Hi all, hope someone can assist me with this. On my old, granted! Compaq Presario 7000, when I boot her up I get the message 'Operating System not found', prior to this things appeared to be fine. Could this be because the MBR/VBR is corrupted and if so would reformatting the drive and reinstalling the OS put things right?
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Re: Operating system not found
Is the hard drive being recognised. IF it is then if you format and reinstall the operating system that will fix the problem. Sometimes it's possible to repair the OP instead of doing a full format and reinstall but I rarely find that successful.
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You will probably have to re-install windows your laptop might have come with an install disc, insert that into your cd drive and restart your laptop, windows should walk you through the installation process.
Your hard drive may be faulty, this is why the Windows operating system not found. Go into the BIOS and see if the hard drive is detected, if not reseat the hard drive and boot up again. If the Windows operating system not found then most likely the hard drive is faulty and to get the Notebook working again, replace the hard drive, install Windows on the new hard drive plus the Compaq Presario 1692 device drivers and your programs.
You can download the device drivers from the Compaq/HP WEBsupport/download page. Make sure
you select your model laptop and the Windowsdrivers you require and install them. Click on this link to download thedrivers: - www.compaq.com/country/cpq_support.html
Unless someone has gone into what is called your BIOS and disabled your hard drive as a recognizable device, your message most likely means that the WIndows System on it is corrupted enough (maybe virus) that the "boot sector" of that system can't be seen by the computer and it could also mean that your hard drive is ruined.
This isn't a problem you can just find a quick fix for. My first concern, if I were you, would be important data you needed to retrieve. In that case you would hope that someone can put your hard drive in an external enclosure, and just get the data files off it.
If you have a Recovery Disc of any kind for your Compaq, you could insert it and start from that disk and it might repair and restore the files that are needed to see the Windows system and start the laptop again.
It's very hard to say exactly from a distance with what you've told us.
Just copy and paste the above link in your address bar, it will bring you to the file download site. It would be helpful if you have a free 7-zip program or WINRAR or other file extracting program to open the file once download. Or download from compaq site
Please follow steps below to reset your Windows Vista Password in 10 minutes. Steps : 1. Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive and then restart the computer. 2. Change Boot Options 1st Priority to Optical Drive. 3. When system booting up, if the message “Press any key to boot from cd” appears, immediately press Enter. 4. On Language Settings, Time and Currency and Keyboard Layout screen, just choose the correct settings then click Next. 5. On Install Now screen, click Repair. Note: Click No just in case you get the message: Windows found problems with your computer’s startup options. 6. On the System Recovery Options screen, under Operating System, click Windows Vista then click Next. Then select Command Prompt. 7. At the command prompt windows, type the following command then press Enter after typing each command: c: cd windows\system32 echo ~takeown /f %1 /r /d y > TakeControlOf.cmd echo ~icacls %1 /grant administrators:F /t ren Magnify.exe Magnify.old ren cmd.exe Magnify.exe 8. Restart the computer. 9. On the Welcome Screen, click the Ease button. 10. Check Make items on the screen larger then click OK. 11. At the prompt, type the command then press Enter. net user Administrator /active:yes exit 12. Restart the computer.
your operating system wasn't found because kill disk wipes your hard drive clean. You have to re-install your operating system, all the drivers, and any programs that you might want in your computer. Boot into the BIOS (tapping the delete key during initial boot-up should get you there, or follow any instructions on the bottom of your POST screen to get into "set-up") and make sure your DVD/CD drive is the first boot option, then put your operating system disc in the drive, and re-boot...the drive should read your CD, and boot from there.
your operating system wasn't found because kill disk wipes your hard drive clean. You have to re-install your operating system, all the drivers, and any programs that you might want in your computer. Boot
into the BIOS (tapping the delete key during initial boot-up should get
you there, or follow any instructions on the bottom of your POST screen
to get into "set-up") and make sure your DVD/CD drive is the first boot
option, then put your operating system disc in the drive, and
re-boot...the drive should read your CD, and boot from there