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XP Install disc won't boot past "Hit any key to continue"

Question: XP Install disc won't boot past "Hit any key to continue"

Hi guys,
I have a machine here with XP home installed on it (appears to be SP2, I can't find KB936929 in the C:\WINDOWS\$hf_mig$ folder though i may be looking in the wrong place) which pops up with the error at boot up saying "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Press r to repair etc, so i thought ok no problem, pop the disc in, set bios to boot off cd, boot up & when I hit enter at the first prompt, it starts spinning the disc up, when the second prompt "press any key to boot from cd" comes up, it won't boot no matter what i press. I've tried different KB's (usb & ps2) but no joy. However, I did have some sucess when i pulled the hdd out & tried to boot into knoppix live disc, no problems. So i tried to boot off the XP disc (with hdd out) & it booted. Put the hdd back in & no boot. I popped a new hdd i had in the shop in just to check I was on the right track & it started to boot, so I'm thinking it's got to be hdd related. Does this sound to anyone like hdd is unservicable? Should I just replace it? or does it sound like something that can be rectified on the hdd?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! cheers!

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Preferred Solution: XP Install disc won't boot past "Hit any key to continue"

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Answer: XP Install disc won't boot past "Hit any key to continue"

Hey!... I know my suggeston sounds a little wierd...Do you use an USB keyboard to press the keys ?... Cause if you do Most of the time it does get accepted..I have had the same trouble in going to the Advanced config menu while windows boots up

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Like in the title, i know i dont have a dell charger and they are locked with dell charger ID's, but i cant get one for a while, but when the warning message comes up it says "Strike F1 to continue" i press it.... nothing happens, if i press it too many times it starts beeping whenever i press a key. Any help would be highly appreciated

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I have a client who was haing issues with firefox. yesterday he attempted a system restore on his Lenovo k410 (win 8 64bit) desktop (without my blessing). it then got stuck in the infamous windows repair loop. the lenovo screen starts then it says attempting repairs, screen goes black and then it briefly flashes "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collect info, and then we'll restart for you".

Well I assumed (and google told me) I need to enter advanced startup options. the problem is nothing I do will get me there!

I've tried to boot to a retail iso just to do a repair install. I've also tried to boot to win 8 repair media created on my win 8 machine (both x64). when attempting to boot with either one the win 8 blue square "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collect info, and then we'll restart for you" and then it gets stuck. it then returns to the original screen, rinse and repeat.

and no luck getting into safemode!

I've found many folks with the similar issues and the only answers revolve around getting into advanced start up options. obviously I can't do it via windows and again I'm unable to boot properly from repair disc (cd or usb) or retail iso.

once at the clients house I was able to hit f2 to get to lenovo's one key rescue. I did not start it because I had not yet backed their data up. I booted to ubuntu and got the data off. now I am unable to even get to the f2 options!... Read more

Answer:stuck in "repair" loop, can't boot to repair disc or install disc...

Run Seatools long test. Remove all but one stick of RAM and run Memtest on each stick of RAM separately. If you get any errors (Red) that stick is bad and needs to be replaced. Tell us how you get along.

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I've been trying to repair install Windows 7 (SP1) and every time I get to the second step (Gathering files, settings, and programs) it cancels itself and displays this message:

When I click OK, it brings me back to the desktop. When prompted, I do opt to install updates and it takes about a second then jumps to the next step. I do not think it is downloading anything in that time. I do not have any CMD access, I get 0xc0000142 when I try to open CMD. What should I do to fix this? If it helps, I have an XP install dual booted with this install.

Answer:"Setup can't continue." Windows 7 Repair Install

Have you installed all of the important and optional Windows Updates? It may require several reboots after which you Check for Updates until there are no more.

Is this by any chance the original HP factory preinstalled Win7 which is the worst possible install one can have of Win7, larded with bloatware and useless duplicate utilties which interfere with better versions built into Win7? If so I would strongly consider a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 .

If you want to keep expiring XP on the drive, post back a screenshot of Disk Mgmt so we can better advise you on which partitions to keep. Meanwhile try rebooting while tapping the ESC key to see if HP onboard diagnostics will boot and run from the F9 boot menu.

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I tried formatting my hard drive using the provided software from the company I bought the computer from, but it did not install correctly. Now there is no Windows or any files of Windows showing up on my hard drive whatsoever.

Whenever I pop in the Windows CD to try and repair or re-install, I get an error that states "Disk Boot Sector is to be modified! Press Y to continue, any key to abort" and once I do, it seems like the Windows options are about to come up, but then it just shuts down my computer. Any thoughts or possible fixes? I'm not sure of the correct location for this thread so I put it here. Thanks in advance!

Answer:ERROR: "Disk Boot Sector is to be modified! Press Y to continue" then crash?

I'd try a bootable hard drive diagnostic that's available from the support website of the manufacturer of your hard drive. That'll let you know if the hard drive is failing and we can move on from there.

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Hi all, This is a great forum you have here! OK I am having a very low-tech month I think. I am trying to trouble shoot a problem with my system which had been running reasonably well until now -- I say reasonably well because lately I seem to have hit some hardware challenges. More on that later, however (if required).

In order to trouble shoot my issues, I find myself needing to reinstall Windows 7 (My boot disk which is an SSD seems to cause the system to hang when it is connected so I am trying to install a new verion of Win 7 to troubleshoot the other from). Now I have ample space on a couple of drives so that is where I targeted. Everything runs fine in the installation process, the system reboots and I am presented the screen to enter a system name. I enter a name but the "next" button is protected and not clickable . Does this mean anything to anyone?

This seems very rudimentary but frankly I can't find anything to make it go

Answer:Can't advance past "Type a computer name" on clean install


Welcome to Seven Forums
Please have a look at this thread

Hope this helps in some way


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My comp was messed up so I decided to clean reinstall xp pro, my hard drive was split into 3 partition, C, E backup and L photos and bits, at the point of the install were you decide,delete our make partitions, I decided to delete L as it was not needed and clean install onto C, leaving E with my docs and data, the install went fine, when I looked at my drives in admin tools the C is marked boot and E system, I was going to delete E and make new partitions, but because it marked as system, can not delete it. How did I do this and is there away to put it all back onto C, without reformatting.

Answer:Solved: partitions "boot" and "system" after xp install.

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I am trying to fix our Dell 2400. We use it to run Quickbooks. My wife opened an email with an invoice that asked her to run something.
She deleted the email before I could get any information from it to understand better why it would boot to a blue screen.
I managed to get back to the Desktop by way of putting the hard drive in a USB case and running Grisoft AVG from another XP Pro PC we have. It found 19 Trojans and removed all of them. I then ran AVG 8 on a Vista Ultimate Laptop and it removed a bunch of Mal/spy Ware.
I am back up and working with only the POP UP to AV Website Ad-ware still unresolved. However, this is not my biggest problem. The biggest problem is there are core elements missing that have removed the screen saver tab from Desktop Properties, and I am unable to windows updates and I am unsure how to proceed at this point. Any suggestions on getting windows to repair would be great.

Answer:Win XP Pro SP3 - How to get past the "Source is older than Current Install"?

WiFiTech, before I procede you may have to reinstall all or some of the Windows updates after doing this so be prepaired to spend an evening hugging your computer.

At PC bootup, tap the DEL key until that ugly blue config screen come up. You will have to change the boot sequence setting to boot from CD first. Save the settings, put your Windows disk in and reboot.

You will now have the Windows CD menu that gives you the option of reinstalling or repairing your PC. Have fun.

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Hi I was using ubuntu on my old shuttle xpc and decided it wasn't doing it for me software-wise so tried to reinstall windows xp.  Everytime i tried to boot xp i would get so far and then get a message " The file dac2w2k.sys is corrupted press any key".  I tricked around with different bios settings with no joy so then went to "restore fail safe bios" (something like this).  Now when I turn on the machine i just get to the first screen with the intel picture and cant get any further.  I've tried going into the boot screen but it just says "loading boot menu" and nothing happens.  Same happens when i try to get into the bios.  My knowledge of the hardware workings of a pc is little to none so i've no idea how to reset the bios, if this is in fact the problem.  Could anyone advise me? I would be so grateful.Thanks

Answer:Cant boot past "intel inside pentium 4 " screen

Hello,In order to reset the bios: 1 Unplug your computer from the wall.2 Open up the side of the computer case.3 On the motherboard there is a little button cell battery. Take it out.4 Leave the battery out for about 5 min. 5 Put the battery back in and your bios should now be reset.

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Ok well my computer when turned on gets to the screen that says

"windows closed unexpectedly"..etc and gives the options of

"safe mode"
"safe mode with netwroking"
"safe mode with command prompt"
"start windows normally"
"start windows with most recent working config" (or something similar)

Im sure most of you are familiar with this screen, when any of the options is selected
the computer begins to start up but then makes a struggling noise and returns to that screen
we can get past it.

If someone could help me out with this it would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Computer wont boot past "start windows normally" please help


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Hello all,

I have a Compac desktop, it's relatively new as far as use. Recently, it's not been used because of a startup issue. It will load the first screen (The compac screen and act like it's it going to load up) but then loops back to the first screen and continue to do this over and over. My mother told me that the computer had fallen off of out computer hutch (About 2 inches off the ground) and heard an interesting noise inside. She described the sound like a CD hitting the floor, but I looked inside the desktop, and nothing seemed to be out of place.
I want to get the data files and documents, but as stated above, I cannot use the computer.
I have a Ubuntu CD already made, and have used it before.. Unfortunately, the CD drive doesn't seem to be recognizing the disc. I can see the little white blinking "-", but that is all I can get to come up before the screen goes into another loop; and the previous process.
I was hoping some one could possibly help me out in getting the computer to the point to save the data? I have the option to reformat the whole computer, but I'd rather save that for last measures if the data cannot be recovered.
Again, the computer is a compac, Windows XP OS, desktop - only about 3 years old.

Answer:Computer will not boot past the "Compac" startup screen.

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Hello, I am building a new computer, or at least trying.

Mthbrd: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R 775
Intel Core 2 Duo 3.1 GHZ
visiontek Radeon HD 3450 PCIE crap
Western Digital Caviar SE 160 SATA
2 ddr2 memory

I can't get past the "verifying the dmi pool data" in the boot. I read something about updating the bios in a short product review on How would that be possible? Any help is appreciated. I am about to throw the computer in the toilet.

Answer:Can't get past "verifying dmi pool data..." in boot

I AM the toilet.

Seriously, do you know how to update BIOS?

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8gb 1600mhz ram
R9 290
I7 4770k
Z97A mobo
1tb hdd ( only storage device used )
120gb ssd (this has already died as far as I know but haven't gotten around to removing it)

Other information, just ask if you need it.

No context on why this happened, I just woke up this morning and my PC wouldnt fully boot.

My PC disk drive hasn't worked for about a year now, but I have Win 7 install on a flash drive, however I also can't seem to do this as booting from the flash drive results in a black screen.

Any help appreciated as I really don't wanna have to get another computer for Christmas!

Answer:PC won't boot properly, can't get past "starting Windows"

Hi, have you tried Safe Mode - tap F8 as your system is starting up?
Then click.
Start > Run > Type
Click Launch System restore.

Then choose a date prior to the problem.
Or Safe Mode with a Command Prompt Option.
Select an operating system if asked.
Press Enter.
Log on as an administrator.
At the command prompt.


Press Enter.
You should now be in System Restore.
Choose a date prior to the problem.
System recovery options Win 7.

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Had an error message in Norton about could not read incomming email for Outlook and then a message in explorer about shutting down. So, I rebooted and up comes a message I have never seen before "preparing network connections" (and I am on dial up if that helps at all) but now cannot get by the mesage box that follows (lsasse.exe. not found). Click it and nothing happens. Tried safe mode and same message and then click it and restarts in normal mode and back to the message. Can only get out of there by holding the on/off switch until it shuts off. Tried last settings and restore but nothing. I know now I should have maybe run Norton. I do not have unfortunately Norton rescue disks made up. How can I get the sytem past the system program lsasse.exe? What to do? I ran Ad-Aware a couple of days ago and cleared off about 20 critical objects....

Answer:Can't boot past message "lsasse.exe not found"

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My laptop froze after entering a wrong product key. I then pressed the shut down button till my computer went off. I restarted the computer and chose the "start windows normally" option. The laptop boots to "setup is preparing for first use" screen. It lasts for about 1 minute and then the computer restarts automatically following the same processes.

Answer:Windows 7 does not boot past "setup is preparing..."

Please do not double post... stick with your original thread...

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It seems that on websites random words are being highlighted to appear as links. But I am going to sites now that do not do this. When I hover over link it shows some type of ad and in another popup always says "Click to Continue > by Browse to Save". I have tried everything and cant get rid of this. Here are my logs and will do a second post of screen shot of what I am encountering.

Answer:Cannot Remove ""Click to Continue > by Browse to Save"

(Part 2) Screen Shot Attachments.

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I could sure use some help, been trying to upgrade my wife's computer from XP pro to win. 7 home prem. 64 bit. I am on my 3rd install, the 1st two times it was user error (my fault) that created the problem, this 3rd time I was much more careful but something is just not right.

Problem - after I sign in with "password" I get to the "welcome" screen and the small circle just spins forever.

I have done a lot of research and found a lot of possible fixes but nothing works.

This is a custom built system (by me) and worked perfectly with XP Pro, I recently did the same conversion on my computer system and had NO problems, I am using "OEM" install disks purchased from the Egg.

HDD - (120GB Seagate)
Power Supply - 500w antec
RAM - (Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS PC2 6400)
CPU - Intel core2duo 6300 OC'D to 2.10mhz

Tested HDD with Crystaldiskinfo w/ HDD Smart Monitoring - no problem
Tested RAM with Windows built in RAM test (2 passes) -no problem

I have run:
Avast - boot scan, smart scan, full scan - all OK
Disk Ck. -OK
Malwarebytes - OK
Reinstalled GeForce driver
Root Kit scan w/Spybot - OK
Defraged HDD
Crap Cleaner

The system WILL boot fine in "safe mode"

Most drivers are from "manufacturer" not just M$ generic

I have tried tracking down "error" info from "event viewer" not much help, did try a couple of "fixes" to no avail.

I am not opposed to "reinstalling" again but if there is a ... Read more

Answer:Will not boot past "welcome" screen

How did you get so many programs right after a clean install?
Did you install all Windows updates?
Spybot years ago was a great program. Haven't heard anything good about it in 5 years.
What is Key Scrambler?
The way to get most drivers when installing Windows 7 is let Windows 7 install the drivers and then check Device Manager for problems.

Check and see how much free space you have on your 80 gb drive.

Better yet read through this Tutorial by Greg. Their is lots of good information so take your time.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hi All,
Brand new out of the box Dell laptop I'm setting up removing what I don't want and installing what I do want. After a second or third reboot the only sign-in screen option is "Other User" and asks for a password. I have not set a password yet and don't know where "Other User" dialogue has come from. Now I'm stuck and can't start windows. What can I do?

Any suggestion are greatly appreciated


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Dear Experts,

I have created windows image on Drive F: but delete it after some time manually due to some space prob.
But while backup shows about 40 GB only few GB space got free after deletion. When i try to again take the the backup using windows 7 backup & restore option, its still shows 35 Gb of System Image in drive F: when i brows the Manage Disc Space option but i cant find it on the same drive. (Plz see attached pic)
Plz help me to locate this and delete the same.


Answer:Cant find "System Image" of 36 GB but its shows on "Manage Disc Space"

Hello sattyaji, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It may still be showing if the system image was created as part of a Windows backup. Using the tutorial below to reset Windows Backup should clear it for you, but you will need to set up your backup again afterwards.

Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration

Hope this helps,

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After our Dell Inspiron E1505 recently crashed , Dell talked us thru diagnostics and finally sent us a replacement(refurbished) Toshiba hard drive to install in our computer. After installing it, and reloading all of the software for Windows XP, MS Office Small Business 2003, drivers and utilities, using the discs that came with the computer, we have a "Found New Hardware" window that pops up - Wizard trying to install a "Base System Device" everytime we turn the computer on. It asks for a disc but none of my existing ones seem to be the correct one. I've given it permission to connect to the Internet to "find" the software but nothing works.
Also, since the crash/re-install, our C drive only has 12.4 GBs of total disc space, and of that, only 1.2 is still free space. My D drive has about 37 GBs of disc space. Could these two problems be connected? The computer was running so slow and we would periodically get a message "low virtual memory". This weekend, I moved as many of our documents as possible to the D drive to try and free up space. It's a little better, but why do I have such a small amount of disc space? Help!

Answer:recurring message to install "base system device"-unsuccessful & low disc space

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I just got bf2142 for xmas and it installed fine and everything. I even played it online for a couple hours. Then one day i tried to play it and it said please insert the install disc into the drive and click ok to restart. I did it like four times and yet the error persists. I reinstalled it and it worked for a couple times then it did it again like last time. I have alcohol 120 and power iso but neither are active and the game is legit! What should i do?

Answer:BF2142 "please insert install disc error"

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I'm doing a win7 64 bit install w/a new hard drive. When I grabbed the recovery discs, I didn't see "disc 4, supplemental disc." As a result, i clicked "no" when asked whether I had a "supplemental disc." Is this going to completely kill my install? I'm an hour into it. What have I screwed up by failing to include the supplemental disc?

UPDATE: My install completed successfully. I remain interested to know if I've missed something important by not using the supplemental disc.

Answer:64 bit install, but erroneously clicked "no" re: supplemental disc

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums ... I think its a Driver Disc with specif files for your system that accompanies the operating system recovery discs ...

You could of course done a Clean Install and got rid of all the bloatware ...
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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On an admin account, if I want to, say, download/install a program, UAC will ask for confirmation, and clicking " yes " will get it to start downloading.

I wonder if I can make the system asking for password instead of giving the option of " yes " or " continue ". Like it does to a standard user account.

Thank you.


Answer:Password required instead of clicking " yes ' ot " continue "

You should enable the policy "User Account Control: Use Admin Approval Mode for the built-in Administrator account", and then you must configure the policy "User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode" to use either "Prompt for credentials" or "Prompt for credentials on the secure desktop". Note the behavior of this last item depends on how you've configured "User Account Control: Allow UIAccess applications to prompt for elevation without using the secure desktop" or "User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation" - I personally don't like using the secure desktop with a multimon setup, so I disable "User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation" on my machines. All of these policies are in GPEdit > Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options. If you're using a version of Win7 without a local policy editor (your specs say Win7 HP, so it's possible) all of these settings are backed by registry values, documented on Technet here.

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Hi all,

So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)).
I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load.
I also end up at a OneKey Recovery as well.. unfortunately, the laptop does not have initial backup or user backup images.
I have a Windows 8 CD for repairing purposes.. however, I cannot load the BIOS/UEFI to change the boot order to load the optical drives first. I have also tried to remove the CMOS battery to fix it.. did not work. .
Also - Windows Boot Manager:
Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] -- does not load properly (leads to OneKey Recovery) Safe Mode (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Networking (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Command Prompt (doesn't load - tries to boot and load all files onto partition that is too small.. can't change partition?)
Enable Boot Logging Enable Low-Resolution Video Debugging MOde Disable automatic restart on system failure Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Display Early Launch Anti-Malware Driver
Start Windows Normally
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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"Disk boot failure insert system disc" every time i get up

I have done a format c and installed windows xp again. My pc worked just fine a whole day long and i could restart the pc without problems. The next morning i want to boot my pc and i get the message "System boot failure please insert system disk" I couldn't get it fixed so i reinstalled my pc again. I worked with my pc the whole day without any problem i went to bed. The next day i had the same problem as the day before "System boot failure insert system disk". Now my question is how it comes that i cane resart and boot my pc a whole day long and if it is turned off for 8 hours that i get the message "system boot error..." anyone a suggestion?

Answer:"Disk boot error insert system disc" every time i get up

That could be caused by 1 of several problems.

First (and most likely), it could be a flat bios battery. Does your system loose the date and time too? If so, fit a new bios battery.

Check all your boot options in your bios to see if any of those are the cause.

If you have any spares, try a different data cable.

Scan disk your hard drive as it could be a drive error.

If none of this helps, let me know and i will do my best to help further. Rik

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Hello Forum members,

I am stumped by what appears to be a simple problem, but the answer is eluding me. I bought a brand new Hitachi 60gig 7,200 rpm HD for my Thinkpad T21 last year and installed, loaded and used it with zero problems until I was on a wi-fi connection at a hotel one evening. The connection gradually slowed to a halt, then the window I was in froze. Then the desktop failed to respond. I tried cntl/alt/delete with no success. No amount of keyboard commands had any affect, I was locked out. I couldn't even power down normally. I had to unplug the A/C cable, then remove the battery to get the laptop to shut down. I waited ten minutes and booted up like normal. This was the blue screen error message I received; "Unmountable boot volume on drive C:" Then I was given restart options as usual to no avail. It has never come out of it, regardless of the methods I have tried. Here is the strange part. I had initially loaded two (2) separate XP Pro OS's onto the HD splitting them evenly into 30gig partitions. I did that to keep web surfing separate from my dedicated music recording software, which I didn't want to risk corrupting. So, the final result is, when I boot up, I can ask for the D: drive (where the recording software resides) and it runs perfectly, but if I boot and ask for C; I get the above message. Also when I go to "My Computer" from the D: drive OS, it shows the C: drive available, but when I double click for it, it says... Read more

Answer:Solved: "Unmountable boot volume" on disc at startup

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My brother is working on his first machine. I have helped him a lot, but this stumps me. Upon power on, everything works alright until it starts to boot, where it displays "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter." I thought that this meant a dead hard drive, the thing is he doesn't have an OS on the drive, he is trying to install xp. I have also gone through the bios at least a dozen times to make sure it is set ONLY to boot from the cd. Does the system disc mean the OS or the motherboard utilities disk? (I don't have the utilities disk, i could find one online) he is also using an asus 18n sli mobo, a board that i have heard is very prone to this problem. Any ideas on solutions? thanks a lot!

Answer:"boot disk failure, insert system disc..."

go into BIOS and ensure it looks for the CD rom first. Then put your windows installation disc in the cd drive when booting. It is looking for the OS installation disc, not a utilities disc.You will also need all your drivers readily available. If you have SATA you will have to install SATA drivers when windows asks to.

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This error happens every time I try to boot my PC.

First sign of something going wrong was the wireless internet not connecting to any network, after rigorously scanning fr viruses there was a trojan my anti-virus software could not get rid of. Occasionally, my system starts up if I'm lucky, but having this problem I have left my PC off for quite some time, came back to it today and it turned on fine although being very slow. Also, when the computer starts it makes a little beep noise but being on the desktop it kept repeating the noise over and over as if it was stuck in a loop, then after around 5 minutes the blue screen error message came up, after this it just keeps displaying the disc boot failure message.

I have no idea how to fix this as I am no computer boffin, any help would be highly appreciated!

Thanks, Sam.

p.s im using a different computer to the one im trying to fix if this isnt already obvious

Answer:"Disk boot failure, insert system disc and press Enter"

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Hello im unsure where to place this thread. " Disc boot failure, insert system disc and press enter " Is the error i get after i took out an IDE 80GB HDD. The primary boot drive is a OCZ vertex 2 120GB. Somehow my pc will not boot unless the 80GB HDD is in. Im unsure how they are related so could anyone help me out so that i dont need the 80GB HDD to boot up anymore.

Answer:Taking out IDE harddrive error "Disc boot failure, insert system..."

When you installed the OCZ drive, it sound like you had the 80gb HD connected. So the boot up files got written to the 80 gb HD. Do you have a Win7 install DVD ? If so run startup repair 3 times in a row with the 80gb disconnected.

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Hi, my sister dropped off a gateway MT3432 laptop and when i turned it on, nothing works, It starts up but nothing shows on the screen. I hear the system booting up and spinning off the hard drive but cant get to the BIOS screen or nothing. I tried plugging in an external monitor and still nothing. I don't know what the deal is. Plz Help. I replaced the ram and the harddrive and still doing the same thing.


Did your sister say she had did anything to the machine?  Played with registry? dropped it?

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OK well I seem to have a bit of a problem here. My computer won't boot. I don't know what the problem is. I put it on sleep mode for a couple hours last night, and then started the comp back up. It wouldn't load internet explorer or anything, but I could look around in the start bar. After a couple tries to boot IE I tried to go to the Task manager, and nothing happened. So I hit the reset button.

When it was booting I decided to just look around in the BIOS at what was in there. The only thing I changed was disabling "Drive A" because I don't have a floppy drive. When I went to start the computer back up, it gets to the black screen where it says verifying DMI pool data but it won't start up. After 30 seconds or so it says "Disc read error, please press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart." I hit Ctrl Alt Del and it does nothing. I thought disabling the A drive did something bad, so I tried loading the fail-safe defaults and the optimized defaults in the BIOS, and the same thing happens.

I don't know what to try next because I don't know what the **** is wrong. I messed around with OC'ing the processor and GPU with Easytune and the Catalyst center, but I disabled both of them, so it wasn't OC'd at the time. I also didn't play with any of the settings in the BIOS because I didn't know how to do it. Could the HDD have taken a dump already???

I just put this together Thursday night, after ordering it with the advice of some people on this forum. The specs are:... Read more

Answer:Won't boot, "disc read error"

Sounds like the boot partition got jacked when you reset it. I would just go ahead and reinstall windows since you just built it. Thats going to be the easiest solution.

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Trying to fix my friend's laptop. She claims she was watching a youtube video and all of th sudden the computer started acting up and so she rebooted the computer and now it won't boot past the xp logon scren. Comes up with the error: "data execution prevention; userini logon application" with the only option of close message. windows does not contiue to boot and just sits there. I have tried to boot into safe mode but it only gives the option of booting into normal xp media center. tried last known good config and same results. any ideas?

acer aspire 3050-1594
AMD Sempron 3400+
xp media center

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Ok, I just built my first computer last night, and everything went great! I hooked everything up nice and neat, made sure all the connections were tight, and then I read the Manuel before I turned it on to know what to expect.

Sure enough, the manual says, "If one short beep occurs, then the installation was a success and no errors have been detected."

Well, that is the beep that I got, thank God!!

After the beep, the screen then shows the diagnostics of what is in the computer. at the bottom of the screen it says "Press F1 to Continue or F2 to go into setup." So I pressed F1, and then the screen comes up, and shows all of my hardware like my HD's and it saying, "Capability ... DISABLED." on both.

Then on the bottom of the screen it says, "From CD: BOOT FAILURE, INSERT DISC TO BOOT"

Well, I live with my parents and to say the least, they were not pleased, because they said this system, was going to turn into a money hole. I personally am proud of myself for doing EVERYTHING right, and am very disappointed that this is happening. After I told my parents the Error, they said I shouldn?t touch it until I?m done with school (I am still going to work on it when you guys give me some ideas). So, the other computer I have, the dreaded Compaq, I put jus the basics back in, the PSU that came with my new case, a stick of RAM, and once HD that has my OS on it.

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Insert your XP Cd and run a windows repair on your computer.

Also, make sure your HDD is being detected by your system. You should be able to see you hard drive listed in the bios. (Is it an IDE drive or SATA)?

(ps. I deleted your other identical thread. No need for two as it just confuses things)

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Help! This is so weird. My computer was frozen so I tried to restart it. I was re-booting it, but the "Starting Windows" screen was taking a really long time. I tried restarting it several times, it did nothing. I tried running the second option it gave me when i restarted, which was something like "run system restore" but that did the same, on a different loading screen. I have a HP Pavillion DV7, and it came with a "Quick Links" screen, before the startup, where I can access an internet browser, mail, calendar and skype. I am using that right now, so I don't understand why I can't go to my regular windows screen? I'm really confused, I tried pressing the delete button and f10 right when I started my screen, but it would be a black screen then my computer would shut down.... My warranty ran out last month, please help?

Answer:Can't boot up windows past the "starting windows" screen, can't run system restore

Re: Can't boot up windows past the "starting windows" screen, can't run system restor

Tap F8 while booting and see if you can get to safe mode. If you can, try a recovery from there. You also want to backup if you get there. Sounds like a failing hard drive as a first quick guess so scan your drive for errors.

Windows Explorer, right click drive C, check for errors.

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.

I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.

In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"


"Start windows normally"

If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.

This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.

If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message

"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...

If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.

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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past "Starting Windows" possible hard drive issue

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I'm trying to do a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit but i can't get the installer to load.
I have access to a Xubuntu install and a OS X install.
The original hard drive Windows 7 was installed on stopped working completely. So, I've bought a brand new one.
I followed the steps I did the first time I installed Windows 7 - converting the iso to and img with OS X's hdiutil and the dd command to burn it to a USB.
This time I would just get a "please insert proper boot media" error.
I went to my Xubuntu computer (it's used like a chromebook - i'm not a big linux guy) and tried WinUSB.
These USB keys lead to a screen that had a flashing underscore a few spaces from the top of the screen.
It dawned on me that the first thing I did when I installed windows the first time was update the bios. So I tried flashing a few different BIOS versions, but none of them made a difference>
I really need help - I can't think of anything else to try
Thank you very much!
Cannot boot into Win7 installer. OS X made USB keys show "insert proper boot media" - Ubuntu made keys show "flashing underscore" - Tried 3 different BIOS versions. Win7 -has- worked here before...
*Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1155
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Motherboard
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650
Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3
Corsair 750W*

Answer:Cannot boot into Win7 installer. "insert proper boot media" and "flashing underscore"

From where did you buy Windows 7 Ultimate? Did you not get a set of two DVDs with your purchase?

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For installing windows 7 in toshiba satellite C850-B763,
I changed the secure boot to be disabled and change the "UEFI Boot" to "CSM Boot" then the laptop display is not working.

When i am connecting to an external display it is working

Satellite C850-B763
Part No: PSCBYV-059002AR

kindly help to solve the issue



Answer:Satellite C850-B763 - display is not working changing "UEFI Boot" to "CSM Boot"

Set please BIOS to default settings and restart your notebook.
Is everything OK again?

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Help! I repaired friend's machine, everythink work properly, drivers no conflict, restarted twice, etc... I used my monitor/keyboard/mouse. Few hours later, after he took machine to his home... calls me - computer does not working - "disc boot failure". He said just connect all cables (power, monitor, mouse, keyboard), no floppy inside, no cd rom. Could be wrong monitor (MAG)? Have any idea?

Answer:"Disc boot failure"

Generally a monitor won't cause a hard drive not to boot.

What was repaired on the computer?

One at a time, try removing and putting right back on the ribbon cable. Both from the hard drive and from where it connect to the motherboard.

Make sure that the white power connected is also plugged in and that the hard drive is spinning. You can kinda feel it.

Make sure the hard drive is recognized by the comuter's BIOS.

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Ok! My friend told me her mouse(ps/2) was not working all the time so I advised her to buy another mouse. However, she didn't advise me unitl later that it has also started smoking before it went out completely. She purchased a new mouse(usb of course) and windows kept telling her mouse was not detected, even though there was a usb mouse installed in the computer. The computer was still working though.

So I went to her house to check on the error message. I went to check set up and found the option for "PS/2 Mouse" set to auto detect-which is what it should have been set to, right? Well, I placed the "USB Mouse" in a different usb slot and windows kept restarting. I put it back into the slot she had it in and the same thing (windows kept restarting). I selected last known good configuration, safe mode, and start windows normally and they all kept restarting the computer. I then gave her another ps/2 mouse I had laying around the house, with other computer parts. I put it into one of my systems with Win XP Home, before taking it to her and it worked just fine. Not in her system though, it still kept restarting.

Finally, I removed the hdd and took it to my house to recover her information on it. After which, I took it back, reinstalled it and inserted my Win XP Home installation CD to repair her copy of windows. I was unsuccessful because it kept asking for the administrators password and I am the administrator, but it would not accept my... Read more

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Hello, I have a Lenovo R61i laptop that uses XP pro as its platform. I recently had to start from scratch, but now, when I tried to download photos from my Canon Exilim EX-V8 onto my hard drive, I see no "removable disc" icon under "My computer." Can anyone please help me download the photos?

Answer:No "removable disc" icon under "My computer"

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

Answer:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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The aswMBR does not run correctly on my pc. It stops about 30 seconds into the scan and windows closes the program.

Answer:WARNING! Your flash player may be out of date. Please update to continue. "flashplayerpro"


Please download or zoek.rar by smeenk () from here or here and save it to your Desktop.
Unpack the archive...

Close any open browsers
Temporarily disable your AntiVirus program. (If necessary)
If you are unsure how to do this please read this or this Instruction.

Double click on zoek.exe to run the tool .
Please wait while the tool does not start...

Copy the text present inside the code box below and paste it into the large window in the zoek tool:
NOTICE: This script was written specifically for this user, for use on that particular machine. Running this on another machine may cause damage to the operating system


Click on button.
Please wait until a logreport will open (this can be after reboot)

Save notepad to your Desktop and attach here zoek-results.log
Note: It will also create a log in the C:\ directory named "zoek-results.log"


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WARNING! Your flash player may be out of date. Please update to continue. "flashplayerpro"
My system has slowed down a lot. A lot of ads coming just on a single click. DNS redirection problem in all the phones and mobiles connected to the router at home. Unable to access facebook and gmail everytime. I have to use the ipconfig /flushdns but that is just a temporary solution cause the problem reappears. Also have TubaeAdblocker stuck in extensions.

Answer:WARNING! Your flash player may be out of date. Please update to continue. "flashplayerpro"


Please download Malwarebytes AntiRootkit (MBAR) and save it to your desktop.
For full instructions how MBAR works, read this article

> Doubleclick on the MBAR file and allow it to run.
? Click OK on the next screen, to allow the package to extract the contents of the file to its own folder named mbar.
? mbar.exe will launch automatically. On some systems, this may take a few extra seconds. Please be patient and wait for the program to open.
? After reading the Introduction, click Next if you agree.

? On the Update Database screen, click on the Update button. Once you see 'Success: Database was successfully updated' click on Next
? Under Scan Targets ensure all boxes are ticked. Then click the Scan button.

Notice: with some infections, you may see two messages boxes:
- 'Could not load protection driver'. Click 'OK'.
- 'Could not load DDA driver'. Click 'Yes' to this message, to allow the driver to load after a restart. Allow the computer to restart. Continue with the rest of these instructions.

>> If malware is not detected, click the Exit button to close the program and post the mbar-log-year-month-day.txt and system-log.txt reports.

>> If an infection/s are found ensure Create Restore Point are ticked. Then select the "Cleanup! button to remove threats.
? The clean up procedure will be scheduled for process, pop-up will be shown.
Select the Yes button and the system should re-boot ... Read more

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My Dell D505 started acting up recently.
When I would boot sometimes it would beep 4 or 5 times (short beeps no long pauses) and then go to Windows no problems.
Sometimes it would beep 2 times and write "Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility". Nothing else, no other diagnostics. Hitting either F1 or F2 would not work, and I had to power down and power up again, then it would work normally.

Starting from today it beeps 2 times, writes "Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" and no amount of power downs helps. F1 and F2 don't work either, however I discovered by accident that hitting Fn+F1 actually gets me to the first page of the setup, while hitting Fn+F3 gets me to the 7th page :?
In setup I've disabled internal modem and all the other peripherals, removed everything but the HDD and CDROM from the boot sequence, changed POST to thorough mode, but nothing helps.

I've tried reseating RAM, I've tried booting without the HDD (It would then at least write that primary disk was not found), disassembling the laptop and plugging/unplugging the keyboard+touchpad connectors.

Any ideas?

Answer:Dell D505 beeps twice and writes "Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run setup..."

Some component of the hardware is bad... could be anything... and the beep codes help tell what it is. There is a list of beep codes posted by tipstir, I believe, elsewhere on this TechSpot site.

Have you tried booting to SAFE MODE by repeately depressing the <F8> key as soon as you depress the power button? If it boots to SAFE MODE you know it is repairable.

Otherwise, trouble shoot for power supply failure, hard drive failure, cpu fan failing, modem or ethernet socket, video graphics card... ore even sound card... any defective component can cause an alert.
Or it could be overheating due to lint, dirt, dust in the fan or cooling channels.
When you try booting without the HDD, at least put a bootable CD into the optical drive.
Good luck. Let us know your diagnosis.

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Here is my system info:

System Information
Time of this report: 1/25/2016, 15:17:55
       Machine name: JULIANS
   Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600) (9600.winblue_ltsb.151230-0600)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: ASUS
       System Model: All Series
               BIOS: BIOS Date: 02/11/15 20:53:53 Ver: 05.06.05
          Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5820K CPU @ 3.30GHz (12 CPUs), ~3.3GHz
             Memory: 16384MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 16284MB RAM
          Page File: 10298MB used, 7009MB available
        Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11

Display Devices
          Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
       Manufacturer: NVIDIA
          Chip type: GeForce GTX 980 Ti
           DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
        Device Type: Full Device
         Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_17C8&SUBSYS_49953842&REV_A1
     Display Memory: 14157 MB
   Dedicated Memory: 6015 MB
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I am having the same problem. Whenever I try to watch a video on in either IE or Google I get the ERROR message FlashPlayer update is required to view this content" I have followed the instructions in "Remove flashplayer....Content" virus from this website. AdwCleaner, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Hitman Pro did not find anything, I then reset IE. The problem is still there. Please help.

Answer:WARNING! Your flash player may be out of date. Please update to continue. "flashplayerpro"


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Hello All,
A friend of mine gave me a few computers- because his office was upgrading all of their systems-
I reformatted many of them and installed windows me (they are too slow to support xp), but I am having a problem with one.
Originally it had windows 2000 pro as the os( I didn't have the password to log-into the computer) So I ran fdisk, formatted the hard drive, then tried to install the new os but I keep getting the error message upon booting that "invalid system disk, remove then press any key to continue".
I thought the cd-rom was bad so I replaced it, I changed the boot sequence, used a floppy to boot, even got the hard drive manufacturer's utility program to prep the drive for the os but even that doesn't work.
Am I missing something?
Does the fact that I didn't have the password to enter the computer have anything to do with this?
I used this same method for installing me on all the other systems and they are fine, but this one is an issue.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Answer:OS Installation: "invalid system disk, remove then press any key to continue"

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(I'll tell you some background before I get to the issue in case there is something related)

I recently cleaned my computer case (took it all apart and vacuumed it out). When I plugged everything back in and tried to boot up, all of my BIOS settings had cleared and I had to re-enter/set them again. I found this odd, but maybe the CMOS battery is failing or dead. A few days later I realize my time is off by about 15 minutes (roughly, the amount of time the PC was unplugged as I was cleaning it). However, when I left click on the time in the bottom right, "Change date and time settings", select the Internet Time tab, and click on Change Settings, I get the following error:

Unable to Continue
You do not have permission to perform this task.
Please contact your computer administrator for help.

Unfortunately, I have the only account on this machine, I am the admin, and this is not a domain machine (it's a home PC). I have no clue how or why this error has come about but it's rather annoying. I went into my BIOS and manually set the time to make it accurate and hopefully fix the issue but I still get the error. To further complicate things, when I look in the list of Services, there is no Windows Time service. When I run "w32tm /config /update" from an elevated command prompt, I get the error "The specified service does not exist as an installed service."

I ran an SFC /scannow check and it found/repaired a corrupt file (mfds.dll) but that doesn'... Read more

Answer:"Unable to Continue" Error When Attempting to Synchronize Time

Hello FliGi7,

You should have a Windows Time service listed. You might see if using the tutorial below to restore it may be able to sort this for you.Services - Restore Default Services in Windows 7
Hope this helps.

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Hi, I hope I'm not asking this for the millionth time here, as I tried a search but am afraid it all just confused me more.

I believe my problem is related to the Dell all-in-one printer I want to work with my Dell laptop. Recently, Windows updated and I now get this message again upon start up:

Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 is required to continue.
This software is available for free download at
Microsoft Download Center

I cannot remember how I fixed it before, or if a general windows update fixed it, but it's doing it again now. I searched online and found this: Microsoft .Net Framework error message? - Microsoft Windows Vista Community Forums - Vistaheads and I followed the instructions only as far as opening up the Windows Features window, as I'm unsure what "Windows Communication Foundation HTTP Activation" and the other "non-HTTP" things are, and what will happen or not happen if I successfully turn either or both on in an attempt to get that above error message to go away...

So basically, I wanted to ask if there was an easy to understand answer somewhere as to how to fix the issue of that error message upon start up. I've uninstalled the printer and reinstalled, but I continue to get that message. I remember trying to look for the drivers online and only becoming more confused. :/

Just incredibly paranoid I'll change something on the computer and it won't start up, because I depend on this comput... Read more

Answer:"Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 is required to continue." Error

Hiya pal and welcome to the forums

Did you install the .NET framework package from microsoft ?

You can get it here Download: Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer) - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

Download: .NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package (x86) - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

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I've been having a lot of problems with a certain hard drive lately. So I went to dos to run chkdsk and got the following:

The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Big one.

WARNING! F parameter not specified.
Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
Deleting corrupt attribute record (128, "")
from file record segment 4197.
Deleting corrupt attribute record (128, "")
from file record segment 4217.
Deleting corrupt attribute record (128, "")
from file record segment 4219.
Deleting corrupt attribute record (128, "")
from file record segment 4222.
Deleting corrupt attribute record (128, "")
from file record segment 5038.
Deleting corrupt attribute record (128, "")
from file record segment 5050.
File verification completed.

Errors found. CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode.

Answer:Chkdsk says it "cannot continue in read-only mode" at command prompt

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I've just about completed the migration of my XP programs to my new Windows 7 x64 installation. All my programs work (astronomy related) except for one - MaxPoint by Diffraction Limited. The program installs correctly (no errors), but when I run it for the first time, I get a "Registry area appears locked. Cannot continue." error.

I've tried everything I could think of - running the program as an Administrator, setting the Compatibility to XP (SP2 and SP3), copying over the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Diffraction Limited\MaxPoint" key from the XP install, but nothing works. I thought that it may be Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 that might be causing the problem, but after uninstalling KIS and then installing MaxPoint, I get the same error

This is my only program that won't run under Windows 7. Of course, the support organization for MaxPoint says that they have no problems installing and running MaxPoint on their Win7 x86 and x64 installations Does anyone have any idea as to what I can do next? I really don't want to keep XP around, since my other programs run perfectly under Windows 7.



Answer:"Registry area appears locked. Cannot continue" error

Try running it in compatibilty with vista, select run as an administrator also - since the fix is for vista maybe it will work with those settings (I read you have already used administrator and xp, but who knows, also did you try just administrator?):
When I run MaxPoint in Windows Vista, I get the error "Vista - Registry appears locked...". How do I fix this?

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problem: windows will not boot past the "starting windows" screen. The processor gets really hot as if its trying to do something but it never makes it to the desktop.

When I launch startup repair, the automatic startup repair tool always fails to fix the problem (surprise)
When I view the problem details, I get this:

Problem Signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 1: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 2: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 3: unknown
Problem Signature 4: 55
Problem Signature 5: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 6: 1
Problem Signature 7: NoRootCause
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033

My computer: Compaq Presario Cq62-238DX Notebook
Windows Home Premium

Ran chkdsk, no problems
tried a clean boot (no startup programs), did not get past windows startup screen
it boots into safe mode just fine, but I don't know what to do from there
tried repairing the boot sector. That didn't work.

Not sure where to take it at this point. Please help.

Answer:windows will not boot past the "starting windows" screen.

Did you try the Windows 7 DVD. It has a repair option too. (I'm not sure which repair you are referring to).

In my experience the repair option in the Windows 7 DVD fixes pretty much everything. If you have tried this and the problem still persists, I'm afraid that this could be a hardware problem. See if you can take it to the service center.

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Hey yesterday I got some sort of spyware or bug and my computer started acting funny so I turned it off and upon turning it back on I couldn't get it to boot. I've tried all the safe modes, tried booting from the windows 7 dvd to repair or reinstall the os but it won't make it past the starting windows screen. I suspect that the master boot files have been removed or corrupted by the virus (which was called "guo" in my task manager). So I'm stumped. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:windows 7 won't boot past "starting windows" screen

You should post this information in the System Security forum.

Start a new thread and someone will help you.

Edit: it's moved.

Definitely agree with Borg and Golden, AV Rescue Disk is the best place to start.

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Russ Mullin here,

Hello there:

This is what I'm trying to do in my HP Desktop running Windows Vista Home Premium..this desktop needs a a wireless adapter to access the router I have set up 30 feet away. When I insert the Setup CD to install the software to use my Belkin Wireless Adapter I get the message Sorry! Please Run as when I try to access the Administrator from the cmd prompt in the start window---then right click on the cmd prompt in Program/Run as Administrator I get the following Window with this message:

User Account Control
[Shield icon] windows needs your permission to continue
If you started this action, continue
[CMD icon] Windows Command Processor
Microsoft Windows
To continue, type an administrative password, then click OK

or is there an alternative fix that will allow me to install these drivers etc that will allow me to complete the install thereby activating the new Belkin Wireless adapter?

Russ Mullin

Answer:"To continue type an administrative password then click Ok"

Since it's basically trying to set up wireless I'd ask the mod to move the post into networking and sharing.
More chance people there have had your problem and worked around it/solved it.

Welcome to Vista Forums.

To avoid a lot of Q & A about your hardware and OS configuration, please click on this link to
Edit System Specs

Filling this out, at least partially, will save a lot of time. Another advantage is when posting a new problem, the person answering can just click the My System Specs link in the bottom of your post. No need to search for the information.

If you have multiple systems just indicate that in the System Specs so that we know why many of the fields are blank.

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i am trying to install windows XP sp2. after typing "winnt.exe", it asks for setup files . path is already there so i press enter. but then it comes with error that
"Setup out of Memory. Cannot Continue. Press enter to exit".

any solutions plz. its urgent plz.

Answer:Xp setu error. "Setup out of memory. cannot continue"

Can you list the complete Specs of this PC? Is this XP sp2 disk an original disc? Are you attempting a repair install or a clean install?

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How can I skip the Windows 10 menu that appears on restart, e.g. choose "continue to Windows" as a default, as was possible on Win 7 black screens?

I realize that if I reboot with ctrl-alt-del the blue menu does not appear, but I need the computer to fully restart after a system crash, especially when remote access is required.

Any ideas, please?


Answer:Menu option on restart, how can I "continue" automatically?

A reboot is a reboot. When you click on the Shutdown/Sleep/Restart button in Start, it should give you the option, unless you have made changes to it or using a third party utility to change the behavior of the start/all programs.

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Hope this query is in the right section -tried to use my LDS 1881 England Census CDs last night - but having problems with the Viewer.

I have V4 which up to now has worked perfectly - tried to re-install it
and I keep getting "Failed to extract file "Dll_ini" from binary table"
error message.

BUT no problems on my laptap which has the Viewer installed from the
same CD.

Have had a few problems with computer of late - it was in the workshop
3 weeks ago because of some corrupt Windows files - could that be the

Grateful for any advice, suggestions as to what to do!

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I am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".

Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":

The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:

I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:

Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:

I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

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Answer:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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How can I stop this annoying dialog box from opening up every time I insert a blank CD or DVD

Annoyingly, like many Win 10 dialog boxes, it lacks a "Don't ask me this again" checkbox.

Turning Autoplay off stops it, but that breaks my setup for other removable media so its not a solution.

In Autoplay, I have "Blank Disc" set up to "Take No Action" which I I expected to literally mean that, ie. do nothing! However, Win 10 ignores this.

I was hoping there might be a registry hack that would stop this annoying dialog box from popping up.

Answer:Stop the "Burn a Disc" dialog from popping up on Blank Disc insertion

Same place that it has always been under Default Programs for Autoplay settings.

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How can I stop this annoying dialog box from opening up every time I insert a blank CD or DVD

Annoyingly, like many Win 10 dialog boxes, it lacks a "Don't ask me this again" checkbox.

Turning Autoplay off stops it, but that breaks my setup for other removable media so its not a solution.

In Autoplay, I have "Blank Disc" set up to "Take No Action" which I I expected to literally mean that, ie. do nothing! However, Win 10 ignores this.

I was hoping there might be a registry hack that would stop this annoying dialog box from popping up.

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Hey folks,

My first post on here but I'm in serious trouble. I got a "new" (to me anyway) desktop running XP today and found the audio hardware wasn't working. So I pillaged an old machine for its sound card, and inserted that onto the motherboard. Also connected the Aux and CD lines to the top of the daughterboard.

Since then, to my horror, the machine has failed to boot. All plugged in, keyboard working, screen on and being used on another box for this very post. All I get now is the usual chirps from the internal soundcard followed by a few very low notes, definitely depressing so I guess they're suggesting something's failed. There's no further action from the CPU, the fan still works, but there is no screen output whatever.

Have I fried the motherboard without realising?!

Also, ironically, the last failure tone was delivered by my speakers through the originally non-responsive audio hardware!

I'd love a bit of help on this one, because my knowledge of computers' insidey bits is pretty poor.

Many thanks,


Answer:Desktop boot problem after sound card "meddling"... just a "beep" failure tone.

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See the details -- I wrote everything there. Basically, after a severe virus/trojan/redirect hijacking issue for the past 2 days, everything is finally fine EXCEPT for ads mentioned in the title -- Ad by Ads and Click to Continue by Ads. They are driving me crazy and I have no clue what program they have attached themselves to or if they are 'orphans' on the computer. I have checked everything and had two techs to my home. This is the one last piece to have sanity restored. I hope someone can help.

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I'm running Windows XP SP 3. I have fake "Security Center Alert" popups and "Security Center" popups. A program called "Malware Defense" has also seemed to installed itself onto my computer. And I've just noticed porn icons appearing on my desktop. It's also disabled my Avira software.

GMER doesn't seem to run. I've clicked on it a couple of times but it doesn't seem to do anything. The DDS logs are attached/follows.

Thanks in advance!

DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by zili at 23:28:31.96 on Wed 01/06/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_15
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.61.1033.18.1022.493 [GMT 11:00]

AV: AntiVir Desktop *On-access scanning disabled* (Updated) {AD166499-45F9-482A-A743-FDD3350758C7}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD DX\PDVDDXSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Gmail Notifier\gnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
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Answer:"Security Center Alert" popups, "Malware Defense" self install

Let's try this version of gmer.

Download GMER Rootkit Scanner from here to your desktop. Double click the exe file.
If it gives you a warning about rootkit activity and asks if you want to run on NO, then use the following settings for a more complete scan.

Click the image to enlarge it

In the right panel, you will see several boxes that have been checked. Ensure the following are unchecked Sections
Drives/Partition other than Systemdrive (typically C:\)
Show All (don't miss this one)

Then click the Scan button & wait for it to finish.
Once done click on the [Save..] button, and in the File name area, type in "Gmer.txt" or it will save as a .log file which cannot be uploaded to your post.
Save it where you can easily find it, such as your desktop, and attach it in reply.

Rootkit scans often produce false positives. Do NOT take any action on any "<--- ROOKIT" entries

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i am trying to install windows XP sp2. after typing "winnt.exe", it asks for setup files . path is already there so i press enter. but then it comes with error that
"Setup out of Memory. Cannot Continue. Press enter to exit".

any solutions plz. its urgent plz.

Answer:Xp set up error. "Setup out of memory. cannot continue"

Welcome to TSG....

Windows of any make and model is basically made to run from bootup, you have to go thru bootup to have it run correctly.

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Two Dell computers: Optiplex GX270 and Dimension 8400

I bought two replacement boards from Dell this week and installed one yesterday and one today. Both boards pause indefinitely in the POST and ask me to "Strike F1 to continue, F2 to enter Setup" and goes no further until I make a choice.

How do I get them to bypass this "Strike F1" thing?

I have been through the BIOS and I cannot find a setting that changes this condition.

Answer:How to get rid of POST pause "Strike F1 to continue"

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I have a Dell GX260 low body and a regular GX260 desktop system, when they boot up, they will display "press F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup". I know this means that it is not reconizing in one form or another the HD. But, what I do not understand, the HD is reconized in BIOS. I have even installed a new HD with the same situation. At other times, system will boot into XP Pro and work fine until a restart, then it goes back to the F1 or F2 thing. We build several computers each week installing the OS XP Pro. We have taken all the parts out of the computers and reseated them. We have even went as far as to switch some parts out of another identical pc. I have even had a Dell Dimension E310 do the same thing. When we contacted Dell, they said it is the MB. What was even stranger was the one that had been sitting the longest, I tossed the original HD back into to see if I could check the name of the computer, it booted into Windows perfectly. I do not see how the motherboard could work now and not later and then start working again.

This is starting to be a really big issue and taking way to much of our time. If anyone can shed any light on this, I would appreciate it.

Answer:PC comes up "press F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup"

It is in fact the motherboard. I have had this happen many times with the same model you are talking about. It is a problem with the IDE controller on the motherboard. So thats why you need to replace the motherboard.

I am not sure if a PCI IDE controller would work if you cant replace the motherboard but it might be worth a shot. I always just replace the motherboard.

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Is there a way (I'm sure there is via VB, but I'm not well versed there!) to force a window to pop open when a spreadsheet is launched, forcing the user to click OK after reading (hopefully) a warning sentence? I publish a price calculator that several sales folks use, and I want them to be reminded every time they use it that giving out a price different from the official calculation must get prior approval. Sort of like the "agree" messages during installations.

Thanks for any help!

Answer:Solved: Excel "click to continue" box

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I am getting a working with partners message on my Dell XPS 8500 but, have reserved a copy of windows 10. I have other Dell PC's and they have updated to windows 10. What is the problem?
SI Clem

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I do not remember it being there last time I tested Norton DNS (less than a week ago). Norton DNS is now a viable option for me.

Also, the second result when searching for norton dns "continue to site" displays a fake Norton DNS message:

Answer:Norton DNS adds "Continue to Site"

Great to see this. Though I'm now using ClearCloud and probably won't go back.

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I'm running Windows 7 on a DELL XPS. Before this happened a disk scan was running and I reset the computer before it was finished. It restarted the first time, but by the time I got back to the computer it was on the "Strike f1 to retry boot" screen.I've tried turning on CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK & SCROLL LOCK and hitting ALT - E,F,B, but that did not seem to work. I don't know if I did the combination work or something, but I tried a variety of combos and none of them seemed to work. I also tried reloading the default settings in the Boot options menu and that did not seem to help either. I've read resetting the BIOS is a possible solution, but I'm not sure what the next step is at this point.Any help would be greatly appreciated.* UPDATE: I just ran a diagnostics test and it said Error Code 0141 - No Drive Detected

Answer:Getting "Strike f1 to retry boot" "Error Code 0141 - No Drive Detected"

Its having issues detecting the hard drive. What is the exact make/model number of this computer?Curious as to why you didnt allow it to finish properly? Did it take forever getting hung at a certain point of the scandisk in which you told it to reboot because it was not progressing further? I have a strong feeling you will need to replace the hard drive. The system sensed an issue with the drive before it died and it attempted a scandisk to try to repair, and right now it sounds like the issue with the drive got worse from the point in which the system detected a scandisk was necessary to correct for errors.

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I had to buy a new (SSD) HD and had trouble booting from a disc until I enabled Legacy Mode and disabled Secure Boot in BIOS. Now whenever I boot up I get a "No Boot Device Found" message until I hit "Enter" at which point i'm allowed entry into my precious Win10 laptop.

Boot orders in both UEFI and Legacy are the same, with DVD Rom set to boot first. (Also, the settings for IPV4 and IPV6 are set to IPV4 (Legacy) when they were before set to BOTH IPV4 AND 6 and are unable to be changed, if that's important.)

I disabled Legacy in BIOS, but then i get a different "No Boot Device Found" error, and hitting "Enter" doesn't help.

Could some kind person tell me how to correct this, and possibly why it happened and the differences in each option?

I'll settle for how to correct this, though, with much gratitude.

VERY MUCH gratitude.


Answer:"Boot Device Not Found" - but hitting "Enter" afterward PC boots fine

Boot into Setup (Bios) go to the Security Tab, Disable Legacy Mode and Enable UEFI Bios. Also Enable Secure Boot.
Go to Integrated Peripherals and look for Hard Drive mode, or SATA. Set the SSD for AHCI mode and not Legacy or IDE. Go to the Boot tab, Move SSD to First UEFI Boot Device. Save and Exit.

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hello, let's just get to the point, i had this problem recently where my pc can load windows, it keep looping
pc's on - booting - then "Windows Loading Files" - restart
it's infinite i don't know what to do, i don't have a cd rom, and i can't reinstall my windows from USB because every time i tried it says : "disk error" or "disk read error"
even after i burn it to USB correctly, tried this on other pc and USB can load just fine.
i'm thinking, it's something wrong with my boot system in System Reserved, is there anyway i can do to fix this?

Answer:"Windows Loading Files" infinite loop, Can't Boot USB "disk error"


Have you tried changing the boot sequence inside the BIOS?

Normally pressing F2 or F12 on the computer will solve this.

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I just installed a new 60gb hard drive as a back up to put my movie files on,it installed fine and it works fine but i get "windows milenium emergancy boot" when i boot the system up .I don"t know if this error is serious but I do know that the system seems less stable in this boot mode..can someone please help? thanx

Answer:after installing new "hard drive" it starts with "windows emergency boot"

closing duplicate, view this thread

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OK guys, im kinda new to this forum, so... hello.
My computer has a not so serious problem-When I try to open Local Disk C by double clicking it says:
Windows cannot find install.exe.
This program is needed for opening filed of type 'File'.

Type in the executable file to be used instead:

This problem isnt very serious, I just dont want my computer to remain "corrupt" if you know what I mean.

Help my and I will be grateful!

Answer:Cant open C:/:"Install.exe is needed for opening type of "file""

Hello and Welcome to TSF

Have you scanned your system for viruses lately? What antivirus program is installed on your system?

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Windows does not recognize this code! so, what is it. I moved, set up my desktop, hooked up my HP color laserjet printer and it won't or can't install the drivers. this is the ERROR message.
"WindowsUpdate_800F0246" "WindowsUpdate_dt000"

any help out there?


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Long story short: upgraded from W7 to W10.
Decided to have a clean start and made a wipe.
Always got the error 0xc0000225 when booting, except when the installation USB was plugged-in.
So decided to take on a full wipe: deleted all partitions and reformatted everything.
Installed W10 from scratch again.
Now, every time I boot I get the "reboot and select proper boot device".
Funny thing, though, is that if enter BIOS and go to "Override Boot" (an option that allows me to boot from any available recognized media) and choose the SSD where W10 is installed... everything works just fine.
Already checked BIOS booting priorities (SSD is first and only), and I have Secure Boot off (so that my handy flash-drive is available to save the day).
I'd appreciate any insight into this problem.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:"reboot and select proper boot device" after fresh install

I can boot from my Windows 10 install media, USB thumb drive or SD card, with secure boot enabled? What is on your "flash drive"? If your PC has UEFI, the boot menu option should say "Windows boot manager on (drive descriptor)". It's something like that. I'm on my legacy BIOS desktop PC at the moment, and I think its listed different for legacy BIOS.. I'd have to reboot to confirm but I'm in the middle of a big file transfer, just now.

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Bsod after installing paragon hfs4win driver. Wont boot into any mode, including safe mode. Only have the troubleshoot menu and the command prompt. Unfortunately i cant restore my system either. i get an error about 15 minutes after i start that process saying the reset/restore cannot complete.

I have tried restoring using an old reset point, resetting with keeping files, and doing a complete reset, all With same error.

I located the hfs4win.exe file in the command prompt at c:windows/prefetch, but cant figure out how to uninstall it from there. Any ideas on what i can try next?

Apologies for not having system specs available, cant produce a zip file at the moment.

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Asus p5q-deluxe
WD6400aaks SATA hd set to IDE mode
Nec 3520a dvd-rw

I have the dvd on the IDE cable as master.

The SATA and dvd drive are both detected in bios/post.

I have the boot priority set to dvd and then the HD.

When I go to enter the os it just keeps saying "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key" no matter what I do.

I have tried both my original legit XP disc and a slipstreamed SP2 xp disc, both give the same thing.

Answer:New computer can't install XP, "reboot and select proper boot device.."

The problem is that the installation CD does not have drivers for your SATA devices. You need to first download the dos drivers (on a disk!), and when you start your setup of windows xp, It will say something like "press F6 to install 3rd party SCSI Drivers" or similar.

You will go into those options, and windows will load your drivers into its setup so it can see your drive!

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Just completed my first build. I have two error messages during the boot sequence that I cannot resolve. The first screen shot during boot is the Asus logo. Next is a black screen that reads:

"JMicron Technologies, PCI Express to SATA Host Controller ROM V1.07.23
Detecting drives; Done; No drives found"

next up is another black screen that reads:

"Marvel 88SE91XX Adapter BIOS version
Initializing...No drives present
PCIe X1 5.0 GB p/s

It then proceeds to boot up Win 7 with no apparent problems. The SSD is hooked up to the SATA6 G_2 port. Nothing is hooked into the SATA6 E_1 or E_2 ports.

In the BIOS, under the SATA menu, I have the mode set to AHCI.
SATA 6G_1(Gray) is "not present" and the hot plug "disabled."
SATA 6 G_2(Gray) shows M4-CT128M4SSD2(128.0 GB) and hot plug is "enabled."
SATA 3G_3(Blue) is "ATAPI iHAS424 B ATAPI" and hot plug is "enabled."
The SATA6_E1 SATA6_E2 ports are "not present" and "disabled."

Under the Boot menu, Boot Option Priorities: #1 is set to P2: M4-CT128M4SSD2(128.0 GB.) #2 is set to P3: ATAPI iHAS424 B ATAPI. CD/DVD Rom Drive has an expandable arrow which shows, when clicked, Boot Option #1 ATAPI iHAS424 B ATAPI. Hard Drive BBS Priorities is expandable to show "Boot Option #1 M4-CT128M4SSD2 (128.0 GB.)
Build Specs:
OS: Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
BIOS: Version 4/26/2011 160... Read more

Answer:Error message "No drives found" on boot up after new build & install

Unplug it from SATA 6 G_2 & plug it into SATA 3G. The Marvell driver / port is pretty much useless anyway.

Bootup & see if that gets you in. If not you can always reverse it.

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I'm trying to install win7 on my SSD, but when i try, i get "Reboot and select proper boot device " message.

Anyone know how to fix this?

Answer:"Reboot and select proper boot device" Win 7 won't install on SSD

You need to go into the BIOS Setup and change the setting for the SATA controller to AHCI mode.
Then "Save & Exit" the BIOS Setup (F10).

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Hello everyone, wasn't really sure where to post this but since I'm trying to install windows 7 here I am. A while back my hard drive died, it said a partition was corrupt. I was having problems with the computer locking up during the recovery console at the time. So I bought a new hard drive and plugged it in, all I got was a black screen with a flashing cursor, I tried installing windows 7 on it with a retail disc and it locks up at the "press any key to boot from cd or dvd" screen. When that didnt work I placed the hard drive in another computer that I'm borrowing and it installed just fine, so I reformatted it and put it back in my computer, along with the optical drive from the loaner comp. just to make sure it wasn't my optical drive failing. Still the same thing. Ive tried installing windows xp on it, locks up on a blue screen that says windows xp install and nothing else. Ive made sure all the cables are connected. Ive tested the psu with a multimeter and get the correct voltages out of it. I tried running memtest86+ and it freezes it at test 7, and when I tested I used one stick of the two ram sticks that I have. when I go into bios and mess with any of the settings it locks up when I try to save and exit. Ive tried resetting the cmos that didnt help the problem. Ive tried setting the cd drive to boot in the boot option screen, that doesnt seem to do anything to fix it. Ive taken the ram out and started the computer to see if I get a bee... Read more

Answer:Can't install windows, computer freezes at "press any key to boot from CD/DVD"

All stock except the psu ? You mean it's failed before? Looks like it's failed again then....any time some component fails twice is the time to start looking for why ?......

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Since my system is originally a SATA configuration, the BIOS is set to AHCI mode.
I have a 64BIT Vista Home, with one Western Digital SATA hard drive (540 GB free space).

I have done the followings:
I have partitioned the drive, with a supposed XP partition at the end of the drive.
I have added a new (separate) Western Digital SATA drive (160 GB).
I have hit the F6 key to install drivers for storage.
I completely disconnected the original drive (with Vista) and installed the new drive alone (just for process of issue elimination), still same issue - 0x0000007B Blue screen error.
I have scanned the system for virus.
Don't know what else to do.

Could someone please help me here. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

Answer:Cannot Install XP64 For Dual-Boot - "0x0000007B" Error

try these

Advanced troubleshooting for &#34;Stop 0x0000007B&#34; errors in Windows XP

STOP 0x0000007B - STOP 0x7B INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE - Fix STOP Error 0x0000007B

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ok, I have Vista Ultimate running on my system now,but I want to install Gentoo 2007 on here too. Vista is for my family,but Gentoo is for me. I'm fairly knowledgeable about general pc problems,but I have never tried a setup like this. I have a 40gb drive partitioned with 20gb for linux and 20gb for vista.My question is,what do I do from here? I heard I have to write to the MBR of my drive. Won't this corrupt the entire drive? What's the easiest way to do this?

Answer:Need to setup a dual boot "Vista & Gentoo" install

Are you proficient with Gentoo?

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Well, I hope this is the correct forum considering I don't actually have XP Pro installed yet!

Many moons ago (June 2004) I purchased a Dell Inspiron 8600 to take to college. It served faithfully (including after The Great Red Bull Spill of 2006) until several weeks ago when the hard drive failed. No big deal, it's mainly my Netflix computer anyway. However, I'd still like to have it back up and running, so I purchased a refurbished 40gb hard drive off Ebay. I installed the new hard drive and checked to see that it was recognized by the BIOS (it is). When I booted up the computer it said "No boot sector on hard disk. No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility." Of course, I understand that's normal because the hard drive doesn't have anything on it yet.

Here's where the problems begin.

I have the Dell-issue XP Pro installation CD. I changed the boot order in the BIOS so that it would first boot from the CD drive. However, I got the same "No boot sector on hard disk. No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" error. Well, that CD drive has a history of acting up (despite being recognized by the BIOS), so I went out and got a USB CD drive (the kind with two USB plugs; one is for extra power I guess). Again, I changed the boot order in the BIOS to start with USB. I got the same "No boot sector on hard disk. No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup ut... Read more

Answer:Solved: "No boot sector on hard disk" while trying to install XP Pro

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I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit on to a dell xps and having a lot of problems.
The Computer has 3 harddisks
C:\ - Vista (Came preloaded With the Pc when i bought it)
D:\ Vista Recovery 10GB thing (Came preloaded With the Pc when i bought it)
F:\ Empty drive i want to install windows 7 on
J:\ Harddrive for everything else

The problem is when i boot from the disk i can start the installer but when it allows me to choose where to install to the harddrive always comes up as "Can not install blah blah, Windows can NOT boot from this Disk"

I have tried all sorts of ways to get around this like unplugging everything apart from the cd drive and harddrive i want to install it on, im getting really fed up with this. Is the problem that im trying to do a dual boot?
I also read somewhere about getting sata drivers for my motherboard but after hours of searching the web gave up.

All i can tell that my motherboard is is a FOXCONN LS36 but i can't find sata drivers for this anywhere!
On the dell website i tried all of the Sata downloads but if i locate the downloaded file whilst in win7 setup it doesn't like the file.
Am i doing some majorly wrong and stupid here?
Please help me!!!


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Hey all,

I just bought and installed a 2TB Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS hard drive in addition to my existing hard drive. It was not detected by Windows XP, although the serial number ST32000542AS showed up in BIOS.

I noticed that for a split second as i started up, there was a screen with the word "RAID" and instructions saying "press ctrl + I", so i restarted, pressed "ctrl + I" and it took to me to something that said it was for the setup of a raid disk (or something like that).

I thought, "Oh, this must be where you format the new hard drive so that it will be recognised."

So i went through a very simple menu that had me select stripe size and some other features that looked very basic an un-threatening, and then finished the RAID setup thing.

I restarted the computer, and now it says:


At that point i had a heart attack. Can anybody help me? I have no idea what is going on.


Answer:Attempted to install 2nd hard drive; ended up with "DISK BOOT FAILURE"

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I tried to update a WinXP computer to Win8.1. The installation failed (longstory...not worth repeating).

Now at boot the screen appears offering the choice to boot to Windows Install or to the previous Windows Installation. The Windows Install is the default, so someone has to be ready to make the choice for the previous Windows installation, or the system will try to boot to the failed install. That causes a crash and an endless cycle of attempts until someone happens along to intervene and select the other choice. So if the power fails or an update installs, the machine goes into that endless cycle unless someone is present.

So how do I get rid of the Windows Installation choice. I've checked the boot.ini's not there. There's got to be a way to go back to booting directly to the original XP OS. But I'm stumped.

Any ideas? Thanks In Advance.

Answer:Solved: Failed upgrade to Win8 ... how to get rid of boot choice "Windows Install"?

Two ideas, but no guarantees.

Boot to the XP installation CD and repair the boot.

Try EasyBCD.

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Let me first address a few things:

- I have read extensively on this topic, using guides such as this to determine whether or not I have bootable media for UEFI, which I do.

- I have both an original, unused Windows 7 Pro w/ SP1 x64 install DVD, connected through the USB 2.0 external DVD burner that was provided by the computer manufacturer, as well as a 4gb USB 2.0 stick that I created using Rufus (the settings are all correct and specified for UEFI/GPT/FAT32 and all that) and slipstreamed with Intel's USB 3.0 drivers for Windows 7 x64. Both devices boot and give me the same result: the freeze at "Starting Windows," where the dots start moving around momentarily before freezing in place.

- Booting the DVD in Safe Mode still gives me a freeze. The last "Loaded:" item in the list is disk.sys.

- I've seen it mentioned that some NVIDIA cards have had issues with UEFI and/or Windows 7 booting/installation, so I tried switching off the "switchable graphics" option in my bios so that my system would run using the integrated Intel graphics (which I would assume it had been doing anyway). Still the same result either way.

- I am not dual-booting, nor do I have any desire to use legacy bios if it's going to stick me in an infinite boot loop like the last time I tried that. My laptop, a Lenovo Y700-15ISK, has no option to use any "UEFI + Compatibility" option--I am only given the choice between one or the other.

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Answer:Win7x64 UEFI-boot install hangs at "Starting Windows" on Skylake

Quote: Originally Posted by Jawn

Enabled: "When load default values, will load pure UEFI mode default values. Win8 and later OS support pure UEFI mode"
Disabled: "When load default values, will load legacy support mode default values."

Windows 7 does not support pure UEFI mode.

Quote: Originally Posted by Jawn

My laptop, a Lenovo Y700-15ISK

Y700 15ISK - How to install windows 7 64bit?

Probably too late, but this helped me... make usb installation of windows and run this program... in bios boot set legacy... that?s all and easy.

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Hi, i decided to upgrade my windows vista to windows 7 so I did a clean install. I didnt really like it but thought i might get used to it eventually so decided to install vista again on a separate partition and do a dual boot setup. The partition was already setup when i bought the computer from new, so i just formatted it and installed vista on that. It all worked fine at first and vista loaded up. But then it just restarted my computer for no reason and now the system hangs on "Verifying DMI pool data...Update Sucess!"

I dont have any recovery disks so how can i sort this problem?
id like to sort it without losing all my data, although I fear this might not happen, I just want to get it working again.

Any help on this would be much appreciated.


Answer:System hang on "verifying DMI pool data" after dual boot install

any ideas anyone? im really lost a to what to do with this, i dont know where to start

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1. Updated from 7 to 10, then wanted to do a clean install
2. Downloaded ISO from windows utility (wouldn't recognize my Sandisk Cruzer flash drive)
3. Used Rufus to apply ISO to flash drive
4. Installed Windows 10 like I would any other OS (delete all partitions on C, let it do it's thing, automatic restart, remove USB, but no boot)

BIOS sees my SSD. Boot order is correct. Startup repair didn't help. "Resetting this PC" repair option didn't help. Tried it 5x times and always get "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key".

Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 10 clean install - "Reboot and Select Proper Boot device" Error

You can try booting off the USB and repairing the install...

Also, do you have AHCI enabled?

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Just installed XP Pro on a fresh new hard disk, same as I've done before many times. The setup was working perfectly fine all day, but now after the self test it gives the following error:


I restart the machine again with the XP install disc in the CD drive, I'll get a "Press any key to boot from CD.." message. As expected If I hit a key, it boots from the XP CD and does the usual recovery console stuff.

But here's the weird part... if I wait for the CD prompt to time out, the system actually boots from the hard disk, into my fresh XP install! What!?

For the record, my BIOS boot order is HDD0->CD->FLOPPY. I have tried the fail safe BIOS defaults. I have ran the recovery console and tried 'fixboot' and 'fixmbr'. No progress.

I should also add that my ntldr, ntdetect and boot.ini files are all fine. I tried replacing them from a good machine, but no effect.

Hardware is all fine, it works if I put in another HD and boot from that.

Ran out of options now. Can anyone suggest some more?


Answer:"disk boot error" on fresh install

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