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No operating system

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.


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  • Anonymous Jul 11, 2008

    not used in sveral years no nothing. stored in box in controled climate during these years. worked good when put in storage.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    hard drive light is on. but the systems does not boot windows operating system



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Start ur computer

hit delete to enter setup

go to the second title of the setup ( i forgot wats called heh..)

go to first boot device and choose cd rom

exit saving changes and restart ur pc

u will see the phrase ( hit any key to boot from cd)

hit any key and start the installation.

ps: try to get windows xp sp2 ...its good

Posted on Nov 13, 2007


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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In this tech article I will go over how to remove Microsoft Windows or revert to a previous version of Windows. Why would you want to delete Windows? You may want to remove Windows because you do not like that version you have installed, or maybe you want a different operating system like Linux.

In my method I will not focus on data backup and recovery. If you wish to backup your data, you can do so. After installation of your operating system you can restore the data from backup.

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Windows Installation Disc VS Windows Upgrade Disc -NOT THE SAME-

Having Trouble Booting To Your Windows Upgrade Disc?

...Upgrade discs aren't bootable discs. To repair a windows installation, you must use either a system repair disc or, better yet, a windows installation disc (genuine Retail/OEM discs are pretty much your only option to completely reinstall your windows operating system, unless you own a previous full installation disc of a previously released Windows version (such as XP or Vista), in which case you could install that windows operating system and then upgrade to a newer windows OS like windows 7. however if you ever need to reinstall windows 7, you would either need to reinstall the older windows OS, then upgrade to the newer one.

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How can i fix my windows if is not genuine

That means your operating system is not a genuine version which u not bought
try to buy an operating system legally...and this should end your problem

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I bought this computer from a goodwill and the person who had it before me information is still on it. I can't do anything because it ask for their password. How can I refresh the computer and start...

You will have to reinstall the OS (operating system) which could be costly because I doubt it came with recovery CD, you could ask for people from goodwill to help you out.

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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.

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No 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.

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