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Installing Linux as a second operating system

Question: Installing Linux as a second operating system

Hello all ... I am currently I a running XP Pro on an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ with 2 Gigs of RAM and 750 Gigs on 3 hard drives. Could anyone please point me to a link that will tell me how to install Linux as a second operating system?


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I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Installing Linux as a second operating system

There are oh so many Linux tutorials, where to start...

We have a sticky right here on this forum, you may want to browse through.

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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?

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If I change my operating system to linux and delete my old operating system entirely, will I be able to still use system restore to change my old operating system back?
Please help. All help is appreciated.

Answer:If I change my operating system to linux, can I still use windows' system restore?

The simple answer is no. If you remove an OS then you can not use it to do a restore because it is no longer there to run the restore program. What I would recommend would be to have a duel boot system.

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I have been offered a trial download/install of this OS but do not know anything about it.I would welcome comments from users as to whether it is a better alternative to Windos 7 which I have only purchased recently.Apparently it is possible to run it side by side with Win7.

Answer:LINUX Operating System

There are dozens of Linux systems, you will have to tell us what the one you have is?
Most Linux systems will let you run them from the CD without having to install it on the hard drive so you can see if you like it or not and to make sure its going to be compatible with your hardware.
Its not an alternative to the Microsoft Windows system, it is a completely different system under the bonnet. On the surface they look the same, my son, who is a Windows user, comes home and he is completely at home using my Linux Ubuntu system.
You can run it with Windows, when you boot you will have the option of selecting which system you want to use, in fact on this new computer I'm not going to install Windows because I have found I was never using it, so I couldn't see the point on spending out on something that I never use.

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Are there any other operating systems besides windows or Linux? What about the macos? Can it be installed on a pc? What do I need to buy to get macos x work on my pc? Any other OS out there?

Answer:A Operating system besides Windows or Linux??

You cannot legally install Mac OS X on any non-Mac hardware. There are a wide variety of other operating systems out there such as the BSD family (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, etc.), Haiku (which is a derivative of the BeOS model as I understand it), and several others with niche userbases.

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I have some old laptops i would like to get some sort of use of provided its worth even using them.

One of them has a intel celeron 700 mhz processor and 256 mb of ram
Another has Intel pentium 3 1,133 mhz processor and 512 mb of ram

What linux distros would some of you recommend?

The one with slower processor and memory i assume even with a linux distro that can run stable on it won't get very good flash videos.

Answer:Operating system ( linux) for old laptops?

Those specs are very limiting, as your processors are quite slow, and your RAM is minimal. What was on them to begin with? WinXP, or something even earlier?

I posted a thread somewhere on this forum about a lightweight replacement that I custom remixed from Lubuntu, called XPubuntu. Although to be honest, even that might be too much for your old anemic lappys?

If XPubuntu isn't for your machines, the lightest weight distro that I have ever used (with a graphical GUI environment and full set of user programs) was AntiX. You may want to also check out Puppy Linux, although I have no experience with that one.

Stay away from the more well known Gnome, KDE, & Unity desktop environments. Usually I would tell folks to look for XFCE, LXDE & Enlightenment desktop distros. In your case, even those MAY be too much. You should probably be looking at Openbox, Blackbox, Fluxbox, IceWM, JWM or WindowMaker desktop environments. Less eye candy equals lower resource draw. It might be a challenge to find the right mix of "least amount of desktop environment resource draw" versus "graphical aesthetics to feel comfortable enough to get things done."

Depending on your level of computer expertise and comfort level, you may also want to consider installing a "server distro" (no graphical environment), then installing a lightweight window manager of your choice. For instance, Debian server is considered a very solid, stable, and popular... Read more

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I have windows vista but i was trying to put linux xubunu, or ubuntu, or any of those onto my external hd to boot my computer through the external to run linux. Unfortunately i accidentally downloaded it onto my c drive and now i have two os on my desktop. Can someone please help me delete that from my desktop, and also can someone help me install it onto my external? Thanks

Answer:second operating system (linux xubuntu)

Personally I would use Parted Magic to format your external drive first(or any other partition program).

Make at least three partitons

1) 10 to 15 Gb

2) as much space as you like ( depends on the size of your drive)

3) 512 MB to 2 GB

Partition 1) will be for the ROOT ( / ) partition. Thats where your main linux os files will be.

Partition 2) will be for the HOME (/home) partition this is where all you personal files and folders will be. Remember most modern linux os's have the ability to read and write to windiows partitions so make thios a size to suit your needs. I ususally make mine about 50 Gb.

Partition 3) is for the SWAP partition. Usually twice the size of the ram you have installed up to a max of 2GB. There is a bit of confusion about swap so further reading may give you more info.

Put your GRUB into partition 1).

Thats it really with your drives connected to the pc you should be able to install from your linux CD/DVD.
As to getting rid of your botched install I can not help. May be a good idea to do fresh installs all round.


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Hi I have the great task of writing a report comparing the above mentioned operating systems. And i have two particular areas which are causing me a few problems.I have to compare under the final two headings:1. Processing, including threading and concurrency issues.2. Memory Usage.Is concurrency the same as concurrent processes??If anyone can help with these 2 sections i would be incredibly grateful!Thanks in advance

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I have a Dell inspiron e1505 with operating sys Linux. I want to install my original op disk Windows xp. Someone else installed linux for me, i now need Windows XP again. Thanks

Answer:Change Linux operating system back to XP

Dont mean to sound rude, But what is your question. and/or where is the problem?

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Bought my XPS 13 a month ago, and accidently bought the Linux-version.
I have a Win 10 code laying around, and wondering if i can replace the operating-system?
Or is the computer "tuned" för Linux?

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There are lot of Portable Linux Operating Systems. Its difficult to choose one. I just want to know what linux distro do you prefer...
My requirements are...
*Should be preloaded with VLC, Firefox/Chromium, LibreOffice and some basic apps.
*Should have easy GUI.
*Should boot in few seconds even with old pentium 3 hardware.
*Should be lightweight (less size)
*Should be error free (less crashes, hangups)
*Should not be a battery sucker(low power consumption)...
*Should support newer wireless (Intel, Atheros & Ralink) hardwares.
I am going to use it in a CD/DVD.

Suggest your preferance to me...

Answer:Which Linux distro will you use for a Portable Operating System?

Try one of these. Mint Mate is the more advanced system.

Portable OS - Carry your OS on an External Drive

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS

PS: CD/DVD is not a good idea.

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My ThinkPad A21m (2628-F2U, PIII 750 MHz (256KB), 512 MB RAM) works very efficiently with Windows 2000 SP4 and seems to work better on the internet with dial-up, than my higher-powered, 2GB RAM Windows XP computers). Unfortunately, it is now difficult to get anti-virus and firewall software that are compatible with Windows 2000. (I suspect - but haven't had the chance to fully investigate it yet - that my A21m would not meet the hardware specifications for the current versions of anti-virus and firewall software anyway. I was wondering whether switching to Linux, Ubuntu, or some other operating system would help or would only add to my woes. If I switched to Linux, for example, would the Thinkpad drivers and software work with the new operating system? Would most other programs, such as Outlook Express, Microsoft Office, and so on, work with the new operating system? If anyone has had experience with the problem of Windows 2000 no longer being supported by anti-virus and firewall providers, I would appreciate your suggestions and comments. Thank you.


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Answer:Operating System for A21m (2628-F2U) - Linux? Ubuntu?

I had the same problem with my A21m (2628 - GXU PIII 800 MHz) a few years ago, so I upgraded it to Windows XP Professional (SP3). My machine is also fully loaded with 512 MB of RAM,  I then installed Norton as the anti-virus/firewall software. I have to admit that the machine is rather sluggish though. I tend not to use it in favour of my 3GB R500. 

2 ThinkPad R500's 2714-CTO T9600 2.80 Ghz 4GB RAM Win 7/10. ThinkPad R500 2714-CTO P8600 2.40 Ghz 3GB RAM Win 7. ThinkPad R61 8932-CTO T8300 2.40 Ghz 3GB RAM Win Vista. ThinkPad T500 2241-DB9 T9600 2.80 Ghz 4GB RAM Win 7. ThinkCenter A63 5237-CTO 3GB Ram Win 7

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Do you know anything, like what i should do?

Acer Extensa Laptop 1.9GHz 2GB 120GB

Answer:System continuously crashes when installing operating system

At what point in the installation does it crash. Like, what does it say it's installing on the screen when it crashes?

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I bought a used Compaq armada m700 laptop Pentium 2 with no operating system, when I try to load Ubuntu program it starts to load but then goes to a black screen and the computer doesn't respond. the computer originally had the windows 98 install. any ideas?

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It's most likely a hardware mismatch... I would verify with as I know they have very limited hardware support.  Or you might try a different flavor of *NIX such as Red Hat, Solaris, or FreeBSD Wiki on Ubuntu - Hard, Rock Harder,D.

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Hello, I just finished assembling my computer (1st build), I set up the BIOS, rebooted the computer put the Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit CD into the drive and I kept getting an error message "Reboot and select proper Boot device or insert Boot media in selected Boot device and press a key." I tried rebooting the computer with the CD inside, taking the CD out rebooting the computer and injecting the CD when prompted but it still displayed the same error message. I did some research online and found some methods. I tried changing the boot order so that the computer looks
first to the CD/DVD and then to the hard drive, when that didn't work I tried changing the boot order so that it looks first to the Hard drive then to the CD/DVD drive, all the while getting the same error message. I then changed the storage configuration to ACHI from IDE (There were three options; IDE, RAID and ACHI in that order) Once that was done I rebooted the computer, and got this message. "CD-ROM Boot Priority ..No Medium Reboot and select proper Boot device or insert Boot media in selected Boot device and press a key" After I got that message I tried switching the CD/DVD and Hard drive order once again, but to no avail.

My system specifications are. . .
OS Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit English 1pk

CPU Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz 8M L3 Cache 4.8GT/sec QPI Hyper-Th

Motherboard ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA1366 Intel X58 DDR3-1600 A... Read more

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Did you attach the dvd-rom to the right channel on the motherboard and to the psu?

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Hi All
Have a friends computer here he just updated it, so he could put a 64 bit system on it of which I was going to do, I got the extra ram, (yes motherboard is able to take a 64 bit system) anyway he originally got the computer from a computer store, ram is DDR2.
I am wondering if there is a way the shop stops booting to the DVD player/burner, so the people have to take it back to them.
Reason why I ask this is I have been into setup and changed to boot to DVD, (as I have been into boot menu only and it will not let me change anything) of which is why I went into setup itself, anyway after changing (in setup) to Boot to DVD, it even came up as press any key to boot from DVD, only it doesn't, (yes both keyboard and mouse are working)
What would be the next step for me to try and change his XP Pro System to Windows 7 64 bit system?
Any clues as to what may be stopping me from loading this operating system would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance

Answer:Installing operating system

Is this a real MS win7 disk or a copy?
Have you tried booting it [the disk] on another system?

It would help if you posted the hardware specs ie mb, cpu, etc. If this is a big box system, post the make and model#

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I recently built a computer with removable hard drive bays so that i can scan hard drives for viruses, format them, or reinstall an operating system.

My question is: Is it possible to get a program that will install the operating system without having to boot from the disk. I want to be able to still use the computer while the operating system is installing.

Thanks for the help in advance

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So I've been trying to install an OS on my buddies laptop for the past couple days. Its a HP dv6000 laptop, its not too shabby, its dual core with 2gigs of ram and a half decent video card. Anyways... his computer is pretty messed up..., originally he had vista but now when you turn on the laptop it goes to a black screen saying "Operating system failed to load". So I figured I would try and re-install a different OS. Tried XP originally... didnt work (Partition Error?), Tried Vista.. didn't work (partition error again)... Lastly I tried Windows 7 and it doesn't work either... Does anyone know why I'm getting these partition errors and im unable to install an OS to my friends laptop? Could it be some sort of hardware failure? Thanks for any help guys, really appreciate it

Answer:Help with installing operating System... please

bump... anyone?

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I want to install a second operating system on my computer so that from the boot screen I can select which system I can run. How can I do this. I have a total of 8.00GB and free space is 2.50GB. When I boot from the Windows XP CD it says the unpartitioned space is 8MB. How can I install the second operating system on my hard drive without deleting the other operating system?

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That's not a lot of free space. I would recommend a second drive, or else replacing yoiur drive with a bigger one. It also sounds like there's some confusion between free space and unpartitioned space. Use the Disk Management control panel to take a look at your disk partitions to see what's going on.

Many modern operating systems will detect the existing installation and allow you to install a second operating system. When this is done, you'll see a menu at boot time where you can select the OS that you want.

I used to set up my machines with a multi-boot configuration but I don't do that anymore. It's a pain to configure and you need to be careful not to mess up things (there are many ways to mess up and I've run into most of them ;-). I would recommend this only if you have a really good reason to do so.

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hi, i have windows vista home basic and i have just brought office professional 2003. how would i go about installing it? would i have to remove vista first?


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I have a Dell optiplex GX260 that I recently aquired for $50.00.
The labels on the computer says it has intel pentium 4 and windows xp. However someone previously removed xp and installed windows 2000. I have not been able to use the computer because I do not know any of the windows passwords. I tried several password recovery/ cracks to no avail.
I would like to reformat the hard drive and install windows xp. I have a copy of a Dell operating system disc with XP Pro, still in a sealed envelope.
I know that this operating system should load onto any Dell computer. My question is do I use the product key that is on the computer I am installing the operating system on, or do I use the product key from the machine that the Dell operating system disc came with?

Also, what is the easiest way to reformat the hard drive prior to installing the new xp operating system?

Answer:Re-installing operating system

"or do I use the product key from the machine that the Dell operating system disc came with?"...

"Also, what is the easiest way to reformat the hard drive prior to installing the new xp operating system?...

When you get to the partition screen starting the XP install, delete the existing partition and follow the on-screen prompts. Format NTFS quick

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I was given a Hewlett Packard Pavilion 8665C PC by a former employer that was upgrading its hardware. The PC came without any operating system, I therefore purchsed the PCbeginners "Utilities Suite 2006 CD in order to install an operating system. For the life of me, I cannot get this thing to work. I must be doing something wrong because the advertisement says that the process is relatively simple and I just can't seem to get it. I know a little about computers but by no means am I savvy at this. I would greatly appreciate any and all assistance in getting this computer up and running. Thanks.


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I'm currently using W98SE and wish to install W XP. Do I need to un-install W98 before installing W XP? Can I overwrite W XP over W98? Do I need to save all programmes and files before installing a new operating system? Finally; how do I install new OS? Just place cd rom in drive and let pc take over?Cheers

Answer:installing new operating system

Yep, you can install over the top and all your docs should still be there.Others will argue that you should do a "clean install". It is up to you.

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Will I lose my files if I need to install a new operating system? My computer began to tell me I had an invalid copy of Windows XP and then would not allow me to access the internet or certain programs (my pictures). I bought a new operating system (Windows XP) and when I began installing I got nervous that I would lose all of my pictures and programs. Will that happen?

Answer:Installing a new Operating System

Hi,Installing a new operating system will always result loss of some data , its always better to make backup for it.You could also read:Installing a new operating system can overwrite at least 1 GB. All the files that were once located on this area of the drive are irretrievably lost. The directories entries (FAT) and MFT entries (NTFS) located there will be lost, leaving only files without reference ("lost file"), that had been allocated in undamaged areas beyond the 1 GB area.In FAT this will also destroy the FATs, thus causing the fragmentation problem. All you possibly can recover will come from the not overwritten area.Hopefully this helps till experts give their advice.

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I was given a Sony Via laptop and I'm having trouble installing an operating system on it. When I turn it on, it says no operating system found. I have Windows XP Professional to install on it, but it seems like it may not be reading the disk, not sure of that one, and not sure about the Bios and things like that, since I don't understand about it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Need help with installing operating system.

With XP you just need to boot with the XP cd and follow the prompts to do the install. If that's what you did then likely either the cd or cdrom is not in good shape. Make sure the disk is clean. You may want to get a cdrom cleaning disk and run it too but often you just need to replace the drive.Or, you didn't list the specs of the laptop, perhaps it doesn't meet the minimum requirements for XPReal men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat

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Hello everyone. Im in need of a solution in installing a OS. I recently came along a semi new computer that had a bent pin on the CPU. The pin kept the machine from working properly. After repairing this bent pin the machine now boots up the way it should. However now im noticing that the built in VGA port is not sending the signal to the monitor. Every time I connect to the port the monitor indicates it will shut down in 5 seconds.I inserted a new video card into one of the slots and when I connect the monitor it sends a signal and keeps the monitor on as if it wants to work but there is no video because I assume the video drivers are not installed *since no OS is installed either* So I know the machine is functional except for the built in VGA port on the mother board.

I want to get this machine working so here is my question. Is there anyway to pull out the hard drive from this project, connect it to a functioning machine, such as the one im using right now to write this, and install the OS for the new machine so I can install the drivers for the new video card and get this running.

Help me oh gurus of computer wisdom!

~ Lord Maverick

Answer:Installing the operating system

When you power on the machine there should be a signal to the monitor which will give the BIOS 'flash' page and then at least give you the option to enter the CMOS/BIOS settings. If you are getting nothing and you know the monitor and the signal cable are both good, then there is a fault with the board. The 5 second shut-down message may be generated by the monitor itself so is not a message from the motherboard.

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I have a small business where I provide home computer service . In my service I include Windows Installation . I know for a fact it's really risky installing an ISO version of Windows activated , but how risky is it because I guarantee most computer service use ISO versions of Windows. To this day I always followed the rules and told clients the CD is recommended. What are your thoughts, should I continue with the same rules. I need your advice!

Answer:Installing Operating System...

MS Business Guide.

Old Version:

Quote: Originally Posted by Microsoft

A new Windows license is not required for a refurbished PC that has:

(1) a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for a Windows operating system affixed to the PC, and
(2) the original recovery media or hard-disk based recovery image associated with the PC.

The COA constitutes proof that the PC is licensed for the version of Windows named on the COA and the
refurbisher can use either:

(1) the original recovery media or
(2) the original hard-disk based recovery image to re-install the operating system software named on the COA.
If the refurbisher does not have the original recovery media, they may be able to obtain the recovery media from
the original manufacturer of that PC.
A new Windows license is required for a refurbished PC if:
(1) the refurbisher cannot obtain the original recovery media or
(2) the PC does not have a hard-disk based recovery image.
Then, the refurbisher must purchase a new license in order to deliver a genuine Windows operating system
experience with the refurbished PC.

New Version:
Registered Refurbisher FAQ

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The hard drive on my Toshiba laptop has been replaced (with a 20GB model)as it had bad sectors. I also had the memory upgraded to 128MB. However I need to re-install my Windows 98 operating system and drivers and I don't have any of the original disks. What is the best way of going about it?Also what is the best way of recovering some files from the original damaged disk?Many thanks

Answer:Re-installing operating system

You will have to pick one up on ebay,unless you upgrade to xp.

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Dell sent me disk to reinstall my operating system
can some one tell me the steps to do this all the right way

Answer:Installing new operating system??

If your installing on a brand new drive its easy. Just go into bios and
set the 1st boot drive to cd, it may be set that way already. Place cd
in the drive bay, boot, and follow the prompts.
If its a old drive that had a operating system on it previous, I recommend
wiping the drive with killdisk, free download, do a google.

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I want to install vista ultimate on my pc to replace xp pro. I would be grateful for some advice on the process.1) Transferring files/backupI want to transfer all of my data to my laptop which is currently wirelessly networked to my pc. I've tried transferring the data by dragging and dropping the folders to the laptop drives but this seems to take forever. I've got 40-60gb of data to transfer. I've heard in vista you can create a direct connection via an ethernet cable to transfer data. Would this method be faster?2) Restore point - would it be a good idea to create a restore point once I've loaded vista, and another one once I've loaded the software?3) Reformatting hard drive to load vista. I can't remember how to do this. Do you run fdisk from the dos prompt? After I've done that do I put the vista disk into the cd drive and then set up the bios to boot from cd first?4) Would vista ultimate 64 bit be faster than my current xp pro. I have an amd 3800 and 2gb ram. Would vista ultimate make better use of the amd 64 cpu than xp pro?

Answer:Installing new operating system

In 1) my laptop has vista basic installed

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Hello, I'm having some trouble installing windows 7 onto an SSD on a pre-setup Windows 8 computer. I've disabled secure boot but it seems no matter what I do I'm brought back to the Windows Boot Manager screen, which looks similar to this:

Keeping in mind that the information where it says "file:" says this instead \$WINDOWS.~BT\Windows\system32\winload.efi
Can anyone explain to me what I might doing wrong? I'm currently using a USB to boot Windows 7.

Answer:Installing new operating system on SSD

change efi settings in bios...

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I currently have winxp pro, but would like to be able to run opensolaris 10 as a 2nd operating system. Is this possible on a laptop? 512mg of ram, 40g hd, Acer travelmate 2000. Partitioned to C and D drives, each about 17g. Please advise.

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Hi - I have a laptop with no operating system. I would like to install windows XP on this. I have the windows disk and started up the machine with the disk in place, hoping it would jump into life and tell me what I should do - alas no.I just get the message - "no operating system".I know you clever people on here will know as you have taught me so much already.Thanks for reading

Answer:Installing XP on a pc with no operating system?

You must first set up the BIOS for the CDROM to be the first boot device.

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I am trying to reinstall an operating system on my pc.... How do I do it for free?? It originally came with Windows 7. I tried to run the download tool from but that didn't work and I was looking at this link from Microsoft that sorta helped:

I am not sure how to fix this.

Thanks in advance

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Hi, I love computers I want to know the steps are on how to prep the hard drive and install an operating system the easiest way possible. please give me some info that I should know or a webpage that is great or a boot up cd that will help. please do this for me Iam very interested.

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OK. This is my problem. I have an old dell that had windows ME on it (yuck) About 3 years ago, I upgraded to XP and installed service pack 2. Since then I have set up 2 laptops, broadband and a wireless network. But the old dell in the office (the main one that the high speed modem and linksys is plugged into) needs to have the operating system re-installed again. It has reached its half life...a nuisance, a pain, unbearable, unusable! When I tried to re-install it wouldnt let me because the version on the computer is a newer version then the one on the disk. )Probably because of upgrades and the service pack 2 already on there???) Anyway, it said I could boot from disc but it wouldnt boot. I know that there is a key you can keep tapping to get a black screen and it asks you if you want to boot from disc. F10-F12??? I can't remember....What is the best way for me to go about this. I plugged everything back in so I could go back online on my laptop and get more info. I quit and came to you guys-the only true source of real help on the internet. Thanks in advance for your help.

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ok well my compouter had windows xp on it and it crashed. but what do you know the only OS disk i have is windows 98 so heres the problem. i try to install the os and it tells me that there is an error while trying to format the hard disk partition. so how to fix it?
comp has 20 gig hd 512ram and not sure of the processor

Answer:installing operating system

maybe the computer crashed because the hard drive is dead?

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My sister gave me her old sony laptop computer without the operating system. She had everything deleted on hdd. My question is can I install my xp home on this laptop? I have the disk from my desktop. Her laptop did have xp home on hdd. Her product key is labeled on bottom of laptop.

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My son has an Acer laptop but the hard drive went. I have put in a new hard drive (western digital) and need to put in an operating system. There were 3 recovery discs that came with his laptop that are for re-installing but I think because I have a new hard drive it is not working. I got to the second disc and then it had an error reading the disc so I asuming I can't use these now that my laptop doesn't have the original Acer hard drive?

I have XP discs that came with my own pc but they say that they are only for a Dell computer. Can I use these on an Acer laptop I don't know if it makes any difference but the laptop was dual core. Please help a novice.

Answer:Help in re-installing operating system

Are the XP disks Windows XP disks or are they Dell Recovery Disks? XP disks can be used on anything. Just remember to use your own cd-key that's on your laptop. It should be printed on the side or something with a barcode on it.

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I've just bought a great barebones (no harddrive or op sys) quad core computer on Ebay and can't install windows xp pro from the cd/dvd player
I have changed to cd first start up device in the BIOS menu but when it starts it goes straight to the 'Start Windows Normally' page.
Have I missed something?
Is there another way of booting from the cd/dvd player.
Has the previous owner used a setting which stops something happening?
Any suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks.

Answer:Installing operating system troubles

If it has no hard drive it will not work, are you sure it has no hard drive? This really is barebones.

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I recently purchased a new computer for my daughter and wanted to put Window ME on to it. However the CD just would not run. I therefore used my own XP Pro disc which the system recognised. The problem being that I cannot register her machine with my own COA so it lock out after 30 days. I reloaded XP but this is time consuming and not an effective way to go about things - I do not want to buy another XP COA hence I wanted to use my old Windows ME on it. Can anyone offer any advice please?

Answer:Installing operating system on to a new computer

"However the CD just would not run."Can you post a bit more detail of what's happening when you try please.

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These are my computer specs:

Cooler master elite 360 mid tower

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 1.0) LGA1366/ Intel X58/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

Product Description
Supports generation Intel 32nm 6-core processors Ultra Durable 3 technology with copper cooled quality for lower working temperature Supports newest NEC SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps 3X USB power delivery for greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices Provides Marvell SE9128 high speed SATA3 storage interface with superfast 6Gbps link speed Supports the Intel Core i7 processors in socket LGA1366 with QPI 6.4 GT/s Revolution energy saving design with DES 2 featuring hardware based Dynamic 6-Gear switching Supports 3 channel DDR3 2100+ memory Scalable ability to both 3 way CrossFireX and 3 way SLI support for ultimate graphics performance Unique hardware control IC to provide more precision voltage control 100% 50,000 hour lifespan Japanese solid capacitors design Patented DualBIOS with dual hardware BIOS protection Supports Dolby Home Theater audio to create a stunning surround sound listening experience Blu-ray playback outputs supported by high quality 108dB SNR ALC889 HD audio Meet European Union EuP (Energy-using Products) requirement

GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 1.0)
Chipset Type:
Intel X58 Express
Processor Socket:
LGA1366 Socket
Installed Qty (Max Supported):
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Storage Controler:
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Answer:Help installing operating system windows!!!!!!

Having everything plugged in is good, but if you haven't installed everything properly, the system won't be able to find the optical drive, which seems to be the problem you're having. There are a few items that could be responsible for that type of problem, so let's take a look and see if we can figure this out.

Just a heads-up about installing Windows, or any OS; it will install MUCH faster if the IDE devices are connected to different channels. The HDD should be the only device on the Primary IDE channel, jumpered properly, and the optical drive should be the only device on the Secondary IDE channel, also jumpered properly. If you're installing Windows with only a single IDE cable connecting both IDE drives, the installation will take a lot longer.

First of all, if you're using the HDD on the Primary IDE channel, with the internal optical drive on the Secondary IDE channel, SHUTDOWN the system, UNPLUG IT FROM THE WALL, and put EACH device at the END of their own IDE cable. Then, set the HDD jumper to "Single", NOT to "Master". Similarly, set the optical drive to "Master", not to "Slave". Many IDE optical drives are set as Master by default at the factory before shipping, but you might as well make sure that the jumper is in the right place; if someone moved the optical drive jumper to "Slave", the drive will not be recognized by the CMOS / BIOS when it polls the hardware.

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I have just got an old PC from work, for my daughter to learn which has had everything deleted, including the operating system (Its a pentium 2, 64Mb ram 1gig hard drive). I have a licenced copy of Win95 on CD, but the machine has no CD drive. Can I install a new CD drive without an operating system being installed?, if so, will I need the drivers to be on a floppy disc?, as nowadays, I guess they all come on CD's? Thanks for the anticipated advice as always.

Answer:installing CD drive with no operating system - how

Yes, install the CD drive and when you put the O/S boot disk in it should give you the option of using CD ROM support in the menu.

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I really need some help, I recently formated a laptop, it had windows xp pro, something happened and it wouldn't boot up. I formatted and installed win 98, It's all I had, just to see if the computer worked and it did sort of. It loaded the operating sytem but I missing drivers made it not work right. So I then formatted and got Win 98 off and I have the computer restor disk but it's not loading. I can't get to a screen when I press f2 to tell it to boot from cd, and then me compter says invalid disk or something like that, can someone help me?

Answer:Help re installing operating system after format

Hi Baishagirl

Are you sure that F2 is the correct function key for entering Bios Setup on your laptop? Look for a banner message, or a message on the "splash screen", that says "Enter F1 (or F2, F10, DEL - or other key combination) to Enter Setup"... The key/key-combination varies between manufacturers and models. If it is simply a matter of pushing the wrong combination, that should let you into Bios Setup to change the Boot Order. Some laptops have a particular function key that can produce a "One-Time Boot Menu" = this boots to whatever device you choose from a list, but the change is only in effect for the next boot.

If your laptop has been booting from other CDs, and now won't boot to your restore disk -- what sort of restore disk is it? It should be one that shipped with the computer when you bought it, or that you created shortly thereafter. And, of course, you need to use a restore disk intended for your model. Another simple consideration is that your disk might be dirty or scratched. If smudged, try carefully cleaning it.

When you reformatted the laptop, did you reformat ALL partitions on the disk? Or just the Windows partition? Some laptops have restore partitions on them -- if you completely erased ALL partitions, you may have erased the special restore partition as well. If the restore partition is still... Read more

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Hi ... How does one go about installing 2 clean operating system ( xp pro / 2000 pro ) ? Thanks

I should mention I have a 80gb had drive which I want to try to install 2 operating system

Answer:Installing 2 clean different operating system

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Ok, I have finally built my computer. I have a 2200+, an A7N8X-X motherboard, 512mb memory, and a 40 gig hard drive. All I need is an operating system. I want Windows XP, Home edition (the one at newegg that is only 92.00 bucks).

What are some of the first steps, like formating FAT and NFTS. Also, are partitions necessary for installation? If yes, how would I do that?

Thank you!

Answer:1st time installing Operating System...

Insert CD. Boot. Follow instructions.

PS. You can try Knoppix for free.

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First of all I formated and erased all data off of my hard drive and am trying to install a new operating system and I am having multiple problems when trying to install operating system.
Whenever I try to use a system boot disk to install a operating system. It goes into the windows 2000 setup and begins loading files at bottom of screen. Then an error message comes up saying disk I/0 error and then it goes ahead anyway to the 2000 Setup where you choose to install or repair. Then I click install and continue through the setup and gets to the part where you select the partition you wished to install to and I get another message saying setup cannot access disk.

I have also tried using fdisk to partion and format drive again and it will not let me says cannot access this drive.

I would appreciate any help anyone can give me.

Answer:Installing operating system errors

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I was playing Riven on my old computer and now I have tried installing it on my new computer going from window 98 to ME. I always get an error message titled Qt32inst: Qt32inst has caused an error in Qt32inst.exe, Qt32inst will now close. The message suggests to restart my computer, and I have serveral times. The game manufacturer tells me that if I read the box that Window ME is not supported. Any suggestions how I can get this installed on by new computer? I have really enjoyed wondering around this game and would not like to see it end.

Thanks, Spititfall

Answer:Installing Riven with ME operating system

Hi Spiritfall, unfortunately, you may be stuck here. I've seen on their support site they do acknowledge limitations of games not working on newer OS's. What's really unfortunate, they don't hold out any hope of a patch to rectify the situation.

This is just a stab in the dark, but have you tried to install in Safe Mode?

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Would someone please recommend a tutorial (other than a microsoft site) that will guide one through ALL the steps of removal of an old operating system (windows) and reformatting,partitioning and installing a newer version (windows) on a computer that already has a single hardrive with a functioning operating system on it.A tutorial at the level of someone that is not a programmer nor a computer technician. thank you,truenorth

Answer:Installing a replacement operating system

more info plz whats the old OS and whats the new Os going to be?

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I'm officially out of ideas and I'm hoping you kind folk here could help me out. I have a Hp 2140 notebook whose hard disc I formatted while transfering data from it to my computer (so I could do a fresh OS). When I returned the hard disc into the notebook I found that I could not install Windows 7 by any medium. I tried plugging in an external DVD reader and installing windows 7 like I did the first time on this notebook, but it would not read from the device. BIOS recognises it only as USB LEGACY SUPPORT. When I tried installing windows 7 from an USB, like I did many times on my computer, the screen would freeze when I pressed any key to boot from USB. I tried changing USB ports for the devices I used, it did not help and I tried changing USB memory sticks from which I booted but alas no success. I don't know if there is a way of transfering the files from the dvd onto the hard disc, make it bootable somehow, and then install the OS on the hard drive (the same one). I also tried installing other OS using the same methods (Windows 8 and XP) but have had the same problems. P.S. I haven't tried preinstalling a system on the hard drive on another computer and then inserting the HD into the notebook, hoping it would boot. I tried that once on a comuter and have had no success. Please do help, cheers

Answer:No way of installing operating system on notebook

Does this help ?

or this ?

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Ok i just finished building my new computer. This is the first computer I have Built. I started to install my operating system and about 10 minutes in I keep recieving this message

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error scrren, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer

Technical Information:
***Stop: 0x0000002B (0xF78D2524, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I have already checked the connections many times, and made sure that the hard drive is set to Master. I dont know how to run CHKDSK /F. Also when I went into the BIOS I saw that the Hard Drive has been detected. It listed all the info about it. Please help me out. Thank you

Answer:Error when installing my Operating System

List all the components.

Give Links to the RAM and power supply.

If its brand new, then just reformat.

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I have 2 hard drives.

On the C drive I have windows 98se.

On the D drive I formatted 4 gig of space as NTFS, so I can install xp on it. I run the install from the xp disk, it goes through the setup, it tells me that the setup is complete and has to reboot the computer to complete the installation. When I reboot, it keeps rebooting to 98se. I have bootmagic on my computer, I have disabled it, and it still boots to 98se. I have also set bootmagic to boot to the 4 gig part that I formatted and nothing happens then. How do stop the computer from booting to 98se so I can install xp as a second operating system?

Answer:trouble installing xp as second operating system

On your D: Xp access your msconfig. Access the "boot.ini" Tab.
You may need to configure the boot.ini to see the 2nd installation.

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Hi can any1 help please, i have an acer extensa 5235 laptop, after my hd went bad i bought a new 1 and plugged in. It is saying OS not found and i have no disk to reinstall windows 7, not sure what to do

Answer:No operating system found after installing new hd

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I received a dell dimension 8300 from my uncle. He had wiped everything off of it. I'm not sure the process just that he used a cd to wipe it. I have all the disc it came with and i'm trying to reinstall xp on it. when i run the xp cd it cant see the hard drives. There are two by the way. So i try again this time pressing F6 for third party. Now when i get to that point i put the floppy with the drivers on it in hit enter and nothing. you can hear it working and the screen says loading but it all ways goes back to insert into drive a and press enter. So I'm stuck. Any suggestions?

Answer:Trouble re-installing operating system

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Hello, I am at my wits end and need some help. I have a HP ze4326 Laptop. I came home one day and the laptop was shutting down and restarting by itself. It would come back up with the BSOD and then restart instantly. To make a long story short I cound not get it back up and running so I attempted to use my recovery software. The firt try went ok but after a hour or so of operating it shut down. When restarted it would come up with some missing files. Atering trying to repair the files it still would not work. I then tried to wipe out the hard drive using FDISK and then tryed to reformat. The format would would always freeze at 19%. I figured the hard drive was toast so I bought a new one. I inseted the windows XP disk and it created the partition and formated the drive. The install goes good up until it gest to where its loading the system devices and then stops. The laptop does not freeze because it still going through the feature screens but it will not finish loading the system devices. I tried all kinds of way of installing but always comes back to the same problem. I then tried to load windows 98 just to see if it would work. It goes ok up untill the point where it gets to lading the plug and play devices and then I get the error (Fatel exception OE 0028 :FF02847B) it says click to terminate or press any key to continue. When I press any key the laptop freeze and the screen seems to be distored somewhat. I tried this multiple time with the same result. I did have the lap... Read more

Answer:Operating system will not finish installing

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Hi guys i am sort of new to the whole upgrading process of computers. i have just bought a new mother board ( Gigabyte GA-EP31-DS3L Intel P31 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard ) and also a new processor ( Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 "LGA775 Core 2" 2.50GHz (800FSB) - Retail ) from i had wired it all up i turned it on and then it went to the windows screen where it says that it can not strat properly ( im sorry i dont know its real name) then i read on the internet that i needed to re install my operating system but i lost my disk not that it matters because my new processor is a 64bit. so i got a new windows xp pro 64bit disk and turned on my pc and then i change the bios settings to boot from cd/dvd rom and i could hear the disk spinning but then it went on to the same windows screen again it keeps doing this. when ever i select start windws normally, start windows in safe mode etc etc it just reboots the pc and i start all over again.i would reall appreciate any help because i am actually going mental.thanks in advance jack

Answer:Issues with installing my operating system.

"i change the bios settings to boot from cd/dvd rom and i could hear the disk spinning but then it went on to the same windows screen again it keeps doing this"When you went into the Bios and selected the CD Drive As First Boot Divice did you save the Bios Settings (F8)?Then When you obviously reboot you should seen on the screen "Press Any Key To Boot From CD"Hoping to press Space or what ever it should take you into the setup process.Have a read here:click here

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So I have a laptop with a bad drive, i reinstalled a new drive, how do I get it to format windows 8 on it? I was no provided a key or a CD so this makes it a little awkward. Any help appreciated. Thank you

The old drive does not work at all, so there is no way to recover anything from it.

Answer:installing operating system issue

You're going to need installation media; probably a CD will be the easiest. And you'll also need a product key. Once you have both, boot from the CD, enter the key, and choose your hard drive for the installation location...

it's all pretty straight forward.

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HiI am looking for some advice on how to install linux as a second operating system.I currently have two hard drives on my PC and am running windows XP as my operating system. I would like to add Linux on to my other hard drive and run it as a second OS. Any advice and tips would be much appreciated for the installation of thisThanks

Answer:Installing secong operating system

click here for very simple instructions

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I am currently running XP Home on my pc, which is a few years old. I have recently noticed an overall performance drop that Windows is notorious for after a few years of use. I've been thinking of installing Linux (Ubuntu) on my system instead. I want to completely remove XP from my system, then install Linux. My questions are when I install Linux, will it remove the previous install of XP for me ? Also, will I have to reinstall all of my drivers, and will the new Linux install work with all of my current peripherals (printer,etc.) Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. (XP Home, 1G RAM, 80G HD)

Answer:Installing Linux on XP Home system

When you go to install, it will remove XP as part of the installation. Linux uses a different filesystem than XP, so anything that is in XP (documents, bookmarks, etc) will be gone.

It may be helpful for you to take note of all hardware installed in your system prior to removing Windows. This includes sound cards, video cards, modems, ethernet cards, wireless cards, everything, as you may need to manually locate drivers for the few things that Ubuntu doesn't install automatically. You may want to check with each manufacturer's website prior to making the switch to ensure that they have drivers, but Linux does come with a large base of drivers, so it makes it hard to say Yes or No it will not have what you need.

You may also need to find Linux alternatives to software you use everyday. Microsoft Office doesn't work natively (not sure if it works in an emulator), but there are alternatives. Not all programs have an alternative, therefore it may be beneficial to have both XP and Linux installed, but sharing the hard drive so that you still have everything you need to use.

If you need more assistance, post back, and someone will help.

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Dell Inspiron 15 3542 Intel i3-4005U comes with Ubuntu OS.  I want install Debian in place of Ubuntu.
Will be better completely format hard drive when install Debian, or its make sense keep existing HDD paritioning structure and install Debian into Ubuntu partition (Partition3)? There is 5 partitions:
DellUtility, Partition 1  (367MB), FATOS, Partition 2 (3.2GB), FATFilesystem, Partition  3, (488GB), Ext4Extended, Partition 4  (8.4GB)Swap, Partition 5, (8GB)Free space 1.1MB

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I have an OEM version of XP Pro and I want to load it onto a new hard drive for a Gateway laptop. I used to know how to do this during the old DOS days, but I don't have a clue with Windows. Can anybody help me? Thanks so much!

Answer:Installing an OEM XP Operating System on a new hard drive

Do you have a XP cd?

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I've just bought a used Portege 2010, which has had the hard drive wiped by previous owner. How do I install a new operating system (Windows 2000 Pro)?
Can it be done with a PCMCIA CD Drive, and if so which one? (I have a non Toshiba one of these, can I use that ?)

Answer:Installing Operating System on used Portege 2010


The cable from the cd to the laptop should be an 16 bit cable if you want to do the recovery. Im not really sure if you can use different brands though


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Hi everyone.

I'm experimenting with partitions for the first time. I was trying to install open office in my non operating system partitions, but it ended up in the operating system partition.

My question is, it should not be a problem specifically installing my programs in the non operating system partition, correct? I just need to be careful to override the default installation specs, right?


Answer:installing programs in non operating system partition

That is only if the installer allows for it to be installed on a separate partition. Some installers are forced to install on the system drive.

Other will install to the other drive but you have to remember there will be files still on the OS Drive as well. The profiles among other things will still be stored on the OS drive cause they are stored in the Profile of your user account.

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My brother just built his own computer with parts from Newegg, and we are having problems getting anything to work right. If it isn't one STOP error, it's another. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Motherboard - ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3
CPU - AMD Phenom II X2 550 Dual-Core 3.1 GHz
RAM - Mushkin 2GB DDR3
Video Card - ATI Radeon HD 4650 <<< Currently not in place on the motherboard
HDD - Western Digital 320 Gb
DVD-ROM - ASUS (We'll get back to you on that one)
PSU - Rosewill LC-8400BTX

All connections are SATA etc. and everything powers up and all the fans spin. Motherboard lights all show everything is working fine, just every single OS we have tried to put on this machine has somehow failed.

Answer:Difficulties installing any operating system on a new build

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I just bought a 2nd hand portege 3490 and was wondering what the easiest way is to put an operating system on it can I just whack in a USB CD ROM and do it that way?

Answer:Portege 3490 installing an operating system?


normally you need a PCMCIA CD Rom because you have to boot the OS setup CD when you want to install a new OS!

But in my opinion it should also work with a USB Floppy, a Boot diskette and a USB CD Rom.

You have to include a runable CD Rom driver to the boot disk!

You can't boot from a USB CD Rom directly, try this.

Or you contact a Toshiba Service PArtner, they have the PCMCIA Drive. But then you have to pay for it!!!

Bye Sammy

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I have a question to ask anyone about one part before installing Windows 10. In creating a virtualbox you will see three lines with the top to fill in with name " Windows 10 Technical Preview " then second line with type --Microsoft Windows and the last one with version -- I wasn't sure which to pick the right operating system of my laptop. Well I do know that my operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium SP-1 64X but see several youtube videos show with Windows 8.1. Am I click with Windows 7.1 in the line. Is that correct.

Thank you,


Answer:Which operating system do I click before installing in virtualbox?

I'm not familiar with Virtual Box, but with VMware it will recognize what OS you are installing including windows 10. If VB is like VMware,they are asking which version of Windows you are installing. If Windows 10 is not an option, you can usually use Windows 8/8.1, and I would think it would work fine.

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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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Can I install Windows7 64bit operating system to my Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop? Would there be any benifit if I could?

Answer:Installing windows 64bit operating system

The limit of the 32 bit system is it can only support 4g or ram maximux, which changes to 16 exabytes with a 64 bit system. Since the laptop you have holds a max of 4 gig, there would not be an significant gains. However as things progress you may find it easier to transfer your data to a newer system at some future date, which will no doubt be 64 bit. You cannot go from 32 bit to 64 bit without losing the data. So my advice would be to go with 64bit unless you have business or personal applications that only work on 32 bit systems, but most applications run fine with the 64 bit o/s.

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i recently received my asus eee pc 1001xpd. i knew beforehand it would come without an operating system. the only thing it comes with is the express gate cloud.
well, i want to install windows. at this point i don't care if it has to be XP.

i tried two different ways with the usb boot method. i tried using wintoflash and i also did the long way by using the command prompt.
well, after booting it up by using the command prompt, it said the bootmgr is missing. so, i restarted it and it said missing operating system. so i couldn't even access the express gate. luckily i was able to do a factory setting restore.

I'm not sure what I am supposed to do now. I don't want to risk damaging my netbook.
Is there another way to guarantee the windows operating system will boot without problems? i tried to install windows 7. Thanks!

ok i tried again. this time i used the wintoflash method. i got to the screen where it asks me the main language i want the opearting system to be in. but, then it said there are missing drivers. i thought you could install and operating system without having to download drivers?

(A required CD/DVD drive devicer driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.

Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive, yo can safely remove it)

I'm using the USB. Should I remove it and then attach it again?

Answer:installing an operating system to ASUS Eee PC 1001pxd

Everything I'm finding on this model states that it comes with Win 7 Starter installed. Where did you get it that it came without an OS?

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i think my computer works well. but it has been a full year since i bought it. i was thinking to "freshen" it up. what is the best way (quickest) to get it all done?

Answer:Thinking of re-installing my operating system xp2 and starting all over-

The recovery disks would be the simplest, but a clean install would be the quickest IMO. If it were up to me, I'd do a fresh install with all the drivers and minimal software. Then create a backup with Acronis True Image or the likes. This takes more work, but it may offer the best results.

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If a PC your buying doesn't have any operating system on it Is it possible to install one and if so could you go to a PC shop or that and get them to install it

Answer:Installing windows on a PC with no operating system Question

Yes, you can install your own operating system if you purchase the disk. You can also have a shop install it for you if you don't know how. You have to make sure the machine is compatible with the system you want to install. I.E. make sure the drivers are available for your hardware.

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I want to know that does Installing windows again & again does it harm the HDD.

Answer:Re-Installing of Operating System harms HDD (Good or Bad)

All use of an HDD produces wear. Personally, I would do what I want installation-wise. HDD's are cheap enough--certainly not so costly that having to replacing one (and they don't fail that often early-on because of simple use) should keep you from installing your system many times for whatever reason you want. Of course, things can get more expensive on a laptop rather than a desktop. Whatever, I say install to your heart's content; the odds are that your HDD will last a long time.

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Hello, I've been taking a look on here and understand that the Q partition is for the backup to factory settings and the S partition is part of the start up system (working with a 2009 T400). I am looking to install Windows 7 and have no interest in keeping my XP system recoverable. Therefore I can delete the Q partition but is there anything special I have to do in regards to the S partition? Or is it a plug and play situation once I put in the Win7 disk? Essentially-Can I delete the S: drive?-If it remains partitioned, will it need to change in some way with the new OS?-During Win7 set up which partition do I select to install on?


Go to Solution.

Answer:Role of S Partition in Installing New Operating System

Hello and welcome,
Since you don't intend to save anything let the Win 7 installer use the whole drive.  It will partition appropriately.
(IIRC) When you get to the partitioning part of the install select advanced disk options and delete all the partitions. Then just let the install continue from there.

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new guy here ,old and slow so go easy. dell inspiron 1000 lap top. i have IOLO system mechanic for maintenance and protection. many techs and hours of iolo working on it and still no joy. they/we put the dell re-installation disc in but it says cant log into microsoft so they [iolo] select proceed anyway gets as far a blue screen and cannot find nerd.32 sys or nurd 32 sys. they [iolo] have scanned, probed,booted/rebooted/unbooted still no joy.troubles started 10 days ago with i cant run system mechanic,no sound,no start menu/taskbar. on iolo,s web sight they say an update from them quarantined a file incorrectly rpcss.dll. hours and i mean hours of waiting for iolo to answer the phone ,getting different levels of smart techs..........................sorry for da rant

Answer:installing operating system xp service pack 3

Hello, and Welcome
Can you access Safe Mode by tapping F8 at boot? If you have System Restore enabled, see if there is a date available before the trouble began.

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The hard drive failed in our IdeaCentre B305.  I replaced it with a new one, but don't have recovery disks.  Where can I get the ISO's to reinstall the operating system?

Answer:Installing Operating System on New Hard Drive

I should add that I went straight to microsoft and entered the product key in order to download the OS but it told me that since it was a preinstalled operating system that I had to contact the mfr. However, I cannot find any information on the Lenovo website to help me and can't find a phone number that I can use to contact them.

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Hi, I have a computer that has been without a hard drive for a few years.  I just bought a new hard drive, and am trying install Windows XP onto it.  The problem is that neither my cd-drive or my dvd-drive is reading the installation disc.  I tried using a boot disk (floppy drive), but the universal drivers still aren't helping recognize the cd/dvd drives.  I even went into config.sys and changed the drive from cd1, to cd2, cd3, and cd4 to try the other drivers from the boot disk.Here is the website I got the bootdisk from. anybody can help, that would be great.  Thank you!

Answer:Installing Operating System on a new Hard Drive! Help please!!

1. dos your machine read any other cd or dvd if yes then follow this2. use seperate data cable for cd rom and hddthat should solve the problem and you will be able to boot also chk the boot sequence in bios first boot should be cd / dvd and second HDD0 disable all other boot options disconnect printers and any other USB Device attached.

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I receive this message whenever the computer attempts to boot now. First time was during the first reboot of XP setup. I googled around and found it is a common problem apparently, and that the only fix (to restore 7) is to use some sort of "Windows 7 Recovery Console" which apparently doesn't exist.

Anybody have any clue how I can restore my computer? I'm no longer interested in dual booting at all, I just need access to my W7 back. >.<

Answer:Installed XP after installing 7 --> Error loading operating system

the recovery console is on the 7 DVD, looks like XP screwed up the boot.ini file for 7

boot into the 7 disc and run the recovery console

EDIT: Looks like you can do it without the DVD

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I have Windows 8.1 on a SSD. After installing a new 4TB HDD, I'm getting the error. In the BIOS, the SSD is still selected as the boot drive..
The error is still present after unplugging the HDD.

Answer:Error 1962: No Operating System Found (after installing 4tb hdd)

I suspect this has happened because the new 4tb drive will be a GPT drive but your SSD is an MBR drive. You could take a look at the drives using Partition Wizard Bootable CD. A simple solution might be to split the 4tb into two 2tb MBR partitions (MBR can only handle drives up to 2tb).

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Well my hard drive finally died and I need to replace it. I have never done anything like this so I'm kind of nervous about doing this. I was running a raid 0 configuration before but this time I'm only going with a single 500 gig hard drive. The guy that built it for me no longer lives in my state so he can't help me. I have found a sata hard drive and a oem operating system for around $150.00, can someone help me out with advice on installing the hard drive and the operating system, TY

Answer:Need help/avice on installing new hard drive and operating system

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Hello, I just purchased a new PIII 933 mhz computer. I had to install an OS, Windows 98, and after I was installing all the drivers for the hardware. I am having trouble, however, getting the computer to detect my modem. I installed it in one PCI slot and it wasn't recognized and then I installed it in another PCI slot. When I rebooted it detected new hardware but did not setup the driver for it. I have the driver disk, but for some reason I can't get it to work either. I really have no idea how com,irq, etc work and I really need some help. Also, because of this I think that Windows isn't shutting down properly. It goes to the shutdown screen and just freezes. I would appreciate any help asap. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

Answer:{Moved to Operating System Forum} - Installing a PCI Modem


Whoops. Wrong Forum. I am moving this to the Win9x System Forum.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

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Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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Hello everybody, I would need your help on the following:

I know lot of posts describe parts of what to do (I spent sometimes on then), but I would like to limit at maximum the risks so I am looking for the most simple and exhaustive guideline for this change.

Why XP? Just because I run lot of astronomy hardware and software,and, well, Vista is not ready yet...
I am happy with Vista for other uses so I will keep it, install XP on the second hard drive and make a dual boot.

First fear: will I have all the appropriate drivers to jump?
I run a Satellite X200 20G PSPB9E-02G021FR and I have found on the Toshiba support site "some" drivers for XP, but it looks as if the display (at least) is missing...

==> 1) could you pls give me a link to a page which lists all the drivers for my specific system?
==> 2) could you pls point me to a post which describes the steps to follow?
==> 3) it looks as if nLite is the right choice to make the XP installation CD, but I assume I could not just launch it under Vista and capture my drivers for XP, is this right?

Thank you very much for your help

Answer:Installing a second operating system (Windows XP) on a Satellite X200 20G


You are right. It looks like the display driver is not available because the XP seems to be not supported officially. It?s strange.
Maybe you could try the graphic drivers from 3rd party websites like or
But I really don?t know if such drivers would work therefore you can install it at your own risk.

Anyway? back to the other questions;
> ==> 1) could you pls give me a link to a page which lists all the drivers for my specific system?
The Toshiba European driver page (I assume you known it) provides all XP drivers (except the display driver ;) ).

> ==> 2) could you pls point me to a post which describes the steps to follow?
On the European driver page you will find the installation instruction .txt file too ;)
You have to install all drivers in the order mentioned in this doc.

> ==> 3) it looks as if nLite is the right choice to make the XP installation CD, but I assume I could not just launch it under Vista and capture my drivers for XP, is this right?
Hmm? I think the nLite should run under Vista too. So you could create your own XP Cd using the nLite software (but you will need the original Win XP CD too). Using the nLite you could include the Intel Storage Manager driver which is necessary and important. Without this driver the XP will not see the HDD!

Good luck

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Hello Just recently June 23, 2012, I built a computer and I am having trouble installing an operating system to it. As my monitor, I am using my Samsung Flat Screen via HDMI, but when I turn on the computer, a message pops up telling me that there is no signal detected on screen preventing me from installing an operating system. So I was wondering whether I have to plug in my desktop to a normal monitor first before going directly to HDMI to install the operating system. If there are other ways to install the operating system directly through a flat screen and not a normal monitor, help, advice and suggestions would be very helpful

My Computer Specifications:
Intel Core? i7-3770 Processor
Sapphire 3GB Radeon HD 7970 Graphics
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Motherboard
Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Power Supply
Corsair Vengeance 8gb Dual Chanel DDR3 1866MHz Memory
Seagate 1TB 7200RPM 32mb SATA HDD
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case

Thank You

Answer:Help Installing Operating System on Recently Built Computer

It should still normally work. Make sure all your connections are secured; specifically the RAM.

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I want to install another installation of windows xp on an external hard drive. My plan is to boot up with and use the external drive for my web browsing. I have already formatted and partitioned the drive and am looking for suggestions as to how to do it. The only thing I have is on my recovery disk since the computer cam pre loaded with windows xp home.
I would try linux but from what I have read in microsoft support files, linux is not one of the operating systems that windows will allow a dual boot with. What do I need to do?

Answer:Installing a 2nd operating system on external hard drive

XP won't install to an external drive. Is your machine capable of booting from USB?

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Can someone please help me. I have a mini laptop a Dell Inspiron. These particular mini laptops did not come with internal cd rom drives. Unfortunately it crashed and i am trying to reload the operating system. Since, this is a mini laptop it didnt come with a cd rom drive, so i'd recently purchased a portable drive to reload with windows operating system. Now the problem i am having is this:

First it wouldnt boot from the hard drive so i had to configure it to boot from the external cd rom drive
Once i did this, it goes the the window set up screen and says that "setup is loading files......." etc...etc....
After it load the takes me to the "Windows XP Welcome Screen"
Then it says "to set up Windows XP now, press ENTER
I press Enter then it takes me to the Licensing Agreement page to install Window XP Home Edition Service Pack 3
NOW HERE IS THE PROBLEM. It's aksing me to read the agreement carefully and press F8=I agree, ESC=I donot agree BUT it would let me press anything. I know the keys are working because i had to press keys on the previous screen. THIS IS FAR AS I AM GETTING. CAN ANYONE HELP?????

I am using the CD that came with the computer - by DELL. The CD that I am using says "OPERATING SYSTEM - Reinstallation CD a- Recovery Media for Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Product Service Pack 3.

It also says: "Only us this CD to reinstall the operating system on a Dell Computer".

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Answer:Trouble Installing Operating System On My Mini Dell Lap

Hi Bretta01

Why do you want to reinstall ?
what do you mean by crash ? what happen when you start from hard drive ?

if you can not install you may have a problem whith harddrive or memory !

please tell me what really happen to this computer .

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My gateway monitor died exactly a week after the warranty expired. (Microsoft window 98)After several times of turning computer on and off w/ out the monitor(dumb), I hooked up a new monitor.  The computer would not let me start up or reboot in safe mode and said I needed to reinstall the operating system. Which I did and when asked to reinstall w/ backup I pick YES.Well guess what nothing backed up and I lost everything.I had a friend of my son's come over (who is supposed to be computer savvy) and he said "oh well" its all  gone!Is there anyway to find lost photos, files etc.Do any of the FREE recovery tools work for this?HELP PLEASE! 

Answer:Is it possilbe to recover files after re-installing operating system?

the backup backs up system files, not data files.

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Hi everyone! Am a newbie at fixing stuff. Just wondering if it's possible to install an operating system (say Windows98) onto an external USB hard disk.

Any suggestions are welcome! Thanks!

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Hello Guys....can any one plz tell me how to install another OS on Lenovo...without loosing the existing OSThanks...Message Edited by mohammad_ismail on 05-03-2008 10:40 PM

Answer:Help Required on Installing Multiple Operating System on Lenovo

Exactly which OS are you planning to install?

______________________________________________________T60 2623-D7U, 3 GB Ram. Dual boot XP and Linux Mint.T400 2765-T7U Windows 7Registered Linux User #160145FYI: I am not employed by Lenovo

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I have a HP Compaq 6300 Small Form Factor in which I just replaced the motherboad. It is working fine. I can boot to a bootable USB drive and (1.) start a Windows 8 or Windows 10 clean installation. I can (2.) boot from a Linux Mint 17.3 boot able USB drive and load that OS fine. When I try the installation from any of the afore mentioned OSs' (Windows 8/10-Linux Mint 17) they all will get a memory or hard disk error and fail the installation early in the installation. I have tried this on two SSD drives and two standard HDs. I am at a loss on what to try next. Any help would be great. Thanks. -Matt

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I have a Dell Vostro 420
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I am re-purposing this computer for another user and I want to start fresh with factory settings.  Unfortunately I cannot seem to find the cd that came with the computer, so I don't know how to do this.  Any help would be appreciated.  I have tried going into the setup when i see the dell logo, but there is no option for system restore or anything like that.


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