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Cant start windows

Need to know what boot options I have to change in order to start up windows in safe mode or normally whit primary hard disk not found and no bootable devise?

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I think you cannot boot anything cause there was no hardisk and no bootable devise is available either in safe mode or normal. There must be first installed operarting system (xp, etc) with a detected hardisk.

You can use safe mode to correct that was changes made in your computer that affect the system or the computer once you re-start the computer. but still you can open the computer but with limited options.
In normal, the normal process of computer were you can access everything.
Hope that will help you.

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The no bootable device found or the promary disk not found error can be caused because of the following reasons

1. The operating system has crashed
2. The harddrive is faulty.

Try the following steps
1. Remove any cd if there is in the optical drive
2. Disconnect the Ac adapater and remove the battery
3. Press and hold the power button on the laptop for 10 seconds
4. Reconnect the Ac adapter
5. Power on the laptop and press F12 key on the keyboard a couple of times slowly on the Dell screen
6. Select Hardrive diagnostics from the list
7. If the harddrive returns with an error code , you would need to replace the same
8. If not then, restart your computer and press F8, a couple of times on dell logo screen
9. Select safe mode from the list.

Use the following wizard


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