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Linux Vs Windows operating system

Question: Linux Vs Windows operating system

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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Preferred Solution: Linux Vs Windows operating system

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.)

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

Answer:A Operating system besides Windows or Linux??

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

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

Answer:second operating system (linux xubuntu)

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

Make at least three partitons

1) 10 to 15 Gb

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

3) 512 MB to 2 GB

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

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

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

Put your GRUB into partition 1).

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


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


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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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I need to upgrade my hard drive but am worried that I will need to reinstall Windows XP Home. The problem is that I don't have the Windows CD-Rom as my current hard drive originally came from an HP system and the only copy is on a partition on the hard drive. I've upgraded just about everything else on the system (CPU, motherboard, graphics card etc...) and have had to reactivate once. But I'm very uncertain that I can use a new SATA drive without installing a new version of Windows XP Home. Any advice?Also, if I do need to buy a new version of Windows, can I get away with an OEM version?

Answer:OEM Windows XP operating system

And you will also have to buy something like a PCI Modem or oem mouse.

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Will Microsoft Deliver Windows 7 Next Year?

Microsoft hints that the next version of its Windows operating system will arrive in 2009. So soon?!?!

PC World - Will Microsoft Deliver Windows 7 Next Year?

Got to love PC World for all the latest info. Interesting read.

Answer:New Windows operating system

I recently had a meeting with my MS rep (conference call actually) to discuss EoL for XP and Server 2003. Although he couldn't tell me with 100% certainty, he was very confident with his statement that 7 would be released prior to their start of their first quarter FY2010 (Which would indicate that it would be released before the holiday season in '09).

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is it worth offering my old computer windows 95 for sale or am I flogging a dead horse?

Answer:Windows 95 operating system

dead horse. Give it away. You'll still struggle for takers.

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I have Sony Vaio VGN-CR35G/N and it's operating on Windows XP. I reinstalled the Windows XP and everytime I turn on my laptop, it will asked me which operating system I want to run and I have tried the first one which is the new one. I had a problem to connect to the internet as I don't know how so I choose the second one which is my old operating system and I tried to close the first one, but i deleted the wrong operating system, so I end up with the new one. do you know how to restore the operating system that I have jut deleted from the control panel/system/advanced? I don't remember the thing.

Answer:Operating System windows xp

You obviously screwed up during the reinstall of XP, then screwed up a 2nd time by deleting the wrong OS. I suggest you start over & do a fresh install. Boot off the XP disk, remove all partitioning, create new partitions, format as NTFS, then install XP. You'll need to install all the drivers (chipset, video, sound, network, etc), SP3 (if it's not on your XP disk), IE8, all the Windows updates, anti-virus, etc, etc.

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I am new here and am in need of good advice. I am fairly computer savvy enough to be reallllly dangerous. And that is why I am here.

I have a Dell Demention 5100 running Windows XP Home. Two weeks ago I ran SpyCather Express and it picked a WINDOWS file that was quarentined. The PC would subsequently stop booting at the "Windows is Loading" stage.

Long and short of it, I had Dell ship me the restore disk with drivers etc. Trying to repair this myself because warranty had expired I loaded Windows OS again and now I have TWO Windows XP OS on the PC.

I still have my old files, photos, music etc. but when it boot now it tell me to choose what OS to use (both XP). I choose the first one XP and the system is running fine. If I choose the second XP, it doesn't boot at all (thats where the files , i.e. music, pictures etc are).

I also partitioned the drive (didn't know I did that, the DELL support told me to run BOOTFIX \R and it partitioned.

So my question is, I would like to get rid of the second OS after I move all the files over to the working OS files using Windows Explorer. (MAKES SENSE?????...Sorry)

I am loosing space with the two OS and the partitioned drive correct?

Thannnnnk you very much.

See what I mean, I know enough to be dangerous.


Answer:Operating System (Windows XP)

what u mean by using windows explorer ,its built in windows programs

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Hi everybody :

This is a question about Windows 7 Operating System. I notice, every once in a while, when I boot up, the display gets stuck on the BIOS splash screen. Then I manually turn my computer off.....wait a minute before booting back up. Then the BIOS screen only displays for a second or so, then proceeds with the boot up process. Is this indicate that my Operating System might've gotten corrupt ? My Operating System is : Windows 7 Professional / 32-bit.

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Windows Operating System

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Help I have a dell lattitude d620. I received an error message bootmgr is compressed and i do not have an installation disk. I can i resolved this issue?

Answer:Operating System Windows 7

Well, you will need a Win 7 DVD. Do you have any friends with one? If you can get your hands on one, follow the informational link; How To Fix BOOTMGR Is Compressed Error Message

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I would like to know if there is any other operating system, nearly as good as Windows XP Pro, which does NOT NEED activating. Although I purchased a new genuine copy of Windows XP Pro, costing over £200.00, a few years ago, I find Microsofts control over it diabolical. I have upgraded my system twice recently, only to be told it must be reactivated within 30 days etc. As an elderly pensioner, my hobby is building and repairing computers for my grand-children, and due to microsofts control, I cannot install this copy of Windows XP on their computers. I am building a very good quality computer for my daughter-in-laws unisex hair salon, and I cannot install this copy of Windows XP on her computer. Although I did pay over £200.00 for my Windows XP I find microsofts control over the software as totally unacceptable. Any recommendations of similar operating system not needing activated, or any way round these problems would be appreciated.Many thanks to all who take the time to reply.

Answer:Next Best Operating System to Windows XP Pro

click here and a google search for 'linux' will bring up many flavours of free operating systems.

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Dear sir,
Is there any way I can install my operating system on a flash drive?I have a lap top.I would like to download my windows 7,(windows files only),on a flash drive.
Thank you,
John Pearson!

Answer:operating system-windows 7

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I m moon . my topic name windows xp .
Windows xp is the best operating system .It is old operating system ,it make by Windows 95 / 98/ 2000 / XP / 2003 with present .


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Hi!Why does HP come up with a MS Windows OS, and charge it's customers for it when they don't even want to buy Widnows.And then my laptop doesn't contain a Licence key, so recovery is another issue. We have to keep that partition. If we loose that we loose Wndows, or else it keep occupying GBs of our hard drive and a physical partition.Why doesn't HP just install a free Linux, and reduce the amount charged for windows from it's product. It will be a bit cheaper for users and will give them freedom to choose their own OS.

Answer:Why does HP come with a Windows Operating System?

Hi, Firstly; HP sells many machines with FreeDOS. Secondary; you can create a Recovery set yourself and keep it in a safe place. It contains Operating system and drivers which allow you to bring your machine back the Fatory settings status.Thirdly: the Windows key is in the BIOS of your machine. You won't loose the key.Regards.

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You know the story leading in; got a virus. Lost the operating system. Found that the CD/DVD Drive no longer works. I bought a new hard drive, only I can't format it. Our new computer operates on Windows 7, so can't use it to format the new hard drive. Can't operate old computer. Originally would just get black screen, with "No operating system found". Had F2 option. Bought computer recovery disc for Acer Aspire 3610, but computers disc drive doesn't work (I think virus got the driver). Finally bought a PATA to USB jumper, and pulled HDD from Acer. Connected HDD to good computer and found I could access folders, files etc. Had the good computer run analysis, and fix. Loaded HDD back in bad computer, and got setup windows. Now I can get to the point where the bad computer (Acer) asks for Windows XP Home Addition Disk and hit enter to load. Still no Disc operation. I have the Product Key from Acer for the Windows XP Home Addition. I am thinking I can get a copy of XP Home Addition from some site and download it to disc using the good computer using the Product Key. I don't know where to go to get it, or how to make the disc drive work on the bad computer in order to load. Any ideas, or clarifications needed?
Also, I think I can format the new HDD using the jumper (PATA to USB), but have to wait until I get some of those small jumpers to set the new HDD as a slave, so it will be recognized as a drive. Am I wrong about this?


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Answer:No Operating System / Windows XP

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What Windows OS are you using now?

Answer:Which Windows Operating System Are You Using Now?

Windows 10 since the Insider Builds for me

2 Windows 7 machines, 2 Windows Vista 32-Bit machines, an Android tablet are the rest in this house.

And one around 2003 Windows XP Home machine right next to me.

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i am missing the ctl3d32.dll system file..i could not install an earlier version of microsoft windows 97 program. says i am missing mentioned file...any help would be appreciated..i do not have original windows 7 cd but do have window xp cd.......thanks........

Answer:windows 7 operating system

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can i get the mac operating system on my windows pc?

Answer:mac operating system on a windows pc

humty bumpty

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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 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 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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After turning on computer error message comes up saying that there is no OS. computer was working fine before turning it off. The computer was only off for about an hour

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Just curious if any Pros Or Cons ?? I'm about to Reboot my Computer in my quest clear out whatever is preventing me from taking Updates without Failure or Error Codes...I just recently purchased a Refurbished Dell that came with the Windows 7 Pro Operating System...The label on the CD that came with the Dell has the Microsoft Logo and Refurbished Windows 7 Pro printed on it as well... Pardon my Computer Illiteracy but I just want to make sure that I can Safely Reboot my Computer with this CD ?? Thanks

Answer:Refurbished Windows 7 Pro Operating System.....

As long as the Product Key on the COA sticker is still readable you can use the latest Win7 installer with SP1 for your licensed version provided here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Pay close attention to how drivers are handled in Win7 and the Special Note for Dell Owners at the end of the tutorial. I would run the Delll bootable Diagnostics now to check over the hardware first, then if it runs only save that partition since Recovery won't run after reinstall. Dell Diagnostics Utility - How to Run the . If Diagnostics won't run the delete all partitions during the install.

Ask back any questons you have.

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my dell 3537 hard drive crash and I replaced for a new one, it asked my for the operating system, I bought one from dell, came in a flash drive, now it tells my error loading operating system, I ran a  system test from dell and everything is fine,
don't know what to do

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Excuse me if I am not using the right terminology in my questions, but.....
Can RDP user #1 who has saved their username and password via “remember my credentials”, or something similar, send the same RDP icon/file to user #2 to access user #1 terminal connection without giving user #2 their username and password?
Other important information:
Both PCs are using Windows XP operating system
I don’t have easy access to Windows XP computers, and I vaguely remember that this could be done. If I you have a reference that this could be done, could you direct me to a site or Microsoft document which confirms the above? Thank you.

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I am running Windows 98 and want to install a media player that needs windows xp I have been told that all I need to do is change a setting that tells the system what version it is, from 98 to xp. Is this correct and if so how do I do it

Answer:Changing windows operating system name

I think that someone is getting mixed up. In Windows XP you can set compatibility mode so that the operating system can run programs written for earlier versions of Windows but as far as I am aware you can't do it the other way around. For that to happen Windows 98 would have had to be able to see the future. If it states that the program needs Windows XP then that is what it needs.

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I was using my computer and it locked up and now when I try to boot it up I need a start up password to get on into the computer.  I cannot get to anything on my hard drive. Is there a password you can give me to unlock this system?

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Can someone please help me upgrade my computer to a 64-bit Operating system. I am using now Windows 10 Pro but my system is still 32-bit Operating system, x64- based processor. Can I upgrade to 64-bit OS? If so, can someone help me how?

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Hi all, completely new to this forum, registered purely because of the problem in the title.
I'm an every day home user and not that experienced with advanced IT stuff although I do know more than your average home user.
Now, to the problem.
I was using my Sony vaio laptop (CW series bought in November 2009) as usual about 4 hours ago, when the HDD appeared to make a strange beep/clicking sound, and my computer completely froze up. In a state of slight panic, I held down the power button and forced my computer to shut down.
Upon restarting, the vaio logo appeared, the screen went blank and the message 'operating system not found' was displayed.
I turned the laptop off via the power button again, left it for a minute and then switched it back on. I had the same result.
After searching the net on the family computer I discovered that checking the the BIOS may be the the next logical step. What I have gathered from the vaio's BIOS is that my HDD is listed as having '0GB' memory. I have also checked the boot priorities (?) and hard drive is listed as priority one as the net page suggested it should be.

My specs are:
Sony vaio vpccw1
Intel core 2 dual core possessor (2.8GHz roughly)
4GB of RAM
320 GB HDD
(I don't know how much of this is relevant!)

I do have recovery DVDs that I created when I first got the vaio.
I also have a Windows back up on a portable hard drive from April this year (but obviously I would like to retrieve the files I have saved since then... Read more

Answer:'Operating system not found' - Windows 7

and welcome to the Forum

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive by downloading the diagnostic tool for the hard drive brand and making a bootable disc.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

See this for how to make a bootable cd:

How to Burn a Bootable ISO File

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Hello new user here, I have just installed win xp media edition 2005 on a extended partition on the same hardrive as win 7 but it doesnt show up at startup?, the only way I can get into xp ,is to perform a system repair. After I have done this I cant get into win 7 without repairing that?, hope this make sense I needed to install win xp as win 7 doesnt recognise my mp3 player creative zen 20 gig anyone any ideas as to how to get a boot screen showing both operating systems thanks.

Answer:windows 7 doesnt see XP operating system

Do you mean Dual boot??

If so see this

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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how do I install Windows XP operating system? i have the BIOS prompt now how do I get it to boot>>>

Answer:install operating system Windows XP

You didn't say which version of XP so I took a guess. See the following guide. If you have the boot order configured so the CD/DVD drive is listed 1st, scroll down to Part 1:

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For some reason, I now can't boot up and get the message, 'missing operating system'. I put my 7 disc in an tried to repair but had no image listed. I don't want to reinstall 7 if I can help it, as I'll lose programs because I'll have to format. I've tried chkdsk from the c: prompt but that wasn't helpful, and I can't get into safe mode. I know all my files are still there, I just can't boot into the desktop. I've tried to reinstall my Dell drivers from my disc, that didn't seem to work. Really don't want to take this into the shop if I can help it. Thanks Papa t

Answer:Missing operating system Windows 7

Pls see if these posts help you: Fix: Missing Operating System or Operating System Not Found Fix: Bootmgr is Missing in Windows 7

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hello everyone....I wonder to see if work ? we have XP operating already on my computer and what happen if we get X leopard OS to take over but am not sure if can formatting XP hard drive to clean up empty and start new X leopard into my computer with same hardwares we have already or maybe upgrades new hardwares to make work on X leopard OS ? or leave as same hardwares ?? Because I saw Ubuntu from internet to try it and look good but not everything there I thought X leopard OS have over 300 things there which it good ? Can anyone who know about X leopard and do there will work on my old XP computer and am not sure do allow have windows and X leopard split into 2 or do allow to formatting XP to empty and fresh start X leopard OS ??Please let me know any help with idea ? such wonder to know which it better ??Thank you for reading and am looking forward to hear anyone who can help us .... RegardsHomepc

Answer:Windows XP v X leopard operating system

If it's not an Apple system, you will likely not be able to use Leopard - certainly it will probably take a lot of messing to do so.

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how do format and reinstall windows xp os?

Answer:how do format windows xp operating system? exspelling... there is logic to this madness! .im

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Hi all, I have just bought a new zoostorm preloaded PC., and when it boots up 'Loading Operating System' pops up for say 10/20 seconds and then proceeds as normal to Windows. Now the only reason I'm asking is because my other Windows 7 PC doesn't do this? So what I'm asking is...should I be worried? Or is this normal, the PC is working fine.

Answer:Windows 7: Loading operating system...

Read this it may just be that it will explain what is going on at boot-up. You will have to enter the BIOS to make the necessary changes.

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i am using Dell All in One.
Since morning of 03 August, when i start PC it says Preparing Windows and once started it shows
You have been signed in with a temperory profile 
You cant access your files and files created in this profile will be deleted when you sign out. To fix this, sign out and try signing in later. Please see the event log for details or contact your system administrator
Everything saved on Desktop is missing
please help to restore the problem
Even it is not taking connection of broad band line via wifi.

Vikram Vaghela
M 9377890090

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Is Windows NT a network operating system, can I use
it in a normal desktop computer?

If it is a Network operating system, can I load it on a server that holds application programs of a company or on a server that uses e-mail?

what about novel-is it also a network operating system?

Answer:Is Windows NT a network operating system?

Yes and Yes
Yes and Yes, but then it wouldn't be a server, per se. You would need to load Windows NT Server, not workstation, in order for a system to be a server.
Yes, I believe it is an alternative to Windows. for nfo


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Problems started with windows updates failing,i went through the malware cleaning process on the malware forum and got the all clear.
I ran the acer recovery tool and got an error message-

The exception unknown software exception (0xc000000d) occurred in the application at location 0x1006b6e2.

Click ok to terminate the program.

I clicked ok as there was no other option and the screen went black with the message- missing operating system

What can i do now,i have no disc with the pc.

Answer:Windows seven missing operating system.

The error code you describe indicates that you have some corruption in your Boot Configuration Database, which houses the operating system information and supplies it during the boot process. The simplest solution would be to recreate the BCD from a Windows Recovery Environment, such as booting to your installation media and launching Command Prompt from the tools option after selecting the hyperlink for repairing windows. The process is illustrated in this article from Microsoft Support.

Once you have accessed a Command Prompt enter:

bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
cd boot
attrib bcd -s -h ?r
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
bootrec /RebuildBcd
This will rename the existing BCD which is corrupt and create a new BCD, then search your system for applicable operating system files from which the system can be boot.

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Well windows 7 was working sweet last night.
Today I opened a folder with some videos in it, left the room but when I came back in all I saw on my laptop was a black screen which read something like "No operating system detected" .
I restarted and had the same problem , so I put in a usb stick with windows 7 and started the setup.
Setup could not detect my hard drive :/ and now when I boot up it just gets stuck on the "Fujitsu Siemens loading screen" ......
Anyone got any suggestions?

Answer:Windows 7 - No Operating System found

Can you see HDD in BIOS?

If so, run HDD diags -

Start with SeaTools for DOS.

Regards. . .



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I am getting the "Missing Operating System" message on boot. Here is the strange thing...if I change the boot order in the BIOS and have CDROM first and choose not to boot off of it Windows 7 loads fine. If I put HARDDISK first then I get the missing operating system message. I have tried running CHKDSK, BOOTREC and the plain old Windows repair util. None of them have worked.

Anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Missing Operating System Windows 7

Hi kansasjhawk and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

That's a strange one.

Normally, if you have a bootable OS disk in the drive, and the drive is higher up in the boot order set in the BIOS than the HDD, then a message will appear asking if you want to boot from the drive, and to press any key if you do, failing which booting will continue with the next device in the boot order. The actual order doesn't matter normally, unless you specifically need to boot from floppy or CD/DVD.

Just out of interest, what interface do your HDD and optical drive use (PATA/IDE or SATA)?

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I have windows 7 home basic installed in my laptop. While browsing suddenly i got a blue screen with some information showing - "collecting crash dump...." and the system got restarted automatically. I am facing with this problem more frequently.

Please help me in resolving the problem.

Please its urgent!!!!!!


Answer:Problem with windows 7 Operating system

Welcome to TSF!

Please carefully follow the BSOD Sticky instructions here: so that we have some data to work with.

(I'll move the topic into the BSOD area of the forum, don't worry, you'll be automatically redirected there.)

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I wish to purchase microsoft Windows 8, please advise the difference between the
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Full Version
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro Pack.
Which of these do I buy?
Thank you.

Answer:Microsoft Windows 8 Operating System

Thank you very much for your reply.
I understand Microsoft Windows 8.1 Full Version is the one need to purchase.
Thank you.

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PROBLEM SOLVED bios was configuring hard drives as IDE instead of RAID.
So yesterday my computer worked, I turned it off last night and let it install updates (12 of them to be exact). This morning, lo and behold when I turned it on it posted and then said something along the lines of "no operating system found." It also won't give me the option of pressing ctrl +i to configure RAID, it just jumps straight to the no os found message. I managed to get it to boot from the windows 7 disc, but it can't seem to find my installation of windows 7. When I go into bios setup it still detects all 3 of my hard drives so I don't think that one of those died. Is it possible that one of those stupid updates killed windows?

Right now i've got it running startup repair, but it never actually found my install of windows, so I don't know what it's going to accomplish.

Here's hoping that we can get this resolved.

Edit: It actually says "Missing operating system."
Also, i'm not sure that it is actually posting. First screen is an ASUS p5q pro screen that says press del for setup. Then I get a black screen that says initializing, which then states that No Hard disc was detected or found or something, jumps back to the Asus screen, and then back to a black screen that says Missing operating system.

Answer:Windows 7 No Operating System Found

You may be able to use BootRec to fix things. I rebuilt the BCD and MBR when I had a "no OS found" and even though ScanOs found nothing, the computer booted after that. Very weird, but hey it worked so I'll take it.

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I run my computer off of windows xp and anytime I try to install a program it succeeds in saving the file to my desktop, but when I click on the file to install it, it gives me this error message: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item."I am running it as an Administator, not guest.Thank you!

Answer:installations on my windows xp operating system

1) What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?2) Please run full system scans with BOTH your installed anti virus app and with MalwareBytes3) Add "take ownership" to your context menu and we'll see if we need it later (

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hey sorry if it is in the wrong place but earlier today (arround 9am) my mum got a call from 'windows operating system support' im guessing it was bullshit cos of the japanese person on the end barely able to speak english.

just wandering if anyone else has had this scam yet and to let you guys know about it

(im in the UK btw)

Answer:windows operating system support????

Thank you for the heads up!

The only way Microsoft would contact you is if you contacted them first, and then there are protocols:
FAQ: Will Microsoft? (or Microsoft? Support) ever call me?- Microsoft Answers

Some recent results:
Windows 7 Forums - Search Results for phone call phishing scams

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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 purchased my HP pavilion G-6 laptop in ~June 2013 with windows 8.1 &  due to some mistake my friend has formatted it with windows 7 without recovery backup. now i want my laptop in original setting of original windows & recovery options.can you please guide me, how can i get it without new purchase options? Can factory restore help me in this subject?

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I have a HP Pavilion 7dv that was working fine for a few years. Then one day it shut down and when I restarted it the computer asks for a startup password.  I have researched online to find passwords and have used a variety of ones I have found and nothing works.  It always loops back to the blue screen that says "Automatic Repair" - your PC did not start correctly.  I have the option of restarting or using advanced options.  Either way, when I try to fix the problem it always goes to a black screen that asks for the startup password.  I cant seem to get past that page.  If anyone could give me a way to enter a passcode or work around that would be great.  Thank you

Answer:I have a Pavilion dv7 with Windows 10 operating system thats...

@bbcr8ability Please try 3 times then post back the code Regards

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I downloaded and installed something called Untangle today. I didn't read the small details of it, I only wanted the main aspect.. This is the part I didn't see:

"Your hardware does not need an operating system ? the Untangle Server installs its own operating system.
The Untangle Server software completely erases any content or data that may exist on your PC hard drive."

I realized now that it was a very bad mistake. I couldn't use it without 2 video cards or something it said. This made Untangle utterly useless. Due to the fact that I couldn't complete the set-up, my computer is now unusable. I couldn't reach the desktop as usual (later on, I found out that it was deleted and replaced by Untangle). So I decided to go uninstall it. There is no uninstall button... I decided to go to safe mode.Safe mode doesn't work without a usable Operating System... I couldn't use F11 either to restore the computer. I decided to get a recovery disc. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the disc. Maybe it didn't even came with the box... I got my hands on 5 disc that said it could restore Windows 7. I booted the computer with the first CD. Okay, the disc has deleted everything including Untangle so that was no longer a problem. The computer then prompted to insert Disc 2. I did, however it wasn't working. It kept ejecting the disc out! I removed the disc and was left with no choice but to restart it. Now, the computer no longer asks me to set up Untangle. It's gone. Now all I see... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Operating system deleted.

Another option...

I would suggest trying to obtain OS recovery media for your computer.
Go to the HP support website...
HP Support & Drivers | United States
The key is to start with the correct model number
then click Software and Driver Downloads,

On the next page, you're asked to select an operating system.
The Recovery Media link in the results list is only available if you select the Windows version your computer originally came with.

If you don't see a "Recovery Media" section, HP advises you to "make sure you are on the correct model number page and select another operating system."

If HP No longer has the recovery media for your system,
THEN, I might suggest going to MicroCenter or NewEgg for a copy of Win7.


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I dropped my laptop and had difficulty booting up. The DOS message said that it could not detect the operating system. My System Admin officer checked on the issue and has told me that my hard disk is no longer retrievable, which is very detrimental for my work!

Would appreciate anyone giving me any advice possible.


Answer:Operating System failure - Windows XP

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These are my computer specs:

Cooler master elite 360 mid tower

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

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

GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 1.0)
Chipset Type:
Intel X58 Express
Processor Socket:
LGA1366 Socket
Installed Qty (Max Supported):
0 ( 1 )
BIOS Type:
Storage Controler:
ATA-133, Serial ATA-300 (RAID... Read more

Answer:Help installing operating system windows!!!!!!

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

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

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

Or, if you're ... Read more

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Have just bought a new pc with Windows XP pre-installed. The retailer provided me with a recovery CD but I was also advised to burn my own copy of the OS onto DVD just in case.Am a total novice when it comes to anything like this. Do I just copy the files from the "Windows" directory onto DVD or is there something else I need to do?Apologies for such a basic question....Answers much appreciated!

Answer:Backing up Windows XP Operating System

Something like Ghost or Acronis True Image will create an image of the OS as it is now. When fully updated and running as you want, you can create an image of it and if you need to reinstall you can restore the image.Ghost is my preference: click here for an excellent guide.

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In order to improve customer support and experience, to increase hassle free computing, Microsoft integrated a lot of new automatic troubleshooting features in Windows 7 which makes it a ?Self-healing? OS. Yes, now you have no more requirements to call a technician or a computer guy to fix your computer, your Windows is now smart enough to handle all by itself. Basic Self-Healing
There is lot of options which performs self-healing tasks. Some options are available in ?Action Center? like ?Troubleshooters? which is capable of detecting and fixing the problems automatically. All you have to do is to select a right Troubleshooter for you and run it. Most of time Windows 7 suggests it at the time of problem.
To use a Troubleshooter, follow the following steps: Open Action Center from Control Panel or by clicking the Flag icon from notification icons area.Click on Troubleshooting option and then select any Troubleshooter according to your problem type i.e. whether it is related to display, sound, compatibility or any other.Follow the steps and use it to fix your problems automatically. Recovery using System Restore option is also a good feature to fix serious issues and using it is not a lot easier now. For using Recovery options navigate to Action Center. If you have some serious issues then use Advance System Restore options.
The advanced methods available in Recovery in Control Panel can return Windows to a usable state if it's badly damaged.
The first method use... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 – The only “Self-Healing” Operating System

Nice and detailed read, Thanks

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when i start my laptop the following message cams out: operating system not found

Answer:Windows 7 operating system not found

More info needed. Make, Model, Laptop, Desktop, recent other problems, recent changes in hardware or software, etc.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.This site is about helping people, lets keep it that way.

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Product Name: Compaq Presario CQ5207SC
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit)

I need help to install an operating system on my old desktop. It didn't run Windows 10 very good so I tried to degrade it back to Windows 7. Apparently it failed, and had also somehow deleted the Windows 10 operating system. So now I'm left with no installation disc (I lost it), and no operating system. Where can I get the OS, and how? Also, how can I boot the installation from CD or flash-drive? Tell me if you need serial number, product key etc.
Thanks in advance

Answer:Lost operating system - Windows 7/10

If you have a genuine product key you can download this MS Tool which allows you to download an iso of any version of Windows.
Download the correct iso and burn it to a DVD disk or USB stick. You can use a disk burning program such a CDBurnerXP to do this as the iso needs to be decompressed as it is burned. (You probably need to get a friend to do this for you if you if you don't have a second working computer yourself)

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This is my first posting and need recommendations.
I have Windows 7 64 byte OS but my computer is not recognizing it any longer.
Im pretty certain a virus has caused this.
I have spent many hours trying to research and attempt to recover everything myself.
Using Sytem Recovery Tool it clearly shows the OS is UNKNOWN on local disk.
Startup repair cannot repair automatically.
Diagnosis & repair details show no OS files found on disk.
Error code 0X3bc3.

I have the Windows 7 CD with product key that is in the disk drive.
Windows loads files.
Starting Windows screen.
I get to Configure language and location options in Windows 7 Setup screen
Windows 7 Install Windows screen
Repair your computer
System Recovery Options dialog box
System Recovery Options - nothing listed.
If I select LOAD DRIVER I can look in drives and folders but dont know what I am looking at or for.
I have C drive/System D drive/Boot X drive
Im not sure about what to do or if a virus is hiding somewhere.

Boot configuration is screwed up...I dont know what to do at this point.
Even if I try system restore a virus could be hidden somewhere?

Any recommendations for this fabulous situation I am in???
I have backed up my system on a WD my passport. God only knows if that was done correctly or not.
All I want is my ITUNES back and my music - I dont care about anything else in life - HAHAHAHA!


Answer:Windows 7 Operating system wipe out

Let's start at the beginning. Are you trying to repair the system or are you prepared to start from scratch with a format and reinstall? If the former, you should post in the Am I Infected forum on this site because if your system IS infected, running a repair won't help - the system will still be infected. If you are willing to start from scratch please let us know and we'll walk you through it.

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A few years back I bought a HP Pavilion laptop on Ebay with xp pro, office 2003 and some other programs preinstalled. Windows has sincestarted an authenticity check and tells me that the installed XP was from some type of multiple lisence and since it is not authentic will not allow me to update with it with the service packs. I have a copy of XP pro on my shelf that I had purchased with my old (non-working) computer but when I tried to authenticate laptop version with its product key was told it didn't match with the installed version. Is there some workaround to solve this problem?

Alternatively, can I remove the existing XP from this computer and reload with my purchased copy without losing my files and the other programs e.g. MS office.

If neither of those are possible, it would seem that the last alternative would be to save the hard disk contents to a Flash drive then remove and install the other windows xp system.

Any suggestions appreciated.


Answer:reinstalling windows xp operating system

hello & welcome to TSf ,

follow this link

now when you do this use your own Windows cd and enter the product key for it

you will have to to redownload all your updates but you wont loose any thing else all will remain intact

this will work for you will then just replacing the software with out haveing to reinstall any of your programs or backing up your data

i have done this befor and it works like a charm and only takes about an hr

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my dell 3537 hard drive crash and I replaced for a new one, it asked my for the operating system, I bought one from dell, came in a flash drive, now it tells my error loading operating system, I ran a  system test from dell and everything is fine,
don't know what to do

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I have a genuine copy of Win 7 64bit and 32 bit operating system disks complete with code and COA sticker. The 64 bit os was used on my PC which has now been updated with a new 64 bit os. No doubt this info was transmitted to Microsoft, and the old code hopefully deleted from that computer. My question is, can I sell those disks now, please?

Answer:Windows 7 Operating system disks

Not if you used an 'upgrade' version of the new OS. If you bought a retail version of your new OS and formatted the drive and your Win7 was a retail version, then yes.

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It seems that my toshiba satellite L20 laptop pc doesn't detect the hard drive and displays "missing operating system" on screen. Before it happened, I was trying to install Kubuntu OS and 50% of the hard drive was formatted and taken by Kubuntu. However, the installation process failed and the NTFS partition for my windows ware reduced to 50% (20GB). I tried to repeat the installation of Kubuntu. Unfortunately, the installation process again failed and 50% of remaining 20GB was further reduced to 10GB for my windows xp. Since then, whenever windows xp is running, it always says that there is no enough space and I need to clean and delete unused files.
I have used the administrative tools in the control panel to recover the 75% used in the installation of Kubuntu. I have combined these partitions into one and reformatted them again. I can't remember if it was reformatted in NTFS or FAT32. I think by default, it was reformatted in FAT32. I wanted to combine the 10GB currently being used by windows and the remaining 30GB to restore them back into its original condition. I couldn't do so. After couple of days, the screen just shows "missing operating system".
I tried to use the product recovery disk but to no avail.
Please help me on what should I do to restore it back to normal.

Thank you.

Kind regards,

Answer:Missing operating system - windows xp

I've got pretty much the same issue.
I posted this on the 20th but no replies so far:

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I have windows xp on a compaq evo n610c and every time i reboot the computer i get the error message: error loading operating system. It says f10 to access bios but I can't bios by pressing f10 instead it takes me to the error message... how can i fix this???

Answer:windows operating system error

So you restart and immediately start pressing F10 a bunch of times and can't get to the BIOS?
Do you hear any beeps?

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Hi,I'm Kamal I am using HP laptop pavilion g6 with windows 8,64 bit operating system,and I want to change to windows 7 64-bit.I tried to change by using windows CD but getting error and I am not able to Install windows-7.And also not able to Install other OS also.please help me and give resolution. Regards,kamal

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 I am using parallels and can not get on the web using the window side

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Hello Sir,My problem is I m lost my Windows operating system DVD so I could not run my laptop laptop is out of warranty.Plz tell me how can I purchase a new set of window operating system DVD's. Which will suitable for my system and all drivers run normally which has inbuilt my laptop.Earlier I m work on window7(64 bit operating system)If I want the higher version of window 7 it will available for my system with full of inbuilt driver plz inform me as soon as possible.Thanks and regardsPrashant Sharma9785868282

Answer:I want new windows operating system DVD's for my laptop

Hi, Vendors now no longer supply OS DVD. Please use the following instructions to order Recovery set: Regards.

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Does anyone have a good and comprehensive guide to re-installing Windows XP Home Edition from scratch? My PC has become unbelievable slow and in spite of all that I have tried in the last few months to fix it, nothing has worked. I have come to the conclusion to re-install and really CLEAN my computer so it will perform as it should. I have saved all documents and made a list of all the software installed to make the process easier.

Any suggestions?


Answer:Reinstalling Windows XP Operating System

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I changed from HD to SSD in a MacBook Pro running Parallels 8 in Mac OS X 10.11.6.  I deleted the Win7 .PVM as it was corrupt and would not move over.  I would like to download the Win7 OS and reinstall.  How do I do that.  I have the
Authentication Key and Home Group Windows 7 Password from when I originally purchased and downloaded.  Can I download / reinstall Win7?

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I?m running windows 7 on a Sony Vaio VGN FZ140e.. For the past few weeks I?ve heard beeps from my computer and it crashed (blue screen) once.. these did not happen often so I figured they weren?t much on an issue... Today when I turned it on I got a message "Operating System Not Found". It will not boot.. I?ve tried inserting the windows 7 disc to try the repair option but when I boot from disk it says "loading windows files" at the bottom and goes straight to the starting windows screen where it freezes rather than to a point where I have an option to install or repair. I have tried going into the BIOS and moving boot from disc up and then back to defaults.. I?m not sure if my hard drive went bad or if something else is keeping my laptop from booting because it appears from the BIOS that the computer does recognize that a hard drive is connected (says memory 200GB or whatever). Can anyone point me in the right direction please? Should I order a new hard drive and start over or are there still other options to rescue my files?

Answer:Windows 7 No Operating System Found PLZ Help!

and welcome to the Forum

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive ( click here )

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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Windows 8.1 hp support hp problems have even paid for Windows 10 should not be done though Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 computers recovery kit thanks in advance

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Dear Fellow Tech Users,

After successful installing Windows XP operating system, I began to attempt to connect to the internet, I have two other computers currently connected too the BT hub. With both internet connections working perfectly on those.

However, on the currently new xp installled machine, I cannot seem to connect at all. I have looked under the drivers "network drivers" and it states, "VIA compatible fast Ethernet driver (v2.66.0)" and "1394 Network adapter". So there are drivers there.

When I went too my network panel, it simply states " Acquiring IP", for which I have left it hanging there for over 2 hours with no luck. Any help would be much appreciated. I have ran driver tools but they require an internet connection to do the scan. So I'm feeling I'm in a creek without a paddle.
I am new at this computerized gizmo talk so please bare with me.

My computer specifications are as follows:

Packard Bell - Windows Xp /Media Center Edition Version 2002 SP2
Imedia/ MC 2469

Any help of this issue would be much appreciated.

Answer:Re-Installed Windows Xp Operating System

Go to Start/Run and type inetcpl.cpl and press enter/Connections/LAN Settings. Make sure all the boxes are unchecked. Now go to Start/Run and type ncpa.cpl and press enter. Right click the Local Area connection/Properties scroll down to Internet Protocol (TCP-IP)/Properties. Make sure Obtain an IP Address and DNS Server Address Automatically are both checked. Now go to Start/Run and type CMD and press enter. IN the Command Prompt type ipconfig /release and press enter. the IP Address changes to Now type ipconfig /flushdns and press enter. Now type ipconfig /renew. Now type ipconfig /all. You should have a new IP address try it again. If you still cannot connect please include the text output of your ipconfig /all in your next post

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Hey all,

I recently had Fedora and Windows 7 dual booting on my PC and decided to get rid of the Fedora and go with just Windows 7.

I reformatted the Fedora partition in disk management and everything was fine until I rebooted.

Now I get a Missing Operating System message and cannot boot into Windows.
I know which partition the OS is on, I can access if from the command prompt after booting to the Win7 disk and going that route.

Do I need to get to the boot.ini file and see what it says? I tried looking for it, but couldn't find it.

Any other suggestions?


Answer:Missing operating system Windows 7

Try EasyBCD to set your boot partition:

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I bought my Thinkpad R61i in 2008 in Shanghai. It has Windows Vista OS in international English language. But I want to switch the operating system to Windows 7 now. Is it possible ? Is there any driver issue related to this ? Can anybody tell how to do this. I ahve the  Windows 7 boot CD.
I will be waiting for help.
Saroj Kumar Patra
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Answer:Changing Operating System to Windows 7

Your DRIVERS are located Here and there seems to be Win7 drivers there.

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