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Computer will not boot operating system.

It will try to boot but acts like it can't find operating system. Can access Bio's with F8 button. Am able to change settings but I am not sure what it should be set to.

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Set the bios to the default settings... usually f9 will do this...save and exit...try again...

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is your hard-drive the boot-drive, if not, change boot order by pressing F8 or F12 just after hitting the start button, and choose the hard-drive that has the C:\windows on it.
or hit F11 and access hidden recovery partition with HP pavilion How to Access the Hidden Recovery Partition in HP Pavilion

Mar 23, 2014 | HP Pavilion PC Desktops

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Reboot and run in safe mode in windows 7,Vista,XP or 2000


Insert the CD then reboot. While the system is booting, hit the F12 key to access the boot menu (this could be a different key depending on your system.
1.) Click the "Start" button from the taskbar. Select the "Turn off computer" option if you are running a Windows OS Operating System before Windows Vista, or select the right arrow in Vista. Select the "Restart" option
2.) Press and hold the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys simultaneously. Do it again. This will reboot the computer
3.) Shut down the computer. Sometimes the computer will not respond to a reboot. Maybe the keys are temporarily disabled or the system has chosen to completely ignore you. In these rare cases, it may be better to shut the computer off using the power button. If you do shut off the computer, press and hold the power button for 3 to 5 seconds. Then be sure to wait a minimum of 45 seconds before turning it back on. This allows the capacitors in the computer time to discharge, which allows the memory (not the hard drive) to do a full dump of data. This allows a cleaner restart when you turn the computer back on.
4.)Disconnect the power cord. Do this as a last resort. Unsaved data may not be retrievable with this option, but sometimes it is the only option. Reconnect the power cord. Turn the computer on. else Insert the CD then reboot. While the system is booting, hit the F12 key to access the boot menu (this could be a different key depending on your system. If you have a problem with your hardware configuration or your computer's display drivers that prevents Windows from loading normally, you may be able to resolve the problem by booting into Safe Mode and changing the relevant settings. To enter Safe Mode in Windows 7, Vista, XP, or 2000:

Note: If you have more than one partition installed, you may need to select an operating system and press Enter before entering Safe Mode.
Turn on or restart your computer.
After the memory test, the words "Starting Windows" will appear on a black background. When this happens, press and hold the F8 key. This will present a screen with the following options to choose from. The exact moment that F8 is pressed will determine the contents of the list, and the list may vary from computer to computer. For example, your computer may not do a memory test or it may have a SCSI BIOS to load in addition to the motherboard's BIOS. If you have trouble getting the list below to appear, restart the computer and then press F8 repeatedly while the computer is starting.
Safe Mode: Boots Windows with only the basic drivers needed to load the operating system. Uses basic drivers for mouse, keyboard, display (VGA), mass storage, and default system services and drivers, with no network components. In Windows 2000, a log file will be created to track the progress of the system boot, which is located in the Windows 2000 folder.
Safe Mode with Networking: Loads the Safe Mode configuration, but also enables network devices and services. In Windows 2000, a log file will be created to track the progress of the system boot, which is located in the Windows 2000 folder.
Safe Mode with Command Prompt: Loads Windows in Safe Mode, and, after logging in, opens a command prompt instead of the normal desktop. In Windows 2000, a log file will be created to track the progress of the system boot, which is located in the Windows 2000 folder.Note: You should try booting to the command prompt only if you feel comfortable operating within the DOS environment.
Enable Boot Logging: Boots Windows with all of the normal files and drivers, but writes their status to a log file at each step. In Windows 2000, this log file is located in the Windows 2000 folder and is named ntbtlog.txt.
Enable VGA Mode: Boots Windows using a plain VGA 16-color 640x480 display driver for the highest level of compatibility with video cards. In Windows 7 and Vista, this mode is called Enable Low-Resolution Video. It is otherwise identical.
Last Known Good Configuration: Boots Windows using the last registry configuration that is known to work. This is a way of undoing problems created by installing incorrect drivers or possibly by registry corruption. It will not, however, fix problems caused by corrupted or missing files.
Use the arrow keys to move up or down this menu to make your selection, and then press Enter. If you need to update software or access the Internet while in Safe Mode, select "Safe Mode with Networking".

on Sep 15, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Sony computer saying operating system not found and won't do anything help


Hi, try rebooting and just before it kicks in press F8 if not ,try the "F" buttons one at a time until you access the folowing screen. Will let you into the areas to access varies startup prog. Hopfully you have made a mirror copy so you can reload, if needs be?

Jan 27, 2013 | PC Desktops

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Message saying windows did not start properly. recent hardware or software change may have caused


There must be a corrupted software drivers.

For quick solution tried to boot in safemode then perform system restore, if it doesn't work tried to restore the last known good configuration.

How to boot in safemode:
  1. Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when the Boot Menu appears.
  2. Select an option when the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then press ENTER.
  3. When the Boot menu appears again, and the words "Safe Mode" appear in blue at the bottom, select the installation that you want to start, and then press ENTER.
  4. Once your on the Windows desktop, click on Start>All Programs>Accesories>System Tools then select System restore
  5. Choose the recent date or restore point that your computer is working fine.

How to boot in Last know good configuration:
  1. Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when the Boot Menu appears.
  2. Select an option when the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then press ENTER.
  3. When the Boot menu appears again, and the words "Last Known Good configuration" appear in blue at the bottom, select the installation that you want to start, and then press ENTER.

Jul 13, 2011 | HP Pavilion a1620n (882780664494) PC...

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Can not get windows tried f8


Hello carl, sometimes there can be issues if you hold the button. Try pressing the f8 button repeatedly while the computer is booting up and see if that solves your problem. If that does not, please let me know what operating system you are running and if you can boot up your PC normally and get into the operating system as there may be other options. If you can get into the operating system you may be able to accomplish the same goal by going to Start> Run and typing in "MSCONFIG", from there you can change the boot options. I hope that this has helped you, please have a great weekend carl.

May 14, 2011 | Dell Dimension 2350 PC Desktop

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My computer won't start, it appears to have no power. For the past 2 weeks when ever I would start up it up I would have to constantly push the start button 3 to 5 times till it would power up. Now it...


Most likley you have a fried power supply. Try this first unplug the computer from the power cord for 5 minutes then plug back in and go into safe mode see how to go into safe mode below.

To start the computer in safe mode 1.
You should print these instructions before continuing. They will not be available after you shut your computer down in step 2.
2.
Click Start and then click Shut Down.
3.
In the drop-down list of the Shut Down Windows dialog box, click Restart, and then click OK.
4.
As your computer restarts but before Windows launches, press F8.
On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press F8 when the boot menu appears.
5.
Use the arrow keys to highlight the appropriate safe mode option, and then press ENTER.
6.
If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot system, choose the installation that you need to access using the arrow keys, and then press ENTER.

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Jan 10, 2011 | Gateway GT5014 PC Desktop

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Hello, I needed to replace the 400 Gig hard drive but could only find a matching 320 Gig at the Gateway site, I installed it and my monitor stays black no boot up , I purchased a Spotmau PowerSuite 2010...


The drive should have came with a boot disc. If not re-install a the 400 gig drive and go to last known good configuration.
For Vista:
?id=microsoft.windows.resources.expandarrow To access the System Recovery Options menu

If you have a Windows installation disc:

  1. Insert the installation disc.

  2. Restart your computer.

    Click the Start button ?id=4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33, click the arrow next to the Lock button ?id=eb058ccf-b21e-4dfe-9bb7-1ad6c83b705c, and then click Restart.

  3. If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check the information that came with your computer.

  4. Choose your language settings, and then click Next.

  5. Click Repair your computer.

  6. Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.

  7. On the System Recovery Options menu, click a tool to open it.

If your computer has preinstalled recovery options:

  1. Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer.

    Click the Start button ?id=4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33, click the arrow next to the Lock button ?id=eb058ccf-b21e-4dfe-9bb7-1ad6c83b705c, and then click Restart.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If your computer has a single operating system installed, press and hold the F8 key as your computer restarts. You need to press F8 before the Windows logo appears. If the Windows logo appears, you will need to try again by waiting until the Windows logon prompt appears, and then shutting down and restarting your computer.

    • If your computer has more than one operating system, use the arrow keys to highlight the operating system you want to repair, and then press and hold F8.

  3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Repair your computer, and then press ENTER.

  4. Select a keyboard layout, and then click Next.

  5. Select a user name and enter the password, and then click OK.

  6. On the System Recovery Options menu, click a tool to open it.

Nov 28, 2010 | Gateway GT5654 Desktop PC

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How do i reboot my computer my self.


Click the "Start" button from the taskbar. Select the "Turn off computer" option if you are running a Windows operating system before Windows Vista, or select the right arrow in Vista. Select the "Restart" option. 2.)Press and hold the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys simultaneously. Do it again. This will reboot the computer. 3.) Shut down the computer. Sometimes the computer will not respond to a reboot. Maybe the keys are temporarily disabled or the system has chosen to completely ignore you. In these rare cases, it may be better to shut the computer off using the power button. If you do shut off the computer, press and hold the power button for 3 to 5 seconds. Then be sure to wait a minimum of 45 seconds before turning it back on. This allows the capacitors in the computer time to discharge, which allows the memory (not the hard drive) to do a full dump of data. This allows a cleaner restart when you turn the computer back on. 4.)Disconnect the power cord. Do this as a last resort. Unsaved data may not be retrievable with this option, but sometimes it is the only option. Reconnect the power cord. Turn the computer on. else Insert the CD then reboot. While the system is booting, hit the F12 key to access the boot menu (this could be a different key depending on your system. If you have a problem with your hardware configuration or your computer's display drivers that prevents Windows from loading normally, you may be able to resolve the problem by booting into Safe Mode and changing the relevant settings. To enter Safe Mode in Windows 7, Vista, XP, or 2000:
Note: If you have more than one partition installed, you may need to select an operating system and press Enter before entering Safe Mode.
Turn on or restart your computer.
After the memory test, the words "Starting Windows" will appear on a black background. When this happens, press and hold the F8 key. This will present a screen with the following options to choose from. The exact moment that F8 is pressed will determine the contents of the list, and the list may vary from computer to computer. For example, your computer may not do a memory test or it may have a SCSI BIOS to load in addition to the motherboard's BIOS. If you have trouble getting the list below to appear, restart the computer and then press F8 repeatedly while the computer is starting.
Safe Mode: Boots Windows with only the basic drivers needed to load the operating system. Uses basic drivers for mouse, keyboard, display (VGA), mass storage, and default system services and drivers, with no network components. In Windows 2000, a log file will be created to track the progress of the system boot, which is located in the Windows 2000 folder.
Safe Mode with Networking: Loads the Safe Mode configuration, but also enables network devices and services. In Windows 2000, a log file will be created to track the progress of the system boot, which is located in the Windows 2000 folder.
Safe Mode with Command Prompt: Loads Windows in Safe Mode, and, after logging in, opens a command prompt instead of the normal desktop. In Windows 2000, a log file will be created to track the progress of the system boot, which is located in the Windows 2000 folder. Note: You should try booting to the command prompt only if you feel comfortable operating within the DOS environment.
Enable Boot Logging: Boots Windows with all of the normal files and drivers, but writes their status to a log file at each step. In Windows 2000, this log file is located in the Windows 2000 folder and is named ntbtlog.txt.
Enable VGA Mode: Boots Windows using a plain VGA 16-color 640x480 display driver for the highest level of compatibility with video cards. In Windows 7 and Vista, this mode is called Enable Low-Resolution Video. It is otherwise identical.
Last Known Good Configuration: Boots Windows using the last registry configuration that is known to work. This is a way of undoing problems created by installing incorrect drivers or possibly by registry corruption. It will not, however, fix problems caused by corrupted or missing files.
Use the arrow keys to move up or down this menu to make your selection, and then press Enter. If you need to update software or access the Internet while in Safe Mode, select "Safe Mode with Networking".
All the Best!

Sep 15, 2010 | PC Desktops

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