I bought my computer from goodwill so the operating system was wiped, I got a version of windows me because I was told it was most compatible. But when I put in the disk it dosnt prmpt me to load it I cant figure out what the problem is. All the screen says is "there is no operating system found on hard drive" then after a few seconds it says "there is no operating system on any other devices press any key to retry" well thank you hope to hear some good news back.
For some reason the Bios wont allow the CD ROM to recognize and CD at startup. I have tried many cd's from win98 to winXP, both burned and factory discs, ISOs and setups. Nothing works. These things are boxes of crap if you dont have the recovery CD;s.
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Sounds like you may have purchased a "Windows 7 upgrade" (whatever version Home/Pro,) version....
now that win7 is on it, you can boot from the CD, choose the "repair my computer" option, then choose the Advanced Startup repair options....and you can use the command window to re-format, or delete the partition and and re-format the drive....then start-over with a clean disk.
You can try to contact the previous owner if not you will need to reinstall windows from 0, to do that take on consideration your windows version and then follow a tutorial there are several on the internet depending on your windows version. when the windows installation ask you for a serial number enterthe serial numberon the stickerthat comesattached tothe computer.
You will want to do a clean install of windows. Either insert the Operating Software included with the PC or you will have to purchase a version of Windows you can use on the PC and insert the disc. Once you have inserted the Windows CD, it should run you through the steps of formatting the hard drive thereby removing the previous owners data and creating a fresh new Operating System.
One way to wipe out your computer is by Getting a Vista Disk or Operating system of your choice. It has to be a full installation disk. Try WIndows 7!!! I use it its great..When you install a new OS(operating System) it gives you the option to reformat your disk drive which in turn wipe out all your data and give your computer a fresh clean install..first things first..get a Valid Copy of Windows of your choice. I recommend WIndows 7 Professional.
You can use almost any restore disk to restore the operating system, but you must have a product key for that specific version of windows. Even then, it might not work if the manufacturer has coded that version of Windows to be one of their product keys. Also, even after you do restore the system, you will have to go to the HP (HP bought Compaq) website to download the drivers for your system.
You cannot fully recover the data on your hard drive anymore, you can create a recovery disk again after your manual installation of your copy of windows, want help about your drivers? pm me i will assist you email@example.com
This can be a problem depending on what version of Windows 2000 Professional is installed. If it was an OEM version, you should have been given a Operating System CD when you bought the computer as they are tied to the specific machine they came with. The Key will be on a sticker/label on the side or top of the box.
If it was a Volume Licence, then you will need to buy a replacement Operating System.
Should be one of two things. First: Make sure you remove the disk as Windows restarts as it may be on a continuous cycle even after Windows is done loading. Second: You should check your hard disk for errors and have it repair any bad sectors. This is done by: Booting from XP and choose the Recovery console Once your in DOS (black screen
with a flashing cursor) type in the following commands exactly " chkdsk /r "(this will check you hard disk for errors, it will take a
while depending on size of your hard disk). Then continue any additional disk repair options. If this all fails then the problem is with a bad hard drive and has to be replaced.