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Computer Given To Me/dont Know What Windows Os Is On This Computer


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#1 TAILHAWK

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 04:59 PM

Hi, I kinda inherited this system and when I went to boot it I got an invalid system disk error "Boot from ATAPI CD ROM." I can get into DOS (using a utilities disk that I have). Can someone tell me how to tell how to find out what version of Windows is on this system, and what I need to do to get windows to boot. Is there anyway to get in through the back door?
My CD ROM works but, I am unsure as to whether or not one of the generic drivers will help or what. I have already downloaded a Realtek (RTL 8139(A/B/C)/RTL8130 BOOT AGENT) disk to CD but, am afraid to try this until I know that there is nothing else that I can do. (I am afraid to use this and have it screw things up even more).
The woman that gave me the computer (it was her late husband's) said that she thinks he had either ME or 2000 on it but, was not totally sure.
Any and all help will greatly help, I am pulling my hair out over these issues (and if you could see me you would know that in another 5 years or so I wont have enough left to just throw away).

Can I find out from the files in DOS which Windows system is on this computer? I got a boot problem and am trying to figure out how to repair this issue. If you can also give me a clue on what to do to create a system disk (without being able to get into this computer to do so) I would really appreciate it.

Also if worse comes to worse and I do have to format the hard drive what can I do to salvage my Microsoft Office Suites. This software was downloaded by a licensed Microsoft installer for the gentleman that this computer originally belonged to but, he never got any physical software from him and he has since passed. If I can get the office programs back buying the Windows software won't hurt as much.
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Posted 28 February 2006 - 05:39 PM

Hi...

If you have access to Internet try Belarc from here http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html it is a free program that will tell you shed loads of info on your PC...

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 06:14 PM

Have you tried Safe Mode? F8 at start up
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Posted 28 February 2006 - 08:04 PM

No, I cant access the internet on that computer to be able to get to Belarc. I can get to safe mode through the utilities disk that I have but, I can't get my computer to go to safe mode by pressing the F8 key. The problem is that after going to safe mode throught the utility disk I don't know what to do from there. Is there not or would there not be a file that would give me a clue as to what version of Windows is on this machine?

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 08:08 PM

While in Safe Mode try Start>Run>msinfo32
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Posted 28 February 2006 - 08:10 PM

If you can see the My Computer icon in safe mode, you can right click on it, and look under the "Properties" tab, which should tell you the Windows version installed.
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Posted 28 February 2006 - 08:48 PM

Ok, I really appreciate all of your help. I just tried getting back into safe mode and now I am getting I/O Error Accessing boot sector file multi (0)disk(0)fdisk(0)/BOOTSECT.DOS. I am really just about ready to try reformatting the hard drive. I just really didn't want to loose my office programs. If you think that there is just no way of handling this boot issue that I have this is what I will try to do. Not that I have any experience doing that either. What do ya think?

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 09:10 PM

If that is the break point, you can download Open Office for free and do everything MS Office can do. It will even create and modify MS Office application. From Ms Office 4.5 to the current verison. It comes with the equivalent of Word, Access, Excel, Power Point.
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