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Turn on laptop and operating ststem not found comes up put new hardrive in and still does it! help needed thanks

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  • tom_fit2 Nov 17, 2009

    how to i do that i bought windows and have new product key but cant install it as it comes up with this error stright away

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Hello and welcome to Fixya.. If you have just installed a new hardrive, then you will need to install a operating system onto the hardrive as well.. If you have your recovery disk that shipped with the computer then they might work to reinstall the OS.. If you dont have those, you will need a windows install disk, preferably the same version of windows you had previously loaded on your computer, that way you wont have to purchase a new product key for windows. On the bottom of your laptop, or the back of your desktop, you should have a microsoft windows certificate of authenticity with a 25 character code on it. You will need that code to install windows again. As far as your machine giving you that error, there are only two reasons that error would come up, either the hard-drive is damage, or the hard drive has no OS. There are no other reasons.. So reinstall windows on the new hard-drive, and you shouldnt have any more issues.. IF you have any more questions, please feel free to respond!

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  • Tre Elkins Nov 17, 2009

    If you need to install windows.. When you first turn on your computer, you will need to press f2, or delete, depending on your computer, to access the bios settings..

    Then you need to find where it sets the boot order of drives. Set the optical ( or cd/dvd drive ) to boot before the hard drive..

    Then insert the windows install disk into your cd dvd drive.. Then press the correct f button ( somewhere on the bios settings page it will say press F? to save and exit )

    after you have saved the settings and exited, the computer will restart, now you should see a message ..

    " press any key to boot from Cd "

    Then the windows install cd should start up and it will go through the install process for windows..

    If you have any more question please ask!


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