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#1 TLONG

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 09:21 PM

Ok its a bit of a long story, but Id really like some help!

I currently upgraded from Windows XP to Windows Vista Home Premium edition via their website. I downloaded the new operating system with the upgrade. I do NOT have it on disk. After about 2 days of running it, I turned my computer on first thing in the morning, and the error message came up saying "Missing Operating System". I have tried everything! I went and checked the BIOS settings and everything seemed normal. I have no idea what happened! I can't make any boot floppy's b/c my new Compaq doesn't come with a floppy. It won't let me go into the recovery console (F10) but it will let me go into Setup (F1). F5 and F8 options are not available as options either. If anyone knows what I can try to do, please let me know! Thank you!!!!!

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 09:48 PM

Try the Microsoft support page here.
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 10:00 PM

I already was there and they said I need to get a backup/recovery disk. I ordered one but it won't be here until Aug 13th. Is there anything else I can do just to get a windows program up on my computer?

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 10:06 PM

I dont know anything else. I will send a message to one of the other Advisors.
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Posted 04 August 2007 - 05:48 AM

What error message do you get when you try and go into the Recovery partition? Depending on how you did the upgrade to Vista, the Recovery partition may have been deleted. Or, it could be an issue with your hard drive. Try downloading a bootable diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive (usually free) and booting from the CD/DVD drive to run it (In order to access the boot menu, press Esc as the PC first starts to boot)
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Posted 04 August 2007 - 02:22 PM

What error message do you get when you try and go into the Recovery partition? Depending on how you did the upgrade to Vista, the Recovery partition may have been deleted. Or, it could be an issue with your hard drive. Try downloading a bootable diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive (usually free) and booting from the CD/DVD drive to run it (In order to access the boot menu, press Esc as the PC first starts to boot)


I don't get an error message. It just doesn't let me hit F10 for some reason. I keep trying and it won't let me. How can I find the manufacturer of my hard drive? I have a Compaq Presario SR1911X.

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 05:51 AM

To find the manufacturer of your hard drive, use this free tool to see: http://www.gtopala.com/index.html

Or, you could just open the case and look at the hard drive to tell.
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Posted 05 August 2007 - 10:58 AM

To find the manufacturer of your hard drive, use this free tool to see: http://www.gtopala.com/index.html

Or, you could just open the case and look at the hard drive to tell.


I really won't be able to use this considering I can not access my Windows OS at all

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 05:52 AM

Then the 2nd option is for you - open the case and look at it.
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