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Problem booting windows XP installation disk and Dell computors

Question: Problem booting windows XP installation disk and Dell computors

Anyone have any information on a particular problem with dell computors booting from the cd rom drive or dvd drive. My problem is I have tried to do a boot from my XP installation cd and the resource cd (both bootable discs) to bring windows up into recovery console. Both these disks were included in my purchase of the unit direct from Dell. After doing some checking on this issue i found many suggestions on how it might be done. So far it doesn't work the conventional way just pop it in and boot. doesn't work if you reset the boot sequence, and it doesn't work if you try to disable the SATA drive, and different variations of turning on and off either of the two optical drives. After selecting boot cdrom at the boot option window it always says cdrom is unavailable. Now Dell has not posted a solution to this issue on the support web site it only suggests the doing the same steps i have tried. Several users have this issue which have posted in various blogs but no one seems to have a fix. Any help would be appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: Problem booting windows XP installation disk and Dell computors

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Answer: Problem booting windows XP installation disk and Dell computors

What is the model of this Dell.

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Hi.
I want to know how to approach dell to get a copy of windows 8 operating system iso so that I can reinstall the windows on my laptop.
I have following questions regarding same:
1. What is the procedure of obtaining the Windows 8 operating system iso from DELL?
2. If dell can provide the requested, what are the charges for the same?
3. Can the OEM version of the windows 8 be installed to another computer? What I meant is that how many licenses does I get with OEM version or how many times I can reinstall the operating system during the life cycle of the product(Windows 8) using the same key?
4. If the license key is embedded in the hardware then can I use any windows 8 installer iso to reinstall the OS?
 
Thanks
Nitin   
 

Answer:How to get the WIndows 8 installation disk/recovery disk from dell?

Hi Nitin,
The Windows product key is pre-installed in Dell systems. However may I know the reason why you are looking out for a disc?
If the computer is not booting up and if you want to request for a disc then you may use the below link:
http://dell.to/19q87KN  (For U.S only)
If the system is working normally, you may create a system restore disc by following the below steps in Windows 8:
(1) Move to mouse pointer to the top right corner and click on the search button.
(2) Select applications, type Dell backup and recovery and select search.
(3) On the left side you may click on the application.
(4) Once the application opens select recovery disc and create rescue disc.
OEM discs (Win8) can be installed on any Dell computers (if Windows 8 is pre-installed in that computer from factory).
It is suggested to use OEM image for re-installation purpose.

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From click here ... "If you didn't get an install disc with that box when you bought it - and some vendors don't bother, instead slapping restore files in a hidden partition on the hard drive, which has been, of course, copied over by Vista - you may be able to pry one from the reseller. Dell owners, for instance, can use an online form to request one free copy of the install CD."Does anyone have a link to this form on the Dell website?

Answer:Windows installation disk from Dell

If you can complete the details ....click here

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Hello, I have Dell T5500 workstation with windows 7 pro 64 bit. There is a win product key sticker on the casing. However Dell windows installation cd is lost. Is there any way I can download iso image again or retrieve this cd/dvd? I have tried to use this product key with another windows installatiot but key is not recognized. Microsoft support sugfested me to try to obtain oem install disk again. How to do that?
Thank you!

Answer:Retrive Dell Windows installation disk

If you have Retail Installation Media. Make a Bootable USB and delete the EI.cfg file in the sources folder. Install Windows 7 Pro without a Product Key and then apply Dell OEM SLP.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfpVKz7nAEc&t=3s&list=PL1RkaknDn7v-Dn67p5RYuEyfVp28ElpGF&index=5 

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I just installed windows xp on an old compaq presario computer I have. The installation went fine, and everything was running perfectly. But the computer froze and I had to reboot it. Now it will not boot up at all. It doesn't even get to loading windows xp, it just stops with a flashing cursor on the screen over the Compaq logo. I cannot access the bios screen or anything. I tried to reboot from the installation disc, and that doesn't work either. Please help!!!
 

Answer:Problem booting new installation of windows xp

Please do not post duplicate threads.
 

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I just installed windows xp on an older PC I have. The installation went fine and everything was working perfectly. The computer then froze and I had to reboot. Now it will not boot up at all. The computer is an Old Compaq presario, and it doesn't even start to load windows up when I boot it up. I cannot access the bios, or anything. I tried to boot from the installation disk, and nothing - it won't recognize anything. Please help!!
 

Answer:Problem booting new installation of windows xp

Try clearing CMOS
 

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Hello, I had installed Samsung SSD Pro 840 on Lenovo G510 with the help of Samsung Data Migration and it was working perfectly but now i want to install new windows and its stucked on the boot progress. Some months ago i had installed new BIOS ver. 3.07 to 3.09. Furthermore, I have installed the Seagate harddrive now but having same booting issue. Maybe of BIOS ver. ?

Answer:Booting problem on Windows Installation

hi jklogic,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
A few questions:
1. Is the Seagate drive the orignal HDD that came with the machine (with Win8.1 preloaded)? If yes, is the system stucked on the lenovo screen (similar to this thread) or during/after the windows loading screen?
 
2. What other version of Windows are you trying to install on the Samsung SSD? If you're trying to install Windows 7 or older, have you tried to the set the following in the BIOS?
 
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Boot Tab:
UEFI = Disabled
Boot Mode = Legacy
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Other OS
 
 
Let me know how it goes.
 
Regards

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I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?

Answer:Curious Problem Booting from Windows 10 Installation USB?

Originally Posted by Steve C


I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?



Perhaps it had already begun rebuild boot files.
You probably should have aborted the install, closing the windows then clicking 'Yes' when prompted 'Are you sure you want to quit the installation?'
Are you booting to the USB trough the BIOS or are you opening the USB and clicking on the 'Setup.exe'?

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Hello,

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

I've been trying to fix my laptop (Acer Aspire) for about 2 months, and it's been a bit of a saga. I've tried lots of things, and have persisted because it's seemed like I've been gradually honing in on a solution, rather than chasing a lost cause.

I was on Vista, which came with the laptop, but then the laptop got very ill, to the point where I wanted to do the Acer factory restore, but this didn't work, nor did any of the various recovery options in Windows. I was worried that the hard drive was physically damaged, so I wanted to try formatting it, which I decided to try and do in the course of installing Windows 7. This didn't work, so instead I formatted the hard drive using Ubuntu, and then tried Windows 7 again. That didn't work, because the hard drive needed to be NTFS, so I re-formatted it as NTFS using GParted.

However, Windows 7 install still isn't working: it goes most of the way but then just hangs indefinitely on a black screen with 'Setup is updating registry files' written on it. I've googled this and it seems that this is quite a common problem when installing W7. However, the problem that I have is that all of the solutions offered are to do with booting up as normal and changing things in Control Panel etc, which obviously I can't do.

I can go into more details about what has happened if needed, but basically the state of play now is:


I need to install Windows 7 from a cd-rom I hav... Read more

Answer:Need to fix a Windows 7 installation problem without booting to desktop

Hi i think I would be testing the hdd for issues try downloading and burning this to a disc or if you know the maker go to their support site and get their diagnostic tool
SeaTools | Seagate ask a friend to burn it for you use imgburn The Official ImgBurn Website
and read the tutorial on seatools for dos

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I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?

Answer:Curious Problem Booting from Windows 10 Installation USB?

Steve C said:

I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?



Perhaps it had already begun rebuild boot files.
You probably should have aborted the install, closing the windows then clicking 'Yes' when prompted 'Are you sure you want to quit the installation?'
Are you booting to the USB trough the BIOS or are you opening the USB and clicking on the 'Setup.exe'?

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I've got a new Inspiron 15 a couple of days ago with the following configuration:
Intel core  i7 7700HQ cpu
16GB DDR4
512GB SSD (bios reports M.2 PCIe ssd-0) -- no other hard drive
Graphics card NVidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti
Screen resolution 3840 x 2160
My problem is that I cannot split the hard disk into 2 partitions nor can i shrink the partition on which windows is installed from within windows. I used both the windows gui (disk management) and the command line program diskpart.
Does anyone have any idea?

Answer:New DELL Inspiron 15 7000 denies to shrink windows installation hard disk drive

It sounds like you might have a 7567 Gaming system.  If so, Windows will shrink a partition if it can. I would not recommend using a third party utility to shrink it since problems could happen and you might lose the system.
If you need another partition, you should have an option to place a 2.5 inch drive in the system for that.

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Yesterday , randomly , when I turned on the computer I saw nothing but a black screen. It wasn't the black screen of death , looked like a windows black screen but it just wasn't displaying anything. Its almost like windows is operating normally in the background , its just not showing me. When I put the disk in it comes up occasionally and works fine , but when I shut down and turn it back on its back to the same ole thing.

I have windows 7 home premium , 32-bit. I read somewhere that I may need to check the boot order , but I have no idea how to do any of this.

Any Ideas ?

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Why is 7 only booting when I have the installation disk in ?

Follow the tutorial Startup Repair minutely.

Run it at least three times, with restarts after every single run, and see if it boots normally or not. Post back with results.

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Hi everyone... i've been searching around the internet for solutions to my problem but i cant seem to find anyone with the same specific problem as mine..

so my problem is i have an HP pavilion dv6500 which came with windows vista 32bit... now i want to downgrade it to XP Professional 32bit.. my bootable cd already comes with SATA drivers since my laptop uses SATA.. boot priority set to CD/DVD ROM.. my CD-ROM works fine and is detected by bios.. my disc is 100% bootable coz i tried it on different laptops and it boots on all of them... EXCEPT for my laptop mentioned earlier..

so there's my problem... a bootable disk not booting even with proper settings... i have tried a different disk which is my windows xp home edition cd which does boot but does not have sata support so it doesnt detect my HDD.. so i dont know where the problem might be...

xp pro disk wont boot but xp home edition boot
both disks boot on other laptops...
both OS's are 32 bit..

Hope someone can help... thnx a lot!

Answer:XP PRO installation disk not booting on certain laptop

and welcome to the Forum

If you have the BIOS set to boot first from the CD/DVD drive, and you do not get the prompt to "Press any key to boot from CD" either the drive or the disc is faulty.

Since the pc will boot from an original installation disc, the drive has likely weakened with age and will not recognize a copy. . . That is not unusual.

Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting,

change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( could be IDE Mode, Compatibility Mode or Legacy Mode - different BIOS use different terms )

some will say IDE instead of ATA)

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My problem is about Newly installed Windows 8 dual booting with an older windows 8

1st i had this old hard drive with a pre installed windows 8 on it so a bought a new hard drive and installed windows 8 on it through the old windows 8.

The installation was successful and been able to boot form it install some application on it. After that i decided to remove the older hard drive but after booting my pc with the new hard drive with the new windows 8 its not working. My pc cant detect it that its properly working but its not booting from it . Theres a black screen with words " Reboot and select proper boot device" . i dont know what to do so i reconnect my old hard drive then restarted my pc then the dual boot screen appeared then selected the new volume from the new windows 8 then its working .

Now i want to know how can i make it work to boot only from the new hard drive without the old hard drive i really need your help guys

Thanks in advance

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will this work? i got a disk with a dell computer my parents bought it says: Operating system reinstallation cd already installed on your computer microsoft windows xp service pack2.

this software is alredy installed on your computer only use this cd to reinstall the os on a dell computer.

my question is could this disk be used to install windows xp on my other computer?iv tried it and during installation it gets up to the part that says windows will continue windows installation after reboot it reboots then starts installation from the beggining.

im pretty sure the hd is empty and i thinkm it previously had a bad virus on it also during installation it says some of the files cannot be copied from the disk plz help me thanx...
 

Answer:dell xp installation disk on non dell computer?

I wouldn't even be asking how to do this for the following reasons:

1. License agreement: XP is meant to be installed on one system at a time. If it's already on the Dell and running currently running on the Dell, you can't activate it on YOUR system.

2. Dell version on a a regular system? Go buy yourself a real version of XP for your system, then ask us the installation questions later.
 

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Hi all,

I've been attempting to do a clean install (following the tutorial here) on an HP Probook 5310m, using a USB installation disk created from a genuine ISO (from msft.digitalrivercontent.net) with the official Windows 7 USB / DVD tool.

The initial phase of the installation ran without any errors but after the first reboot the installation went back to the start (i.e. the "select language" etc. screen) and did not continue automatically. As I was unable to re-start the installation, I decided to take a rest for the night and so shut down the computer, cancelling the installation completely. Prior to the installation I had prepared the HDD via the method shown here, ensuring there was only one partition before I started the installation.

Now, upon power up, I am greeted with the infamous BCD boot error 0xc000000f, even with the same USB disk used previously inserted and the BIOS set to boot from USB hard drive. I cannot boot from the USB disk regardless of its contents (I tried Partition Wizard and a "Repair Disk" I found online). As a result I can't access StartUp Repair, Advanced Boot or bootrec.exe.
However, if I physically remove the HDD from the SATA connector I am able to boot to the USB disk. Installation operates as normal but obviously there is no disk to install to.

My question is: how should I proceed from here? To my mind, there are 3 options :Buy a new HDD
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Answer:BCD Boot error 0xc000000f while booting from USB installation disk

Actually, now that I think about it, inserting the HDD after booting probably wouldn't work as all the hardware has been scanned and initialized by then. If anyone has any other ideas they would be much appreciated!

JC

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I did a System Restore after cleaning some Temp files from my hard drive. Apparently I removed something that shouldn't have been removed. The System Restore took an unusually long time to complete. I left it while I ate dinner and when I came back it apparently had completed the restore, rebooted, and was at the USER selection page. When I selected my name and clicked on it, I got the following message:
HEADING = Explorer.EXE - Unable to locate component.
Body = This application failed to start because BROWSEUI.dll was not found. Reinstalling the application may fix this.

I did a back-up before doing the System Restore, but my back-up file is on a USB hard drive which is now not accessible because the system won't let me boot, even to the point of getting the systems tray and Start button accessible.

I am running WindowsXP on a Dell Dimension 8400. The OS was factory loaded. The computer loads normally up to the point where you select the user to sign on. Once the selection is made, the above message appears, and nothing else is accessible. The START button and the task bar either are not being loaded, or are not accessible with either the mouse or the keyboard. Wallpaper (background) is normal, after it is timed in. Apparently the Operating System is still relatively intact.

If I put the DELL-supplied installation disk in the hard drive tray and reboot, will it give me the option to select the action I want to take, (like it does with a WindowsXP disk) or will... Read more

Answer:Booting from factory (DELL) disk

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Hi,
I have upgraded my XPS 9333 with new HDD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB mSATA. I was trying to install clean Windows 10 but without any success. The installation freeze every time after first boot and I have a blank screen. It usually freeze after "Getting devices ready" information.  I can install Windows 7 without any problems. The HDD firmware is up to date. Does anyone has a similar issue? Thank you.

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This is a bit complicated! Prior to installing Windows 8 my computer went through the following "Evolutionary steps"

1. New motherboard fitted
2. Windows XP installed (baseline full install)
3. Windows 7 upgrade installed on a new disk drive, which then became drive C: - I created a dual boot system
it was also possible to boot Windows XP from what then became drive D:
4. Installed Windows 8 upgrade onto drive C: (also created a bootable USB dive with Windows 8 upgrade on it)
5. After installation, deleted the Windows.Old (Windows 7) because was running out of disk space
6. Deleted all files off the Windows XP Drive C:

In terms of hardware ID's the Windows 8 drive C: is hardware ID 0
The Windows XP disk drive D: is hardware ID 2

Now I am trying to "reclaim" the old Windows XP drive and reformat it for general use, I don't want to use it as a system disk.
The system will not let me!! Here is the status from DISKPART:






DISKPART> select disk 0

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> detail disk

WDC WD6400AAVS-00G9B1 ATA Device
Disk ID: 4D314D30
Type : ATA
Status : Online
Path : 1
Target : 0
LUN ID : 0
Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#PCI(1F02)#ATA(C01T00L00)
Current Read-only State : No
Read-only : No
Boot Disk : Yes
Pagefile Disk : Yes
Hibernation File Disk : No
Crashdump Disk : Yes
Clustered Disk : No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
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Answer:Problem with disk configuration after Windows 8 installation

It is probably the system volume.

To save running commands, mark your win8 partition active and run startup repair from win8 boot media.

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Hi guys,

I know I should've have searched this, but am running quite short on time.

After some small deliberation, we decide to update our old desktop, so I purchased a new HDD (Seagate 2tb), Gigabyte H77M-D3H Motherboard, and an Intel i5-3470 CPU.

As our old HDD was starting to make strange noises, I suggested my partner back up all our files from that onto the new HDD we purchased, just incase the old one spat the dummy.

After a week away at work, I come back and build the computer up, format the new HDD and start the windows install from disk (I've unplugged the old HDD so it doesn't boot from it).

On the Where do you want to install Windows? screen, I have a choice of Disk 0 Partition 1 and Disk 0 Partition 2. However, both of these are telling me Windows cannot be installed onto them.

The warnings: Partition 1's warning states: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selcted disk is of the GPT parition style.

Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition is a Microsoft Reserved partition.

Partition 2's: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selcted disk is of the GPT partition style.

When I boot from the old HDD and go to Manage, the new HDD comes up with no partitions.

Any ideas on where to go from here, and how to get around this. I'm not the most computer savvy person out there, but I'm not the dumbest either.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Answer:W7 Installation problem - "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0...

When you say unplugged HDD, where did you unplug it from? If it's cable is still attached to the mobo, then the controller is still picking it up in the BIOS as attached/connected, hence the error messages. Unplug the cable from the mobo and try reinstalling again, making sure that the new hdd is connected sata port 0 (the number 1 sata port).

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I had a custom PC built, and a Dell Re-installation Disk was used initially
to Install Windows. The System worked about 30 days, and started getting BSOD's.

After a Clean Re-Install of Windows Pro 64 bit on a New Hard Drive,
Windows updates will not complete, and seems to be in a loop of Failure:
Reverting Configuration Changes. Sometimes the system gets to the
Desk top, but soon as an action is attempted [like installing IE-11] it throws
BSOD's. There are NO Dell components in the system build. Could the Dell
Re-installation Disk be causing the problem, even though the Disk was
Validated as Genuine Windows? I questioned the builder as to why he used that
particular Dell Re-installation Disk, and he denies purchasing & installing it.
That's another issue, but I want to know if the Dell disk is giving me the headaches?
Most components are ASUS.
Thanks!

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Hi, 
I have a Dell XPS 15 9530 and I'm getting this message when I try to boot it up:
internal hard disk drive not found
to resolve this issue, try reseat the drive
No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 enter setup Menu, F5 enter PSA.
The drive shows up in the setup menu under mSATA. I have ran all the test in the ePSA Pre-boot System assessment. All the test pass, including the Hard Drive 0 test. Has mentioned in the message I have tried reseating my drive, with no success unfortunately.
I do not know what else to do.

Answer:Dell XPS 15 - internal hard disk not found message when booting

Do you have a single, mSATA drive, or an mSATA drive (32G, usually), plus a 2.5" hard drive?
If you have the 32+hard drive setup, it sounds like the hard drive has failed -- you'll need to replace that and reload everything (the OS is stored on the hard drive - the mSATA drive is just a cache).

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Hello. As some of you may know, my entire computer system crashed. Therefore, I am rebuilding with seperately ordered parts.

I had a Dell (which crashed) and with it came a Dell Specific Reinstallation Disk for XP. If I use a program to slipstream SP2 in, will that new folder become a General Install disk that I can use to install XP on my "new" computer?

If not, is there a way that I can pull the files off my laptop to burn to a CD to install onto the new computer?

If not, what other alternatives are there besides buying XP again?

(All my friends have Dell Reinstallation Disks too, so no help there).

Thanks.

Answer:Dell Specific Installation Disk --> General?

Quote:





Originally Posted by raillery


Hello. As some of you may know, my entire computer system crashed. Therefore, I am rebuilding with seperately ordered parts.

I had a Dell (which crashed) and with it came a Dell Specific Reinstallation Disk for XP. If I use a program to slipstream SP2 in, will that new folder become a General Install disk that I can use to install XP on my "new" computer?

If not, is there a way that I can pull the files off my laptop to burn to a CD to install onto the new computer?




The answers are NO and NO. Usually these versions of XP only work on the original system. If you use the same HDD you might be able to get it to work but in 95% of all cases even that fails because Dell modifies all the driver databases etc.

Buying a version of Win XP will probably be the only way to go. You can find XP Home for 85$ so thats not too bad.

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I need to reformat my friend's Dell Inspiron 700m laptop. But when she ordered this laptop, the order didn't come with any window installation disc. If I am not mistaken, isn't Dell do provide the installation disc to the customer?

Anyway, I wonder is there anyway we can download the installation program from Dell website? If so, how do we do it? Thank you so much.
 

Answer:Solved: How to reformat Dell Inspiron 700m without the installation disk

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I cannot see why they should be there, as my backups are on an external hard disk. Am I right or perhaps missing something? I'm wondering how they got there too!

Answer:Picture and Docs folders on Dell Win7 installation disk

On some later Dell's they added a second partition on the hard drive for user data such as documents, pictures, etc. Thus when you install with the disc, along with installing the OS it will create the extra partition for user data. Or have an option to install the user data partition as the idea behind that is, if you have to reinstall the OS you won't lose your user data.

I think there is an option in the Dell PC Restore (recovery partition) accessed by F8 at power on for this, too.

Its been a couple of years since I worked on a Dell or the Dell forum so I'm "assuming" this is what is going on.

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Laptop model number : Dell inspiron 1525

OS : Windows XP media center

Problem : When i open this laptop it always open in dell media direct. i tried to exit it from there it just shut down my computer after exiting.

I tried it on internet, i tried both buttons on panel. one is for media direct and other one for regular starting up.

i have tried reseating the cmos battery but did't help.

PLease help what else i can try ..

Answer:dell inspiron booting in dell media direct, cant go to windows .. please help ??

Take a look at the threads below.

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f108...ey-468421.html

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/...ct-276783.html

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Many years ago, when I purchased my Dell XP machine, Dell supplied me with a proper XP installation disk. When I purchased my Dell Inspiron in 2010 Dell refused to supply me with a proper WIn 7 installation disk even though I offered to pay a little extra for it. It was the recovery partition or nothing. As recommended, I did make a repair disk at the time. I assume it can't be used to make a repair reinstall but if it can I'd be grateful for any details.
Would my cynical view that this was all to do with Dell making an extra profit and nothing to do with them being helpful to their customers be correct?
Six years later this could well be becoming a serious problem to me. I'm having one or two incipient problems and it could well end up in having to do some sort of reinstallation of Win 7. As far as I can see I have a number choices.
1) Use the recovery partition, that is a factory reset. I now have 6 years worth of downloaded software plus numerous tweaks, some of which took me ages to find - try to get any audio-related program to work "out of the box" and see what happens. I would only do this in extremis.
2) Do a repair reinstall, the favourite option of many threads on Windows problems. Er, excuse me, Dell have made it impossible to do a repair reinstall.
3) Contact the MS site that supplies ISO images of Win 7. Oh dear! As an OEM, Dell would appear to be on the banned list. Microsoft refuse point blank to supply anything.
4) Ah, there's a site ... Read more

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i have A1524N Hp media center desktop ..i am trying to install window proff in it ..the setups process went good and it says after restart ur setup will continue ..but when it restarts it comes again on setup menu again ..and everything start from the beginning once again ..i checked boot sequence it was on cd then hard drive ..so i removed cd from cd Rom and changed boot sequence to hard drive first ...but its not booting ..could anybody help me in that ..when it restart it shows a msg to go in confirgaration menu ..so i had tried everything in that menu ..but did't help ..could anybdoy suggest me how can i boot my computer now ..thanks in advance ?? i have tried customer service and he said ur cd is busted..so i tried another cd and same thing happened ..plz help ???

Answer:problem in booting after installation ???

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Originally Posted by bindudhindsa


i have A1524N Hp media center desktop ..i am trying to install window proff in it ..the setups process went good and it says after restart ur setup will continue ..but when it restarts it comes again on setup menu again ..and everything start from the beginning once again ..i checked boot sequence it was on cd then hard drive ..so i removed cd from cd Rom and changed boot sequence to hard drive first ...but its not booting ..could anybody help me in that ..when it restart it shows a msg to go in confirgaration menu ..so i had tried everything in that menu ..but did't help ..could anybdoy suggest me how can i boot my computer now ..thanks in advance ?? i have tried customer service and he said ur cd is busted..so i tried another cd and same thing happened ..plz help ???




G'Day bindudhindsa,

When you are initially installing Windows?XP, there will be a "Set Up" Blue Screen where you will see all the Drivers being loaded across the bottom of the screen.
Once the Drivers are loaded, and the HDD formatted, the computer will reboot to continue with the installation.
When it reboots, it will give a Black screen saying Boot from CD....Press any key to Boot from CD....
(This screen is very similar to the original Black Boot/Set Up screen that you saw.)

This time...DO NOT TOUCH IT!...Just fold your arms and DO NOTHING!

This it quite normal, just leave the scree... Read more

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I bought a new cooler and a new atx case after moving my PC to my new case and installing my new cooler my PC wont start... well my PC still runs, fans, gpus, cpu fans, led lights etc. only my monitor and keyboard & mouse lights wont start, I also tried using a different monitor but to no avail... any ideas?

Answer:Problem in PC not booting-up after new cooler installation

Are you getting any beep codes? I'd try reseating the GPUs, memory and check all your power cables.

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hey guys and girls. hopefully you will be able to help me. i've spent all day today googling and trying all suggestions to no avail.

i had windows xp pro sp3 installed on a 200GB SATA drive that started failing. so I added a 500GB SATA drive to the same channel, but as master. i also have a dvd burner and another hard drive, so when i installed windows on the new (500gb) drive this is how it was all setup

DVD-drive (channel 1 master)
IDE 80GB HDD (channel 1 slave) - media files only

500GB SATA hdd (channel 2 master) - empty, new drive
200GB sata hdd (channel 2 slave) - windows xp still installed

i went ahead and installed a new copy of windows xp to the new hard drive. everything went fine. after installation the boot screen showed two copies of windows, and the default (first) one was the NEW installation on the 500GB drive.

after going in i moved all the files from the 200GB drive to the new drive, and deleted all the folders from the old drive, including the Windows folder from it.

i kept restarting as i installed updates and there was no problem...everything working great.

then i realize that in my BIOS, the settings were to boot from the 200GB drive as it had been in the past. i changed that to boot from the 500GB drive (which has the windows files after all!) and i got "disk boot failure, please insert a boot disk and press enter".

if i change the boot order so the 200GB drive loads first, it goes into windows (from the 500gb drive!)... Read more

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My dell optiplex 740 will open windows ,so before this happened,i install windows 7 home premium instead of windows 7 professional.When it didn't install properly,my windows will not open after i restart my PC it keeps saying  The computer restart unexpectedly  or encountered an error.Windows installation cannot proceed.To install windows,click "OK"to restart the computer,and then restart the installation.this message keeps repeating itself every time i boot my pc up.I try to reset my PC factory settings,but it wouldn't work,do i need  to buy a Dell recovery disk to get my PC running?

Answer:My Dell optiplex 740 mini tower wont open windows.It wonnt install windows.it keeps repeating the same thing.Do i need to buy a Dell recovery disk?

Sounds like a faulty hard drive is the cause - F12 at powerup.  Boot to the Dell diagnostics and run an extended test (not just the quick test) on the hard drive -- you'll likely find it fails, in which case - replace the drive and reload.

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Hey guys.
Pretty much what the title says - Dell's new, recently-released ControlVault driver (version A19) does not successfully install on a Dell Latitude E6330.  I followed the driver installation order from the "Dell Business Client Re-Image 'How-To' Guide" and installed the Dell ControlVault driver last.  It did not work.
Attached is a screenshot of what I got, and the Windows Installer log.

20160315_Security_Driver_WDRHG_WN64_3.3.14.68_A19.txt

Answer:Dell ControlVault A19 installation fails on Dell Latitude E6330 with a fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Nothing?

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I created a new partition as part of XP installation. after the formatting completed the PC the HD will not boot and hangs.With the XP installation disc after the message Setup is checking your computers hardware configuration I get a black screen and the system hangs. I cannot access the drive to continue the XO installaion.

Answer:XP installation problem, Hard drive not booting

Are you sure the partition is formatted (NTFS or FAT32)? Do you have more than one partition?

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Hi friends,
my vista home basic is not booting from this morning. i spent this whole day to correct it but nothing worked for me.

i put my recovery cd but the recovery option cannot detecting vista. morning there 5 options for recovering . but now i cannot even format the hard disk , so now i cannot do a new installation also. when i try to do a new installation it is asking for load the drivers. i have done that . my hard disk is 8o gb and it shows that 10 gb is using for recovey and the other 70 gb unallocated place when i try to create a new partion it fails. i dont know what to do. mine is a dell inspiron530s desktop

yesterday i shutdown the PC normal way. but this morning its not booting. today only i did some BIOS changes and again i changed it to default settings.

morning there was one option recover to factory image settings but now there is no option like that............

please help meeeeeeeeeeee

Answer:Help me i am in trouble vista booting problem now cannot do new installation also

Hi
I suggest you read the following thread, particularly the second post which is by OldGrayGary. That may help provide the solution to your predicament.

www.techsupportforum.com/microsoft-support/windows-vista-support/174502-window-vista-winxp-both-exist-1-comp.html

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I'm trying to install a PC with Windows 7 threw USB (2.0). Therefore I've used Windows USB/DVD Tool.
To note, I've installed a NEW hard drive, the old one broke down due to it's age.

Now I'm getting the next message: DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK.

I've tried setting the boot sequence but none of that helped, I keep getting the same message.

Thanks in advance,

Momkay

Answer:Windows 7 Installation error DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK

Normally means that the hard drive is not detected. Check its connections, plugged securely into SATA1 port with no others attached, data and power cable securely attached.

Then enter BIOS setup by tapping the key given for that on the first screen. Is the hard drive registering anywhere there? It often will be represented by its Serial Number.

Reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save settings and Exit.

Proceed to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hey all. 
I've got a Dell Latitude E6320 where the driver installer for the Dell Wireless 1530 wireless card fails.  I'm running Windows 7 64-bit, the computer boots in UEFI mode, and I've installed all of the drivers according to the Latitude E-Family Re-Image Guide.
I've got a log, as well, it says this:
[09/13/16 16:24:47]    Dell Update Package Execution Start[09/13/16 16:24:47]    Original command line: E6320-NIC_DRVR_WIN_A01_R294111.EXE  /s[09/13/16 16:24:47]    DUPFramework version: 3.0.80.1[09/13/16 16:24:47]    User Command: unattended[09/13/16 16:24:47]    DUP Capabilities Value: 6291455 (0x5FFFFF)[09/13/16 16:24:47]    DUP Vendor Software Version: A01[09/13/16 16:24:47]    Local System/Model Compatible with this Package? Yes[09/13/16 16:24:47]    Local System OS Version: 6.1.1.0[09/13/16 16:24:47]    OS Compatible with this Package? Yes[09/13/16 16:24:47]    Local System OS Language: EN[09/13/16 16:24:47]    Language Compatible with this Package? Yes[09/13/16 16:24:48]    Identified Behavior : unattended[09/13/16 16:24:48]    Temporary payload log file name: C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\dell\drivers\E6320-NIC_DRVR_WIN_A01_R294111\DUP9B64.tmp[09/13/16 16:24:48]    Translated Command Line : setup.exe /s /v" LOGFILE=&q... Read more

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I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?

Answer:optical disk installation of Windows 8 after a hard disk crash

  
Quote: Originally Posted by broiyan


I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?


I'm not positive, but I'd guess a $14.99 price for Win 8 would be a download, unless Samsung is offering some special promotional price for a disc.

I've seen a price of $69.99 for Windows 8 Professional, which I think is for a disc.

I'd find out what that $14.99 price is good for. It may be for an ISO download, in which case you could burn the ISO to a disc.

I'd keep the Windows 7 disc regardless. If you are like most people, you probably will find 7 preferable to 8.

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Move windows 7 installation from one disk partition to other disk partition
HI all ,

Before going into details of my problem, I am listing down my system setup.

I have 3 HDDs on my pc with following details :-
1. Disk 0 - 500 GB - Windows 7 32-Bit Installation on C: - Partitions ( C - H)
2. Disk 1 - 1 TB - Windows 7 64-Bit Installation on J: - Partitions ( J - N)
Here I want to mention that, my Win 7 64-Bit installed on J: , and my linked documents folders reside in K: under folder K:\MyFolders ( as shown in K_myFolder.jpg)
3. Disk 2 - 1 TB - No OS on any partition - Partitions ( O - T)
As shown in attachment DiskMgmt.jpg


Now my problem is, windows 7 has detected some fault in Disk 1, thus I need to send the Disk 1 for RMA. So for the same I need to move my Windows 7 64-bit OS installation from Disk1 - Partition J: to Disk 2 - Partition O:, and data folder Disk 1 - K:\myFolder to Disk 2 - P:\myFolder.

How can I do with keeping the settings as mentioned above. How does my OS References will be remained for the requirements.

Thanks in Advance.

Ekam

Answer:Move windows 7 installation from one disk partition to other disk part

We need to see the labels which are obscurred in the Disk Mgmt columns, nor can we see how much space is used on K you want to move to the smaller P.

You want to use Disk Imaging.. I would use free Macrium Reflect which offers more flexibility where to reimage the partitions you choose to image. Macrium - Image your system.

However if you have a WD or Seagate HD in the mix, you can use their premium Acronis imaging app which is best of all, and has a very easy to understand Manual on it's download page on either HD maker's site.

After imaging if the OS fails to start on the new HD, unplug all other HD's, confirm the OS is marked Active, then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until it starts and holds the System flag. Then set preferred HD to boot first in BIOS, boot other one using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

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I've usually built my own and family members' computer systems, so have been using the original Windows 7 installation disks whenever I needed to do a fresh install or do a repair install, etc.
 
Only recently have I created Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit system repair disks, so wanted to ask what is probably a basic noob question.
 
As far as I can tell, the only difference between the two types of Windows disks (install and system repair) is that the original installation disks will support making a fresh install of windows, and the repair disks don't.
 
Is this the only difference, or am I missing something?

Answer:Windows 7 System Repair Disk Versus Windows 7 Installation Disk

Basically a Windows 7 recovery disk allows a non-booting system to access the Advanced Options screen for start up repair, Repair install, etc. It won't restore an image, you need a installation disc for that.

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During a restart or cold boot, my Dimension 4100 pauses during the initial BIOS POST. The screen displays some BIOS information along with a list of my system devices. The last message at the bottom of the screen, says to hit the Delete key to continue. The Delete key takes me to the Windows XP screen and from that point on, everything appears normal.

Background Information: Around the same time, I discovered I was unable to do a System Restore. I would get a message from Windows saying ?Restoration Incomplete ? no changes have been made to your computer? and instructing me to choose another restore point, restart system and restore. After many failed attempts, I located some help tips on this site and eventually I was able to perform a successful System Restore in Safe Mode.

While the System Restore issue seems resolved, I wonder if the two problems are at all related. In any event, I would like to get things working properly and have Windows come up automatically without a Delete Key intervention.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Problem Booting To Xp Pro From Dell Pc

Not to familiar with that Dell model, I have a 4500, but are there diagnostic lights located in the back of the computer and if so post the color sequence of the lights from a cold boot.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 580 with Windows 7. The other day I was updating the Dell Datasafe back up program when my computer just restarted and will not boot after the Dell Logo screen. It won't go in safe mode, boot from a disc, or from partition. F2 and F12 works so I ran diagnostics and got one error code- 2000-0152, Optical Drive 0 - Incorrect status : 1C. I checked the wires and unplugged and then plugged them back in, ran diagnostics and no code but still same problem. Any suggestion?
 

Answer:Dell Booting Problem

This PC is not that old, so I can't imagine it being shot. But, stranger things have happened. Dell will pretty much tell you to R&I the drive, and re-check the error code.

Did you boot without it connected?
 

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Hi there, i have a wierd problem. For some reason, ever since i formatted my computer, it only boots up when the windows XP cd is in. when i take it out it gives me an error before start up, along the lines of, "ERROR READING DISK, INSERT SYSTEM DISK". How do i fix this problem, so that it boots naturally? Thanks

Answer:Problem With Only Booting From Disk

Did you use a real Windows CD that says Microsoft all over it? What boot order is set in the BIOS? What happened requiring a Windows install? That and a lot more details are needed.See below.

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I am running XP (home edition) and I am trying to format my c:drive. I cannot do it from my XP disk because I have updated my XP and it wil not let me proceed. I am therefore trying ot run FDISK from a 98 boot disk but even with my boot disks set in BIOS to CD it will not boot from the 98 disk.

Can anyone help?

Answer:Problem booting from win 98 disk

Welcome to the forum,when you say 98 boot disk do you mean a floppy ? If so you must set your BIOS to boot from Floppy first then CD then HDD.

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A Sunday morning teaser! I have trouble booting an old Dell L400 laptop (P3/700/256) using a 8GB CF card as the hdd.Because if its age and drive size I am trying to use Linux (Puppy and Lubuntu separately)No problems loading either OS, but on reboot, both fail with Grub Error 17 that does not respond to usual attempts to resolve. Removing the CF drive and attaching it to an elderly desktop as the sole hdd, the drive boots up and runs perfectly! So I do not feel it is a drive or installation problem. Memory check shows it is 100% OK. Laptop will run for ages without overheating - fan operates from time to time as required. BIOS set to boot from hdd first. Battery and mains power unit work fine.Question - where to look now for the fault? Hardware - Motherboard? Incompastibility with CF card? None of motherboard components eg video/cpu can be changed as they are soldered in.Appreciate any ideas/advice Thanks.

Answer:Problem Booting a Dell L400

I am guessing you connect the CF card to each by a usb card reader. My thought is that the Dell BIOS cannot boot from USB

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I have a Dell Dimension 4300 (slim box) brought in Jan 2001. Has XP Home SP3.

It recently froze at the desktop so I had to un-plug the PC to re-boot. The power switch lights up but no image on the monitor. I changed the monitor and same response. To power off, I have to press the power switch for about 10 seconds.

This is my secondary PC so any suggestions to resolve or should I just salvage the fairly new 300gb SATA HD and junk the pc?

TIA for any support you can offer.

Answer:Dell 4300 booting problem

You can try clearing the CMOS and booting, remove and reseat the ram sticks. but past that I would not get too involved, it may have lost a power supply a lot of the time that also does more damage.

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I have a dell gx150, when I try to turn the power on the power lamp is yellow and blinking, but the pc never powers up. Any ideas?

Answer:problem booting dell gx150

Found a similar post here:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f210...ll-188381.html

Maybe it will help.

BG

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Several times I have had trouble upon initial boot. What happens: Goes thru Dell blk screen with BIOS versionA02 listed under the load bar, then hear a "bebeep" and it goes to a black DOS screen with the message "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for set-up utility". F1 just repeats the line. If I hit Ctrl-Alt-delete it "usually" restarts and boots fine.

But 3 times so far it hasn't. Once I fixed it by going into set-up and changing to "fast boot sequence". Next time it hung up, I switched "fast boot" off and it worked. Today none of the above worked, but when I disabled initial boot drive A: in set-up, it booted.

I have no idea why any of these things worked, I was just desparately trying anything. And I have no clue what is wrong with my PC. Any suggestions on how to fix the boot problems will be greatly appreciated!!

Specs: Dell 8100, P4, 1.3MHz, 512 MB RAM, Win XP Home v2002 (just installed SP2, this prob. happened prior and after install). Has been stable PC until now, bought new in 2001.

Thanks!!!! ~jana
 

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I have a Dell Dimension 4300 (slim box) brought in Jan 2001. Has XP Home SP3.

It recently froze at the desktop so I had to un-plug the PC to re-boot. The power switch lights up but no image on the monitor. I changed the monitor and same response. To power off, I have to press the power switch for about 10 seconds.

This is my secondary PC so any suggestions to resolve or should I just salvage the fairly new 300gb SATA HD and junk the pc?

TIA for any support you can offer.
 

Answer:Dell 4300 booting problem

Are you sure it's not your PSU failing?
 

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Several times I have had trouble upon initial boot. What happens: Goes thru Dell blk screen with BIOS versionA02 listed under the load bar, then hear a "bebeep" and it goes to a black DOS screen with the message "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for set-up utility". F1 just repeats the line. If I hit Ctrl-Alt-delete it "usually" restarts and boots fine.

But 3 times so far it hasn't. Once I fixed it by going into set-up and changing to "fast boot sequence". Next time it hung up, I switched "fast boot" off and it worked. Today none of the above worked, but when I disabled initial boot drive A: in set-up, it booted.

I have no idea why any of these things worked, I was just desparately trying anything. And I have no clue what is wrong with my PC. Any suggestions on how to fix the boot problems will be greatly appreciated!!

Specs: Dell 8100, P4, 1.3MHz, 512 MB RAM, Win XP Home v2002 (just installed SP2, this prob. happened prior and after install). Has been stable PC until now, bought new in 2001.

Thanks!!!! ~jana
 

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Hi! After trying for a long time to install the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition with Service Pack 2, I finally got the installation to complete successfully. I was able to do this by "slipstreaming" the AHCI drivers into the XP installation directory and using nLite and burn the ISO to a CD. The installation completed fine with no issues. But now when I try to boot the computer for the first time I am getting the dreaded BSOD message quickly flash and then the computer restarts:
"A problem has been detect and Windows has been shut down to prevent damageto your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen,restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installedhard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard driveto make sure it is properly configured and terminate.Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and thenrestart your computer
Technical information:
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF8975528, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)"
Attempting to boot the computer in safe mode gives the same message as well as starting Windows with Last Known Good Configuration. The BIOS settings I am using are Legacy as opposed to UEFI and it does not boot with SATA mode set to either RAID or AHCI. Is there anyone who has been successful in getting XP to run on a Dell XPS 8700 desktop that might be able to help me out? I looked ... Read more

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I just put a new hard drive in. Didn't work, messed around found out it was the CMOS. Booted up first time, got the "Found new hardware" thing. I then partitioned and formatted it and it worked great, until it got to 100% then the whole thing froze. No mouse not tab no nothing. Had to do a hard shutdown. Now when I boot up it gets to the screen with the blue bar scrolling across on the bottom.


After that it flashes the BSOD. Then it restarts itself. It then asks me if I want to start in safemode and all that kind of stuff. I click on any of them and goes back to the windows screen. Up pops the BSOD and start the whole process over again.



Also, it does not recognize my optical drive./

Can anyone help me?

Answer:Booting up after new hard drive installation problems. Also BSOD problem

Its probably a bad drive.

What is your EIDE Configuration?

How are the slave and master set and state what drives and Optical drives are on which channel.

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Hi so i installed windows 10 about 2 weeks ago and i didnt like it so TIME FOR A DOWNGRADE. Try to boot to the cd and here is the screen i got

Answer:windows installation not booting...

Od you cant see the picture here Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

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Hello,
I have just installed Windows 8.1 and would like to know how I can boot with Windows 7. I have Windows 7 when I installed Windows 8. Is there a way to go back to Windows 7 with no re install?
Thanks

Answer:Booting with Windows 7 instead of 8 after installation.

How did you install 8.1? To a different partition?

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Yesterday i was surfing net when suddenly my system stopped responding. I waited for 5-10 mins but it dint come back so i pressed the reset button and that's where i guess i made a mistake. Since then whenever i try to start my pc a black screen appears saying "Select a proper boot device to boot".

I checked the boot device priority in the BIOS and found out that HDD is missing from there. However sometimes it shows itself there but still the system comes up with the same message. Someday's back i faced the same problem but that time the problem was solved when i unpluged my HDD and plugged it back. But now it is not working at all.

Can someone please tell me what is the problem with it? Is there any problem with my HDD or motherboard??
 

Answer:Hard Disk Problem. problem in booting. HDD not recognized

Most likely the hard drive. If it won't appear in BIOS, there is nothing you can do. You can't even test it. You'll have to take it out and connect it to another machine for testing.
 

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i want to format and do a clean install, but when i try to boot off the xp disk, it ends with the command prompt ....a: ????from what i understand the first thing that should happen is it should say, "hit any key to continue"to read the cd,,, ,,,then go to the xp menu.,,,,,mine automatically reads the cd then goes thru a bunch of stuff and ends up at a command line for a: drive???

any help would be really appreciated ,,,THANKS

ps, i tried,, d:setup (didnt work)
pps, i am running xp pro upgraded over ME.

Answer:booting from xp corp disk problem

Do you have it set to boot from the cd drive?

Do you have a floppy in there?

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I'm trying to use a Windows Server 2003 evaluation copy for my laptop (I'm studying for a Microsoft certification). I thought it was just a matter of installing the software (a 2-disk set) and voila! - I could use it. Unfortunately, the disks want me to boot from the CDs, which I've never done before, so I'm unfamiliar with it (I'm also using Windows 7). I'm evidently supposed to go into the bios and change the boot settings, which I poked around in, but I was hesitant to change anything, as I was afraid that afterward the changed settings would screw up my laptop or something (once I was done with the CDs, what would happen when the laptop won't boot from the C: drive, or example? I'm unfamiliar with doing this, so I'm paranoid.)

Once I put the first CD in the laptop, I was given an option before bootup to boot from a CD, which I thought solved all my problems. But after extracting files the laptop never gave me the choice to "insert second CD" or anything. Worse, it then wanted to boot normally and gave me no option to do anything different. It said something about encountering errors, which it needed to repair. I let it repair and it took me back to where I was before I ever installed the CD, I think.

This is so frustrating. I thought this was a simple software installation. I didn't know I'd need an A+ certification to get this Server 2003 program to work.

Is there an easier way to get this to work?
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Answer:Problem booting from a 2-disk CD set to laptop

You want to wipe out your entire system and install Windows Server 2003 on it? I wouldn't recommend that. You should use a virtualization program instead like VMware or VirtualBox.
 

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Hi everyone, I'm a newbie so not sure if this is a simple problem or not but would greatly appreciate any help.
I've been working with a used Optiplex 755 but the drive suddenly died on me a few days ago.  I'm trying to just boot up windows with just the setup DVD it came with and no hard drive but I came across this error:

Windows Boot Manager:
 
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
 
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3. Click "Repair your computer"
 
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
 
File: CI.dll
Status: 0xc0000098
Info: Windows failed to load because a required file is missing, or corrupt.
Could anyone offer some help with this problem?  Thank you in advance:)

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I bought a new Dell i3847 and it has Windows 7 Pro 64bit factory installed on it.
I wanted to do a full system backup, but the Dell Backup and Recovery software will not allow me to do a system backup.  Further, I have been unable to create a system recovery disk using Dell Backup and Recovery.
I can't use the Dell provided system disk for recovery because it is clearly marked Windows 8.1

1) Why is a Win 8.1 disk included with a Win 7 Pro 64bit system?
2) What is wrong with Dell Backup and Recovery that it:
a) can't create a factory recovery disk
b) won't allow me to create a system back up so I can return it to the factory state

Help!

It's been 2.5 hours and it is still "initializing disk" to create a factory recovery.  It usually fails somewhere during initialization or writing.    Spending hours for each failed attempt to create a factory recovery disk is NOT GOOD!

Answer:Help! - New Dell i3847 - Windows 7 Pro - Dell Recovery Disk is Win 8.1 & DBaR won't let me do a System Backup

It has now been 4 hours and Dell Backup and Recovery is sitting on "Initializing Disk" under create Factory Recovery Media

I can't have it take hours and hours, then fail and then try again.... then take hours and hours.... then fail ... then hours ... then fail...

Help!

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Hopefully someone can point me toward a solution (and not reformatting the HD unless absolutely necessary) that I am having with my Dell Inspiron Laptop. When I power up the laptop, after it being turned off for an extended period of time (i.e. overnight), it will begin the boot process. I get the Windows XP Pro splash screen and then the screen goes black for about 30 seconds or so. If I then see a cursor (arrow) on the black screen I know that the laptop will finish the boot correctly. If no cursor appears after 30 seconds I know it has locked up. If it locks up, I hit the power button to restart the laptop. It will then come up with the "You did not shut down correctly" message and it lets me choose to boot in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Normally. If I select standard Safe Mode (the first choice), the laptop boots up into Safe Mode. I then immediately tell it to Restart and the system shuts down and then boots normally. Once the system is up correctly I can shut it down and reboot without problems (90% of the time) so long as I reboot it immediately after doing the shutdown.

This boot problem happens 8 out of 10 times I try to start up the laptop the first time. I have contacted Dell and they were about as helpful as a sharp stick in the eye (it may have been a language barrier).

I have a feeling if I just reformat the HD and re-install Win XP Pro and all my apps the problem will go away, BUT, I want to try other solutions before doing the re-forma... Read more

Answer:Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop Not Booting

Since this is a Windows XP machine.

How long ago do this problem start? If you think it's software related, you might want to try and reboot into safe mode.

Press the F8 key when the PC is booting up. This will get you into the Windows XP startup menu. Boot into safe mode, and start the System Restore program. Restore your OS to an earlier date. Keep restoring to earlier date past the time you last remember having any problems with the system. If the problem is indeed software related, Windows XP System Restore should take care of the problem.
 

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Hi guys,

My niece asked me to help her with her Dell laptop...it was running very slow so i said i would install Windows 8 on it for her.

so I installed it and everything seemed to go like clockwork...

once it started again i get the dell boot screen then the Windows 8 logo comes up then disappears and then NOTHING!!

the screen is working as it lights up but nothing comes on it.

could this be a "dodgy" hard drive?

Answer:Dell vostro 3550 booting problem

Hi, try to boot into SafeMode and remove the Nvidia driver - leave the Microsoft Basic adapter. Then boot into Windows and install the latest drivers provided from Nvidia.

Good luck,werty

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Hi all,
I have Dell inspiron 1420 purchased in 2008-09. It is a Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, DDR2 SDRAM with nVidia GeForce 8400M GS graphics card.
I got the system with vista pre installed but then I downgraded it to Windox XP SP2 with all drives running properly. There was no problem till date but since this morning when I pressed power button I see all LED lights and fan running and even screen is also lit but no DELL logo (boot screen) no matter how many times I force shutdown and switch it back on its the same.

Called Dell service but they told we wont look into product if its more than 3-5 years of purchase as all its components are out of stock so they wont even look at it.

I checked in some websites and found out some tests that I can perform.

Tried D+power button and screen test shows all colors

Tried fn+power button then this happens :-

All 3 led lights blink (num+caps+scroll) for 5 secs then only cap led blinks for another 6 seconds and then some tone with all 3 led blinking in ascending order

Then I tried to switch off and on the power button and it starts normally and I was surprised so I opened firefox and checked my mail for 3mins and all of a sudden screen froze and had to force shutdown after waiting 20mins.

Again I tried to do the same and this time screen was having some lines and all then it got shutdown automatically. I am attaching screen shot I took

after trying 20th time it showed some nv4_disp error and now its not even going t... Read more

Answer:Dell inspiron 1420 booting problem HELP

now when I tried to switch on its just black screen. Even when I inserted bootload windows xp cd also I am not able to access it. its just black screen
 

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Person brought this laptop to me saying his cousin had wiped the HDD clean and it needs an OS so I reinstalled installed win7 and all works fine in windows but whenever I power on the unit, I am getting
 
"No bootable devices--Strike F1 to retry reboot, F2 for setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics
 
The boot menu is set to Internal HDD first. In the Bios Boot Sequence, something looks weird, if you can look at the first image, you will notice that the Diskette drive is selected as 1 as the top most entry:
 
http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr298/mikehende/20141204_124838_zps5ebc26ad.jpg
 
but as shown in the 2nd image when I move the Internal HDD to the top it is showing above the diskette drive?
 
http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr298/mikehende/20141204_124927_zpsd156893e.jpg
 
I don't know if the above is normal or has anything to do with this problem but only way to get the system to boot to windows involves powering on and pressing F12 to go to the Boot Menu screen, press Enter then it boots to windows, help?
Person brought this laptop to me saying his cousin had wiped the HDD clean and it needs an OS so I reinstalled installed win7 and all works fine in windows but whenever I power on the unit, I am getting
"No bootable devices--Strike F1 to retry reboot, F2 for setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics
The boot menu is set to Internal HDD first. In the Bios Boot Sequence, something looks weird, if you can look ... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1318 booting problem

It's ok guys, I got it solved by using the spacebar to set the HDD as the no.1 boot device in the bios.

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It lets me log in but after that the command box opens saying

' "C:Users\Robin\Documents\60a3b72a.exe"' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

and doesn't continue to the start screen. What can I enter to fix this file/access the start menu? Otherwise is there a known virus that stops the boot in this way that I can remove from the command box?

Answer:Problem booting my Wndows 8 Dell laptop.

Hmm...I'd guess you have a virus on your computer since it's trying to start that file during the boot process. Try booting in to safe mode to see if you can boot that way and then you can run a virus check.

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Not sure if this is the right area to put this but new to this forum. I recently bought a second hand Dell Dimension 9150 (not even two weeks ago). It all seemed to be working fine and not had any problems. Tonight I turned it off as normal but when I went to turn it on an hour or so later, it kept making a weird buzzing/"burr" sound repeatedly. Nothing was showing up on the monitor even though it was on. Most of the lights turned on as normal and flashed to indicate they were working but some of the other lights are staying on. These are numbers 1 and 3, or 3 and 4.I checked the official Dell website on another computer and I kept getting lights 3 and 4 stuck on at first but now it seems to be lights 1 and 3. Both of which are apparently memory problems according to their site.I did manage to turn it on once but it shut itself off after a few minutes use. It also seems to fail as it starts up as when I push the power button it goes to start, stops for a few second and then goes which it never used to.I'm not a very technical person so I don't understand why the memory suddely has problems or what I could do to solve it?? Any help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:Dell Dimension 9150 Booting problem - HELP!

Quote from: danboy34 on August 29, 2009, 02:08:14 PM Most of the lights turned on as normal and flashed to indicate they were working but some of the other lights are staying on. These are numbers 1 and 3, or 3 and 4.I checked the official Dell website on another computer and I kept getting lights 3 and 4 stuck on at first but now it seems to be lights 1 and 3. Both of which are apparently memory problems according to their site.If you have two or more memory modules installed, power down and take precautions concerning grounding yourself to the case before touching any internal components, remove the modules, reinstall one module, and then restart the computer. If the computer starts normally, power down and take precautions concerning grounding yourself to the case before touching any internal component, then reinstall an additional module. Continue until you have identified a faulty module or reinstalled all modules without error. Did I mention be sure to disconnect power and take precautions concerning grounding yourself to the case before touching any internal component?

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My laptop is suddenly having problems booting up. The initial BIOS screen appears, offering F2 setup and F12 Boot Menu options, but then a black screen with a blinking cursor shows up and I am unable to do anything. I've tried selecting both the F2 and F12 options during the initial run, but I still just get the black screen with the cursor. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer:having problem booting my dell inspiron lapto

The F2 setup and F12 Boot Menu options only work when you press those keys immediately upon seeing them appear on the screen. It's too late when that screen has gone.In any event, neither of those options will fix your current problem. You need to do a factory recovery. Then, if the same problem still exists, your hard drive may be failing and will need testing with the drive maker's diagnostic software for DOS. You can test it yourself, the links are here: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm...

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Hi

My Dell N5050 laptop died and I tried moving the Harddisk into a old HP Deskpro. The disk boots fine but Windows 7 DELL OEM reboots as the windows picture comes up. It then allows me to do a repair but that doesn't help. The repair report doesn't give any clue to the problem.

I am guessing it is some fundamental driver that is Dell specific. Any idea how to sort it ?

The repair will allow me to get to a dos prompt.

Nigel

Answer:Move Dell Windows 7 Hard disk into non-dell hardware

Welcome to our forum auror1968.

Their is a excellent chance that the OEM/SLP key, drivers and a lot more are tied to the Laptop and will not work on the Desktop.
Does you Desktop or Laptop have a Windows 7 sticker on it that looks something like this?

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~Background~

There were some power failures last week which caused some errors on my hdd and I spent 3 days reading this forum, trying to fix my windows 7 boot.

I finally fixed it after running chkdisk through a Windows repair disk after trying various other solutions to no avail. Thankfully, no files were lost (Besides the most important stuff was backed up)

I have an anxiety disorder and I work solely on the PC.
This incident was very hard on my health so I want to make sure that whatever happens I can get to work.

So I had an idea.

~Idea~

A while back I was reading about dual booting and it seemed quite interesting.
So, I've had this idea.

I have a 1 TB HDD.

It has two partitions, "System Reserved" and "C".

I create a new partition called G of let's say 100GB.

I then transfer my music, videos, photos to an external drive.

I uninstall all unnecessary programms/games from C.

I make sure C has about 50-60 GB of used space.

Afterwards, I make a system image using either the Windows 7 built-in tool
or Macrium Reflect/Acronis and transfer all my media back to C.

Could I then restore that system image on the new partition?

The end result I want to achieve is to have a "backup windows 7 installation"
If something happens to my Main installation, I can get to work on the second one.
Of course I backup my work to an external drive everyday.
I don't want to lose any more working days...

A friend of mi... Read more

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My computer is currently set up to dual boot between Windows 7 and Windows XP. I mainly use the XP partition as storage, while I run the Windows 7 partition most of the time. The version of Windows 7 that is currently installed is an RC version (Build 7127).

I recently decided that it was time to upgrade to the full version of Windows 7 (32-bit, to keep things simple). The operating system installed with no apparent errors, until I tried selecting Windows 7 from the Windows Boot Manager at start-up. The Windows XP partition (listed as Earlier Version of Windows) still works, but the Windows 7 partition gives an error (Status: 0xc0000225). The info it gives is: "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible". The given error has something to do with asking me to unplug anything I had recently plugged into the computer (USB device/MP3 player), but I haven't plugged anything in, so that led me to believe it was a driver problem. However, it seems odd that the RC version of Windows 7 works, while the final version does not. So, I re-installed the RC version so I could use the computer again (the XP partition has driver problems that cause Very strange errors on the internet, so I prefer to not use it, but don't look into those errors too much... I only use that partition for storage now)

I tried reinstalling multiple times, and I tried using the Startup Recovery tool that's on the installation disk, but it couldn't detect any problems. Also, ... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Not Booting Properly After Installation

Bump for the day ~ All help is appreciated, so if anyone has Any ideas, post them :)

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Frozen black screen on startup

My computer was only running firefox and then completely froze out and I couldnt open task manager, switch users or anything. I let the computer sit there for a while not wanting to click anything thinking it would unfreeze by itself in a short while, and then suddenly a noise started coming out at regular intervals. Then the computer just switched off.

On restart I got a BSOD that i wrote down but ive lost the paper for the error message now. I ran the Recovery Console from the XP CD and chkdsk /r and it finished. When i restarted I got another BSOD:

"UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME"

I ran chkdsk /r using the Recovery Console again, with it completing and then this time on restart I got another BSOD message.

"Stop:C0000135 (unable to locate component) This application has failed to start because USP10.dll was found. Re-installing the application may fix this"

I ran chkdsk again a few times and nothing happened, still getting the same BSOD message on restart.

After more googling I found out to run a repair installation from the XP CD instead of the Recovery Console, the website I used just told me to "continue with on-screen instructions". So I ran the repair installation and the first time I ran it, the computer restarted and I thought it had been fixed. Windows XP appeared to be installing itself for the first time and I paniced because I thought I had accidentally pressed the wrong button and chosen to fresh i... Read more

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My computer is currently set up to dual boot between Windows 7 and Windows XP. I mainly use the XP partition as storage, while I run the Windows 7 partition most of the time. The version of Windows 7 that is currently installed is an RC version (Build 7127).

I recently decided that it was time to upgrade to the full version of Windows 7 (32-bit, to keep things simple). The operating system installed with no apparent errors, until I tried selecting Windows 7 from the Windows Boot Manager at start-up. The Windows XP partition (listed as Earlier Version of Windows) still works, but the Windows 7 partition gives an error (Status: 0xc0000225). The info it gives is: "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible". The given error has something to do with asking me to unplug anything I had recently plugged into the computer (USB device/MP3 player), but I haven't plugged anything in, so that led me to believe it was a driver problem. However, it seems odd that the RC version of Windows 7 works, while the final version does not. So, I re-installed the RC version so I could use the computer again (the XP partition has driver problems that cause Very strange errors on the internet, so I prefer to not use it, but don't look into those errors too much... I only use that partition for storage now)

I tried reinstalling multiple times, and I tried using the Startup Recovery tool that's on the installation disk, but it couldn't detect any ... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Not Booting Properly After Installation

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I have a windows xp installation cd extracted to a partition on a computer which I want to netboot from. Then I've netbooted into WinPe which is apparently able to invoke a windows installation given a source directory. The problem is, I'm stuck in volume Q: - which is a ram-disk and I haven't the slightest clue how I'd swap over to the volume I've extracted the xp install disk into.

Thanks.
 

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I am running NT 4 Server with RAID Level 1 (mirroring) and was trying to replace one of the hard drives. I was wanting to replace the "original" hard drive with a new one and make the "mirror" drive the new "original" drive. I had just set up the mirroring a few weeks prior. When I created the mirror drive I followed the directions to create, format, and delete a partition using the disk administrator to make sure the boot sector would be properly written. The problems below are from my trying out the shadow mirror disk to see that it would be usable as the primary disk.

I set the mirror drive as the primary disk (these are IDE drives) and started the computer up. It just kept rebooting itself without loading NT.

Next I created a boot floppy which pointed to the mirror drive (drive(1)). I got NT to start up but the event log was full of services not starting properly and corrupted databases.

Can someone help me find out why my mirror disk was no good? (or seemed no good?) Disk Administrator says that the mirror is healthy. My hard drives are different sizes. My NT is one one NTFS partition.
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Answer:Booting with a shadow mirror disk- Problem!

Greetings

Ok, I am taking a geuss on this one, but I think this is the problem:

Since the drives are IDE drives, it is important to know what drive they are, and on what IDE controller they are connected to. You need to setup the Old "Mirror" drive EXACTLY the same way as the old "original" drive was set up. So, if the old "original" drive was a primary master, then the "mirror" drive must be set as a primary master. Also, make sure that the "mirror" drive is set as active. An old version of partition Magic should do the trick.

Cheers

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

[email protected]

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

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I recently purchased Seagate External Hard disk and initially i disabled USB Devices to Disabled state while Booting.
Then what problem i am getting now is : Broadcom Ethernet v7.78 somthing comes in screen..again it boots..I just went to BIOS Settings and changed USB Devices Disabled while booting.
Then next next day i got my time changing frequyently.Daily my system time changes and while i start my system on next day again it reboots freequently.

Please provide me required steps to solve this problem...
Is this a problem in motherboard or any changes to be made in BIOS???

Answer:Booting Problem due to new external hard disk

Check to make sure your pc is set to boot from the internal hard drive and disable pxe boot option.

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just purchased new HDD, (laptop)
i made like 3 boot disks using different bootable software.
still no joy
bios is set up correctly but it still says
"reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key"
please help.....

Answer:cant make boot disk and problem booting on new HDD

Se DVD drive as first boot device in BIOS
Save and EXIT (F10)
Watch for the message "press any key to boot from CD"
This should work if your Cds are bootable
how did you make the bootable disks? - you can't just copy files across it needs to be burnt as an iso file

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Hi,

I was having Win7 installed on 2 disks, when I was booting, I had to select between the 2 instances of win7, so far so good.

I removed one of the hard drive but I still have the selection at stratur and, lucky as I am, the "default" one is the missing hard drive so everytime my computer reboot, I receive and error message and I have to reboot and choose the second win7 in the list...

Is there a way to remove this selection and always boot on the remaining HD ?

thanks

Answer:Problem booting after removing 1 hard disk

Type msconfig in Start Search box. Right click on result to Run As Admin.

on Boot tab, highlight the unneeded OS to delete it.

If this fails, install EasyBCD (free Download at bottom of page - no name or email required)
On Edit OS Menu tab, select the unneeded Win7 entry to delete it.

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My dell laptop came with a windows home basic 64bit initially.. I installed windows 8 and then further ubuntu 12.04 through windows 8 to my system.

Due to some unrecognized problem, windows 8 became highly unresponsive as it made the screen unstable as soon as it booted. Due to which i had to delete windows 8 from my system. But i made a mistake of formatting the drive windows 8 was in without uninstalling ubuntu from my system. Since then it didnt boot any other system other than the original windows. If i try installing any OS to my system, just as the installation is about to start the laptop shuts down..I am incapable to load any other OS..I have tried various versions of linux based systems.

I have re-installed windows 7 on my system; making all new partitions. Now many errors that used to occur before in my system are resolved but this problem of the OS installation remains.

Any help on the matter is most welcome..Since I am a linux user..I'd like my system to be responsive to it asap..Any ideas on how windows 8 might have effected my system boot is also welcome.

Answer:Problem in booting any linux based OS to my dell laptop

  
Quote: Originally Posted by technobeat


My dell laptop came with a windows home basic 64bit initially.. I installed windows 8 and then further ubuntu 12.04 through windows 8 to my system.

Due to some unrecognized problem, windows 8 became highly unresponsive as it made the screen unstable as soon as it booted. Due to which i had to delete windows 8 from my system. But i made a mistake of formatting the drive windows 8 was in without uninstalling ubuntu from my system. Since then it didnt boot any other system other than the original windows. If i try installing any OS to my system, just as the installation is about to start the laptop shuts down..I am incapable to load any other OS..I have tried various versions of linux based systems.

I have re-installed windows 7 on my system; making all new partitions. Now many errors that used to occur before in my system are resolved but this problem of the OS installation remains.

Any help on the matter is most welcome..Since I am a linux user..I'd like my system to be responsive to it asap..Any ideas on how windows 8 might have effected my system boot is also welcome.


Hi technobeat,

Welcome to Seven forums.

You should perform the diagnostics on the system to check if hardware is working correctly or not:

http://dell.to/18xQpRy

Kindly update your system specs here by following this.

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.

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whenever I boot my laptop it shows that the function key F2 is on and the laptop straight way goes to Bios screen. After pressing the Esc key the bios screen goes, then the laptop boots to windows. I have formatted the c drive updated the drivers but the problem remained unsolved. I have taken out the battery and pressed the start switch for sometime to drain the static power but nothing happened. You are requested to help me out from this problem.

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whenever I boot my laptop it shows that the function key F2 is on and the laptop straight way goes to Bios screen. After pressing the Esc key the bios screen goes, then the laptop boots to windows. I have formatted the c drive updated the drivers but the problem remained unsolved. I have taken out the battery and pressed the start switch for sometime to drain the static power but nothing happened. You are requested to help me out from this problem.

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Hi,
I've just bought new Asus R540LJ with SSD inside.
I'm trying to install Windows 10 but I get blue screen just after it boots I supose.
Nothing happens, just loading and blue screen.
Tried with pendrive usb 3/dvd. Win 8.1 and Win 10.
Is there anything I can do about it or should I send my laptop back where I bought it?

Answer:Windows 10 Blue Screen while booting installation

fryderykst,

Welcome to TenForums!

That is strange...

Doesn't the Asus R540LJ laptop come with Windows 10 already installed and working? Or, let us know if the machine did not come with an installed Operating System.

Is this a brand new SSD drive? Has it been initialized?

If not, and you first want to rule out issues with the SSD, CrystalDiskInfo can help you check the Solid State Drive's health:
CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World

There is also SSD Life, or, check if the manufacturer of the drive has its own utility.

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Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.

I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: How to Install Windows 7 or Vista from Bootable Portable USB Flash Memory Key or Hard Disk Drive ? My Digital Life

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive with CMD.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 ... Read more

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I got a HP Notebook yesterday that had Windows 8.1 on it. Today I decided I wanted to reinstall Windows 10 (not upgrade, but clean install) on it and I do have experience in reinstalling operating systems. I reinstalled Windows 10 from a USB stick and when the computer restarted after the installation was done, it would keep booting from the USB stick. I exited the installation screen and then went to the BIOS to change boot priority to "OS Manager", but all I got was an error which I don't remember what it said, and then it just restarted again.

So my question is, how can I get Windows 10 to boot after is has installed and restarted? I really need help fast as I can't seem to solve this myself and it is really frustrating me.

This is my laptop: HP 15.6 Laptop - Black (Intel Celeron N3050 / 500GB HDD / 4GB RAM / Windows 8.1) : Laptops - Best Buy Canada

Answer:Windows 10 Installation keeps booting from USB after clean install

If there is no USB drive connected then the BIOS will automatically choose the next boot device in line...
(You did remove the USB drive, right?)
...for example the next on the list may be your CD drive and the one after that may be your HDD.

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I got a HP Notebook yesterday that had Windows 8.1 on it. Today I decided I wanted to reinstall Windows 10 (not upgrade, but clean install) on it and I do have experience in reinstalling operating systems. I reinstalled Windows 10 from a USB stick and when the computer restarted after the installation was done, it would keep booting from the USB stick. I exited the installation screen and then went to the BIOS to change boot priority to "OS Manager", but all I got was an error which I don't remember what it said, and then it just restarted again.

So my question is, how can I get Windows 10 to boot after is has installed and restarted? I really need help fast as I can't seem to solve this myself and it is really frustrating me.

This is my laptop: HP 15.6 Laptop - Black (Intel Celeron N3050 / 500GB HDD / 4GB RAM / Windows 8.1) : Laptops - Best Buy Canada

Answer:Windows 10 Installation keeps booting from USB after clean install

If there is no USB drive connected then the BIOS will automatically choose the next boot device in line...
(You did remove the USB drive, right?)
...for example the next on the list may be your CD drive and the one after that may be your HDD.

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I built a new desktop and i'm trying to install windows 10 on it. I can get into the bios fine and all my components are showing up. I set my initial boot device as the USB and then reboot my PC to start the installation process. The windows logo shows up,but as soon as it gets to purple setup screen for installation my PC shutsdown and reboots. This same process keeps looping and I can't get the w10 installation process started. I only have my keyboard, monitor and USBconnected to the desktop IO panel. I tried a different USB installed with windows 7 but get the same problem.

Answer:Windows 10 Installation Crashing and rebooting while booting from USB

My mother-in-law's computer started doing that. Turned out it was the keyboard was physically bad, believe it or not. I would recommend try starting it up with no keyboard or mouse connected and see if it stays on. Also make sure all the internal components are firmly seated. Also try starting it up without the USB flash drive inserted and see if it will stay on the No Boot Device warning screen without rebooting on it's own.

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How do I set my BIOS to have the DVD boot and install Windows 10 in UEFI mode? I do see a setting on my Asus motherboard UEFI "CSM Compatability" and in there are three options:
UEFI and Legacy OPROM
Legacy OPROM only
UEFI only

Do I select UEFI only option here?

What is the benefit of installing in UEFI vs Legacy? All I understand is that the system sets up more partitions.

Answer:Booting a Win 10 DVD in UEFi Mode for Windows installation

Anyone? :-)

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Hi,

I've got a problem with my Windows 7 installation in that - it wont boot! Either in normal or safe mode!

I've tracked the problem down to a driver - CTMMount.sys which was installed by a recent installation of Comodo Time Machine - which has since been uninstalled but doesnt look like the uninstallation has worked correctly.

Therefore I could do with editing the registry/startup procedure so that this file doesnt attempt to load and then I can get back into Windows 7 - has anyone any idea how I can do this?

Thanks

Ewan

Answer:Need to edit registry on non-booting Windows 7 installation

Why don't you just try a startup repair? It's probably a bit safer.
Startup Repair[2]=Performance Maintenance

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I want to install Windows 7 on an HP Pavillion Desktop which happens to have a
Sata Harddisk with an IDE DVDRW.
I set the boot Priority to the DVDRW then the Harddisk and placed the Windows disk on the dvd drive to boot from it.
But it is not booting from the CD as booting still goes to the Harddisk.
My understanding is that SATA takes First Priority.
Well in such a scenario what does one do in order to install Windows?
Please note both drives are detected in the BIOS

Thank you all for your advise
 

Answer:Solved: New Windows Installation Booting Issues

SATA doesn't take priority, I've installed Windows 7 numerous times from PATA/IDE drives with a SATA drive.

Are you sure the DVD drive works? Can it read a DVD properly? Also you mention CD, but Windows 7 comes on a DVD.

Also since this is an HP you can press ESC, F10, or F12 and choose a one time boot device rather than changing BIOS boot order.
 

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Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.
I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-t...able-usb-flash-memory-key-or-hard-disk-drive/

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 would boot up as usual.

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Answer:Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

please do not duplicate posts here
Not sure if you have die to a server error - i have been experiencing here
however, closing this post
continue here
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1068945-windows-7-installation-not-booting.html
 

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I have been having some major nv4_disp problems with my Dell xps 400, as Windows won't even boot in safe mode now. I am trying to reinstall windows xp with a DVD that Dell gave with the computer. The problem is when I boot up the system, it does not recognize the dvd in the dvd drive. It only recognizes the cdrom drive, and unfortunately the re-installation disk is a DVD.

Help would be greatly Appreciated!

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Can anyone help US. Our Dell Desktop died last week as the vid software was corrupted. We were told to replace the file, this we did using an other XP (we lost ours). All is good except we cannot get into our account, is says we need to register and when we try is then says we are already registered and then we are booted ack to the login age. Can this be fixed? Thanks
 

Answer:Dell XP installation problem

Hi and welcome. I've moved you to your own thread for better assistance.

For the record, you can't use another XP. You have to use the one that came with your Dell desktop.
 

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Hi, I use Acronis TrueImage to make backups of my G10's hard drive. I need to be able to boot from the Acronis Rescue Media ISO CD that I have created. I intercept the boot by pressing F12 and change the boot priority to CD. It then says something like "Trying to establish Link", then "Media failure, Check cable" and then continues to boot up into XP. The burn of the ISO CD seems to have gone ok. My G10 still has the original BIOS v1.0. Is this the problem or should I upgrade the BIOS. Any ideas would very much appreciated. Thanks for reading this post.

Answer:Qosmio G10 - Problem booting from ISO CD for Acronis Rescue disk

Can you use any other bootable CD/DVD with your Qosmio notebook?
I mean Toshiba recovery CD, Microsoft installations CD or maybe Linux live CD.

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Hi,

I think I may have a disc problem. The laptop is an (HP) Compaq nc6220, running Windows XP (SP3 I think). It's quite an old laptop which isn't used very often.

I started the laptop in order to rip a CD and when I went into Windows Media Player it gave me a message stating a new version was available to download. I did so, and after restarting the machine I opened Media Player to rip the CD but then got a BSOD.

I then rebooted but it won't start now. Each time I reboot it displays the usual Windows startup logo and then sits at a black screen for a couple of minutes before displaying the following message :-

Non-System disk or disk error
replace and strike any key when ready

At this point I can do no more.

I do get the usual screen at startup which appears after a BSOD, offering safe mode and last known good configuration etc. but no matter what option I take, all I get is the above message.

As I said at the start, it is a very old laptop and has a very low spec, but it normally works okay, albeit a little slow.

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks.

Rob.

Answer:[SOLVED] Laptop Not Booting Properly - Disk Problem

Make sure there's no external devices connected to the laptop. You may want to run a drive diagnostic to see if any errors are returned.

In order to test the hard drive you can run one of the diagnostic programs below. The files, in ISO format, will need to be burned to a CD using a program that can burn CD image files.
Hitachi Drive Fitness Test
Downloads
Western Digital
WD Support / Downloads / Select Product
(choose your product and select Data Lifeguard Diagnostic)
Seagate
| Seagate

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