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Question: second operating system (linux xubuntu)

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

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Preferred Solution: second operating system (linux xubuntu)

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: 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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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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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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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?


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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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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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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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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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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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.


Go to Solution.

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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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 haven't even installed linux yet, or tried it on live CD. Currently I have a system running windows xp, ultimately I would like a system with dual OS (linux + windows). I plan to gradually become less dependant on windows, until I only need it for gaming purposes, if that. I have little idea as to how possible or impossible this dream of dual OS is, as I have searched google and the site for information yielding no definitive answer.

Ideally I would buy another hard drive, and install my chosen distro of linux on this, so that I have XP on one and linux on the other HDD. Can this actually be done? Would this form the basis of a workable dual OS setup? Ubuntu, Kubuntu and madriva are distros that look promising, having been recommended by and gotten good press from I can try before I commit and wish to, using live CD. Is this a no risk way of trying them?

Do all distros of linux require compiling of their kernels in order to achieve greatest effectiveness?

I run a PC I have personally built with an MSI K8 Neo4 motherboard(integrated AC97 sound), AMD 64 3000+ CPU, Belkin wireless network card(is used a lot for internet connection via router), GeForce 6600 graphics card, 450 watt PSU.

I appreciate help on this issue, its fairly urgent, would like to be able to know for certain how to go about switching to linux ASAP.

Answer:LINUX Question: want to install linux on windows xp system + few other questions

Yes, it can be done that way. You can either put it all on one hard drive, which can result in two broken operating systems for beginners, or on two seperate ones. Linux requires 2 partitions, so keep that in mind when setting things up. I've installed Linux both ways; I had to get creative for the 2 OS on 1 setup.

If you install on 2 hard drives, make sure Windows is installed first, then install Linux. If you use the linux boot loader, things should be easier in the end. Be sure to make a boot disk/recovery/emergency disk when prompted in the Linux install.

I had a friend who had a RAID 0 or 1 setup and tried to use a live CD on his computer and it broke his array for some reason. He ended up reinstalling Windows because of it.

It depends on what you plan to do with the OS, in respect to compiling the kernel. If there is a driver you want to add or a modification you wish to make, you may need to recompile.

On the topic of drivers, some distros don't come with wireless drivers for all cards. You might want to look into a wireless driver for your Internet connection before deciding on a distro. Either from Belkin (they might have) or native to the distro. Sound might also require a driver search.

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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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Hi guys,
Linux is one of the operating systems, I am not even going to brother to list them, I was wondering, it there a difference between them? Does each type of Linux operating system hold a specific purpose? For example, Red Hat holds a different functionality to Ubuntu, or something like that.
Carlow Olson

Answer:What is the difference between Linux operating systems?

A nice read here: List of Linux distributions.

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i've been thinking of adding to my pc or to a cd at least
another os.
an alternative os.
i currently use vista 32 bit home basic.

the reasons i consider a change or additional os--

vista maybe is flopping? not sure.
i heard linux has no virus or spyware!

and vista is nothing but a money hog!
always costing money.

any advice would be appreciated.

Answer:vista? linux? 2 operating systems? possible?

just so i don't seem totally computer stupid. i don't know a thing about linux. have always used windows. just really interested in learning more about linux type os!

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Hi Im thinking of buying a new laptop, what I want to know is:1) Can the Apple lepoard O/S support microsoft applications such as office 2000 i.e. Word excel etc? 2) Can the linux O/S support microsoft applications such as office 2000 i.e. Word excel etc? 3) Can Vista lepoard O/S support microsoft applications such as office 2000 i.e. Word excel etc? Please reply

Answer:Operating systems lepoard, vista, linux?????

No such thing as Vista Leopard, Leopard is the latest version of MacOS, for Mac only. You can run Windows `inside` MacOS using BootCamp for access to Windows only software. click hereYou need to factor in the cost of a Windows OS disc.Open Office is available for all three click here, and can open MS Office files. There are separate versions of Office for Windows and Mac.

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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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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 was wondering if anyone here could direct me to a relevant download required for a solid-state computer when changed over to Windows XP in order to prevent slow waiting times; here's the details:

1) It was originally a Linux-run, solid-state netbook.
-- An Acer, "Aspire One" model.

2) I have since changed the operating system to Windows XP (Black Lizard's Edition -- if this makes a difference: it's not the original Window's XP).

3) I have since been suffering from a ridiculously long waiting time for every function I try: every application takes well into 3-4 minutes before actually loading (I get the "Not responding" message in the status bar for minutes at a time, EVERY time).

I was informed that it was due to my not having downloaded a specific "patch" I believe the term was, that allows the operating system to communicate properly with the solid-state hardware.

I would GREATLY appreciate any assistance in this matter; I know it isn't viruses as, for one, this happened long before I managed to hook it up to the internet and I do regular malware checks using AVG.

All I'm really looking for is a straight-forward, free download link to something that can allow the operating system to communicate properly with the solid state hardware.
MANY thanks for any assistance in this incredibly frustrating matter.


Answer:Operating problems after changing a solid state netbook from Linux to Windows XP

I am assuming from what I have read Black Lizard's Edition of Windows XP is not Official.Because Black Lizard's Edition is not an official copy of Windows XP we cannot help you with its use.No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences.-taken from Rules

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Question: New to Xubuntu

I have just installed Xubuntu on an old laptop, I am having sound problems that is no sound at all, through games,music or system sounds. I do however know that the sound drivers are there and the system is not muted

Can Any one help me

Answer:New to Xubuntu

What card do you have?

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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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Question: Xubuntu And 98se

First off, I read the guide for "Red Hat & XP", but my setup will be 98se and XUBUNTU, and I got confused a bit.

I will be starting off with a blank 15gb hd, and I plan to partition 500mb to windows in the LINUX partitioning tool.

After partitioning, what are the "basic" steps?

My guess would be that after the partition, install Windows, then XUBUNTU. But then I am lost, something to do with a boot file in Windows? Or would Linux do the NT4.0 installation thing and do the automatic boot file thing?

And pointers would be nice,


--Daniel L

Answer:Xubuntu And 98se

I just started playing with linux, but can't you boot it off the CD

from my understanding you install windows first, then umbuntu and it will see your windows install and should pick up all the drivers automatically.

when I did it I think I typed SCAN at the first screen

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Hi again, all!

I'm going to take the plunge and put a second OS on my XP. I wound up choosing Xubuntu, since it ran well as a demo and the pool of experienced users is large enough to find answers.

I'm currently running XP pro 32 bit. I have a 126 Gig C drive and a 232 Gig D drive.

I've been reading here about imaging the contents of the C drive before proceeding so I downloaded Clonezilla. Any hints, tips or recommendations for working with it? I'm figuring I'll mirror it on my D drive since I have a lot of room there.

Another question I have is about formatting. How much room do I give Xubuntu? I can afford enough space as it needs, so how much is enough?

Any other advice would be welcome as well, as this is my first time installing a dual os.

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Xubuntu set up alongside XP

Going down that road will replace your Windows style boot manager with Grub. I would strongly recommend not to do that but to install Xubuntu in VMware Player where it will not affect your Windows setup at all.

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I purchased a Windows 7 product key from Digital River and received Windows 7 as an exe which I can burn as an .iso and a Windows 7 Upgrade Disc. What is the best way to upgrade from Xubuntu (linux) to Windows 7? Should I just restart the computer and boot from the upgrade disc? I've found resources from upgrading from XP and Vista to Win7 but no where telling how to upgrade from Linux to Win7.

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ok i want 2 network windows xp and xubuntu Edgy. i want to hook them up directly to each other. the windows has 2 network cards and the xubuntu is pluged directly into it. i want to share the internet connection.
How do i set it up? i heard that to connect two pcs together u have to make a crossover cable. Do u have to make one in order for it to work? thats no big deal if u have to i was just wondering. i have experemented connecting 2 windows pc together but not linux.

Answer:netowrking windows and xubuntu


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I have a Netgear WG1113v3 wireless dongle for my other computer which is running Xubuntu 8.04 but when I insert the Disk and try to execute Autorun.exe nothing happens, any ideas?Is it not compatible maybe?

Answer:Netgear WG1113v3 with Xubuntu 8.04 Help plz

You can't run a Windows executable (.exe) in Linux.Linux is not Windows and thank goodness, never will here for an article that refers to Ubuntu Edgy, but should work in Zubuntu.

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After trying to fight ubuntu over attempting to reinstall my onboard nvidia 6150 I decided to start fresh and give xubuntu a shot. Still had a fight but my video card is working properly and xubuntu is pretty neat! I like that I was able to easily install and enable compiz however I quickly ran into a couple of issues...

1. Video playback through mplayer would cause X to freeze (ok...i can use vlc)
2. XFCE has some problem I haven't identified and X restarts after a few hours (reproduceable)

Anyway I'm trying hard to leave my windows box for good but this sort of instability is not acceptable. Anyone have suggestions on where/why these problems could be occurring?

My solution has been to install Awesome WM which is very speedy and has been rock-solid so far.

Answer:xubuntu 8.04 xfce issues

/var/log will probably have some useful information.

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Here's the deal. I nabbed the intel ITX board, some cheap RAM, and threw it in a box. Everything works fine when I use a nvidia video card, but when I use the onboard video I get these funky lines that I cannot change for the life of me. When I choose a different resolution, it says it has changed it and give me the countdown till it reverts back. But it doesn't change at all. Seeing as how this is my first linux project, I know nothing. Any and all help will be appreciated.

The board I'm using is a the Intel BLKD201GLYL. Also, I did not have this problem when booting Windows PE.

On a side note what is the difference between xubuntu and ubuntu

Ghetto pc on the cheap!


Answer:Xubuntu Display Problem

I'm not sure about the lines. Bad hardware perhaps?

As far as the difference between Ubuntu and Xubuntu, the biggest difference is Ubuntu uses the Gnome desktop enviornment, while Xubuntu uses Xfce. Xfce is especially nice for older hardware, because it's not as demanding as Gnome or KDE (which is used in Kubuntu). You can have more then one desktop enviornment on a Linux box. I originally installed Ubuntu on one of my machines, but later added Xfce, just to mess with it. I can flip between the two.

EDIT: I forgot to mention... nice case on that thing

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My laptop hard disk died and on getting a secondhand one I have downloaded the image file for Xubuntu to give it a tryIs there much out here that will run OK with this system The disk already has XPHome (expired)on do i just overwrite this with the Xubuntu imagespecs seam OK 233mmx 64M ram 20gig HD CDrecomend any programs for it once up and running

Answer:Anyone using Xubuntu - tips on install


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I'm not good with this sort of tech. I installed Xubuntu on my LENOVO G700 laptop. I followed a tutorial telling me switch to UEFI mode or something and to make laptop boot from USB. I put Xubuntu on my USB.
All seemed fine but now when I turn my laptop on I can't choose to boot into windows or Xubuntu its just always Xubuntu and a black screen saying grub and the only option on that screen that works is Ubuntu. It is such a bad install that Xubuntu did not even have the software centre and so I can't install anything.
Xubuntu works without having my USB in which is annoying as I would have preferred USB boot into Xubuntu otherwise default windows or windows and xubuntu showing side by side as a dual boot so I can select which one I want to boot into.
Please anyone help me get back into windows. I've read I need a windows 8 bootable usb iso. I was lucky to find on Xubuntu desktop a folder by the name of WINDOWS 8 OS. And it has files from when I used windows. I don't want to lose these files or programs. Please help!

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So I installed the newest xubuntu 8.04 on my thinkpad T61. I decided to do a dual boot with xp mce and so far everything works great great. Though I haven't really had any major complaints I have had a few nagging issues. Videos on IGN or yahoo video will simply not play in firefox 3, all other videos play fine. I removed the default movieplayer and installed vlc player with the mozilla vlc plugin and I still cant get the videos to work. The other issue is that I cant seem to mount the windows xp partition, its not even recognized.

Answer:xubuntu 8.04 video and partition problems

There's a Linux subforum, you might consider asking a Mod to move this topic there where it's more appropriate and more likely to be answered faster.

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Hello, I've been trying to boot Xubuntu (32-bit, latest version) on this notebook (HP Pavilion x2 Detachable) and I'm not able to boot it off a bootable USB. Entering the boot manager gives me no option to boot from the USB, also I have secure boot disabled. Any ideas?

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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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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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I'm having a problem installing Wine on Xubuntu. Everything is going fine, until this comes up. How do I get past this? There is no OK button. I tried to click the OK thing, but it's just text. Here's a pic.

Install partag? sur ZimageZ par Toby12600

Answer:Xubuntu Wine 1.4 Configuring ttf-mscorefonts-installer Help

You DID notice this is a "Windows forum" - right?

Wine is NOT Windows; but instead, is a kludge of some Windows DLLs where the Windows kernel system calls were replaced by Linux kernel system calls. It's not an emulation of MS Windows.

If you need help with Wine, you need to go to the Wine section of the Ubuntu forums:

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Time to give Ubuntu's under appreciated brother - or sister - its deserved attention. Going from sucky to awesome in the manner of just a few years, Xubuntu has effectively filled the gap left by the end of Gnome 2, and it's now the new lithe darling of the desktop world. With such high stakes, we test.Click to expand...


Answer:Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr review - So, excellent?

Looks Legit

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Please can anyone help?
In task manager I accidently closed an explorer process, the laptop then crashed. So I closed it down, then it now is unable to find the operating system. Can anyone offer any advice on how to help it find the files it needs to boot?

Can this be done by using the command prompt? Start up repair ran for over 24 hours with no success.


Answer:Operating system can't be found computer loading with system recovery options

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Can you boot into Safe Mode?

Do you have your Windows Vista CD?

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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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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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"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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I installed Xubuntu using a live install Cd alongside my OEM win7 ultimate,which was at that time gnuine.It screwed up the Win7 MBR so I formatted and reinstalled,I recovered the OEM code with a product key finder and what I think is th product code.
Running MGAdiag shows the installation is genuine but when I us the code that Speccy shows
the win genuine activation fails!!

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0

Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-V9488-FGM44-2C9T3
Windows Product Key Hash: rmk1OjF0iZq7gQoRmEcpnJHr0oc=
Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00010
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {C21BB060-258A-44B8-A3BB-3069287F6629}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.130828-1532
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x800... Read more

Answer:reinstall after WUBI Xubuntu live CD install screwed up MBR

Why did you format??? Only a rewrite of MBR boot code was enough. "startup repair" can do that. Or bootrec/fixmbr from recovery environment.

MHFPT-8C8M2-V9488-FGM44-2C9T3 --- XXXXX-OEM-8992662-00010 --- HP
source Windows 7 OEM SLP Key Collection is that the key you entered? If so.... enter the product key that's on COA sticker instead

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There is probably 3 problems here.

3. Graphics card

I have a IBM 300GL with Pentium II and 192 MB memory, a blank 7 GB hard disk. The video is an integrated S3Trio on the motherboard. The BIOS is circa 1998. Recently I installed a Voodoo3 video card into the PCI slot.

When I run the Xubuntu Linux LIveCD, first it says something about BIOS is before the cutoff of 2000. Then ACPI force is required to enable ACPI.

The S3 video input is blank if the monitor is hooked up to it now that the Voodoo3 video input is installed.

And continues to say something about does not detect video and must work in low graphics mode or something to that effect, and when I continue, the screen goes black with a blinking cursor, I can type but nothing happens.

I tried to change the video to the Voodoo3 but it does not seem to recognize it. There doesn?t seem to be anything in configuration at startup to change it. In the LiveCD, the drive shows the S3Trio, but I see Voodoo3 generic driver when browsing, but it doesn?t accept the change.

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So I have a quadport Intel gigabite NIC (dual 82571EB).

To get the device IDs, I used:

lspci -nn -vvv | grep Ethernet
all the 4 devices were identified as 8086:10bc. I want to change 10bc to 105e for all 4 devices.

ifconfig shows all 4 devices as:

enp3s0f0 enp3s0f1 enp4s0f0 enp4s0f1
To find the correct offset, I used this command:

# ethtool -e my-interface-here | grep 86

0x0010 87 d9 05 71 2f 24 4b 70 3c 10 bc 10 86 80 65 b3
Running the command above for all 4 interfaces gave me the same result.

I made a backup of the EEPROM for all interfaces using:

ethtool -e my-interface-here raw on > my-interface-here.bin
To actually make the change, I used this command:

ethtool -E enp3s0f0 magic 0x10bc8086 offset 0x001a value 0x001a value 0x5e

1. After running the ethtool -E command above, it somehow changed the value (using ethtool -e to check) for **both** enp3s0f0 and enp3s0f1

2. I tried the ethtool -E command but for enp3s0f1 and it gave me an error. says "EEPROM bad address" or something along those lines.

3. Basically same as points 1 and 2 but substituting enp4 for all mentions of enp3.
4. After rebooting machine (into Ubuntu again), I ran lspci -nn -vvv | grep Ethernet and it shows only 2 device IDs have changed.

5. I moved the network cable to all 4 ports and I can browse the internet without any problems. This happened after point 4.

Any suggestion... Read more

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I am having trouble with xp home edition operating system. Everytime I go into window, I immediately get this message "XP SYSTEM SHUTDOWN NT AUTHORITY SYSTEM" and the pc shutdown within 60 seconds. Please help - Thanks

Answer:[moved from Other Operating systems]Xp System Shutdown Nt Authority System

it sounds like the blaster worm virus i will move you to security,ms have a patch for it
follow the 5 steps here

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When i start my pc, i get a 30 second count down to either choose an operating system or system restore. if i choose windows xp professional, everything is fine. when i choose restore point, i get "INF file textsetup.sif is corrupt or missing, status 14. setup cannot continue. press any key to continue".
choosing last known best settings hasnt changed this situation either.
basically i just dont want to see this screen, it prolongs the computer start up. i just got it today as a refurbed hp desktop from i tried system properties, advanced, startup settings and unchecked both boxes, as well as clearing the boot.iti file to no avail.
a rep at hp that was nice enough to just give me an opinion said i need the disk that came w the pc, which i obviously cant get. any ideas?
thank you so much for your time.

Answer:Choose operating system at startup-windows xp or system restore

You probably could purchase the disk from the manufacturer. They make a lot of money selling them to people.

Post the manufacturer & model of the computer, and verify the exact text of the message. That message is odd.

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This morning I attempted to perform a system restore on my other computer. I legally own Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and was using the 3 system restore CDs provided by my manufacturer at the time I purchased the computer. If it matters, the computer is a Sony VAIO AMD Athlon.

I inserted the disk before booting up the computer, and everything seemed to go fine. The system restore screen loaded and I chose to do the recommended system restore, erasing all the files from my drive and restoring to the computer's original configuration.

It began performing the normal "Restoring Drive C:" operation. About 20 seconds into the restore, I received this error message:
Disk Access: Sense Operation Failed

I hit "Okay," the only button available. I then received a message saying the system restore failed and my operating system may not perform correctly (what an understatement). I removed the system restore CD and rebooted my computer. I now get an error message, "The operating system has failed to execute." I can't do anything, except try to do another system restore, in which I receive the same "sense operation failed" error from before.

I tried calling their tech support to which I was told (after waiting 20 minutes to speak to someone) that because my limited warranty had expired, I would have to pay $19.99 per call to have it fixed. Yeah, right. Neither Sony nor Microsoft's online tech support pages were at all helpfu... Read more

Answer:XP system restore failure... operating system failed to execute

I would guess that your CD is scratched or unreadable for some reason or that the CD Rom isn't reading properly. Give it a good wiping.
I would just format and reload XP if you have a fully licensed disk. Takes 39 minutes or less and you'll have a nice clean install and you get to start over. However....... if you have only restore disks I am unsure as to whether you can do an install from them.

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I just had a new hard drive installed on my computer by professionals due to hard drive failure and after re-installing my software from CD/DVD backups seem to be having similar problems as in the past. I may have some software/hardware conflicts.

The Help and Support seems to be loading VERY slow. I had problems with this previously. (see earlier threads and attachments). The was not happening after my initial re-installation so some of my software or other changes made are causing this.

I have a Windows XP Pro DELL computer from June 2004. I brought my computer to professionals and a diagnostics indicated a "failing" hard drive (Maxtor). I had a new 120 GB drive installed by them and had them re-install Windows XP.

I re-installed Norton Internet Security 2006 with ONLY their firewall running.(LiveUpdate was run too) I did not install Zone Alarm free due to compatiblity problems. I did install Windows Defender but was told not to run it with Norton due to possible compatiblity problems. After using Microsoft Update to get Service Packs and other updates I re-installed most of my programs from CD's DVD's..

I had other problems when trying to reinstall Microsoft Office '97. My Outlook Express was replaced with Microsoft Outlook. (I should have done a custum install)

I do remember that about this time I also turned off some services that I did not seem to need in MSCONFIG. I have since turned those services back on and re-installed MS Of... Read more

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hello I am running Xubuntu and just installed the newest WINE along with Steam and the needed font. here is my problem: I can start any game (i am only playing the non source cs and hl games) and play multi player modes fine (i am using open gl not software mode) at first half life worked and cs condition zero worked in single player (i hadn't tried any others) now I can only play multi player. when i try to play single player it will either load until creating local server (i think that's what it says) and then freeze (i have read that on windows if you wait long enough it will BSOD) if it makes it past this it will load to the part where it says "parsing game info" after that it will just crash me back to my desktop. let me mention again multi player works flawlessly and the games single player modes have worked one time before (only once) i was read i should download a app called winbind i did but i am not sure what it is.

p.s. the threads i have read never seemed to solve any problems so they offered little help

Thank you!
Edit: should i have posted this under linux even though it is a game issue?

Answer:xubuntu, WINE, Steam games crash on single player

The problem has come back again even after swtiching to win xp not 2000 (it worked temporarily)

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Hi. My system has caught the "system security" virus where a screen pops up every minute or so saying my computer is infected. I ran Norton, didn't find anything. Ran Malware and 5 Rogue files were found so I thought it was gone but I rebooted and it is still here. Here is my HJT log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 4:52:55 PM, on 12/28/2008Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exec:\program files\common files\logitech\lvmvfm\LVPrcSrv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\EPSON\EBAPI\SAgent2.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\... Read more

Answer:"System Security" Virus - slow operating system

Please download RSIT by random/random and save it to your Desktop.Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSITBefore you click "Continue", make sure you change the List files/folders created or modified in the last 3 monthsClick Continue at the disclaimer screen.Once it has finished, two logs will open. Please post the contents of both log.txt and info.txt in your next reply.NEXTPlease download GMER and unzip it to your Desktop.Open the program and click on the Rootkit tab.Make sure all the boxes on the right of the screen are checked, EXCEPT for ?Show All?.Click on Scan.When the scan has run click Copy and paste the results into a Notepad >> save it and attach in this thread.Post me these logs in your next reply.. Post each log in separate post..1. RSIT log.txt2. RSIT info.txt3. Attach GMER result..

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While doing some heavy video work, I managed to overheat my system spectacularly, resulting in the smell of burning plastic, all my fans going at 100%, all lights on the PC going off and all buttons becoming unresponsive.
I pulled the side off to see what was going on and found a desert of dust in there. Possibly somewhat foolishly now that I think about it, I left it running with all the fans roaring away and directed my desk fan inside the case while I went and got the vacuum cleaner and an air sprayer and got most of the dust out. (Still with the system running. No, I didn't touch anything while doing this. The vacuum was held well out of the case, just to suck up the dust cloud.)
I then rebooted it and it died in exactly the same way soon after. Through subsequent repeated crashes, I have established that it goes off at roughly 1 minute and 42 seconds after the "Do you wish to enter Safe Mode?" screen is dismissed. Any delays (such as being in the BIOS) prior to and on that screen do not affect the timing.
Very oddly, safe mode works perfectly, and I can't see the bios complaining anywhere (not that I am remotely familiar with the BIOS.)
I have tried:
Booting normally - crashes
Booting into Windows Recovery - crashes
Booting into an Ubuntu LiveCD - crashes
Resetting the BIOS - no change
Taking the top fan off the CPU heatsink and removing the cubic meter of dust somehow compressed within the fins - The BIOS reported the CPU running 30C cooler than ... Read more

Answer:System blacks out less than 2 minutes after loading any operating system

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I installed a Windows XP Home Edition SP2 in my Windows XP Professional Edition. When my computer restarted I saw that I have 2 operating systems. I realized my mistake, so I did a system restore on Windows XP Pro. I had set it before I installed Win XP Home. When I restarted again, it then boot in Windows XP Pro.

While I was using the computer, it gave a warning that I was low of space. So I had my disk clean up. Then I did the Disk Defragmenter, it said I only had 14% of space and it wont be able to defragment because it needs at least 15%.

Is the Win XP Home still there? Or did the system restore delete it? If it's still there how can I delete it? What do I do?

Answer:Help! Does system restore remove an installed operating system?

i assume you installed it on it's own partition so format it

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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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Hey guys. I have an Acer laptop with Windows 7 that has crashed and will not boot. I do not have a Windows 7 CD nor do I have the money to pay for one. When my computer boots up, it says "BOOTMGR IS MISSING" and I press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and it loops back around to that page. I created a System Repair Disc and that boots up fine. When the System Recovery Options come up, no operating system is listed for me to choose. I can't do anything from here and I have not found any solutions so I came here. Any help is appreciated!

Answer:Operating system does not show up in System Recovery Options

Try this: Bootmgr is missing - Fix

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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

Hello,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 post them in a reply to this topic by using the Add Reply button.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the post 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 reply 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.Please note that I am not a member of the Malware Removal Team and will not be assisting you in removing the infection. I'm simply helping you to post the information they need in order to assist you.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.Orange Blossom

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I have a HP G42 Notebook laptop preinstalled with Windows7.Yesterday i did a System Recovery using the HP utility as described at below link(Section: Recovery from the Windows 7 desktop screen): after recovery my laptop won't start. It shows a black screen on startup with below error:An operating system wasn?t found. Try disconnecting any drives that don?t contain an operating system.

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restartThe laptop didn't came with a Genuine Windows CD/Recovery Disc neither i can download the Genuine copy of Windows 7 from Microsoft Site as its a OEM copy. I have checked with HP support team for Recovery Disc and they will get back to me after the availability of the same.I have a Bootable Live Linux CD using which i am able to run linux and able to view disc partition. Is it possible to create recovery disc on Linux?Is there any other solution which i can try?Note: Windows is not working

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Hello everyone,

I am trying to do a system restore from the install disc because I can't boot. I followed this tutorial: System Recovery Options using method two. At step 5, the only operating system listed is Vista (which I don't have and never have had). If I select it and try to continue, it tells me that that version of windows is not compatible with the install dvd I am using. If I try to continue without selecting Vista, it tells me I have to select an OS. I have also tried startup repair to no avail.

Background information: This is on my early '08 Macbook Pro. I was using windows 7 professional x64 through boot camp. A few weeks ago after updating virus definitions for AVG, windows would no longer boot. I found that it was an issue with the update and that a system restore would solve the problem. Unfortunately, I can't get system restore to work properly.

I would appreciate any help. Happy Holidays!

Answer:operating system not found in system recovery

Are you using a genuine Windows 7 install disc? Have you tried booting into safe mode? Are you running RAID?

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I am trying to reinstall win 7, but when i get to the point where I have to choose partition, there is no partition to install win on. And I am not allowed to create any new partitions. Any ideas on how to proceed.

Answer:System partition deleted and no operating system either.

Work through the steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums.

Is this an EFI BIOS? Look in BIOS setup for settings for CSM, Legacy BIOS, EFI, UEFI to enable or Secure Boot to disable. If an EFI BIOS the disk needs to be booted as an EFI device, then delete all partitions to reset the hard drive formatting.

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I am trying to do a system recovery back to the original condition and I have taken what I need to save. I have talked to HP tech twice and 1 told me I need to buy a special automated recovery cd from them. The other said not to do that and I need to use the two cds I have (1. operating system cd, 2. Applications and Drivers dvd). Operating system is Windows XP professional on a HP laptop.

I have completed the following steps. Can any one tell me if I am doing the right thing?
1)I put in the operating system cd and shut down the computer.
2) I started it back up useing the cd (by hitting any button when it asks).
3) I press Enter on the next menu to "set up windows xp now"
4) I press F8 to agree to license agreement
5) I press ESC "to continue installing afresh copy of windows xp without repairing". Below it has the following highlighted "C:\windows "microsoft windows xp professinoal"
Here is where I am unsure about what I am doing is correct. Below it has highlighed "C: partitional [NTFS] 95k < 18k MB free". It asks if I should:
A) set up windows on the selected item
B) create a partition in the unpartitioned space
C) Delete the selected partition

WHen I press D to delete the partion (I assume this means a complete recovery back to original conditions). It says this : "The partition you tried to delete is a system partition. System partitions may contain diagnostic or hardware configuration or other manufacturerd-sup... Read more

Answer:Question about using Operating System CD for system recovery

Yes, you can delete the partition; then create a new one in the same space and format it and continue the installation. The warning you see is just that you are about to delete the partition containing the current XP. The drivers CD will have everything additional you'll need, but after you regain internet access you may want to download from HP's web site and install the up-to-date drivers.

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My PC won't boot so I wanted to do a system recovery. But when I try to do that, my OS is not listed. I clicked on load driver but I couldn't find it there as well.

More details that might be helpful:
My driver shows up in the BIOS just fine.
I get no error messages when trying to boot my PC. (Just a black screen with a blinking cursor at the top left corner of the screen)


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I used to think that there was something up with the 'system' file running in processes because it often times dials out to something when I'm connected to the net.

Before my fresh reinstall and putting in COMODO 4, I attempted to block system but it gets to the point where after system has tried to get through for several days the computer stops functioning properly.

So this time I left system alone but COMODO, through it's own default set up, has been blocking something called 'system' and 'windows operating system' which persistently knocks at my firewall.

So I am asking, is COMODO, through it's own default instict, in the right by blocking these?

And if these are trojans, where can I find and delete them? My scanners don't pick up the files and COMODO will not show a path to the files that are making these attempts on my firewall.

Answer:System / Windows Operating System - COMODO

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Hi I started my PC up today and as it boots up in goings into the Windows setup program rather than the usual sequence. It also gave a 0198 Security - Unauthorized BIOS update attempted which I have now sorted out as per the Lenovo web-site. Does anyone know why the system thinks it must set up Windows? Thanks 

Answer:System wants to reinstall Windows operating system

I'm not sure what you mean by "Windows setup program", but if your PC is trying to boot into PXE, then check to make sur eyour mouse and keyboard are securely connected. In fact, I'd suggest removing and re-installing. The last M50 IBMs I used were setup in the BIOS so that if there wasn't a keyboard attached, it would try to PXE boot rather then booting from the HDD. This is because that's the sequence that was selected for an "error boot" in the BIOS. Hope this helps!

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Hi everyone... I'm here begging for your knowledge to help me out of this mess my computer has got me into.I'll try to keep it short.I got the blue screen of death on Friday night, for no reason at all. I made a vista recovery disk from Neosmart as I was getting nowhere with the F8 key.Everything went fine from these instructions HERE, recovery disk loaded and went through the motions... however when it got to the part with the System recovery options, I didn't have any system on my list.I also don't know where to find one in the drives... it just wants me to keep opening folders, so I can't even select the whole C:So I click NEXT.Nothing there in the following list works.I've seen a post simalar to this one on the site but here's where my problem differs.In the command prompt the directory isX:\Sources> and not X:\windows\system32which wont allow me to type in any prompts giving me this message everytime ' ...... is not recognized as an internal or external command, orperable program or batch file'Sooooo what do I do???Anyone that can shead some light on this, I'll be soooo grateful. I'd hate to have to reinstall everything and loose all my stuff and I've no clue how I could even back them up as the system wont even start up without the recovery disk.

Answer:Operating System missing in system recovery

I'm so sorry to bump... but could anyone pleeeeeeease help me with this, I've searched and searched all over the internet and just can't come up with a solution.


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Hi, I have three operating systems on my pc. I only recently installed a windows 7 64 bit on a ssd but after doing so, I had to do a system image recovery to my windows 8 installation from a date prior to the new windows 7 install. This Windows 7 is not on the list of operating system options in system startup so how do I add it?

Answer:How to add operating system to system start-up list


Post the full screenshot of diskmgmt.msc and the result of bcdedit /enum all
Explain where your Windows 7 is.

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im looking to upgrade my desktop from an xp to 7. system builders are very cheap which concerns me. What is the difference from a system builder and the regular version

Answer:system builder vs. regular operating system

Ok basic difference is that the system builder (OEM) is supposed to be sold with hardware only.

Other differences.
1. Retail windows can be removed from one computer and put on another legally.
2 System builder is tied to the Motherboard and is not allowed to be moved by Microsoft. I have in the past had to call in on a OEM where the motherboard went and was discontinued to get them to activate with the new hardware.
3. System builder will not upgrade VISTA like the upgrade version will do, It will do a clean install always except that it will do a upgrade of itself if started from within windows. Sort of like a repair install. If you boot off of it, it will only do a clean install and will offer to move your old windows and users folders to a windows.old directory.

That is the main differences off of the top of my head.

So nothing wrong with the system builder version for a new computer, It is what I used.

One other thing you will have to reinstall all your software and settings when you go from XP to Windows 7 as they do not do upgrades that retain those things even the upgrade version will move your old windows and do a clean install.

Good Luck

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I was performing a system restore from the disk supplied with my Sony Viao laptop when I recieved an error message Cannot lock image 1.1lock. Then it froze. Had completed 1% of restore. Now when I boot I get a black screen with the words Operating System Missing. What happened and what can I do now?

Answer:system restore: operating system missing

click here - "Operating System Not Found" or "Missing operating system" error message when you start your Windows XP-based computer. G

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I have had my Dell 8700 for little over a year and have had problems from the beginning.  I am 72 years old, and I am at my wits end!!!

A hard drive was replaced in the summer of 2015, but I have still had problems with the computer shutting down and my having to refresh it to factory setting.

I thought updating to Windows 10 would solve some problems, and I did this in October, 2015.  Everything was fine until a couple of months ago.  The end result was when I tried to refresh the computer to factory defaults, it went back to 8.0 or 8.1, and I evidently lost something in the process.
Now, I cannot update to Windows 10 and when I tried to resinstall the Dell Operating System, I get for both:  "WE COULDN'T UPDATE THE SYSTEM RESERVED PARTITION."
I DO HAVE A SYSTEM BACKUP ON 20 CDS (MADE WHEN I HAD WINDOWS 10).  Could I reinstall the system with these backupdisks?  How do I do that?  I also have a Dell 2 Boot USP stick, I have a recovery stick, too, but it semed that when I used this, I received a message that not all files were recovered
What should I do at this point? 

Answer:Error message when trying to update to Windows 10 or to reinstall operating system 8.1: We couldn't update the system reserved partition."

On MBR disk, Windows 10 requires a 500MB system reserved partition, while 100MB in Windows 7, so you can try to extend system reserved partition.
In disk management, you can only extend partition using the unallocated space next to its right side. so even if you shrink D: drive, the option to extend the efi partition is still grayed out. My suggestion is to use a third party software, AOMEI Partition Assistant, both the standard (free) or the Professional(paid) version can extend partition as long as there is unallocated space on that hard drive. to see more information read:
Fix "We Couldn?t Update the System Reserved Partition" Error

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When I tried to install 64bit operating system I got the message that my computer is not compatible for 64bit OS.
My computer spec is as under:
1 Intel Core2 quad Q6600 2.40GHZ CPU;
2. 3 GB of RAM - DDR2;
3. ASUS P5QPL-AM mother board;
As for as I know 2GB of RAM is the minimum requirement for 64 bit system. Correct me if I am wrong please.
All that I wanted to install 64bit Windows8 preview on the 2nd partition of HD along side 32bit windows 7 which failed because of incompatibility. I did install 32bit successfully.
Any idea please?

Answer:System competibility for 64 bit operating system

You don't say which 64 bit OS (W7 or XP) you are installing but the installer will check and is generally correct.
Have a look at the requirements for both:
W7 minimum requirements
XP minimum requirements

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I am building my own computer and although I am used to using windows, as is most of the world due to microsoft domination, I was just wondering if there are any recomended Operating Systems out there that are either better value for money or just plain better.

Answer:Which Operating System?

Just stick with Windows

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Is windows XP home edition the best? I wonder why windows 98 is still so expensive? I see prices of $90.00 for either one

Answer:operating system

What is the idea going around for the homes editions...?
Professional is always better.

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I have heard that it is possible to boot from a cd which has the full operating system ( Win 98 )on it, ie no HDD, is this correct if yes , anyone knows how to make creat the cd. Thanks

Answer:operating system on Cd....

Yes, you can boot from the CD but only so far as to be able to install Win98 onto the hdd. I don't think that you can run a Windows OS from such a CD. But you can run some Linux Distros from CD.

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i have a hp pavillion dv6700 when i turn it on it says operating system not found it was working fine one day then next day turned it on and nothing can any one help me

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Currently, I am running Windows ME and I have been having a lot of problems (I have always ran ME). I also have Windows 98 operating system and was wondering if 98 was a better operating system in comparison to ME? Will I have less problems if I change? Is one more stable than the other?

Answer:Better Operating System 98 or ME?

I always thought that 98 was better. It was a great operating system.

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Last week, I bought a T61 6465CTO directly from Lenovo.  It came with XP Pro pre-installed, but there was no XP Pro CD.  Using Thinkvantage, I made a set of "product recovery" CD's. Is there any disadvantage to having only the product recovery CD's, as opposed to an operating system CD?  T61 6465CTO; T8100; 4 Gb Ram; 100 Gb 7200 rpm hd; Windows XP Pro.

Answer:T61 Operating System CD?

The product recovery set will restore the Thinkpad to original factory condition with apps and drivers already installed, not just bare windows. It is also pre-activated.

______________________________________________________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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Question: Operating system

got everything working on the computer. got the motherboard disk to work but cannot get Microsoft office xp to load. it wont pick up the dvd disk or microsoft office disk. Some help please!!

Answer:Operating system

I feel like I walked in after the movie started. What are we talking about here?

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I am trying to load Win 2000/XP to a Compaq presario 5461. During startup process I getting a system error that my hard drives are bad. I have tried different hard drives which are working and I keep getting the same problem that they are bad or cann't be format due to partition error. Can anyone offer me some assistant?

Answer:Operating system help

Well, which is it? 2000 or XP?

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I apppreciate that this seems a very silly question.

I was just wondering is there anything within the fabric of your p.c. (the p.c. equivalent of a clothes label) which specifically states its operating system.

I have Windows and Windows Office 2007, but as I said, is there anything that clearly stipulates on my hard-drive which operating system I am using.


Answer:How do you know which Operating System you have?

Control Panel - System

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hiCan anyone advise me on which os to use on a desktop pc just used for run of the mill stuf Thanks

Answer:which operating system

You will no doubt get plenty of Windows offers, but if all you want to do is "run of the mill stuff", one of the Linux distros would be ideal.Why use Linux?1. Virus free2. Malware free3. It's free4. Doesn't clog up and slow down5. Fantastically stableI could go on, but I would suggest you try one of the Live CD's on your computer and see for yourself.Which one?How longs a piece of string? Seriously though, Ubuntu is by far the most well known and common distro. It enjoys good community support and the latest version is pretty much multimedia ready. The downside (if you can call it that), it uses Gnome as the default desktop, which is sort of MAC like in appearance. If you would like a more Windows look, so the transition feels less dramatic, try Kubuntu or PCLinuxOS.I use Debian, but you could do with a little time with Linux before trying that. Other distros worthy of note: Linux Mint, SuSE and Mandriva, all of which are suitable for users new to Linux.Why not download a Live CD of one of the distros and try it. Just to clarify, a live CD, will run the operating system direct from the CD and provided you set your PC to boot from the CD drive as the first boot device, you can try it out without installing. click here for something I wrote a while back, that may help. There's all sorts of other good information on the site for beginners which you may find useful.

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 I would like to install an operating system (win 95 or win 2000) to a hard drive connected to a computer by the USB. Could I perform this task. Please help. Have a nice day

Answer:Operating system

Maybe yes or no. What is the make/model of the computer or motherboard? A better way would be just cabling an internal CD drive in there, at least until it is loaded. They are less than 10 bucks if you need one for more permanent mounting.

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Okay, so recently I had lost my entire recovery partition and operating system due to the installation of a different one.. Now I had help getting my windows 7 back from some helpful people here, so I have returned for more help... I have the netbook I currently use... But I also have access to another netbook, the exact same kind and model and it has the recovery partition still on it.. Is there any way I could make an image of that netbook and use it on my current one and regain my recovery partition and my complete windows 7? Keep in mind I do still have my product key so if i could get it back then it would be like brand new again.. Am I correct?

Answer:Operating System Help

Yes, you can do that, just make an image of the partition you want to recover, and then restore that image to the disc you want it restored on. Then you can restore the machine from that partition. Or, you can restore the machine directly from the image you made, ignoring the original partition. This will work as long as the OEM ( Original Equipment Manufacturer ) has not put in any functions to prevent it. If you can't restore directly from the image ( Should work 99% of the time) just restore to the original partition as previously described.

Bear in mind that the machines MUST be identical for it to work properly.

I use this for such stuff;

Free Download EASEUS Todo Backup Freeware and Trial version. Complete Backup and Restore Software for Windows & Linux.

You want the "Free Home Version".

Regards....Mike Connor

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i have a pc now with 1 hard drive(eide). I am about to put together a custom computer with a new SATA 320 gig drive.

i am not sure if i can find a operating system now and dont really have the funds to buy a new one....

can i jus use my old hard drive in the computer i use now and set it to the first boot device ...and use that as the normal operating system and use the 320 gig drive as storage( jus as a normal hard drive) ?


Answer:using the same operating system...

97% no, 3% yes

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all i need to use is my games diablo 2 warcraft 3 and avg

Answer:what is the best operating system out there


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Is it true? is there another windows operating system coming out.If so whats it called.

Answer:operating system

LongHorn. click here

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When I turn my PC on....theres a black screen and it says...OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND ON ANY DEVICES. What does that mean and can it be fixed!!

Answer:Help!!! Operating System!

It means your computer cannot boot from the hard drive or anywhere else.

Depending on what you did to break it it may be fixed. It would help if you told us when and how the problem started.

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