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operating system question about going back to prior operating system

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

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.

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Preferred Solution: operating system question about going back to prior operating system

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

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

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

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

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

Any ideas?


Answer:Missing Operating System/Error Loading Operating System

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

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

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

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


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Hi all, I recently switched my operating system from vista to windows 7. All my pc games worked fine before and eve rsince i have switched i have had problems. Is there any how that i could go back in time and get vista back without a cd?Please help.......:(

Answer:can you get back your old operating system?

Did you setup a dual-boot system? Otherwise, (likely) no. "Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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I want to restore the factory setting of my netbook but it says there is no harddrive and i don't have a back up copy of the original operating system which is windows 7 starter.  what will I do.   Below is the complete detail of my netbook: Model:  HP mini 210-1000product number: WB888EA#ABVserial number: CNF95040MC

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I just bought laptop with windows 8. I've been backing using acronis 9 home to backup all of our other computers. This HP laptop gave no option to use disks to have save operating system. When I tried using acronis it said it could not be used because of "Windows Dynamic Disks EZ- Drives Etc" Any other way to save the operating system?

Answer:how to back up windows 8 operating system

Acronis 9.0 is pretty old. Try using Macrium Reflect Free available at MG's.

Remember to create the Rescue Media Disk.

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I want to install a new Operating System (It's legal, don't worry. It's Linux.), but when I install it I know that I have 2 options:
1. Keep your old operating system
2. Delete your old operating system.
Now, I sort of want to do both.
I want to back up my entire old operating system on a cd. But, I have a problem.
The CD can only download so much. It has a mb limit of about 750. I really don't want to buy a new cd, but if that's the only choice, please recommend one for me. All help is appreciated.

Answer:Need help- I want to back up my entire Operating System on a CD

A CD of any size is not the recommended medium to download your OS.
The way to go is to back up using Macrium Reflect on an external hard drive.
In lieu of that use a thumb drive (usb Drive)

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Hi again everyone!

I keep reading about the importance of backing up my HD/operating system and I would like to do it ASAP.

I am not sure exactly how to do it.

Here are some of my system specs, back up options that I know of, and other thoughts:

I have my Windows XP Pro on a Maxtor SATA 300GB Partitioned HD. I partitioned 100 GB's for the Operating System [I know, it will probably never need that much...and it is showing up as only 9.3 gig at this moment.]

On the other portion of the partition I keep my programs and even though there is 200 gigs, I am only using 14 gigs worth of programs.

I also have a Maxtor SATA 500 GB for main only has about 50 GB's of files right now.

Well, I suppose I can use either HD to use for back up and in my simple mind, I think the best would be to use the larger HD.

Another option I was thinking about is to use an external HD, but my budget is very, very limited.

One last option I thought of: purchase one more internal HD and also put in my computer case [even though I am using the ULTRA Microfly Case, there is room for one more HD if I place it in the extra DVD burner bay. [There are 4 SATA slots on the MB and many more SATA power plugs from my PS available too].

Last, I am not sure which software to use to back up my OS. I noticed on many posts here that some people mentioned using XP Pro Back up. Is that ok?

Also, I have Nero Ultimate 7 version and there is a program called Backitup.

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Answer:Can someone help me understand how to back up my HD/operating system please?

Ghost or Acronis will both backup everything on the drive, including OS.

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hello i bought a new laptop that come with windows 7 home premium and i want to back up the OS in order to install it later can any one tell me how to do it

Answer:back my windows 7 operating system

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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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 laptop model is HP 14-r008tx. It was bought from Malaysia. I live in Bangadesh. It came with Windows 8.1. I had installed windows 7 once on the time of installation I have formatted the whole hard disk and partitioned it again. on the time of formation I have deleted everything(like OEM, Restore point etc). Now I am using windows 10 the machine is now very slow that no one can imagine. And there is also many problems with the machine. Now I want to go back to windows 8.1 OEM or Install windows 10 OEM or Ubuntu OEM.Where to go? Or what to do now?Help me wih the issue ..Thanks in advance..N.B: It is impossible to go to Malayasia or other country. I have to solve the problem from here in Bangladesh.

Answer:Operating System Problem want to go back to the previous win...

Hi, As long as the existing installation of Windows 10 has activated Ok after the upgrade from a previous OS, you can just perform a clean installation as detailed in the guide on the following link.  Note: At the activation screen, select 'I don't have a Product key' - Windows 10 will activate automatically once the installation has completed. Regards, DP-K

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I have recently switched my operating system. I have discovered something that I do not like with it. Now, I want to switch back to Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit. I have an activation key and all, and all I need is the installation disc. Does anybody know where I can get an installation disc for a low price (under at least 100 dollars?)? Please help. All help is appreciated.

Answer:Help! I wanna switch back my operating system!

If you have a legit product key you should be able to install using an ISO from here

Just scroll down to get the correct Vista you have the license for.

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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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i have used my windows 2000 pro disc to format the hard drive which worked ok ,but when i agree with terms by pressing f8 it asks me to put cd in but doesnt reconise it its allready in as i booted up with it .it allso asks that i could put in any windows discbut doesnt see my me disc either,is it because it is a upgrade disc?.will i have to put windows me back on instead first? if so how do i do this thanks.

Answer:Trouble Putting Operating System Back On

When it's asking for the cd, is it looking in the right location, ie. is setup prog looking in say c:\ when it should be looking in d:\ (assuming d:\ is your cd drive).When using an upgrade ver of the os, it is usual just to insert the previuos ver.(ME, in your case) and the setup routine will verify from this that you are entitled to use it. Hope this helps.

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Hi all,Perhaps I am looking for something that is not supported but since I am here, so here we go I am running Windows 7 Pro (x64) on T410.Rescue and Recovery 4.31I split my HDD into 2 partitions: C for Operation System and D for Data.I have a network storage drive so apparently I do not need to back-up data which is stored on D drive (already store all of my data on the NAS drive) What I would like to do is to configure the R&R to just back-up my C drive (the OS only) How can I go about to do this? Thank you very much for your feedback


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Answer:Rescue & Recovery - How to back up just the Operating System?

You can do that in the "advanced" mode of Rescue and Recovery:1.  open Rescue and Recovery2.  click on the arrow next to "Launch advanced Rescue and Recovery" in the lower left corner3.  click on "Set schedule and preferences" on the right-hand side4.  uncheck your D: drive under "Include paritions" on the right-hand side, so that D: won't be backed up.

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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, ive got a question concerning the operating system on my LenovoW530. I have switched my HDD for a SSD and therefore I had to "kill" the Raid inside my thinkpad. so now I have a 500GB HDD and my new 1TB SSD inside. The System is running on the SSD. But now to the problem.I bought my workstation with windows 8 on it, which I really liked. But now, trough switching my disks I had to change the OS to Windows 7 because i do not have windows 8 and the system had to run because of an task at work. Now I have time and want to switch back to the OS I payed for, Windows 8.1.I have tried to get the key with different tools I found in forums but that doesnt worked at any time. I also havnt found a key at the bottom of my Laptop. Does anyone of you have an Idea how to get back windows 8 from Lenovo? I dont want to get it illegally because I have payed for it. Thanks for all your ideas and kind regards,Daniel   Hi, ich habe eine Frage ber das Lenovo W530, das Betriebssystem betreffend. Ich habe eine meiner HDDs gegen eine SSD getauscht und so den Raid 0 meines Lenovo auflsen mssen. Nun habe ich eine 500GB HDD und eine 1TB SSD frinnen. Das Betriebssystem ist auf der SSD instaliert. Aber nun zum eigentlichen Problem.Ich habe den Laptop mit vorinstalliertem Windows 8 gekauft, welches mir sehr gefallen hat. Durch den Festplattentausch musste ich allerdings auf indows 7 umsteigen da ich keine Windows8 CD habe. Einschicken konnte ich es auch nicht, da... Read more

Answer:getting back Operating system / Wie wieder zu Windows 8 kommen?

You can get the key by running RW Everything. Read this: for a disk, Microsoft makes it hard. You cannot download win 8.1 without a key and they will not accept an OEM key, You can borrow a disk from someone else and use a generic key during installation (search the web). The generic key will allow you to install but not activate. You can then specify the new key that you extracted from the BIOS

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Hi everyone i have an Ultrabook U310 and i restored it to factory settings,but after the sytem restarted my windows operating sytem had moved from the SSD on to the 450gb hard drive.So does anyone know how i can get it back on to my SSD,any info would be apreciated.

Answer:newbie cannot get my Boot/operating system back on to my SSD on my U310.

Hello and welcome,
Are you talking about the small mSATA SSD (24 or 32GB IIRC), or have you added an SSD of some kind, or changed the factory configuration?
I believe that the mSATA SSD is normally used as a cache.  It wouldn't have had the OS on it - unless you modified the original setup.

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I just recently installed windows 7 into my computer, i was curious as to how i remove my old operating system? When i start up, i see two different windows 7 choices. One is the old one and the other is the new, how do i delete it so that a] i free up space and b] i don't have to go through that option to choose in the beginning, thanx.

Answer:Operating System Question

removal of a prior operating system can be complex as the old partition/disk will contain the boot files for both operating systems.

If you can post a screenshot of your complete disk management screen (computer - manage - disk management) this will alow us to better guide you in removing the old system

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I just had a quick question for those who may have some knowledge on this particular topic. I run a PC repair business and I deal with a lot of systems that need to have their operating systems restored for one reason or another. My problem is, I can't reasonably charge my clients for a new copy of their operating system every time I restore it, however with Microsoft Licensing and requiring a cd key every time you install, I see no way around it. Granted, some people hold onto the recovery disks that came with their systems which nullifies this issue. However, I find that a suprising amount of people don't, or bought systems that didn't come with a copy of their operating system. Is there a way that I can purchase a copy of XP, Vista, and 7 that have an open license or dont require a CD key so that I can do these OS restores without having to either A) purchase a new CD key and charge it to the client, or B) recover their CD key from their crashed system with the Microsoft CD Key Finder, then run the risk of that CD key not working because of OEM conflicts or them having "home" edition when I have "professional". If there is a way I could do this I would love to know about it. Thank you very much.

Answer:Operating System CD Question

Not really. You need a license for every installation. So if they didn't keep a copy or lost theirs, then they have to pay or try to negotiate for a replacement.

Besides, most new machines have OEM installations that are all different and licensed to their respective manufacturers, so no single installation medium can be used since those keys only work on the altered OEM versions. You would need an OEM copy for each model from each manufacturer (in some cases, but in others the same version is used for multiple models).

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I got a new laptop from an auction with no operating system. Is there a way to copy the OS from my computer at home and put it on the laptop? I'm just curious as to how to do it?

Answer:Operating system question....

Do you have your system install disk from your machine at home??

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My son's computer needs an operating system installed. My question is can I use the xp discs I already have? I had purchased a gateway computer back in '01 and along with it came the OS discs. I was told by the person that built my son's computer that those discs wouldn't work because they were intended for Gateway. I had mentioned that to a friend at work who assembles computers and he looked at me like I had two heads saying it wasn't true. Here's what makes me think I CAN use those discs. Isn't the hard drive the heart and soul of the computer? A few years back the hard drive failed on my computer. I bought an after market hard drive and was able to install the discs. Wouldn't I be able to install the same OS onto HIS hard drive? Other than having to do a lot of updates on the microsoft site wouldn't I be good to go?

Answer:question about xp operating system

You can be sure if you don't try.Try it!!!

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Hello. I just got lenovo T400. I have question about operating system. I choose OS (Windows XP Professional preinstalled through downgrade rights in Genuine Windows 7 Professional). When I get the laptop, Windows XP is preinstalled but I don?t know how to upgrade to Window 7. Please, tell me the way to upgrade. Have a nice day

Answer:Question about operating system

you'd need the disks, and would need to do a fresh install, i.e. you can't just upgrade it. everything will be gone  

----------------------------T400s - 2815RW1 + Win7 Ultimate Don't pm me for help! That's what the forum is for. Also, Google's nicer than me. Ask him.

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Ok so I am building a computer and I already have a hard drive with windows 7 on it and I was wondering if I could just use that hard drive on the computer I'm building instead of buying a hard drive and another copy of windows 7. And if this does work then will it have all the stupid acer stuff my computer has now. If it does have all the stupid acer stuff can I remove it.

Answer:operating system question

When Windows is installed on a computer, it takes a snapshot of all the Motherboard/Chipset and Hardware and loads specific drivers for that hardware. If you take that HDD out and put it into another computer, when it boots up, it looks for that hardware and if it doesn't find it, will give you errors, Blue Screen or reboot. You can fix this by booting off of the Windows 7 DVD and doing a Startup Repair. Any previous programs that were on the HDD will still be on there after this is done.

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I am having trouble with my computer at home, for some reason it starts up slowly, logs in slowly, and processes slowly. I have done everything from system restore, virus/antispy/adwar/malware scans, and registry cleaners, and nothing is fixing it. So I have decided to upgrade and start new.

My question is:
I have windows XP currently and I would like to keep all of my stuff on my original HDD. Can I just buy a copy of Windows 7, load it onto a new HDD, and then use my old HDD as like extra space (I.e. like a slave drive or second HDD that doesnt load a OP), or will using my old drive cause problems for some reason on the new HDD and Windows 7? Any advice on what I should do? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Operating System question

you finally scan old hdd using malwarebytes free download from this link, php

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I am using XP pro. I have two hard drives in my computer. Each is partitioned in two sections. Drive C contains the OS, program files, and some misc. files. I use D, E and H partitions for stuff I?ve downloaded. I have noticed that all my system info?restore points, etc. is going to partitions D, E, and H. Why does it not stay in partition C where the operating system is? Is there a way to direct it to go to and stay in C? Any response to help me understand this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Operating system question

Have you checked the System Restore settings for your hard drives? (Start/Programs/System Tools/System Restore) I'm running XP Home not Pro and maybe the settings are different, but on my setup I see an option to use space on every partition on each of my two hard drives. Is your C: drive checked in those System Restore settings? If not, check the box and allocate however much space you want the OS to use for restore points.

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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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Since this is my first post, let me thank all those who answer our questions and all the admin(s) who make this site possible

i recently built a quad core computer with the intention of exploiting 64 bits programs but i'm so frustrated with Windows 7 that i'm about to try installing win2000 Pro on the new hardware

the new computer comprise of:

Antec P182 silent case
750W Thermaltake PSU
Intel motherboard extreme edition DP55KG (P55 chipset)
Intel CPU i7 860 (2.8MHz HyperThreads Quadcore)
Corsair liquid CPU Cooler
Kingston DDR3 (2 x 2Gb @ 1600MHz)
Asus ENGTS250 DK (1G ram onboard) video card
Optical drive Asus CD/DVD RW Burner
WD Raptor 10,000rpm for OS (1 x 150Gb)(new & formated by Windows7 during installation)
WD Green Caviar ( 1 x 2Tb @ 7,200rpm)
WD Green Caviar ( 3 x 2Tb @ 5,400rpm)

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Operating System was a charm to install, it did show some of the potential of the new hardward
but the defaults of Windows 7 are retarded to say the less (fit for a 5 yo but a pain for anyone wanting to manage the OS) maybe a great OS for an iPod?

i have been trying to fallow your forum's instructions to change those defaults but i am not getting anywhere near having an operating system that i could be productif. Fact is ; i'm pulling my hair and bashing my head against the wall.

Here what've i tried :

-- selected "Show hidden files, folders, or drives"
-- deselected "Hide extensions for known file types"
-- deleted the library sh... Read more

Answer:Need i to roll back to Windows 2000Pro to get a smart Operating System

Windows 2000 Pro is no longer supported nor patched by Microsoft. Why on earth would you use it?

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I had to reinstall the operating system on my ThinkCenter A Series and when I reloaded I noticed that my preloaded MS Office 2003 is now gone. What must I do to reinstall this? Can someone help please?

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Hi all!

I am kind of tired of reformatting and then re-downloading all the software and reloading all the applications and programs. I am starting to dislike the reformat, re-install, something go wrong, reformat, re-install circle. Example: each time I reinstall Windows 7 it wants hours of updates. So does Office 2007 Ultimate!

Can someone tell me [give me a step-by-step written instruction] what is the best way to make an image of it all so I can simply reinstall OS, drivers, and programs?

Example: is the Windows 7 backup the best? Or is there a Windows 7 image maker or whatever?

Is there a third party software that is better?

Also, I like to place my Windows 7 on one partition and most of the programs on another...what would be the best way to make an image of BOTH, so that in the event of hardware failure, virus, etc. I can simply reload everything again without downloading and reinstalling everything all over again.

Please give me some expert advice if you can.

I would greatly appreciate any and all accurate information in this area.



Answer:What is the best software to make an image of my operating system for back up purpose

for free clonezilla:

General introduction about using the Clonezilla live

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had opted and upgraded from windows 7 to 10 and everything was working perfectly till yesterday when on starting the comp I get the following message - Critical Error -start menu and cortona are not working. We will try to try and fix it the next time you sign in.
Repeated attempts at restarting and signing on shows no result. Can anyone guide me in removing windows 10 and going back to windows 7. I am unable to open explorer or edge as they call it but google chrome works (so far)

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I am currently using Windows 7 on a smallish laptop, I've always used since I started using a computer 32bit systems, when I go for either a desktop or another laptop should I go for a 64bit system? and if so do the 64bit drives come with a partition so that my 32bit programs will work?

Reason I've posted this here is because it'll probably be windows 10 that will be installed when I update my PC.

Answer:Operating System Question 32 & 64bit

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

Answer:Solved: Operating system Question??

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

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Looking at most of the requests in the Helproom, it seems that it would be very helpful if the users OS was stated in the first post as this seems to be the first question from many responders.I see that in some forums, users state their complete system, but that is probably over the top, as more specific info could be supplied later if necessary.

Answer:Please state operating system in your question.

Here are a couple of good free programs to help you get your system information if you are not sure.Belarc is ok for your basic specs and aida gives a lot more detailed hereclick here

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Last week I bought a used Dell Dimension XPS T500 P3 desktop without an operating system from Surplus at the University I work for. This computer will replace an old Gateway AMD Athlon desktop which is running Windows ME.

Any recommendations for operating systems? I was thinking that I would purchase XP Home through my campus IT store (with the discount), and just load it up. Is there anything that I need to know or do before I do this?

Answer:Question about which Operating System to purchase

lakeriedog said:

Last week I bought a used Dell Dimension XPS T500 P3 desktop without an operating system from Surplus at the University I work for. This computer will replace an old Gateway AMD Athlon desktop which is running Windows ME.

Any recommendations for operating systems? I was thinking that I would purchase XP Home through my campus IT store (with the discount), and just load it up. Is there anything that I need to know or do before I do this?Click to expand...

I tried XP on a Compaq Presario 5461 (500 MHz AMD K6, 320MB RAM), which is similiar in specs to yours. It will run decently but not particularly fast. OK for internet, email, and word processing. You will want at least 256MB memory, preferably 512MB+ and use Blackviper's list - his site is down for moving issues but someone is hosting a copy - to disable unneeded services, which will help performance.

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I'm trying to understand what kind of communication takes place between the OS and the Bios.I know when I replaced the battery on the mother board I had to reset the time/date. I did that on the desk top and it set the time in the Bios.So I guess my question is what else takes place between the Bios and the Operating System? Thanks in advance for any info.
I'm new at this and trying to learn.

Answer:Bios and Operating System Question

basically the bios tells your operating system what hardware you have.

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I have Windows XP Home, SP 3 on a Dell Desktop PC. Whenever I boot (or reboot) I get a screen that requests that I choose the Operating system to use. It times down from 30 seconds and chooses the 1st option if I do not choose one of them. However, the 2 choices are exactly the same ... MS Windows XP Home Edition (and it makes no difference as to how the system boots ... or how the PC works after booting if I pick one or the other).

I cannot restore to an earlier point as it has been going on for a long time. I don't know exactly when it started. ... but I suspect it happened during a re-formatting of my hard drive.

Any idea how to stop this ?? Thank you

Answer:Choose Operating System Question

Hi .This should eliminate the situation (I hope): Removing the invalid entries from Boot.ini - Louis

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my pc has two 40 gig hard drives. the master is used for winxp and the slave is now empty. i wanted to install win 98 on the slave drive so i can use the dos system because my wife has dos programs that wont run with winxp.

my question is how do i install win98 to my slave drive without removing winxp?

i did search but could not find an answer to this question.

Answer:dual operating system question
Note: You must have a second hard disk or partition formatted for FAT16/32 in order to be able to install Windows 98/Me.

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After replacing my burnt hard drive and being happy my power supply decided to start working, I have another problem.

I boot it up, then it tells me an operating system is not detected. I have Windows ME and it's worked ever since I had. I only replaced my hard drive.

I might of unhooked a wire or something but I'm not sure where it's located. Hopefully someone here can help clear that up for me.

Thank you for any assistance, it's greatly appreciated.

Answer:Dumb question, but where is the operating system located?

the OS is on your hard drive, so yeah, if you replaced it, u don't have it anymore

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If I Were To Upgrade To Windows Vista When It Is Released In The Future Will The Warrenty On My Laptop Become Void? And Will Toshiba Install It For Me At A Cheaper Price? (I Know Silly Question But I Just Wondering)

Answer:Question about upgrading Windows Operating System


I don't know if Toshiba will support Windows Vista for your laptop, but it has no effect on the warranty what OS or other software is installed.


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Does a OEM holographic XP Home SP1 disk contain the exact same information as a HP Operating System Disk  (that would come in the set of Hewlit Packard's system recovery disk's) , that is labled XP Home SP1.I wondered if the HP disk maybe, was not as complete, file wise, as the OEM disk.Just curious.

Answer:question about XP Home, operating system disk's

No, Recovery CD's are different and only applicable to a particular computer.  They are complete, but only for that computer.  Maybe more complete, since they contain the proper drivers.

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Can someone tell me what the difference is between the OEM and retail versions of windows XP? I am planning on building a system next year and I heard that windows XP is not going to be sold to consumers after january. I am not ready to make the Vista jump yet. So as I was checking out prices and the OEM version is much cheaper, so I am wondering what the difference is besides the retail packaging and the price. Thank you in advance.

Answer:windows operating system OEM or retail question

No warranty support, and the XP license requires hardware to be bought with it, in which case, thats perfect for you.

The differences are only license deep. The software is identical otherwise.

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I have XP SP2 on a 120gb harddrive separated into 90gb (C) and 30gb (D) partitions (sent from Dell this way).

Currently, I have not saved anything to the D drive. I would like to move the data that is saved in "My Documents" on C over to D. What happens if I move the "My Documents" folder? Will the operating system be able to find it in its new location? For example, once it is moved, and I go to "Start" and click on "My Documents", will it open the folder that I moved to the D drive or will it still try to open the original path to the C drive?

Here is a different example of my question/concern. If I rip a music CD using Windows Media Player (11), it places it in "My Music" within "My Documents" on the C drive. If I move "My Music" to the D drive, will WMP know to look for the music files on D or will it still think to look for a "My Music" folder within "My Documents" on the C drive?

I guess I am basically asking what the process is to migrate my data over onto the other partition without confusing the operating system as to where to find the transplanted data.

Thanks for your help!


Answer:Question about partition and how the operating system manages it
Change the path by browsing to the new location.

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I purchased an HP g6-2249 laptop that was made originally with Windows 8. It's an off lease laptop and the company erased the operating system before selling it. I can order recovery disks from HP, which they assure me will work, even though the hard drive has been wiped clean. My question though is I have Windows 7 Ultimate installation disks. Will I have any problems putting this on a laptop that was designed for Windows 8?

Answer:Solved: Downgrading operating system question

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I want to know what you recommend to use to Ghost or Copy my XP operating system and software to a new hard drive. I will be updateing my Hard Drive soon and want to know the best software for doing this so I don't have any problems. What do you Recommend ?


Answer:Easy Question LOL Copying Operating System?

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Can you repair an installed copy of Windows Vista Home Premium using a Windows Vista Business DVD? I would think probably not but it's worthwhile asking.

Answer:Simple question about repairing operating system

Hi, not sure what you mean "repair" the 32 (or 64) versions of Vista were all included on the retail version you purchased, you would activate the version you payed for. If you mean put the DVD into the drive, boot and activate the "repair your computer" option then YES any version will do. Maybe you could let us know what you want to do and why and we can assist further.

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

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

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

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How can I change OS for Toshiba Satellite L40-139 from Vista to XP?

[Edited by: admin on 01-Oct-2007 20:12]

Answer:Question about changing operating system on Satellite L40

Bump, having the same problem or do dualboot with Vista.
Same for me.

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I successfully moved my copy of WinXP pro to my now current machine. My old machine still starts up and is not connected to the internet. I was going to give the machine to my parents. I have tons of windows xp copies so using another copy is not the problem. I was just wondering what happens when you use the same copy on both machines. Will the old machine prompt for a new key? Just wondering.

Answer:Question about moving operating system to new computer

roaf85 said:

I have tons of windows xp copies so using another copy is not the problem.Click to expand...

Some how I doubt this, how/why do you have "tons of copies"?

The answer to this question determines the answer to yours.

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I am setting up 2 dedicated servers at the moment and want to merge it into 1 ....

server1: 2k adv server, 800mhz duron, msi k7n420 pro, 256mb DDR (not mine), rock solid 350watt PSU reliable for 8 years now. full server case, 10gig HD

server2: rh fedora, 450mhz, intel gateway board, 192mb SD, rigged non-proprietary PSU, with a nice gap on one side, gateway case, 10gig HD

now i got to thinking ..... i just ordered 2 100gig HDs for the heck of the deal i got on them. 85 shipped guaranteed no DOA. I would like to sell the current gateway for some cash and install an all in one server for the main machine (upgrade the CPU and memory).

I want to be able to boot into windows or linux and have the same www root for each OS's server root. that way whichever OS happens to be bootted ... there wont be a problem getting to the same essential server. What is my best way of accomplishing this? I am 100% new to raid. im not very familiar with linux although i have setup a server and setup remote access in the past w/ fedora/linux.
my idea:
raid 1 the 2 100s and install both OSs on the *100 gig* drive. possibly allocating 2 15 gig partitions for each OS and using the rest as a 70gig data partition to itself for the webserver and all. each OSs server would simply point to that partition for its server roots whether it be FTP, mail, my own data, http, etc....

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Answer:question on a dual operating system raid 1 server

At the moment, Linux and Windows can read from the same partition as long as the filesystem used is FAT (NTFS is also supported but FAT has been out longer and both OS can write to a FAT filesystem). NTFS is the preferred filesystem for Windows 2000 and higher and Ext2/3, Reiser, XFS, etc. is preferred for Linux. Since you want to do a separate partition for your data and Linux should have a swap partition, you should set up the partitions, size, and filesystems as so:

Primary partition 1: Windows 2000, 20GB, NTFS
Primary partition 2: Linux, 20GB, Ext2/3, Reiser, XFS, etc (your choice)
Primary partition 3: Swap for Linux, 1.5 x physical RAM
Primary partition 4: Data for webserver, rest of HD space, FAT

Although you may have issues with Linux and RAID 1 (thats what I see people have problems with using Gentoo), RAID 1 is the way to go for data availability. Is the main server going to be upgraded, or just add more HD space to it and merge the two systems into one?

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Dear forum membersPlease does anyone know whether there exists a installation / recovery disk for this model (7630-ae8) for the windows xp operating system.Yours sincerelyIan

Answer:Lenovo Thinkcentre m58p question about operating system

There probably is, but unless you have the XP license or that the machine ships with the XP installation discs, Lenovo would not be able to sell it to you.

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I have purchased the R500 64SSD version, and for some reason it never struck me to check if there was a DVD drive on it.

That was rather embarassing.

I know it is easy to purchase an external drve to copy software etc on to the Portege, so that isnt so bad.

However, I am considering a re-install, possibly to XP, but maybe just to reduce the repulsive amount of bloatware i got on my machine when i switched it on.

Now to the crux of the matter: if i use an external USB disk drive, i need USB drivers. If i delete the OS, that will delete the drivers.

So, finally, my question is: How in the name of Hell is anyone supposed to put a fresh install into an R500?

Thanks for your patience.

Answer:Question about operating system reinstall on Portege R500

I understand everything till the point with the bloatware.

But what I don?t understand is: what do you want with a USB disk drive? I hope you don?t mean a USB-HDD (it?s a little bit confusing). ;)

Usually you can use all drives without the need of some drivers because the machine offers you the option to boot from a USB device after powering the machine up and see the Toshiba logo pass...
You must only press F12 and choose the option to boot from an external USB CD/DVD drive. Thats all.


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 I have recently purchased a used R51e with an XP pro OEM product key . The unit is marked a a DEMO version. I installed an OEM ISO on it and it took the prouct key, however it failed MS Authenticity verification. My question is : is it failing MS authenticity because the DEMO hardware has been over-modified (e.g. new NIC or HD), or does the OEM Install CD has to be from IBM, as opposed to ANY OEM. I know I can buy the recovery cd for this from IBM for like $50 bucks. I am just trying to learn about the licensing scheme.

Answer:R51e OEM xp prfessional operating system licensing question

Welcome to the forum! Not a hardware problem, but a software licensing issue. COA on your machine is only valid (and will be accepted by MS) with an IBM-issued version of XP. Hope this helps.

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Hello everyone,
The laptop I use is under warranty. Will I be able to guarantee that I have changed my operating system?
(Laptop: Lenovo v110-80th)
Mod's Edit: Additional information added to Subject line for clarity of issue.

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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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I recently had to purchase a new computer because my old one crapped out. I had Window XP on it and had purchased Microsoft Office Standard (xp version) so I could get Word, Excel and Outlook. Later I purchased another Microsoft Office, XP CD so I could install Publisher. My new computer came with Vista Home Premium. Can I download these applications on my new computer with the Vista operating system or do I need to go by new version of these applications that are Vista compatible? Thanks! Rich

Answer:Solved: Compatibility Question: Vista Operating System & Microsoft Office (Word, Exc

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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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"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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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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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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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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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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I have a multiple operating system and used to get the blue graphical boot menu with a rectangle with the name of each operating system in it. After a few boots it went back to the text menu, and only returned a couple of times. Is there a way to get the graphical boot menu back permanently? It looks a lot nicer. I have XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Answer:How to get back the "Choose your operating system" menu

Hello and welcome to the forums archp2008. Boot into Win8, run bcdboot c:\windows

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Hello, i have problem with back up operating system from recovery cdies. When i acceped start button to backup partition system i get an alert "space not enough" I had linux before and i whant change it to windows back. i deleted all ext partitions. I have all unlocated space.I shouldnt have problems. Please help me 

Answer:OneKey Recovery 6.0. Problem with back up operating system from recovery cd'ies

I would use something like Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director to first create a FAT32 partion for your C: Drive where your OS will go and be sure to leave 10GB or so unallocated for the secondary FAT32 Partition where your "factory image" will go. You then create a Logical Drive with the unallocated space and make it hidden (PM or ADD will do this).   Install your OS (preferably Windows XP if you want less problems) and then after you have setup everything the way you want (drivers, applications, etc), then use Acronis True Image to create your "factory restore" image on the hidden partition and activate the Startup Recovery Manager.This is the way I do it and it works like a charm! 

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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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All heck broke loose after printer install.
Could not go back to the restore point prior to the install.
Running slow. Everything seems to be running?
Please advise.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:49:34 PM, on 7/12/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Power Management\CeEPwrSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec_Client_Security\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec_Client_Security\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
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Answer:cannot go back to system restore prior to new printer install.

I am presuming that the Toshiba is the Laptop, as I don&#8217;t know of a Toshiba desktop they might be around, or the printer, you also have Brother and HP I am presuming one of them is the new printer is the other one a previous printer or a scanner?
You also have 4 tool bars and 2 Antivirus that I can tell, which can cause conflicts,

If both the brother and HP are previous and current new printer uninstall both, then reinstall the new one after you have cleaned out the computer.
You also have Ad aware and spy bot, if you insist on keeping both programs, best to not having running in the background and only update and run when you want to use them. And then only use one at a time.
A bit more details on which is the new printer, and what make is your laptop/desktop is.

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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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