Pagebor, thanks for reply. Am i right in thinking OS is operating system?
As a beginner I am still none the wiser. Could you elaborate for my benefit, as to what i should actualy be doing now. Do you mean remove Vista and re install a new version?
Apologies for making it a little difficult considering my lack of knowledge.
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you have to partition your hard drive and put win on one partition and linux on the other partition
then when it boots up yo set your bios to ask which os you want and go enter on it and it will boot that os for you or i think that you can put an icon on desktop and double click on that to open the os system
talk with a computer geek to see how it is done
format it using vista and then dont proceed to install the vista operating system.Then remove the vista disk and insert the xp disk and restart or boot from the xp cd If you think this solution helps you then your token of appreciation in the form of Rating and a testimonial will be esteemed. Thank you and Keep Visiting FixYa!
The computer can not see the Operating System. This can be caused by several things, so I will just list a few possiblities for you here:
If you have a USB flash drive or external HD plugged into the PC. Remove it while the computer boots. Some machines are set to boot from a flash drive and will search for an operating system on it and display NO OS if the bios can not find one.
If the Hard drive has been removed or replaced recently then the Jumper settings may not be correct on the new drive.
If the computer was having trouble booting periodically, freezing or experiencing blue screens before this message, then you may have HD corruption or possible disk failure. With HD corruption you only need to run chkdisk /p within recovery console in XP or run the Vista recovery center with vista. HD failure is a dead disk, no option but to replace.
Bad RAM or a dead CMOS battery can also cause this type of failure. So check these also.
This can also be caused by a damaged master boot record or primary boot partition. Run fixboot or fixmbr from the recovery console on XP or just run the Vista Boot Repair Console in Vista
Worm Viruses and Rootkits that damage the primary boot sector or the Master Boot Record can also cause the OS to mysteriously disappear. So if none of the above sound like they are for you, then you can try looking for one of these on the affected drive.
The easy way is to do this via the vista os CD or an old xp one.
You will need to reboot your PC as it starts up look out for 'boot options' and select boot from your cd drive. If you do not get this option then please reboot again then go into boot options and select your CD rom or DVD rom to be your boot device.
For both options after making the change and your have your CD i, you will be given to option to press any key.
make sure you select to reinstall windows, at this point you will be be given the option to format your hard drive.
If you need more info or the PC is a laptop with out a CD Rom / DVD rom let me know and I will go over other ways to format your hard drive.
You cannot download the OS from another computer. You should have a Restore CD. If you do not, power it down, then power up again. When the computer begins to boot, look for a message that says something about Restore. It may be like "For System Restore, Press F10".
If you do not see this, power down and up again and press F8 when it begins to boot. There are a couple options here. You can try: Boot to Last Known Good Configuration, Safe Mode, or see if there is a Restore option on this menu.
If none of these options work, you may have to get a new OS. Would suggest eBay where you can get them fairly reasonable.
if your operating system installed in your computer is vista then you want to change into win xp,,, just insert you os xp into cd roon drive then boot it..by preesing f12 in acer, dell,toshiba, and others..
then follow the instruction bellow..
format then install the os xp..
after that you uninstalld the vista then you install also the xp..
may be it is a keylogger which is attacked to your system so you couldnt able to type ...
or may be the bios is unable to detect the keyboard .. once you remove the keyboard from the port and put it back again that may work have a check with this ...
or the wire might have broke down just have a check ...
if all are right then it s the keylogger which is attacked to your system ...
so you must format the system i think your keyboard will work at the time of bios ... so can format the drive containing OS from booting with the windows xp boot cd ..... after formatting you can install the new copy of it ....
any doubts you can reply me i am always here to assist you thank you bye ..... rate my solution
ya u can if u have a xp cd then try this first restart the pc>and while restarting it press F8 keep pressing it and u can see choose the first boot device select the CD-ROM-and insert the XP-cd >follow the instruction>i think u need to restart 3 to 4 tims>and finally restart the pc>and while turm on u can see two oprating system which is windows vista and xp-select xp