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.