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I tried to image copy disk (with windows XP Home SP3) to another disk in my system using Norton Ghost 10. I lost windows and I am unable to boot up my computer. Is there a way for my to recover windows and be able to boot up if I don't have a Windows XP disk. I only have the Recovery Disk from the computer OEM and if I try to boot up using that disk it doesn't work. Of course, I adjusted the BIOS when using the Recovery Disk. Also, I don't have an emergency boot-up disk. I will appreciate your help.

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  • flat2feet Aug 14, 2008

    Please, if you refer me to a web site where my "solution" is given, check to make sure the web site has the information you want me to see.

  • flat2feet Aug 14, 2008

    When the system is turned on and starts the boot-up process, the words "Missing Operating System" appear on my screen and then the boot-up stops at that point. The only thing that works is F2. I can get the BIOS settings and adjust them BUT I do not have the choice of selecting "the last known good configuration." I am unable to use F8 or F5.

  • flat2feet Aug 14, 2008

    As I wrote in my original post, I was trying to obtain an image copy of Drive C: and put in onto another disk, Drive D:.

    I believe my computer was put into DOS to run the Norton Ghost 10 and that's where it is now. It never gets into Windows and, therefore, I cannot run Ghost again, or any other program until I can restore windows.

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If you can't use the F8 feature, then I'm afraid you will have to acquire an operating system disc. During a couple of ghosting attempts, I've had the OS completely erased, not real sure why, or what I did.

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Hi,
Disable your hardrive in the BIOS and then check, if you are able to to boot from the OEM cd.If successful,turn off the computer re-enable the hardrive in the BIOS and try the Boot again. Without the operating system cd you would not be able to recover the windows. If the boot is not successful you need to source another OEM windows cd from the manufacturer.
As you have upgraded to windows service pack 3 and if the OEM cd is windows service pack 1 or lower it may not boot at all.


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Where was the destination for your ghost image? was it to another partition or folder on your harddrive, a seperate harddrive or DVD disks?

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  • Richard Finch Aug 14, 2008

    In this situation now, I would slave your harddrive to another machine, (there are a few ways to do this, if you need help just ask), now I would use file recovery software to recover all your personal important files, this one is free.

    http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/file_rec...

    Your files will still be there, the chances are the MBR is damaged and that is why you are getting the no OS detected error.



    If I read your first post correctly you only have a recovery CD, the chances are this recovery CD has the abilty to access the recovery partition on your harddrive and does not contain a full version of windows.

    If you have a COA sticker on the side/bottom of your machine you can use an OEM copy of XP home or XP pro to reinstall your OS. If you don't have a COA sticker you can get your CD install key from your copy of windows on your harddrive. Magicaljellybean (silly name I know) is a small application that you can use to recover the CD key from windows, ALSO you can use it to recover the CD key from a dead OS:

    http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinde...



    A lot of my work is file recovery, if you need any more help just let me know.

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You can try to go to your BOOT menu when you restart the computer then press F5 or F2 then go to advance you will see there the Boot menu and try selecting Last Known Good Configuration if that one did not work try Booting in safe mode...

Hope that helps.........

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    If you cannot even go to the Boot menu and with the error message that you have , the next step here is to install a new operating system using a XP installation CD...

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Rather then confusing you by giving you some short confusing answers just to try is not fair so i will give you the link to the complete procedure of recovring it .

given on the site below
http://www.edmartechguide.com/

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  • tech expert12 Aug 14, 2008

    the information is present there but unable to copy so please check.it will help you.thanks

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If you use the norton ghost to copy the image back?

does it even try to start up?

try turning the automatic restart on system failure off
tap f8 during startup so the advanced start menu comes up and select disable automatic restart on system failure.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

  • Ekse Aug 13, 2008



    this is the screen that should come up when you keep tapping on f8


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