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Stuck in "Press F11 to start Recovery"

I pressed F6 during boot from XP CD as directed. This got me to the "Windows XP Setup" welcome screen. I pressed to begin setup, but I get the error "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer. Press F# to quit.

Is the set up boot you mention the same as the cd setup ??

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  • breitfeller5 Jan 22, 2009

    GATEWAY MX6960 notebook stuck at “Press F11 to start recovery” during boot-up



    During a recent re-boot of my Gateway MX6960 notebook, without an obvious reason, the XP installation failed to recognize the SATA hard drive. With every re-boot, I was faced with a “Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer” error.

    The hard drive checked out ok (spun up normally), and was recognized by the Phoenix BIOS so I assumed it to be working. I tried the System Recovery utility from Gateway but kept getting the same error.



    After many hours of research, I stumbled onto the “How-To Geek”. Google it and you can read exactly how I did what I did to resolve the issue. Basically, it said that the SATA drivers had become corrupt for some reason and had to be re-loaded into XP. The SATA drivers are not included in the OEM installation disk, so as I tried to re-install the OS, it failed. The problem was that the driver install.exe’s I found on line were designed around a floppy drive. This (like most) notebooks, does not have a floppy drive. So I had to figure out a way to integrate the new storage drivers onto a bootable XP installation cd. I found out the process is called slip-streaming .



    Here’s how I did it:




    1. On a separate computer (with a cd burner), download and install a program called nLite. I had to also install .NetFramework V 2.0.50727

    2. Into a temporary folder I downloaded and extracted the SATA HDD driver I needed for my notebook. The files can be extracted from your downloaded file with a program called WinImage.

    3. Running nLite, the necessary installation files were then extracted from the OEM XP disk and placed in another temporary folder. Then they were combined with the new SATA drivers and either can be saved as an .iso image or burned directly onto a customized bootable Windows XP installation cd.



    Once the new CD was made, I booted up to the cd drive, and was back in business. Many thanks to all who posted, and many thanks to the “How-To Geek” for setting me straight.

  • breitfeller5 Jan 22, 2009

    GATEWAY MX6960 notebook stuck at “Press F11 to start recovery” during boot-up



    During a recent re-boot of my Gateway MX6960 notebook, without an obvious reason, the XP installation failed to recognize the SATA hard drive. With every re-boot, I was faced with a “Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer” error.

    The hard drive checked out ok (spun up normally), and was recognized by the Phoenix BIOS so I assumed it to be working. I tried the System Recovery utility from Gateway but kept getting the same error.



    After many hours of research, I stumbled onto the “How-To Geek”. Google it and you can read exactly how I did what I did to resolve the issue. Basically, it said that the SATA drivers had become corrupt for some reason and had to be re-loaded into XP. The SATA drivers are not included in the OEM installation disk, so as I tried to re-install the OS, it failed. The problem was that the driver install.exe’s I found on line were designed around a floppy drive. This (like most) notebooks, does not have a floppy drive. So I had to figure out a way to integrate the new storage drivers onto a bootable XP installation cd. I found out the process is called slip-streaming .



    Here’s how I did it:




    1. On a separate computer (with a cd burner), download and install a program called nLite. I had to also install .NetFramework V 2.0.50727

    2. Into a temporary folder I downloaded and extracted the SATA HDD driver I needed for my notebook. The files can be extracted from your downloaded file with a program called WinImage.

    3. Running nLite, the necessary installation files were then extracted from the OEM XP disk and placed in another temporary folder. Then they were combined with the new SATA drivers and either can be saved as an .iso image or burned directly onto a customized bootable Windows XP installation cd.



    Once the new CD was made, I booted up to the cd drive, and was back in business. Many thanks to all who posted, and many thanks to the “How-To Geek” for setting me straight.

  • fmr888 May 11, 2010

    do a restart but do not touch any buttons to start it. i need to know what it does at this point. did you install internet explorer beta 8, if so go to help option and pick the help system and uninstall it. It can cause this problem with an XP. You also need to check how you have the orginal screens set up were you can change it to no password needed to get in (classic mode)

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I woud contact Gateway and ask. It can be many problems. Did you have this laptop every working before or did you just buy it used. The HD may be locked.

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Acer aspire one starts to boot up stops at windows xp screen


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I suggest you try to run your computer on safe mode by pressing F8 when booting up. Advance menu options will pop up and choose run on safe mode. When it load the Windows, try to figure out what you installed or you before your computer happens. I suggest that you download also windows registry cleaner to fix some errors in your computer that prevent you to go to windows screen when booting up on normal mode. Run the FULL SCAN and press the fix errors button.

I should somehow help your computer.

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Windows XP failed to start because of a recent hardware or software change?


You have corrupt or deleted windows files or possibly a hardware error. The first thing is to try a repair using a Windows XP CD that came with your system.
XP REPAIR INSTALL
1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below. This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer: To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
  • To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
  • To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup: do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you do not want to load Recovery Console). I repeat, do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R".
4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.
6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.
7. You will need to apply Windows updates after this procedure.
Not a trivial task but it will work. I do this for fun & feedback so 4 thumbs would be nice.
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on Sep 21, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How-to repair Windows XP, How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade


One of the best kept secrets of Windows XP is it's built in repair feature!

In previous versions of Windows, correcting an operating system error, or installing a new motherboard, usually meant formating and reinstalling, resulting in loss of all data. Don't worry; Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system!

Why would I want to reinstall Windows XP?
1) Can't start Windows XP in safe mode.
2) You have problems caused by a recently installed system update (Windows Update, hotfix, Windows XP service pack, or Microsoft Internet Explorer update).
3) Your problems can't be solved with system restore, or you can't access system restore.
4) You've installed a new motherboard, or made other major hardware changes and need to reinstall Windows.


Let's get started!

Step 1: Rule out hardware issues. Windows Repair will only fix software problems. Hardware issues can also cause boot problems (i.e. bad hard drive, memory, CPU, or power supply).

Step 2: Backup. It's always a good idea to backup your important data before making changes to Windows XP. Relax, if you follow these instructions your data will be perfectly safe.

Step 3: Boot from your Windows XP CD. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD. Can't boot from your CD? Please see the note at the bottom of this page (Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD).

Step 4: A blue screen will appear and begin loading Windows XP Setup from the CD.

Note: RAID/SCSI/Unsupported UDMA users:
You will be prompted to "press F6 to install any third party SCSI or RAID drivers". Most users will not have to press F6, but if you are running RAID, SCSI or unsupported UDMA controllers, then you will have to have your controller drivers on a floppy disk. If you are unsure whether you have RAID/SCSI, then simply let the CD load without pressing F6.

When completed loading files, you will be presented with the following "Windows Setup" screen, and your first option. Select "To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER". DO NOT select Recovery Console.

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One of the best kept secrets of Windows XP is it's built in repair feature!

In previous versions of Windows, correcting an operating system error, or installing a new motherboard, usually meant formating and reinstalling, resulting in loss of all data. Don't worry; Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system!

Note: The system repair function will remove any updates you have previously installed that are not included on the CD. Drivers will also be reverted to their original XP versions, as well as some settings (network & performance settings may sometimes be reset to their defaults). It may be necessary to reactivate your Windows XP as well. When finished, you will have to download all of the updates from Microsoft Windows Update, because they are all replaced during repair.

Why would I want to reinstall Windows XP?
1) Can't start Windows XP in safe mode.
2) You have problems caused by a recently installed system update (Windows Update, hotfix, Windows XP service pack, or Microsoft Internet Explorer update).
3) Your problems can't be solved with system restore, or you can't access system restore.
4) You've installed a new motherboard, or made other major hardware changes and need to reinstall Windows.

Let's get started!

Step 1: Rule out hardware issues. Windows Repair will only fix software problems. Hardware issues can also cause boot problems (i.e. bad hard drive, memory, CPU, or power supply).

Step 2: Backup. It's always a good idea to backup your important data before making changes to Windows XP. Relax, if you follow these instructions your data will be perfectly safe.

Step 3: Boot from your Windows XP CD. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD. Can't boot from your CD? Please see the note at the bottom of this page (Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD).

Step 4: A blue screen will appear and begin loading Windows XP Setup from the CD.

Note: RAID/SCSI/Unsupported UDMA users:
You will be prompted to "press F6 to install any third party SCSI or RAID drivers". Most users will not have to press F6, but if you are running RAID, SCSI or unsupported UDMA controllers, then you will have to have your controller drivers on a floppy disk. If you are unsure whether you have RAID/SCSI, then simply let the CD load without pressing F6.

When completed loading files, you will be presented with the following "Windows Setup" screen, and your first option. Select "To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER". DO NOT select Recovery Console.

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When presented with the screen below. press the F8 key to continue
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Next, Windows Setup will find existing Windows XP installations. You will be asked to repair an existing XP installation, or install a fresh copy of Windows XP.

If no installations are found, then you will not be given the option to repair. This may happen if the data or partition on your drive is too corrupted.

Note: If you install a fresh copy, all data on that partition will be lost!

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Your almost finished! Windows XP will appear to be installing itself for the first time, but it will retain all of your data and settings. Just follow the prompts, and have your CD-KEY ready if needed.

Do you have more than one system, or lost your CD-KEY? Visit the keyfinder page to retrieve your CD-KEY.

Update: Due to the proliferation of the Blaster and Welchia Worm/Virus be aware that a Repair Install will leave your system vulnerable. You can get infected within seconds. Do not go on line until you have enabled XP's firewall first.

Remember to run Windows Update! (install critical updates first)

Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD

Many computers are not configured to boot from the CDROM. If you cannot boot from the CDROM, this is probably due to the boot order of your devices being incorrect. You can change this in the BIOS.

You enter the BIOS from the first screen you see when you turn your computer on. To enter your BIOS, most users here will press the DEL key.

Most Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Sony & HP systems will press F2.

Compaq users will usually have to press F10.

IBM typically uses F1 or F2.

Other brands may have different keys to press to enter setup, F1, F2, Del, Tab and CTRL+S. If possible see the manual for your computer or motherboard. Also, the BIOS will usually display which button to press to "enter setup" during POST (if it flashes by too fast, press the Pause key).

When you enter the BIOS setup, you need to change the boot order. The CDROM should be setup before the Hard Drive. Each BIOS is different, but here is an example:

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REPAIRING WINDOWS XP2


Insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.

1.

When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

2.

Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.

3.

Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.

4.

In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.

5.

Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

6.

Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

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Hi, Assuming the OS as XP. Plz follow the below steps.

Yes, you can repair your system,

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
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To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

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4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
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  1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
  2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
    Windows XP to run on your computer:

    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

    To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

    To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
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  4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
  5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. After the reboot read
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A noisy hard drive is never a good sign. It sounds as if the drive is failing or has failed. You didn't say what operating system you have, but let's try....

You can try the following but it may not yield much. If, after these steps, the PC does start up, try to copy as much critical information as you can to either CDs, DVDs, flash drives or whatever you have.

Start the PC
During the boot, you should see a message to press the F2 key to enter setup - press the key when you see this. You key might be different, but press the one it says to press.

When you get into setup, find and change the boot sequence so that your CD-Rom looks first for an operating system

Insert your backup operating system disk - I hope you have that.

If you are not comfortable working with your PC at this level, it's usually best to take it to a repair shop. The advantage here is that even if they can't get the PC to run, many shops can still recover at least part of your data unless the drive is really destroyed.

The disadvantage is the cost - which can vary widely.

Now see the directions below:

Running Recovery Console without installing it If you cannot start your computer, you can run the Recovery Console from the Microsoft Windows XP/2000 startup disks or the Windows XP/2000 CD-ROM.
To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, use the following steps:
  1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
  2. Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted to do so.
  3. When you're prompted to press F6 for mass storage devices - press F10 instead. This will automatically start the Recovery Console.
  4. Alternatively, when the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
  5. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, choose the installation that you need to access from the Recovery Console.
  6. When you are prompted to do so, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.
  7. At the command prompt, type the appropriate commands to diagnose and repair your Windows XP installation.

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Gateway MX6960 stuck on "Press F11 to start Recovery"


SATA drivers are on the xp disk,you just hit F6 during the install,when it ask you to.

Setup boot can be downloaded from here Just scroll down to the xp section and download to your desk top.Make sure you have 4- 6 floppies ready.once downloaded to the desktop,double click and follow the instruction.

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My laptop is not switching on


  1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
  2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
    Windows XP to run on your computer:

    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

    To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

    To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
  3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. note.gifTo Repair Install, press ENTER
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  4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
  5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. After the reboot read Warning#2!
  6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

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