootmgr missing when booting from xp installation cd

Hi and welcome to TSF go back into the bios and check the cd\dvd drive and if need be set it as first boot device again then save and exit using F10

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Has anyone tested the Windows 8 System Repair Disc described in How to Create a "System Repair Disc" (CD/DVD) in Windows 8? Here's what happened when I restarted my Windows 8 laptop with that CD in the optical drive:

The disc started to spin and I saw the message "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." I pressed the space bar. The disc was apparently being read. Then after a minute or two, the computer restarted and again I saw ""Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." and again I pressed the space bar and again the disc was read and then my computer rebooted again and...this repeated several times until I finally gave up and let the computer boot normally.

Yes, the BIOS is configured to boot from the optical drive first.

Makes no difference which key I press - space bar or any other key.

I tested this disc on the same computer I used to make the disc.

Any suggestions on how to make this system repair disc work?

Answer:Windows 8 Repair Disc Doesn't Work

Test it on another computer, see if it boots there. If not create another one.

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I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 a few months ago. Yesterday the disc drive stopped working. I put in a disc I had made which contained various data, mostly text. When I clicked the D recovery drive nothing happened. In the past I would see a list of the videos on the disk and by clicking one of the items I could play it on Movies and TV. Now that doesn't work. I can play videos that I've downloaded and are in my videos file, but not videos from the disc drive. Anybody got a solution for this? I have an HP Pavilion slimline desktop computer.

Answer:Disc drive doesn't work on Windows 10

gerewolf said:

I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 a few months ago. Yesterday the disc drive stopped working. I put in a disc I had made which contained various data, mostly text. When I clicked the D recovery drive nothing happened. In the past I would see a list of the videos on the disk and by clicking one of the items I could play it on Movies and TV. Now that doesn't work. I can play videos that I've downloaded and are in my videos file, but not videos from the disc drive. Anybody got a solution for this? I have an HP Pavilion slimline desktop computer.

Nothing should happen when accessing the recovery partition except maybe show files on it. Since that partition has a drive letter your ODD/Optical Disc Drive should show as E:, F:, G:, etc. Will it read other discs? ODDs have an annoying habit of dying when least expected, part of that may be due to the heat produced from the laser lens in them.

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It used to be so easy -- I'd just put a cd in the tray and automatically get the response of a dialog box (menu?) on the screen asking me what function I CD, watch a DVD movie, etc. Upon clicking "play cd" the music started to play -- never a problem.

Now it appears that the PC is not recognizing the disk drive, even though the drive's info reads "this device is working properly" and the hardware wizard could not find a more up-to-date driver when it searched. I had the PC ,amufacturer's tech in the phone for help this past Saturday. He took remote control access to my computer and firstly, removed filters he said were in the Registry. CD still wouldn't play...still not detected. Next he uninstalled and reinstalled the driver. Still nothing.

Well, he determined that since it wasn't a problem with the sotware, ,the disk drive itself must be broken, so I need a hardware replacement. (Yike, here I go with even *more* expense. lol

My question is how do I go about buying a disk drive from a store and have it installed? (the manufacturer no longer carries parts for my machine, says it's too many years old (five).

What detailed information should I give the store in order to get the correct, conpatible device for my PC? It'll probably be online shopping or telephone.
Oh, I forgot to mention I am unable to take my machine somewhere to get this done. The phone tech suggested having the G... Read more

Answer:DVD/CD disc drive doesn't work anymore

DVD/CD drives are usually good for 3-5 years. Some last less than while others will function longer. If you got 5+ years out of it you did well.

These drives are not all that expensive. Do you know someone with tech knowledge that could put one in for you. If they do it is not at all difficult to do and they would be able to size up your system.

Can you give us the make and model of your system?

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I literally took my new 15" Thinkpad Edge out of the box today.  I set up the entire thing and when I tried to open up the disc drive on the side, it "opened" about two millimeters.  Not only will it not open all the way, but it also won't shut!!  So now it's stuck open two mm and I have no idea how to fix this. Has this happened to anyone else?  How can this be fixed??  This is so abusrd, I haven't owned this computer for more than four hours!!

Answer:Help! Disc drive doesn't work on NEW laptop

This happened to my thinkpad edge 15" now! it doesn't recognize the drive. I guess it's related to the cable which is under the drive and it makes it difficult to close the drive physically. Could you please inform me what happened to your device?? Thanks

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I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 a few months ago. Yesterday the disc drive stopped working. I put in a disc I had made which contained various data, mostly text. When I clicked the D recovery drive nothing happened. In the past I would see a list of the videos on the disk and by clicking one of the items I could play it on Movies and TV. Now that doesn't work. I can play videos that I've downloaded and are in my videos file, but not videos from the disc drive. Anybody got a solution for this? I have an HP Pavilion slimline desktop computer.

Answer:Disc drive doesn't work on Windows 10

Originally Posted by gerewolf

I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 a few months ago. Yesterday the disc drive stopped working. I put in a disc I had made which contained various data, mostly text. When I clicked the D recovery drive nothing happened. In the past I would see a list of the videos on the disk and by clicking one of the items I could play it on Movies and TV. Now that doesn't work. I can play videos that I've downloaded and are in my videos file, but not videos from the disc drive. Anybody got a solution for this? I have an HP Pavilion slimline desktop computer.

Nothing should happen when accessing the recovery partition except maybe show files on it. Since that partition has a drive letter your ODD/Optical Disc Drive should show as E:, F:, G:, etc. Will it read other discs? ODDs have an annoying habit of dying when least expected, part of that may be due to the heat produced from the laser lens in them.

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Has anyone tested the Windows 8 System Repair Disc described in How to Create a "System Repair Disc" (CD/DVD) in Windows 8? Here's what happened when I restarted my Windows 8 laptop with that CD in the optical drive:

The disc started to spin and I saw the message "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." I pressed the space bar. The disc was apparently being read. Then after a minute or two, the computer restarted and again I saw ""Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." and again I pressed the space bar and again the disc was read and then my computer rebooted again and...this repeated several times until I finally gave up and let the computer boot normally.

Yes, the BIOS is configured to boot from the optical drive first.

Makes no difference which key I press - space bar or any other key.

I tested this disc on the same computer I used to make the disc.

Any suggestions on how to make this system repair disc work?

Answer:Windows 8 Repair Disc Doesn't Work

Test it on another computer, see if it boots there. If not create another one.

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Hi all, I recently inherited a Lenovo R500 from my school/workplace, as we're planning to purchase newer laptops soon. I removed the school image off of it - as required by the law - and realised that I have no way of re-installing the original factory OS (Windows XP Professional 32 Bit, as far as I can tell - as Microsoft couldn't even take the time to print the OS name on the COA) - The schools imaging system has removed any kind of recovery partition that may have been resident. I decided to search around before calling support to avoid un-necessary fees (This machine is out of warranty, obviously) and found that recovery cds are no-longer being distributed for the OS in question. Does anybody have any ideas on what I could do here, without breaking Microsoft's EULA which I'm condemned to follow? Thanks for your time.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Operating System Re-Installation Predicament

Why don't you install Windows 10 on it as a Windows Insider? You will get it for free afterwards. Much better than installing XP if you ask me. Alternatively you could also install Ubuntu if you like Linux. I recommend avoiding Windows XP at all costs if you want a decent user experience from your precious inheritance.

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I got a brand new hard drive for my HP Pavilion ze4500 laptop and tried installing Windows with the CD drive. The CD fails to load and I get this weird error message: PXE-E61 media something failure, check cable. I would think that the CD drive is busted, but then why check a cable on an internal drive? I guess I could try to install from the LAN and use someone elses computer, but all my friends use macs. I am sad.

Answer:operating system installation failure

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Hi all,I have formatted my hard drive (Sony VGN-NR10E laptop) after windows started to hang on boot up.The problem I know have is that I cannot install windows vista, it says that Windows cannot copy the installation files.The laptop does take the install of Ubuntu (linux) and works with no problems.Any ideas?Paul

Answer:Operating system installation problems

is it oem for another pc?

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I have been satisfied with the performance of my windows 7 Pro. 64 bit OS that was installed in my desktop PC until I became yet another victim of the ever increasing crime in our country when my PC and all ancillaries were stolen from my office in my absence.
In order to enable me to cope in the short term, my sister-in-law kindly donated on of her redundant PC's to me. This is an Acer Veriton X270 which has windows 8.1 installed.

Obviously I intend installing a new O.S. as the installed one is licensed to my sister.
I have however made use of the machine with her permission and quite frankly dislike windows 8.1 which appears to be great for smart phones etc. But I prefer Windows 7 and can still acquire software which I am aware is no longer supported by MS why I don't know as is the case with windows XP another outstanding product that served me well for years.
Anyway the point that I wish to make is that I have replaced the existing 320 Gig HDD with a new 1 Tb unit and intend installing Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit OS.
I understand that windows OEM and DSP systems identifies with the PC by marking (engraving) the I.D. onto the PC mobo, therefore dedicating itself to the PC only and therefore the DVD cannot be for any other PC installations.

MY concern is of similar vein, namely with the mobo already marked with an OS is there any posibility that it will not permit the installation of new operating system?
My apologies for the length of this topic.

Answer:New operating system installation concern

You can install Windows 7, may need to change a BIOS setting or two. The installation media is supposed to work too, but you will need a proper license key for Windows 7 Pro (bit-ness doesn't matter). Your previous OEM key won't work on new PC as far as I know.

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When i try to install OS in SATA hard disk,, It was installing but suddenly my system is restarting and doing installation again and at installing again Restart goes every time...So i think that HDD is gone and i had buy a new SATA HDD... And that problem was repeating...  But when i install OS in IDE Hard disk ,, it was installing perfectly... So what is the problem in SATA even i changed to another new SATA HDD...Note : I heard that this SATA problem was due to new BIOS settings... But i dont know what are that new changes...

Answer:Operating System Installation Problem

Can you share the make/model of computer or if custom built all the spec info such as make/model of motherboard?

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Title says it all really.

Upon booting up Vista, error message 'Error loading operating system' appears.

Cannot boot into Safe Mode using F8.

When booting with Vista DVD, files are loaded but screen goes completely black (no Cursor).

Bit stumped really, can't seem to do anything. Any advice greatly appreciated.


Answer:Error Loading Operating System - Black Screen When Booting from DVD Too

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it's not an hardware issue
i have all my hardware drivers updated

well i created with yumi an usbstick bootable with
active boot disk 7.5.2 (i bought)
terabyte image for linux (i bought)
terabyte BootIt Bare Metal (too)
Parted Magic an iso full for great utility

well it's my usb stick , i will add an antivirus too

well my problem is that terabyte image for linux,terabyte BootIt Bare Metal,or Parted Magic after the reboot they don't reset the hardware and when w7 64 start my lan is not working
i got to shut down my pc and turn it on to get the lan working

i have a lan internet cable always connected

is there an option in windows to fix it?
like security software i have only eset smart security 5 64 bit


Answer:lan doesn't work after booting via usb multiboot

Mate run a sfc and chkdsk for starters. SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Disk Check

then these

download from bleeping computer

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hello everyone I have a problem with my laptop my laptop keyboard is been damaged and when the laptop boots up I can't go to bios because any usb keyboard doesn't work in the boot time and the laptop goes ahead to boot from the hard drive I tried all usb ports and 3 different keyboards what should I do to go to bios ? and If I managed to reach the BIOS , what should I do to make usb keyboard works in the boot time ?Thanks 

Answer:the usb keyboard doesn't work on booting

If you are running Win 10, you can get there from the Recovery options..
Are you tapping the F2 key very early in the boot process?

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My HP pro 3330 Microtower doesn't load operating system. when I switch it on, it shows only blue color and it's written: press esc key for the start menu.  The above image shows what is displayed by my computer for hours and hours and it doesn't go beyond. I Have removed everything And reconnected them but no change. My pc is HP pro 3330 MicrotowerOS: Windows 7 proffessional 32 bit Help me please.  

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I am still new to computers. Dowloaded F-Secure security system. Read that it doesn't protect the operating sysytem. I am unclear as to what the operating system is or does. Would someone explane this to me, please. Is it wise to have a security system that does not protect the operating system? I need security system that is simple to do on line banking and research. Any suggestions?Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:F-secure Doesn't Protect Operating System?

Hello Questtoyou,

The operating system is an intermediary body that communicates your instructions to the hardware in the computer. Windows is an operating system.

Where did you here that F-Secure doesn't protect the operating system.

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My HP pro 3330 Microtower doesn't load operating system. when I switch it on, it shows only blue color and it's written: press esc key for the start menu.  The above image shows what is displayed by my computer for hours and hours and it doesn't go beyond. I Have removed everything And reconnected them but no change. My pc is HP pro 3330 MicrotowerOS: Windows 7 proffessional 32 bit Help me please.  

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My daughter?s laptop was so slow we decided to take it back to factory settings. There is no recovery disc with the laptop as it has the repair function however when we did this the computer would no longer start up and when we started it in safe mode the repair option had disappeared!

I then went to and bought the recovery disc, seem to work, loads files etc then says windows loading but the screen just goes black.

I can't find a phone number or contact point on the invoice and if I am going to have to take it to a shop to repair I don?t want to have paid for the discs as well which didn't work!!

Am I doing something wrong or can any-one help?


Answer:Recovery disc for Satellite L450 doesn't work

New notebooks are offered with preinstalled operating system and without recovery disc but in user?s manuals is clearly described that you can create this recovery disc using preinstalled ?Toshiba recovery disc creator? software.

I?m really wondering you didn?t check this option.

Anyway, try to use this disc again to see if the problem occurs again and again. If you will not be able to install original recovery image I recommend you to contact nearest Toshiba service provider and ask for help.

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I got recently my new laptop Qosmio F50. I decided to burn the recovery disc and so I did. But during the burning process I got an Error which is:

"Diference have been detected between the diferent folders:

Chemin source: (origin)

Chemin cible: (I would translate as destination)
(error code: 02016F-3C-00000000)

Well I have been through the diferent posts on this forum and I couldn't find out any help about this issue. Of course I bought new DVD-R TDK and I tried as well with verbatim DVD-R but it doesn't work.

Does anyone would have any idea how to deal with this issue because for instance I have still no recovery disc and if something would occured, I wouldn't be able to setup back my OS.

Thanks in advance for your help

Best regards

Answer:Re: Recovery disc creator doesn't work on Qosmio F50


For me it sounds like the final burning self-checking has failed and the application couldn?t compare the both folders on HDD and DVD correctly.

Why? This is not easy to say? possibly the issue is related to not fully supported DVD disk but I saw that you used the DVD-R from TDK? these are really good medias and should run.

Maybe you should try to update the firmware?

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Hello everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read this post!
I have an Acer Predator G3100
Computer Specs:1 TB hard drive
8 GB DDR3 memory
AMD Phenom X4 850 quad-core processor
DVD-Super Multi drive
NVIDIA Geforce GTX 550ti (Recently replaced with an ASUS GTX 660 ti)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
LITEON PS-6451-5 450(?) Watt Power supply
ADATA XPG SX900 128GB SSD (Added by myself)
Now, I also have a picture of the motherboard. I'm not sure of the brand.

(The SSD was only not secured because of testing reasons when trying to figure out the problem)

So my problem began with me going away from home and putting the computer on restart before I left (I use splashtop to access my computer when I'm not home). During the following evening and night there was a lightning storm in town. I got home the next day with the computer being off. I tried to turn it on by pressing the power button and there was no reaction, I checked the power and unplugged the computer and plugged it back in again. I tried again and It powered up. Everything was loading fine until it started to load the OS (Windows 7 Home Premium) at that point the screen froze and the longer I waited the faster the CPU and Case Fan ran until it was what I assume at 100%. I turned the computer off, and restarted it into BIOS. CPU was stable at just about 50 Degrees Celsius. I left it to cool off for a bit and restarted it.

It froze again when loading Windows. I made a Windows recovery disc from my Laptop (Windows ... Read more

Answer:Windows won't start, recovery disc doesn't work...

I've seen this happen a few times with jumps in current (which may have came from your lightning storm). It's not the SSD/HDD, and in my case, it was the southbridge controller failed, which houses the SATA ports. Specifically, voltage regulators were overheating, and after 15-30 seconds of attempted use on the SATA ports, it would halt it's process.

Possibly the most irritating part of the whole thing was that I could idle a system or RAM process (BIOS/memtest/etc...) with no problem. It was once I tried to use any mass storage controller that I had no luck.

I've heard of ways around this, like rigging a case fan to hang perfectly over the regulators and run at full speed to keep them cooled, but that was ridiculous for me, I just replaced the board.

For fun, have you tried swapping your SSD with a spare drive (if you have one) and loading a clean install of Windows to rule out what I'm referring to? If you can get up and running with a test installation, it will help determine where the issue lies.

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My Blu-ray player stopped working a couple of months ago, although it still plays DVDs.

TEMPro told me there's a new driver, so I tried installing that:

I unzipped it and ran the .exe. InstallShield says "Version of source build is not target build"
which sounds more like something the programmers should have correced rather than
what we poor users sould see.

Has anybody else got the same problem?
Preferably with a solution ;-)

TIA & best wishes

Answer:Qosmio F750-11U: Blu-ray Disc Player doesn't work any more


The package you want to install is only an update / patch.
This package requires installed TOSHIBA Blu-ray Disc Player software.
Is the TOSHIBA Blu-ray Disc Player software installed on your system?

The exe file should be found in:
TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Blu-ray Disc Player\SMIPlayer.exe

If its not available or if the version does not match, the patch installation will fail.

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i payed $400 for my notebook 15. you tell me you need another $200 just to send me a box for shipping, even though it is under warranty. this is the 3rd product I have bought from your company, and it will also be the last. your company has my $400, and i have nothing. i will tell everyone about how you treat customers.

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Hello, My Y430 Ideapad have Windows Vista installed and i did not  receive any installation CD with the laptop order. I want to install Windows XP instead of current of Vista. Could you please let me know from where i will get the installation CD or Does i will get the Setup from for Window XP from Microsoft or Lenevo website? Regards,Amit

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i want to re install windows vista but the drive in which i want to install not having enough space. and one more major problem i have i. e.,  i need  lenovo 3000 G400/G410 Drivers v1.1 vs. please solve my problem as soon as possible. It's urgent because my operatins system is not working properly.                                                                neeraj

Answer:regarding re-installation of operating system vista to my laptop

How much space do you have on C drive and how much is free?

//help will save the world

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Great Tutorial Carsey, but it doesn't work for me. I've tried this.

At setup, I don't get the option to "setup windows now". All I get is "press R for repair" and "press F11? for restore"

I've booted from the recovery partition d, from the disks - I have a Recovery Disk and an Operating System Disk.

I've gone into disk management to try to partition drive c, but the partition button is not available. I've right clicked drive c - no partition available. No unallocated space shows either.

I'm running Winxp Media Center SP2.

All I want to do is have a partition for the op.s. 1 for business, 1 for personal.

Is there any way to work around this?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Repartitioning an OEM installation of XP using the recovery/operating system CD

Hi 316lvm

I've split your post since we prefer to keep one thread per user/problem to prevent confusion.

Related thread :

Carsey's tutorial works fine with any retail CD's but some OEM CD's will limit your reinstallation options. What's the brand and model of your computer ?

If I understood well you'd like two versions of the operating system on two separated partitions ?

You can repartition the drive with programs like partition logic. Just make sure you backed up all your valuable data first as I've seen too many cases of a screwed up operating system when an error happens during the process. It's recommended that you run chkdsk /R and defrag the drive beforehands.

If you want to install 2 different versions of the operating system on one computer I believe that according to XP's OEM EULA you'll need to buy an additional license. I'm not sure that the recovery disk will allow you to reinstall XP on a second partition, better wait for someone else's advice about this. If you have to use a retail XP CD to do so you'll need to track down all the proper drivers for your hardware. If the sata controller's drivers are not included on the CD the installation may not be able to detect your hard drive.

I believe the easiest solution for you would be to use 2 different user accounts for business and personal stuff.

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Hey, guys!I currently have a computer that a friend had given me that has XP 2002 with service pack 2 and MS Office 2003 installed on it. My problem is that I do not have any installation disks for it in case something bad should happen (virus or otherwise). And now I have heard about MS discontinuing support for XP. Quote: On April 8,2008 Microsoft Corp has announced it will end sales of XP Operating System (OS) on June 30,2008. the XP system began it's existence in October of 2001. Essentially this is a five month extension from the previous date of expiration.XP will no longer be available in stores or as a preinstalled OS after that date. I'm certain as with all the older OS's you will still be able to find some available. But it will be gone and have yielded to Vista. Not a thrill to me personally. The super low cost line of PC's will still have it for two more years. The models such as the Asus Eee PC and Intel Classmate PC will have XP Home.System builders or small companies that build PC's from scratch can still buy until Jan. 31, 2009. Product support, including security updates, for mainstream users of Windows XP continues until April 2009.ReutersWhat are my options here? I have been scouting around for an XP operating system for sale but I am not sure what keywords I should look for. Best advice please.Thanks everyone,Aunt Na

Answer:Do Not Have Original Installation Disks For Xp Operating System.

OEM versions of XP are available for sale at any number of authorized vendors, such as: one of these would do, IMO.[post=""]Availability of Windows XP Thru Jan 2009[/post]Updated info:

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Can i create Backup of window xp operating system without the service disk, from my utility backup?

Answer:Can I create Operating System Xp Backup with out installation CD's?


Can i create Backup of window XP... from my utility backup?

We don't know what is on your Utility Backup, but we assume it is not a copy of an XP CD? Which would be the only way to do it. So, no you can't. You can Clone your current HDD setup to another drive and if this HDD goes belly up, then you can restore your Cloned copy to a new HDD. This will only work on this computer, as restoring it on another computer would not have the same drivers, chipset and motherboard drivers installed in your clone.

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