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No Operating System /won't complete XP load

Question: No Operating System /won't complete XP load

An aquaintenance got a new computer and gave us there old one. Said we could have it if we could get it to work. :foolish
It is a T1742 eMachine, 1.70 Ghz Intel Celeron Processor, 40GB HD, 56K Modem It is suppose to already have Windows XP home on it but it says " No operating system found" :confused When we tried to load Windows XP on it it quit installing at 90% Saying " Can't copy file" after 2 unsucessful retries I went ahead and skipped the file to see if it would continue loading. The same thing happened at the next file. This was a brand new Windows XP CD so I know that isnt the problem. :hammer:hammer:hammer:hammer
Any ideas? We know very little about what we are doing LOL so you'll have to be specific.
I appreciate any help given!!

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Preferred Solution: No Operating System /won't complete XP load

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Answer: No Operating System /won't complete XP load

See if the hard drive is seen in the BIOS.
To get into the BIOS, there is usually a mention when the computer boots up. It will say something like press F2 to enter setup.

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I have an HP Pavilion dv7-1183cl entertainment notebook. It was using the 64 bit Vista software. It was taken down by a virus about 5 years ago, and the hard drive was wiped. I want to use the notebook again to run my Lionel Train setup. How can I get the complete setup that will work on the notebook and use all the options it had before? I would like a newer system then Vista, but I would put up with it.

Answer:How can I get a complete new set-up and operating system?

to get a new OS:Get a new hard diskor just buy a new laptopor completely format the current os and re install another 

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I had to install a new hard drive in my Gateway MD7818u laptop and decided to go to a 750gb rather than a 500gb. After doing the installation, I loaded the System disk and then the 2 recovery disk and after restarting, I got an error message stating windows could not be found. OS is Vista. I called Gateway and was told I needed to download a file on another computer to burn to a cd and use to format the new HD. I did this and started again with the installation. Again, it failed so I called Gateway or might I say Answer It who handles support for Gateway and Acer. I was told that the disk I received with the laptop for the OS was not a complete OS and that I would have to either purchase a complete licensed OS such as Windows 7 Professional or go back to a 500gb hd. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer:complete operating system not on disk from Gateway

Have a look/search in your 500gb HDD & lets us know if you have i386, about 500mb in size.

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I bought SL500 2746-4EG today, with Vista Business (ready?). After following the instructions of unpacking, inserting battery, connecting the power cable, and starting up...... the message window says 'failure to complete installation, please restart'After restart, exactly the same! when a recovery windows comes up, it says 'windows is not able to recover from this installation failure', please contact your administrator! I tried the bios, hdd, compatibility thing mentioned elsewhere in this forum, it does not work, those notebooks came without OS.Please let me know what to do.thanks (this is really an embarassing process for me, to start up notebook with my customer whom i sold the notebook too.) 

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I have been reading the forums and it seems that my win7 desktop has an issue with the system restore virus/worm/trojan. I was searching the web for information on teens huffing chemicals using Firefox & Google search. One of the pages began playing some annoying video, when I went to close it out I was presented with the same windows and warnings described in this post

normally I would not post on forums concerning issues such as this. I prefer to find the fix myself but the malware seems to have taken itself to a new level on my desktop. I cannot even get F8 to work. The computer launches the MSI screen that offers the press delete to get to the bios and tab to switch to post but only the delete button works then if I let it load all of the way I just get a back screen with the little DOS line flashing but I cannot type anything onto the screen. The only keys that seem to work are control alt delete to restart the computer.

I have been reading through a lot of posts on these forums concerning this issue but have been unable to find one quite the same as my present situation. It would be great to be able to save the information on the hard drive but I just spent a year in Korea and while I was gone my wife misplaced the backup and start-up disks for the desktop.

Is there any hope or should I just trash the hard drive and start over with the desktop?

Thank you

Answer:system restore virus operating system will not load

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Hello folks,
I just joined the forum (and yes I tried to use the search function and got a "fatal error" three times after waiting the required 60 seconds)
I am using my trusty old IBM Pentium 3 (876mhz) computer to try to get help for my "new" Pentium 4 / 2.4 gig computer built by some other individual.
There was a severe power failure a couple of days ago and I was wondering if it had anything to do with what I thought was a hard drive crash. The computer had been "hanging" on start up since I installed a TV card but I thought it was just slowed down due to extra start up tasks.
I removed the TV card but the problem persists.
The computer won't load the operating system in any mode. I tried swapping hard drives to see if this one from the P3 would fire up, and it wouldn't on the other computer.
I then tried the "failed" hard drive on this (P3) computer and the OS wouldn't start. I then put it on the secondary IDE as a master device, (using this computer's operating system from the C: drive). This computer found the extra hard drive (250 gig) and I could access the files.
I am now wondering if it is a mobo problem as opposed to a hard drive problem but don't know how to figure it out.
I just re-read this post and it reads a little confusing, but I think someone with a little more computer knowledge than I have might be able to help me figure out the problem. Thanks for any and all attempts to save me from losing my other comp... Read more

Answer:XP SP2 Operating system won't load!

and welcome to the Forum

You cannot move XP installations around swaping out the hard drive . . it will fail because the devices are different.

If the pc finds the secondary drive, it likely indicates the first one failed . . you can check that out using the diagnostic that matches the hard drive ( put the original master dirve in to diagnose )

Western Digital

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Hi there,

Any help with this one would be appreciated. I've been asked to have a look at this ancient - VENTURIS FX 133 (VER 1.09). it's only wanted for basic word processing etc, but I cannot load an os on it.

I've set the boot menu to boot from the cd-rom but it seems to totally ignore it.

I've managed to format with fdisk, however at some point after the bios loads up, a win98 startup screen flashes for a split-second.
On the load up screen, the following info appears (don't know if relevant) -

-System BIOS shadowed
-Video BIOS shadowed
-Waiting for SCSI ID #0
-No device found at SCSI ID #0
Am I totally wasting my time with this relic or is there something I can do to load, win98 or w2k?

Answer:Cannot Load Operating System

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I have an IBM Thinkpad R40 running Windows XP. After going into a website the system was badly corrupted. When trying to boot up now I get a screen saying: "We appologize for the inconvenince, but windows did not start successfully....." I am given the options of "Safe mode," "safe mode with network" .... and normal. However all 4 options bring me to a blue screen that says: "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer...." Then it reboots and the process starts again.

Is there anything I can do besides reformat?

I can select the "Access IBM" button which allows me into this area. This includes the option to reformat from a partition.

Answer:operating system won't load at all

On Compaqs there is a choice for you to only rewrite the OS files. There should be something like that on IBM as well.

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Hp TS15J009wmGiven this, had win 8 on it reason I was given it was failed installation of win 7Log in ok, then come up with selection options windows 7 or windows 8 if you let it select it will after a  second and load the starting windows ect and then command prompt comes up to recover from a failed installation press enter I have win 7 disc converted to ISO on a external dvd and plug that in ,it spins up but nothing it just keeps coming up x=\$windows-BT\Windows \system32>

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windows Xp home edition upgradewhen my computer loads up a message is shown giving two options: Windows XP home edition, Windows Xp setupOr F8 for advanced options.When i press the Windows XP home edition option nothing happens and when i press Windows XP setup a message comes up saying "setup is inspecting your hardware configuration" and stays like that for ages. What is wrong and what do i do.thanks

Answer:cant load up operating system

Have you actually completed installation of XP? It sounds as though you have the boot menu that would be present during the process of installing XP and which it would use to reboot at various points during the installation. After XP is fully operational, this boot menu wouldn't be available.Were you clean installing XP or upgrading with an earlier OS still in place?

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First of all I want to know that weather my laptop has a genuine os or not?? Above mentioned model no. If it is not then can it be possible to load a Windows7 64 bit os.If it is then also same question.

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hi, i recently bought an e-pc vectra as a backup pc,i was told by the seller it had w2k already on it and sure enough it did but it needed a password so i repartioned and formatted and tried to load a fresh copy of w2k,it gets about halfway through copying files and then just shuts down,i have tried this 3-4 times and it always shuts down,when the pc turns on,before windows starts to load (before i erased it)you got a white screen that says hp invent with some f8,f2 etc. options at the bottom of the screen,so i tried a completely different harddrive because i thought the problem might have to do with the hp startup screen,thinking that hp had loaded something at the beginning of the harddrive,but i still get the white screen on the new harddrive,i don't understand why the hp white screen would still come up on a completely different harddrive,so my questions are where does this hp screen come from and why wont it load the os,also i am use to having a floppy and a cd-rom when i load an operating system( using a win 98 boot disk) the e-pc only has a cd-rom,also i tried to use a spare harddrive from my p4 with windows already loaded and it would not boot, thanks for any help , scott (Renshai)

Answer:HP e-pc will not load new operating system

The HP screen is part of the machines bios.. The reason it's not accepting the OS could be a few things.

Bad memory, overheating, overclocking, Bad power supply, Etc.. Personally, I'd place my bet on a bad power supply..

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I have an armada 1750 laptop onto which I tried to load windows xp. I attempted to format but received an error saying that volume c (only volume) could not format. After exiting and rebooting, message was received that says the operating system cannot be loaded.Original OS is windows NT/98. How can I fix this? Do you need more information in order to help?

Answer:Operating system will not load

That laptop maybe too old to run XP.How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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I have a Gateway Tablet note book. It stopped working. It would get to the windows screen and just sit there the blue dots going accross but never gets to Windows. I thought it might be the hard drive. So I ordered recieved new 380gb SATA hard drive. The only difference is the old one is a 5400 rpm and the new one is a 7200 rpm. I also have a xp pro never installed cd. When I try and install it it goees through all the stuff at the bottom of the screen as it is going to work. Then it says strarting Windows at that point it says can't find any hard drive. I know it's in there correct. I cleaned the contacts and put it in and out several times but it still says can't find hard drive. I look in the set up and the hard drive is there and so is the cd/dvd rom. I try and install new operating system on the old hard drive and get the exact results. Can anyone please help me as to what either I am doing wrong or what might be wrong with the lap top. Any one out there thanking you in advance for your help and consideratiton.

Answer:can't load new operating system

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Hi, I have windows XP and I used Kill-disk to erase my hard drive so that I could reload a fresh copy of Windows XP on it. But it doesn't seem to want to boot from the CD and A drives anymore, it just keeps cycling through a boot sequence. I have loaded the boot disk and the XP CD in, but it seems to be bypassing them. Any suggestions?

I checked the MBA during boot and it is set to the following settings:

Boot Method: PXE
Local Boot: Enabled
Config Message Enabled
Message Timeout Enabled
Boot failure prompt Wait for timeout

I have two IBM personal computer 300PL's so any help that you could give me to get my operating system back on would be greatly appreciated. I am stumped . Ryan

Answer:How do I load in a new Operating system?

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I am new here.
I try installing windows 7 ultimate to my notebook Panasonic Cf-52.
I initialised the bitlocker to my Drive C and also encrypted it, then I restarted the computer. At boot up, bitlocker requested to enter 48digits to confirm. I pressed esc to exit that screen and windows 7 started normally.
The next day ,the second time I started win 7, I did enter 48digit and got successful confirmation.
But the third time started win 7 , It is strange that the screen to request 48 digits was on again, this time I just pressed esc and continued to log on to windows.
This morning , I started win 7 and I could not enter to windows.
At nervous, I did insert the win 7 installation DVD and try the fix boot recovery. It works for some minutes and then request to restart. The problem is here, my laptop just only appeared the line "error to load operating system" when starting windows
Now it just hang there. It seems that my SSD is locked by bitloacker.
The Cf-52 has TPM v1.2, it uses the SSD intel Gen2.

Any one can help me to load windows 7 normally?
Can I use other computer to access the data on the SSD as the SSD contains the OS , not the data only?
If I can not use the data on the SSD, Will I be able to just format the drive and install windows again ? How to do that ?
I did try to install windows to the SSD but the win 7 installation wizard just not see the SSD as usual.
Many thanks.

Answer:Error to load operating system.

I solved myself by using killdisk included in UBCD and gone all the data ! I reinstalled win 7 successfully.

But i have another problem that happen many times. it is that after 2 days using and had win 7 updated. Win 7 got error reporting that it could not write to memory address ..... and it could not fix, I had to shutdown win 7. After shutdown and restart, win 7 just disappeared and my Cf-52 could not start to boot to win 7, it reported that no hard drive installed (i.e the boot agent could not see the SSD, how strange !).
Anybody have such case like me ?
Is it the Cf-52 hardware compatible with the Intel SSD or is it just the issue of win 7 and Intel SSD ?

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Got my computer built and running. Now I am trying to install the operating system so I can use it. The first disc that loaded was the motherboard disk (gigabyte). I then installed the operating system from an old disk I had. It copied all the files on the hard drive but when it reboots it does not load into the operating system.It goes to the gigabyte screen for a secthen says its loading the operating systemthen back to the gygabyte screenthen says its loading the operating system then goes blank and sits blank.whats going on?

Answer:Operating system wont load

Not too clear on whats goin on...but normally you install the OS 1st...then load the MBoard drivers...Wipe the drive again and start over...QuoteI then installed the operating system from an old disk I had.This may also be the issue if it's a copy of an OS CD...

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Hi can any one please help. My girlfriends laptop won't start up. Whenever I switch it on all I get is the menu to start windows normally or in safe mode( think this is called a bios screen?)I have selected every option on this screen but the laptop just restarts itself after a second after selecting an option.I fear the recovery disc is needed.... Heeeelp?

Answer:Laptop won't load operating system

If you have a recovery disk, try the repair option. As you gave no info on your setup, it's difficult to advise further.

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Just bought a new dfi NFll Ultra Infinity motherboard,installed it went into bios auto detect drives.Computer detects everything but stops and says"unable to load operating system"I'm running win2k pro.Whats wrong?

Answer:unable to load operating system?

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I installed Mac OSX on my Eee PC 1000H... it worked fine...
but the partition I had created was not very big and I could not save much... so i decided to delete and reformat the partition which contained XP, after which it all seemed fine... I kept using my laptop then I turned it off... the next day when I came to start it up again it turned on the bios showed and then it just said (on the black screen)... unable to load operating system?

Now I have thought of a couple of things I could do:

1. Reformat the Hard Disk and just reinstall XP (I need XP for a number of my programming assignments at uni), but I am not sure if this will work?

2. Load the Mac OSX again from a usb stick but then I will still have the problem of XP not working... and also im not entirely sure how to do this... or if it will even work.

Any other...possibly better ideas, and your thoughts would be appreciated.


Answer:Unable to load operating system??

Unless something has changed (which it very well may have; I don't keep up with Apple much) OSX will only install on a Mac, unless it has been hacked to install on a PC, which would make it an illegal copy of the OS.

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Unable to load operating system is the message i get when my toshiba laptop with vista home is turned on.

I was on my compuer and yet again it froze > in frustration i give it a couple of little bangs > it went beeeeeeeep > i turned it off > i turned it on, and then it tried to restore files a couple of times but now i just get the above message.

i am trying to copy my hardrive before i use the vista recovery disk to try to fix it.

i bought a case for it (sata 2.5) and i pluged it into my mums vista desktop and i also tried my sisters xp desktop. both times it displayed as
drive F,
drive G,
dirve H,
drive J
under my computer.

when you click on any of them it gives the please insert disk into drive # message.

Any Idead?

And thanks for looking.

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I just bought a new motherboard to replace one that died. When I installed it I kept getting the error "failure to load operating system" after the normal boot up sequence. It would stop on the error. I attempted fixing the boot sectors on my HD, reinstalling and repairing windows XP. That didn't work so I got a different HD and tried it again. Both disks got the error. When I did the install, the normal boot to cd worked, the computer would reset, and the install wouldn't continue like it should. It would generally loop endlessly from boot to CD, install setup files, reboot, start over. I figured that the motherboard was screwy and I sent it back. I just recieved the replacement motherboard and it is experiencing the exact same problems. I at least know that the problem wasn't a defective motherboard.

My computer worked just fine with the old motherboard, so something about the new one is causing the error. Any ideas?

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1900
Running XP professional, I assume SP-1, though I can't really check.
HD1: IBM 80Gig 7200rpm
HD 2: Seagate 20Gig 7200rpm
CdRW: Plextor
Graphics card: LEADTEK Geforce TI 4400
Case: Antec sx-840 server case
PSU: 400 Watt
RAM: 512 DDR (2 sticks of 256) PC2100

Old mobo - Soyo Dragon Plus! SY-K7V VIA KT266A
New Mobo - DFI NFII ULTRA INFINITY with Nvidia nForce2 Ultra 400 + MCP-T chipset.

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Failure to load operating system

i had lots of problems to reinstall winxppro os but my problem was solve when i got the bios update
what do you have in your comp?
hd ram did you do a single hd format? whats the size?

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My XP laptop gives a "unable to load the operating system" error immediately on startup. I am far from home, way out in the "bush" with no postal service and no startup disk. Should i panic?
Thanks for any help.

Answer:unable to load operating system..

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can anyone helpI have acquired a PC which does not have the cabability to boot from CD ROM i.e. there is no option on the BIOS only Floppy or hard drive. There is a CD ROM fitted.I have flattened a hard drive and formatted it ready to goHow do I load the operating systemRgdsMike

Answer:Unable to load operating system

first of all. How is your cd drive connected. It seems here that your cd drive is not recognised as it should be shown in bios devices. if your cd drive is on secondary ide channel then set the jumper to master. If it is on primary ide channel along with the harddrive then set it as slave. If that isn't the problem then sorry i can't help you. Check the ribbon cables are properly plugged in and the power cable is also connected the right way around on it. Sometimes it can get mixed up on which way round they should be.

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I was away from my laptop and when I came back there was a one-line message that said something like, "Unable to load operating system." This was the first time I've seen that particular message when my computer wouldn't start.

Normally when the computer won't boot, I use HDD Regenerator to repair bad HDD sectors and recover the data. So I did that and it repaired 4 bad sectors. But I still got the same error message on restart.

Next I put in my XP install disc to go into recovery console. It didn't ask me to log into Windows like it normally does; just a C: prompt. I tried to use CHKDSK /R. But when I tried this, it said something like, "The hard disk has an unrecoverable error." I tried deleting BOOT.INI but it gave me some error message. BOOTCFG /REBUILD yielded, after some time examining the HDD, another error message I can't remember.

So then I did something which probably was a mistake. I used FIXMBR and FIXBOOT, and they reported success. Then I tried to copy over NTLDR. I got a BSOD in the process.

I restarted. It said booting CD, inspecting hardware config... and then nothing. Just a blank screen, no HDD activity. I couldn't get my XP CD to boot! CTL-ALT-DEL didn't work, so I hit the power button.

On restart I used the BIOS utility to inspect the HDD. All tests came back PASSED, so I'm pretty sure the HDD isn't FUBARed; I think it can be recovered if only someone knows how.

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Answer:Unable to load operating system

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Is it possible to load up a MS operating system from a USB drive?
Has anyone done it?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:USB drive + MS operating system = Load?

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I am sorry for the lack of information..I am at work and I cant remember..I will explain the best I can.

I have the same problem as this person did...

I reformated the HD and did an install with Win XP Home edition SP2 and after it formats and installs the files it reboots and it gives me the error "Failed to load operating system"

I took the HD out, put it in another computer and installed win XP and it works fine...I put it back in the original computer and BOOM...same Error.

Its an AMD..I think the MOBO said 3100a Pro..

It has 256 MB of DDR400 Ram. with a 40 GIG Maxor HD and a 350 Watt Power Supply.

Now I also Disconnected each piece of hardware one at a time and tried the installs and it doesnt work..I tried removed the Ethernet Card, Then the Modem Car, Then the Floppy Drive Etc...

Like I said, there is a good copy of Win XP that works in my other computers on this Hard Drive, but as soon as I install it in the problem computer it gives me a "Failed to load operating system" error....

Should I just replace the mother board?

Answer:Failed to Load Operating system

the bios identifies the hd incorrectly , provide the mobo model and ill tell you how to make it identify it correctly

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My father's computer (XP Professional OS) can't load the OS on bootup, and gives a message like unable to load operating system. He said he never created a startup disk, and I don't think he has the installation disk. Any suggestions on how to get this computer going again?

Answer:Unable to load operating system

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Installed XP Home edition, Sp2, went ok
Cd reader quit ater downn load, Microsoft fix: Modify Registry Editor
1. In Registry Editor, expand My Computer, and then expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
2. Expand SYSTEM, and then expand CurrentControlSet.
3. Expand Control, and then expand Class.
4. Under Class, click {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}.
5. In the right pane (topic area), click UpperFilters. ????????
Cannot find any Upper or low filters in the pane ??

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Hey,I was creating a new partition and installing a new install of Windows XP Professional of the new partiton, when a error appeared and forced me to reboot. I did this, and recieved the error, 'Unable To Load Operating System'Now my first idea was to attempt to boot from the XP CDROM, but my problem is i use a USB CDR/W drive, and a typical IDE CDROM drive, and mine is broken. How can i boot from my USB CDROM drive? Is it possible? I have had a quick look through the boot part of my BIOS, and i cant see an option which would allow me to do this.What options do i have for getting my PC booting again? Im thinking i may have to format and start again?But again, i would have the problem of Installing the OS again, from my USB CDROM drive...Seems like a sticky problem!Any help would be great,Peter O'Connell

Answer:Unable To Load Operating System

No..... you cannot boot from USB.

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As the title of this thread explains.
Every time i boot the computer up, i go past the first post screens, select boot from cd/dvd and then it shows the loading of the cd (this is for xp btw)
i then get to the screen where it asks me what i want to do eg, install windows or exit.
I click install and then it just says please wait and sticks on this screen.
I have left it like this for several hours and nothing has happened.
i've tried resetting the bios, still the same thing.

Pc spec is:
Asrock 4CORE1333 FULL HD Motherboard
Intel 2.66ghz dual core processor
2 x 1gb 667mhz ram.
500 watt win power powersupply
250gb seagate hdd ide
sony + pioneer dvd-rw drives (ide)
Onboard graphics.

IF you know anything id be very greatful to hear it.
building the pc for the old man, desperate to get it running.


Answer:Built Pc Does Not Seem To Load Operating System Cd/dvd Properly

Try using one of your Sony drives.

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My edge 420 suddenly stopped working yesterday. When I turn it on, it shows me option if I want to restore or use the normal set up, and neither of the options owrk, it just freezes no matter what key I press, F11 for recovery or Esq for normal set up. It just shows the 'loading files' message for a second and then a blank screen forever, nothing happens in the meantime. I tried restarting again and again and I feel that the situation may get worse. I called the tech support, and they said they cannot sun it through with me as my warranty is over. I am not sure what to do or what the problem is now. It is only two years and I am facing this problem.

Answer:Edge 420 does not load operating system (Windows 7)

Hi,I have the same model, and I might be able to help.  Yesterday, you shut the system down and were not able to boot it back on Windows? Or the system shut down randomly by itself?I believe your files are safe, although I can't confirm it yet.  A picture of the options screen you see would be helpful.Do you have access to a Windows 7 installation CD?EDIT: If you do see a screen with infos saying "Windows failed to start" or any similar screen, that might mean that the bootloader is corrupted, but the hard-drive possibly is not damaged.  I can't confirm it yet, I need more information, and actually wonder how the problem occurred randomly in first place.

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I am currently running windows XP. A few months ago my system would not load the operating system. I received the error unable to load operating system. I could only run my computer in safe mode. I searched around and saw where if I boot from the CD and go through the repair option and get to the c: prompt and type fixboot that it would work. Well I did and it did work.. Sorta.

After the fixboot everything was fine. However, now when I hit the eject button on my DVD burner door the door opens, closes and my system will shut down and restart??? And now I get the error message again of unable to load operating system. Had a large video project and went to transfer it to DVD and opened the door and total shut down..

So everytime the DVD's are used or the computer is turned off I must boot from the CD and do the whole fixboot thing..

Is there a way to stop this from happening?

Answer:Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
19-Mar-2009, 02:13 PM #1
Solved: Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
19-Mar-2009, 02:22 PM #1

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I have recently become unable to download videos from you tube and suspect that antiquated software may be the problem

Answer:What is the highest operating system available for the nokia 710 and where can i down load it?

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Hello everyone.

Today I turned on my laptop A300 and does not load the operating system. That is, Toshiba logo appears, the message "Press F2 to enter SETUP ",... but not continuous with the boot. Yesterday it worked and did not update the BIOS or something else.

Anyone have any idea? I have removed a SDRAM of the two, and vice versa, to verify that the problem was not RAM, but no. There is no beep's. LEDs keys "NumLock" and others, on and off when I pulses it, so that the keyboard responds but pressing F2 or F12 does nothing.

Thank you very much for your help.

Answer:Satellite A300-288 does not load the operating system

Start your notebook with F8 and test if you can start OS in ?Safe mode?.

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

Answer:[SOLVED] Operating system wont load.

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

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This is a Sony Viao Laptop. It is not equiped with an integrated floppy disk drive. The CDrom does not work, however it is equiped with an external CDrom. All bios settings have been reset to factory specs but its does not boot XP. always get msg "cannot load operating system" The question is this. It seem the harddrive may have been formated and there is no way to use a startup disk or the recovery cd's to reinstall XP. Is there anything that can be done? Network to another sys, etc. Any ideas? This puzzles me. I am worried that the computer does not recognize the external cd rom and recovery cannot proceed. Infact, I do not know how to install the neccessary drivers for the external cdrom much less installing XP. I want to try everything short of replacing the factory cdrom which broke. (read expensive, prolly can replace it with labor). Any Ideas? Humorous comments expected.

Answer:Error Message "cannot Load Operating System"

Humorous comments expectedDid you hear the one about the....Welcome to Bleeping Computer!I need some clarification. How did you reformat the hard drive, I mean, how did this happen? Are we SURE the hard drive in this laptop still works?Is the external CD ROM connected via a USB port?

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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 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 have bought a IBM Thinkpad 560Z laptop with no operating system or internal drives. I want to load XP onto it. I have bought an IBM external CD ROM drive - USB 2.0 with optional split PS2 connectors.

I have tried connecting it from the cd drives USB to the PS2 on the laptop, it lights up and I can put the bootable XP CD in the drive. However the same startup screen always comes up on the laptop.

It is a picture of a floppy disk, with all the F keys along the bottom, the picture of F1 pressed down, and pressing between F1 and F8 just stays in a black screen, and gives "I9990302 I9990302 I9990305" if that means anything. You can't go any further.

Is this because there is no driver for the drive? The USB driver is on a floppy disk, but does it need this going from USB on the drive to the laptops PS2? Do I need to get an external floppy drive and install it/another driver, to then install XP?

What's the easest way to get XP on this machine?

Answer:How to load operating system with not internal drives

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

Answer:Solved: Unable to Load Operating System

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

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

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Hi All,

I've been asked again to see if I can restore a friend's PC. It's an HP desktop PC, that should be running Vista At first, it wouldn't do anything so I assumed it was hardware related. After I took off the cover and vaccuumed it out somewhat, while it was slightly tilted, it did attempt to boot, but the operating system would not start. I used Hiram's Boot CD, and didn't solve anything. I attempted to do a recovery with the CD for my Toshiba laptop, but it was unsuccessful. The owner says she cannot find a recovery CD, which I think would make this much easier.

Today, I created the Avira Rescue Disk, twice, because instead of a penguin logo, what appeared on a black screen were two oppossums wearing beak-masks. I assumed I had downloaded a virus from a bad link, but the same thing happened on my second attempt, so now I'm wondering if the system is blocking the antivirus software from running on the CD.

I really enjoy solving complex problems, but have very little knowledge about computers compared to you guys. I just happen to be the most computer literate person around who'll try to solve PC problems for free. Can anyone lead me in the right direction? I have performed many diagnostic tests, and really don't think it is hardware, but I'm not positive. There are several partitions; none will boot, and I'm just not sure what's what. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
&nb... Read more

Answer:Puzzled about where to start; operating system won't load.

I have moved your thread to the software forum as we can not help you with any malware issues until you can boot to a stable system.

If you cannot boot in any mode ( safe or normal mode ) and you cannot run any of the READ & RUN ME there is not much we can do for you except suggest what is in the below quote box

[*]Take the hard disk out and scan it in another well protected PC
[*]Use another PC to make a special CD which you can boot from to try and run virus and spyware scans or to at least backup data. CDs like the below:
Kaspersky Rescue Disk.
BitDefender Rescue Disk-with-auto-update.

Click to expand...


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

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

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Hi guys.

I will apologise now i really am a noob here ive done a lot of researching on forums and found some great help so full respect for all you guys you really do know your stuff.

I have recently purchased an Acer Aspire Z5610 it is a second user buy.

Straight away i noticed that it just wasnt working right which is half to be expected im sure when buying second user equipment.

After doing some research on forums i came to the conclusion of erasing the C drive and reloading the OS with the system restore disc i created on the computer.

I was getting all the way through and it was failing and suggested that there was a fault on the memory disc. Ive managed to get into the back of the computer and removed the RAM sticks and tried loading with just 1 and with both and all the different combinations of being in different ports.

Now it gets to 2% and just stops loading altogether its just sticks at wherever its stopped.

Im lost for answers now which is why i have decided to post.

Can anybody offer any suggestions please?

Many thanks in advance.

Answer:Acer Aspire Z5610. Can not load operating system from DVD

As you talking second hand, I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

or return to seller to check out.

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Upon start screen computer gives message: "error loading operating system"
Computer: Dell D-600 laptop
xp pro

Answer:error: unable to load operating system message

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i installed a new cd-rom dvd writer on my inlaws computer. I had done it before and had no problems. this time after i plug everything in and turn on the computer i check to see if it recognizes it in the BIOS. All is good. then i exit setup and i recieved the message........'error loading operatin system' ...What did i do

Answer:Computer Will Not Load.... "error Loading Operating System

welcome to bleeps
- what type computer
- what os, pro or home
- how old is it

- how are the jumpers on the drive set

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i did a quick format on my 80 gb hd and i did a complete install of windows and now when it restarts it asks me which OS i want to load up (both win xp home).

why is it doing this when i formatted??

Answer:why am i being asked to choose an operating system to load, when i formatted?

Because you chose to format the installation partition instead of deleting it, recreating it and then formatting it. The partition table and the MBR still have data from the old installation that the new installation picked up on, hence you have two OSes listed in your boot.ini file - that's what lists the available OSes on that menu.

There is a thread here at the HardForum where I explained in detail about how to modify the boot.ini file within Windows so you don't have that other OS listed anymore. You can find that particular posting HERE.

Hope it helps...

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I am currently running windows XP. A few months ago my system would not load the operating system. I received the error unable to load operating system. I could only run my computer in safe mode. I searched around and saw where if I boot from the CD and go through the repair option and get to the c: prompt and type fixboot that it would work. Well I did and it did work.. Sorta.

After the fixboot everything was fine. However, now when I hit the eject button on my DVD burner door the door opens, closes and my system will shut down and restart??? And now I get the error message again of unable to load operating system. Had a large video project and went to transfer it to DVD and opened the door and total shut down..

So everytime the DVD's are used or the computer is turned off I must boot from the CD and do the whole fixboot thing..

Is there a way to stop this from happening?

Answer:Solved: Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
19-Mar-2009, 02:13 PM #1
Solved: Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
19-Mar-2009, 02:22 PM #1

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I have just bought a laptop as above in excellent condition with new 40GB HDD fitted - only one problem - I didn't realise that a CD drive is not standard!! Is there a clever way that I can load an operating system without using a CD drive? There is a genuine Windows 2000 sticker and I have a 2000 CD, I have a network, an external Hard Drive, a large capacity USB pen. There's got to be a way of doing this, hasn't there???

Answer:Portege 3490CT load operating system no cd drive

Check the options for boot up in the BIOS. See if there is a network boot option. Failing that, a USB boot options.If either is present, you can get the OS on that way.

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Dear Community, I have many laptops with I need to upgrade BIOS version and change settings the BIOS settings. Is it any way to do it from USB flash drive when I don?t have any system installed on laptop? I export BIOS settings via Configuration Utility and make USB flash drive with BIOS upgrade. Thanks for help.

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Hi, I'm running Windows 7 on a Dell Dimension 5150. I recently received a failed to load operating system error and a Drive 1 not found error. I ran a startup repair from the Windows 7 disc and received a message it failed to repair automatically and that the "Boot Sector for system disk partition is corrupt" error code=0x17. I do have some files I'd like to retrieve off of the hard drive if possible so if I can repair it, I'd like to try. Is there anyway to repair this? If so, how do I go about this? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Boot sector Corrupt, operating system won't load

It looks like the HDD has failed. You can create an Ubuntu Live CD and boot off of that. If the HDD is detected, you can browse it in Ubuntu and copy your files to a USB HDD.
Once safely backed up, restart the computer and press F12 at bootup and do the Diagnostics. If the HDD fails, it will need to be replaced.

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I dropped my computer last night, and I think I may have broken something due to the message it's giving me now. I just want to be able to recover the files from my hard drive, if possible. I don't want to throw it away if there's a chance to get some of my files back.

It is an Asus K53E.

Answer:Unable to load/boot Windows Operating System

What is the message that you receive?

Check to make sure all the components are seated securely. Hard drive,dvd drive,Memory modules,etc

If the hard drive is in working order you may be able to remove from the laptop and using

a SATA/IDE to USB adapter connect it to another working pC and recover the files

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When I turn on my Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX the Startup Repair starts automatically, I have my Recovery disc, but when I use the F10 button it goes to a blank screen and does nothing. The Assist button does the same thing and I have tried the F8, ... Can someone please help? I tried to run a system restore but would not complete sucessfully.

Answer:Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX Operating System will not load

Does anyone have any solutions to this problem? Please help!!

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I started my dell today,and it would not load.A black screen came up saying *operating system not found* and it would not load any further than this screen.I have an operating system reinstallation cd,but i tried loading cd with portable cd-rom drive,but nothing happens.Can anyone help please.RegardsSamantha

Answer:how to load operating system on dell inspiron 910 mini

Welcome to CH forum. Many volunteers here would like to help you. First thing is to give all relevant details about your computer and the problem. The  computer may have ability to boot up from the installation disk. But the details vary by both maker and model.

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My wife's computer crashed yesterday. She got a blue screen and then it rebooted. When it boots it will load the BIOS but then just hangs on a screen that says loading operating system. I tried using the win7 recovery disk, but it was unable to repair the startup issue. I am also unable to select which operating system to repair as it does not list any. I think her hard drive died, when I try to select the hard drive to load the OS from it just tells me the disk needs to be formatted. Are their any other recovery steps I should take? Is there any way to definitively tell whether the hard drive is dead?

It's a custom build running windows 7 ultimate x64
Gigabyte motherboard
Western digital HD 1Tb @7200rpm
AMD phenom II black
Radeon Hd 7950
8gig DDR 3

Answer:Windows will not load, hangs at 'loading operating system' during boot

To specifically test HDD have a look here
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
For general troubleshooting this will help
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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

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

Computer Info as follows:

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

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

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

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

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Trying to switch on the lapton and it won't load anything, all I get is a black screen with the cursor on it control alt delete doesn't have any effect and switching off and then on again doesn't work. Any suggestions???

Answer:Windows 8 pc won't load operating system - black screen with cursor

try Fruitbat's tip of removing the power lead and the battery. Hold the power button down for 10 secs then try again (this gets rid of any static electricity which frequently causes this symptom on a laptop).

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I hope someone can help.

I started my computer the other day at before it even tries to load windows it says

BOOTMGR is missing

ive created an Vista recovery disk and ive booted up from that. Once i go into it and click repair it gives the option of picking the operating system. problem is that the C: isnt there to choose. Its like the computer doesnt recognise the hard drive.

When i go into the BIOS it does list the HDD in there.

Im at a loss, i hope i can fix this as i just upload thousands of pictures from a recent trip!!


Answer:Bootmgr is Missing - Cant load Recovery Disk as Operating System not found

Hi, we do seem to be getting a lot of boot issues lately, this is a summary of what to do, produced by a Tech after a MS boot camp.
I have put code marks around your best option (that is after startup repair failed to resolve the issue):-

You can use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) to troubleshoot and repair the following items in Windows Vista or Windows 7:
? A master boot record (MBR)
? A boot sector
? A Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store
Note When you are troubleshooting startup issues by using the Windows RE, you should first try the Startup Repair option in the System Recovery Options dialog box. If the Startup Repair option does not resolve the issue, or if you must troubleshoot more steps manually, use the Bootrec.exe tool.
Back to the top
To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Put the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
2. Press a key when you are prompted.
3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then clickNext.
4. Click Repair your computer.
5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
7. Type Bootrec.exe, and then press ENTER.
Note To start the computer from the Windows Vista or Windows 7 DVD, the computer must be configured to start from the DVD d... Read more

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Hiya all,
My problem is that I rebooted my computer and it now wont start up. I did not change anything and the reason I rebooted was because of a network issue unrelated to the computer.

So here is some details.
gigabyte mobo (dual bios) ga81pe775 pro
4 x 512mb ddr400 ram
sata and ata hdds (4 in total)
pentium 4 3ghz processor
I removed all of the ram and inserted one stick in slot one to make sure it was not the issue.Retry loading and it does the same thing.

It loads up and freezes when it gets to the memory test. I tried each of the sticks of ram individually but no problem.All display the bios menu and then it stops.
Does anyone have any suggestions or solutions or theories of what might be happening?
Thanks for your time.

Answer:computer wont load operating system.Freezes at bios menu

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Hello. I have a problem currently affecting my laptop, which has been active over the past 5 days (the problem, that is; not the laptop). These occurences have left my laptop almost unusable, I can only load up in safe mode, and I have to use the windows recovery console to load up on some occasions, in order to avoid an error with my operating system at boot-up.

I've broken this issue down into a few separate sections to assist in assessing the problem efficiently.


- The specified problems are apparant on my HP G6000EA laptop, which I have had since ~February 2008.
- The laptop runs on Windows XP Home Edition, SP2 (I believe).
- I'm currently using my desktop computer to assess this problem.
- These occurences began on the morning of July the 6th, 2009, after a long session of computer usage which totalled ~25 hours of it being left on.

If any other additional information is needed, I will do my best to provide it.


On July the 5th, I had been downloading various small files from a knowledgeable, supposedly trustworthy website, the files were freely uploaded by users. These were files necessary to create 3D graphics, which I had been doing using programs such as Autodesk 3DS Max. On the night of this evening, I had left my laptop on 'standby' mode, unplugged, then went to bed. The following morning I awoke and attempted to access my laptop, managing to access it for around 10 minutes upon starting it up, only to have it suddenly... Read more

Answer:'Error loading operating system' & Black screen on load up + crashing.

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Hi,  I got my new laptop Ideapad Y 450 with windows vista home premium.I did windows setup for the first time. And tried to restart ,but it is saying the following error message. File: C:\windows\system32\ config\system 0xc00000e9 is missing or corruptand even in Safe Mode or command prompt also, it is giving the same problem. I dont know how it came on the first day.I tried one touch recovery button also. I dont have the recovery discs also. Can we use  recovery discs which were given for Lenovo T 61 , becuase my friend is having that laptop. ?or can we copy the related file in to the hard disk by connecting the laptop to other laptop.?Please , help  me as early as possible. Thanks,Satya.  

Answer:Lenovo Ideapad Y 450 Unable to load the windows vista operating system

Get this CD and try it in automatic mode.

//help will save the world

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Brand new laptop.
The initial startup where the operating system is loaded was interupted and now when I try and restart the whole process I just get a message stating that windows was interupted and to restart before commencing the installation.
However after restarting' the same message reappears and I go round and round in circles. Any ideas please.

Answer:Satellite M200- initial startup interupted, now it won't load operating system

I do not know what is wrong there but I recommend you to use delivered recovery DVD and install OS again. After 25 minutes only you will be able to start clean preinstalled operating system.

Sorry but it is only logic step you should do in this stupid situation.

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i have problem with my pc last few days.
When i put my pc to sleep and then wake him up (for instance im on pc from 8-10pm and then i go to sleep.I wake him around 10am)5 windows wont load, it shows black screen and sais : "Loading system error"
I tried to reset but it didnt help.
I check for viruses every week (avg,malwarbytes,microsoft security essentials i super
delete) and everything is fine.I haent installed any new programs,games or updatetes last few weeks.
Can u please help me?

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On my HP laptop, the "Complete" sound plays after a CD burn, import or app update is complete. The "Page Load Complete" sound plays after download of an app and at various other time I can't recall off the top of my head. Some people find these sounds annoying and disable them. I, however, like them as they let me know what's going on when I'm away from the computer.

On iTunes on my Maingear desktop, these sounds do not play at the prescribed times. In fact, the only time they play at all is if I go to System Sounds, select them and press the "Test" button. They are selected and are pointed to the correct file location but, they do not play in iTunes when they are supposed to.

Any ideas?

Answer:iTunes Complete & Page Load Complete

Are you saying that on your HP laptop Apple's Itunes plays Microsoft's sounds?

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When I start the game "DiRT", press enter, the message like that, saying, that load profile is aborted, appears. Why? What I did wrong? Is this a bug in the game? I dont want to create a new profile. I wanna go on, but I can't because of this stupid issue.

Im running windows XP SP2. 2.33 GHz / 1,98 GB of RAM / NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS

I have a patch 1.2 installed to my DiRT.

Hope somebody will answer.


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

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

I appreciate any and all help with this.

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

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

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

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


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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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I have 2 desktops at home which I want to network together so the children can access the web at the same time for homemwork. One rune on Xp, the other on W98. The W98 is a P3 with 256k ram. I want to know if it's feasible to completely wipe clean the hard drive, including the operating program on this machine and re-install Xp on it. If it is, how do you go about it.

Answer:Complete upgrade/change of operating program.

click hereIt will be a bit sluggish with only 256K RAM - see if you could add more click here

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hi. i have 2 hard drives. and and windows xp home one each one of them. how do i uninstall one of them without causing problems with the other operating system.

Answer:How do i Uninstall one operating system with multiple operating systems

could format one drive from another...take all data needed from one to another

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My Operating System Is Not Listed in Select an operating system and version to see available softwarmy operating system is windows 8.1 but register site only show the windows 8

Answer:My Operating System Is Not Listed in Select an operating sys...

Dear Customer, windows 8 and 8.1 use the same base kernal so the drivers will need to be identical.yes, they are the same drivers.  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee

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I'm trying to fix my friends Hp and I usually know what im doing. But here I have no idea what to do.

I tried going into the bios to change the boot order to cd to format and I can't. Can anyone tell me what to do.

-I changed out his hard drive with mine and it does nothing. just posts and goes to a black screen instead of trying to boot and blue screening as it usually do when you change hardrives between two computers

-Changed the Ide cables no luck.

Any ideas

Answer:Error loading operating operating system

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Hello everyone and thanks in advance for anyone that helps.
I am really troubled as I have been googling the hell out of this and trying many solutions with none of them working.

1) My pc first entered a loop when I tried to remove mcafee with their official remover. After the required reboot it could not enter windows no matter how time passed so I had to power it off.

2) Because I didn't like powering it off in the middle of something asking me NOT to power it off, I tried to system restore to a restore point 1 day prior to the event.
The system restore failed and gave me this error I believe 0x80070091
Googling to solve the problem asked me to rename the hidder windowsapps folder which requires some tinkering to do so. I tried to change the ownership and although I followed all the steps I could not rename this folder.
3) I then decided to try a system repair instead. It also failed and gave me this error C:\Windows\system32\logfile\srt\srttrail.txt.
Googling suggested that i do a chdisk or something on command prompt which I decided to not do before I backup my things since in the past I got wiped.

4) I backed up my computer and decided to do a windows 10 system reset. There are supposedly 3 options. A) reset but keep your files, B) reset but keep nothing and C) factory reset.
Not all PCs have factory reset and mine neither. I did option B and when asked about the sub option of making a full clean drive ( to protect you from getting your deleted ... Read more

Answer:Failure to complete a system restore, system repair and system RESET.

Welcome to the Forums easylifter!

Try a system file check, it should find and possibly (probably) repair any corrupted system files. Here's a link to our tutorial on how to do that if you haven't before : Run SFC Command in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials

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Hp laptop running WinXP w/SP2 stops loading at background screen. CTL-ALT-DEL works and seem to be able to run almost anything except explorer. When I browse to it, system says 'Windows cannot find "C:\windows\explorer.exe" '. Iexplorer works just fine, as does regedit, games, etc.

I even tried to use another copy of explorer on a USB stick and got the same error, even though other programs on the stick would work just fine, programs such as SIW.

I've run chkdsk /f and sfc / scannow to try and verify integrity of the system and both completed fine. I've run eventvwr and do not see any problems there.

I'm pretty well stumped and looking for some advice.

Thanks and Brgds

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I am looking for some major help because i have came to many dead ends, a week or so ago i downloaded a program that i probably shouldn't have. It gave me a virus where my browser would randomly switch to different site or open new tabs going to a different site! so i thought i could fix it myself beings i had a similar redirect virus previsouly. So i followed these instructions: and it worked so now my computer doesn't do any redirecting. Only a couple problems now exist. I can't not download anything. The downloads gets to 1 sec left and it don't go anymore for a very long time, sometimes it does complete so i try running it and it gives me a "side by side" error (which i looked in my event viewer and it says "invalid xml syntax") but thats not the only problem. Now i can only view flash videos at random and most of the time i have to refresh them to get them to work (sometimes they don't load, or are a black screen or a green scree w/audio) I have reinstalled flash, updated everything and its getting very frustrating. I use firefox (also do work in IE) Please help.

Answer:Certain videos won't load and can not complete download

Hi buer93 and welcome to BC. If you haven't already pleasem

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Run a full scan.

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I am having a problem loading two different web pages. Only part of the page loads and sometimes when you do a refresh it will load the complete page. Other pages load perfectly. The computer is running Windows XP with IE9. Any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Can't load complete home page

What browser & what type of ISP? Dial up,DSL,Satellite,etc,etc.?

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I'm running WindowsXP home on a 2-year old Gateway.
I don't know if all of this is related, so please bear with me. I picked up a trojan (possible at Facebook or YouTube). McAfee blocked it but wouldn't get rid of it. At the same time, I lost my framedyn.dll file - gone totally. After hours of trying to scrub files on my own, I called Gateway *sigh*.
After an hour of remote assistance, the computer was cleaned using ComboFix. This was all at my expense since the warranty had expired.

But the dll cache was corrupted. I culdn't do a restore because of it.
I was told to do a backup and then a complete system recovery.

Ok, all that's done.

But... when I try to use the Backup and Restore Wizard, all it wants to open is "a removeable storage device". My backup file is on C: drive. I don't see the *.bkf extension, just a file name which says "my backup 12-7-2008". All my files are THERE, I can SEE them, I can OPEN the document files, for example.

But all the upgrades, patches, favorites, new software, etc. are not running on the computer now.

Does this make sense?

How do I get the backup to load?

Thank you for any help. I've read Microsoft help pages till I want to get a hammer out and start bashing things.

Answer:XP Recovery complete, backup won't load

Unfortunately to get your system back to what it was you will have to reinstall them all, the backup was probably a complete backup of your system but it would have backed up the problem as well, so you cant restore the backup to use. The backup you did was basically to save all you data (word docs, pictures music etc) not windows, and the system recovery removed windows and installed a new one. All you can do is copy out of the backup the data you need and reinstall the missing applications.

Here are some commonly wanted locations after a reinstall

My Documents
C:\Documents and Settings\**USERNAME**\My Documents

My Favourites
C:\Documents and Settings\**USERNAME**\Favourites

Outlook PST Datafile
C:\Documents and Settings\**USERNAME**\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Outlook Express Data files
C:\Documents and Settings\**USERNAME**\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{Random Numbered String}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

Outlook Express Address Book
C:\Documents and Settings\**USERNAME**\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book

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Ran F12 to regain Operating system - long version. Says computer passes everything but there's no operating system found. Did this Twice. Tried "Operating System" CD that came w/ Studio 17 laptop. Hit option to run via CD & never got anywhere after an hour. Tried Reinstall Hardware disk that came w/ laptop. It shows Vista, but laptop came w/ Windows 7. See where it shows the system's checking things out, but never get anywhere. HELP!

Answer:No operating system found but it's operating

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Hi all.

Over the last couple of days I have been experiencing issues with my computer. It started with a BSOD which led to the computer being unable to load and stuck at "loading windows". I then proceeded to try and do a system restore with no luck, so I thought to myself that I better format and reinstall the whole thing - and so I did. However as soon as I needed to restart after installing nothing but things from windows update and an nvidia driver for my GPU - same problem again, windows won't load.

I tried disabling everything else than windows from starting up (only nvidia drivers) - but with no luck. I then proceeded to try my regular harddrive, but same issue. Flying blind into troubleshooting I managed to get the BSOD info from BlueScreenView, and a ntbtlog:

Ntbtlog: Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Version 6.1 (Build 7600) 8 11 2015 12:39:17.610 Loa - - First is the failed normal boot, and the second should be a safemode boot.

Dump File : 081215-23368-01.dmp
Crash Time : 12-08-2015 14:32:12
Bug Check String :
Bug Check Code : 0x00000116
Parameter 1 : fffffa80`0876d0d0
Parameter 2 : fffff880`04fde2dc
Parameter 3 : ffffffff`c000009a
Parameter 4 : 00000000`00000004
Caused By Driver : dxgkrnl.sys
Caused By Address : dxgkrnl.sys+5cef8
File Description :
Product Name :
Company :
File Version :
Processor : x64
Crash Address : ntoskrnl.exe+6f840
Stack Address 1 : ... Read more

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went to log onto facebook...screen went opaque...everything froze.Turned power off...turned power back on ...came up with black failed to start...registery file corrupt or missing. Tried to load the operating software again...same thing. Did the F2 & F8 upon power up to load from the CD drive...same black screen.

Answer:operating software will not load

Well, the OS is ruined beyond repair if it says the registry is corrupted. Did you make any backups of your hard drive? If you did, you'll want to copy the registry back onto the hard drive again. If not, you need a reinstall. Does F12 bring up the boot menu on the first screen? If so, boot from the DVD and reinstall. Sorry for the bad news. ;(Ask and Answer. The way of learning.Dell Dimension 8300Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz4 GB RAMNvidia Geforce FX5200

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My laptop with Vista Premium Edition was shutdown using the tab, that allowed for it to do updates. Apparently the updates didn't finish as it is saying 3 of 3 0% and will not reload to windows. If I turn it off, and restart, it will not load to windows. It just keeps going thru the start up process to the updating screen and then the same again. I tried loading in safe mode. No luck. I tried last good configuration, same thing. What can I do? I cannot find my vista cd. Is there anyway to get a copy of the cd with the product code? Maybe then i can just restore to a few days ago? Thanks for any advice.

Answer:Configuring Updates 3 of 3 0% complete. Wont load to windows

Have you tried using F8 to get to the Advanced Recovery Options and run Start Up Repair?

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ran DBAN and can't load operating sys/it says PXE-E61:media test falure check cable/PXe-mof:existing PXE bootable disk.

Answer:ran DBAN and can't load operating sys/it says PXE-E61:media

DBAN erases ALL data and the OS on the disk it was used on. What did you expect it to do? With no OS on the hard drive most systems will attempt to boot from the network. As that is possible only under some very specific conditions that will fail with the message you are seeing.You need to reinstall the OS.

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(Using IE6 on XP)


When I have multiple browser windows open and I am viewing one window, I get automatically switched to another window when page loading in that window completes. It's quite distracting; is there a setting I can change to prevent this?

Thanks for any help!

Answer:How to prevent multiple browser windows switching on load complete?

Hello letsgodiving

I have had a look around in the IE settings and I cant see something that will prevent this. I know it is possible in IE7 and Firefox.

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Hi there, I am running an HP Compaq, with an AMD Sempron Processor, 3200+ 1.79GHz with 1.93 GB of RAM. I have Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 3, with all windows updates up-to-date.

If this is considered more than one problem and needs to be broken up into several posts to ensure I get assistance, then please let me know and I will gladly break it up for you, but I do feel that all of these problems are interconnected.

To be completely honest I ended up at these forums simply because my computer was just acting a little funny, always protected by Avanquest's System Suite, so it is in good working order as well, at least as good as it can be for such an old machine By the time I decided to type this up I had just installed an upgrade to System Suite 12 and suddenly my internet connection decided it didn't want to act right. At first I thought it was my adblock or noscript addons that I use in Firefox that were causing sudden unusual issues with the pages loading, but then in a moment of crazy, I turned them off and I still can't get a simple Google homepage to load. Some pages load, others don't. It's not my firewall because with nothing left to lose, I've turned that off to make sure too.

I am very anal about how often I run virus and malware scans, and have been doing at least a quick scan weekly since about 2 months before I reinstalled my system a week ago. I reinstalled for a fresh start, not because of any real proble... Read more

Answer:can't complete virus scan, web pages don't load, ReDirects at google

Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at Step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include a description of your computer issues, what you have done to resolve them, and a link to this topic.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.

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I have an old HP Pavilion 8260 that I got for free which is having some odd issues. Any time I try to boot, I get one of these 2 errors (first it was always Operating System Not Found, now it's Missing Operating System).

Here are the steps I've tried so far: I tried to boot from a floppy with a disk I know works; tried to boot off of the CD Rom; Tried disconencting everything except Floppy, CPU, and RAM; Tried resetting the BIOS by selecting "Set to Default" and by pulling out the CMOS battery (it was after doing this that it switched to the Missing OS error message).

The hard drive is dectected in the BIOS, as is the CD Rom and floppy drive. It properly recognizes the amount of RAM.

I am fresh out of ideas, even though I'm generally pretty good at this. If anyone else has any advice, it's greatly appreciated.

Answer:"Missing Operating System" or "Operating System Not Found" errors...

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Hi all,

Installed a DVDRW drive but comp crashed when installing some software and it stopped detecting my Primary Master and Slave drives. I've fiddled about with the Master and Slave configs and have managed to get it to detect my HD and DVDROM.

I've unplugged my DVDRW and my small HDD and am trying to get windows to load up.

After using FDISK /MBR an rebooting, I get "Missing Operating System".

Tried installing Windows XP after formatting, it seems to have installed but it's not loading.

Current config:

Slave: Pioneer DVDROM (not the DVDRW)
Master: Seagate 80GB (C: = 15GB) & (D: = 61GB).

D: has files on there that I'd like to recover. Too big to put on floppy.

I've run a search for similar problems and tried some of the solutions but no good. Any ideas? Thanks

Answer:"Error Loading Operating System" to "Missing Operating System"

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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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Can you help me. I have a Inspiron M301Z laptop that originally had Windows 7, but I installed the free Windows 10 upgrade.
I needed to have a ?System Restore? after it finished and rebooted, I got the error message ?A operating system wasn?t found. Try disconnecting any drives that don?t contain an operating system.
A full diagnostic test found no problems.
I would prefer to reinstate the original Windows 7 and Dell drivers, but I assume installing Windows 10 removed the Windows 7 installed on my motherboard.
How can I reinstall an operating system?
Robert (kingsthorne50).

Answer:After system restore: error message ‘A operating system wasn’t found’

Did you run an extended (takes a couple of hours) diagnostic on the hard drive - or just the quick one?

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Hey guys:

I'm an idiot!!! Last night I deleted my System Volume Information folder off of a Raid-0 set of hard drives. As I mentioned, this raid set is not drive with my XP on it. This is just a drive for storage of pictures, video, and other programs I prefer not to have on my C:\. I did take go as far as to turn off System Restore before deleting it. Now when I boot up I cannot access the drive at all. It tells me that "The drive is not formatted. Do I want to format it now?."

I don't want to do that and I am wondering if there is a way to create a new System Volume Information folder so I can access the drive again???


Answer:Deleted System Volume Information Folder on a Non-Operating system drive???

I think you are connecting the dots...where there is no connection.

Deleting a system volume folder...isn't possible by me, even when system restore is not used (I always disable SR immediately after a clean install). Even though the folders are empty and I don't have SR employed, the system won't allow me to delete these empty folders.

I believe that the problem is your RAID setup...perhaps you ought to try to repair it.


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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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