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Laptop Gives Error: Operating System Not Found

My friend's laptop runs windows 7. After resetting last night she's getting an Operating System Not Found error during boot. Assuming the hard drive hasn't completely failed, what are the best, simplest tools she can use to either fix the problem or at least get her important data off the drive? She has access to another computer with a cd/dvd burner, an 8GB USB flash drive, and blank cds. She doesn't have access to the system restore disc or anything like that. She can get a blank DVD if that's simplest. I was leaning toward Knoppix as the Linux distribution for a live dvd, but if there's an easier way I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
posted by Green With You on Mar 16, 2013 - 11 answers

What should I try next?

Help me diagnose/repair my Toshiba Satellite A355D-S6889. When I try to boot, I get BOOTMGR MISSING. When I try to reinstall XP from a CD it seems to start out fine, copying drivers and such, until it gets to the message Starting Windows, at which point I get a blue screen o' death with the code 0x7B which google informs me is a hard disk error. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Feb 10, 2012 - 8 answers

I've 5 HDD and a sixth I'd like to install an image onto in order to install onto another physical computer so it has it's own MBR.

I've 5 HDD and a sixth I'd like to install an image onto in order to install onto another physical computer so it has it's own MBR. [more inside]
posted by prodevel on Sep 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Windows not booting up after hardware change.

I have a problem with Windows 7 startup after I made some hardware changes. The computer won't boot automatically and I'm hoping for some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu on Dec 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Boot Camp Hell

Mac OS X 10.6.3 and Windows 7 not getting along in Boot Camp. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 18, 2010 - 9 answers

Help get my Windows 2000 Server running for just a few more weeks

Windows 2000 Server suddenly won't boot, even in safe mode. Any way to get it running for just a few more weeks? Difficulty: No installation disks. [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Jun 10, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I salvage my data from a Vista laptop that won't boot?

My laptop's Vista install is borked and now it won't start up. How can I salvage my data? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Mar 15, 2010 - 5 answers

My quadcore is running like a Pentium 2

I think I've covered most everything to diagnose my desktop problems, but still with the same unusual problem(s) [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jan 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Boot Migration to a smaller SSD?

How do I migrate my boot drive from a traditional hard drive to a *smaller* SSD drive? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Jan 5, 2010 - 6 answers

This disc was made for bootin'

I would like to make a custom boot disc that is very simple to the user. All it would do is restore an image from 6 DVDs to a hard drive. The only options I would like the user to see is: 1) format drive 2) restore drive 3) exit I would like to create this menu and all sub menus that I see fit. I have seen UBCD but it is too complicated for the people I know. I would like to use Driveimage XML and have it read the discs one at a time to restore the drive. Any suggestions?
posted by CodeMonkey on Nov 30, 2009 - 8 answers

My Dream Dual Boot Netbook

Help me build my perfect netbook! [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Nov 26, 2009 - 15 answers

I have borked my computer. Help me save my nerd cred!

Help me install Windows XP with a (non-bootable) installation CD! [more inside]
posted by sah on Apr 13, 2009 - 7 answers

Installing Windows 7 on a MBP with a non-working DVD drive

How can I install Windows 7 (via Boot Camp or rEFIt) from an ISO? I think the Superdrive on my Macbook Pro (10.5.6) is on its last legs, because it ejects almost anything I put in it. (Meaning blank DVDs, and the DVD I burned of the ISO on my Windows XP desktop with ImgBurn). It's not extremely old (I got it refurbished on Christmas 2007), but still old enough to be out of warranty (at least I would think so). What I have available: 1tb My Book Firewire External Hard Drive 4gb 1st gen iPod Nano, that isn't even formatted as an iPod right now, so it's basically just a 4gb USB flash drive. I know I can boot from it if it's set up right, because I've been using it with this [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 on Mar 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me feel better about buying a new laptop.

My computer is having a hardware issue when booting... I think. [more inside]
posted by logicpunk on Mar 4, 2009 - 14 answers

Hands-free reboot?

I have an Intel iMac, and have partitioned off a Boot Camp drive that contains Windows XP. Is there any way to restart the computer into Windows without having to hold down the Alt key? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 31, 2008 - 12 answers

This is not my beautiful OS.

My fantastically unstable IBM T42 (which is on it's 3rd, soon to be 4th, life) died a little while ago, no longer booting into Ubuntu. However, it loves to boot into Windows. How do I nuke both? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jul 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Reveal my boot-a nature ... or shake my boot-y?

After receiving mixed advice three months ago, I bought an HP Pavilion Elite m9150f running Vista Home Premium. Except for being a little slow to boot into Windows, I've been happy with Vista ... until last night, when Vista Service Pack 1 installed "successfully". I dutifully rebooted and now it won't boot into Windows at all. I've tried system restore from two restore points. Neither works, although I do get a helpful message stating that "a recent upgrade" may be causing problems. The computer can boot into Fedora 8, so it's not hosed, but I've run through my limited bag of Windows tricks. Any suggestions?
posted by lukemeister on Mar 20, 2008 - 15 answers

Dear PC, I swear I won't ever mess with your partitions again if you just this once...

Oh crap! While attempting to clear, reformat, and merge my ubuntu partition with my primary NTFS Windows partition, I somehow managed to give the GRUB boot-loader brain damage. Now I can't boot in to either partition need to fix this before my girlfriend comes home and sees that I've rendered her computer useless. [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Feb 27, 2008 - 6 answers

FDC Failure, no boot.

Can't boot PC, getting "FDC Failure". [more inside]
posted by signal on Nov 14, 2007 - 8 answers

Why does Windows eat my internet connection?

Why does Windows eat my internet connection? [more inside]
posted by judge.mentok.the.mindtaker on Nov 9, 2007 - 8 answers

WinXP Install CD Won't Boot! What gives?

Why will neither my computer nor VMware boot the Windows XP SP2 installation CD I got from my university? [more inside]
posted by goingonit on Oct 4, 2007 - 9 answers

Failed Vista install boot problem

I tried to install Vista but the install failed. Now when my PC boots I have to jump through some hoops to get it working. Help! [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Sep 17, 2007 - 3 answers

Vista is broken

About an hour ago, I told Windows Vista to hibernate. Now, when I try to boot, I get a "Windows failed to start" error. Apparently, winload.exe is either missing or corrupt. According to the error, I need to use my installation disc to fix this. Unfortunately, I won't have access to a Vista install disc until next week. Is there *any* other way to fix this, or am I just screwed?
posted by punishinglemur on May 10, 2007 - 6 answers

Ubuntu ate my XP bootage

Ubuntu ate my WinXP via Grub: help me induce vomiting? [more inside]
posted by onshi on May 9, 2007 - 16 answers

How to automatically lock workstation upon logon in XP?

I'm trying to find a "lost" tweak that automatically used XP's "lock workstation" feature on boot. [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems on Dec 22, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me boot into windows with a broken bootloader and no installation media...

I've messed up my boot loader. I have a (working, legal) XP installation, but it won't boot, and I don't have any Windows installation media. How can I fix it? Linux, Windows and general stupidity feature in the creation of the problem, and getting the computer ready to give away in time for Christmas is the aim. [more inside]
posted by handee on Dec 11, 2006 - 9 answers

How to boot PC XP and Intel OSX from external drive?

How do I configure a 2.5" 60 gig usb external drive to boot Windows XP on a PC as well as be able to boot Mac OS X 10.4 on an Intel MacBook?
posted by h2 on Oct 10, 2006 - 4 answers

Windows won't load

Stuck at Windows Logo during boot up. Run out of ideas... [more inside]
posted by aznhalf on Sep 20, 2006 - 9 answers

How can I return my Windows XP computer to its original speed after goofing up the Prefetch folder?

How can I return my Windows XP computer to its original speed after goofing up the Prefetch folder? [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 on Sep 18, 2006 - 14 answers

Good riddance?

Help me make my choice from one of the three options below: 1) Fix Windows so that it boots without messing up my Ubuntu. 2) Remove Windows completely. I don't need it anyways. 3) Shrink Windows to the bare minimum and reclaim the space with Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by furtive on Aug 28, 2006 - 7 answers

How to dual boot XP from a drive from another computer.

Can I dual boot from an XP drive that came from older (dead) computer? [more inside]
posted by DZ-015 on Jul 10, 2006 - 3 answers

Windows XP not booting without Boot Logging on.

Why does my Windows XP installation not only boot when I turn Bootlog mode on? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jun 28, 2006 - 4 answers

increase my Mac-fu?

Boot Camp for new MacBook Pro - will it work with Windows 2000 pro, or only XP? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Apr 7, 2006 - 20 answers

Booting a Dell from an Ubuntu live CD: How?

Given that: 1. I'm a Mac type; 2. I have and want to try out an Ubuntu linux live CD on my home's extra Dell desktop; 3. I don't want to try and figure out the syntax for the startup settings file... [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Nov 24, 2005 - 9 answers

How can I get my PC to boot after a sleeper virus?

I got virused (a wininit.exe problem) on my computer about ten days ago, and after I thought I had cleaned it, it seems to have zapped me with a sleeper program and now I can't boot to windows, even in Safe Mode. Help! [more inside]
posted by zaelic on Nov 10, 2005 - 23 answers

C Drive dead, how to move ntdetect?

My master harddrive has gone tits-up, how can I boot from the slave? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality on Jun 18, 2005 - 14 answers

Hard drive diagnostic / repair?

My WinXP system won't boot. Knoppix comes up fine, and complains that it can't read the partition table. I've got The Ultimate Boot CD; does anyone have a methodology for making things right, or at least recovering whatever I can from the hard drive?
posted by Daddio on Jan 14, 2005 - 6 answers

Norton Ghost question

I have 100GB and 160GB hard drives in my XP computer. I tried using Norton Ghost to move the 100GB info to my latter drive, and it worked but with serious partition errors (windows not booting). I then moved a large amount of data to my 160, the 100 not really having changed. Everything in windows functions, but when I use Partition Magic 8 I get the following error: "Disk 1 appears to have partitions created using a different drive geometry (255h 63s original, 240h 63 current) You should back up...." etcetera. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze on Mar 7, 2004 - 2 answers

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