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Computer starts up in DOS

When I turn on my computer it starts up in DOS, when I hit enter it will go to my desk to. How do I get it to start up naturally?

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  • Chinmay patil
    Chinmay patil May 11, 2010

    what it shows on screen before you hit enter?

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Have you looked at the boot priority in the BIOS setup screen?

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You need to edit your config.sys file a file that you don't need in WinXp You can download a boot disk(see link) from Dell that will have the tools you need to work on your hard disk. If you don't understand DOS you might want to get somone to help you. mysleuth

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What operating system do you have installed? If you are using windows Then you need to repair your boot files. Start with boot.ini. you can open this using notepad editor. the info should read:[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
Thats is you are using XP Home Edition operating system. If this doesn´t work then you need to run msconfig. Start menu select Run, then type msconfig.Startup selection should be normal check box. System.ini should have all check boxes checked,Same as win.ini, when you get to boot.ini tab, no boxes should be checked. I hope this helps. Start with the second method first ok.

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