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liloldlady

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Hi, I was going to format my laptop,(not this one obviously) I am running vista home on it.However I put in the wrong disc. I thought it was the recovery disc for that machine buy it wasn't, so now all I get is a screen with a curser at the top and telling me it has no operating system. I cannot get beyond this. I can turn it off and then press F2 or F10 but this screen does't allow me to start windows in any way. I seem to have lost the operating system disk!!!....Is there anything I can do to get it back to my desktop?.....Thanks

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Make + model?

Do you have a backup DVD for that machine.

Tried tapping F8 as it boots to see if there is a restore system built onto the hard drive.

You need to look at Windows Vista's Repair Your Computer options.

  • Startup repair - This automatically fixes problems that are preventing Windows from starting
  • System Restore - This will Restore Windows to an earlier point in time
  • Windows Complete PC Restore - This will completely restore your entire PC - programs, system settings and files - from a back up that you have previously created (Available in Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
  • Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool - This checks your computer's memory hardware for errors
  • Command Prompt - This opens a Command Window

With the Complete PC Restore Option you must have made a backup of your system, either on your hard drive or on a set of DVDs, in order to use this option. If you don't have a backup then don't use this option

How you access the repair options will depend upon whether you have a Windows Vista installation disk or whether your operating system came pre-installed by your PC manufacturer.

Pre-Installed Options NOTE

If no repair options are available your PC manufacturer may have replaced the tools or customised them. Check your Computer Manual before proceeding.

1/ Start your PC

2/ If your PC has one operating system Press and Hold the F8 key as your PC starts. If the Windows Logo appear you will need to start again

3/ If you have a dual boot system a Boot option menu will appear. Highlight the Vista operating system and Press the F8 key

4/ In both cases, if all has gone well, an Advanced options screen will now appear

5/ Highlight the repair Your Computer option and Press Enter

6/ Select a keyboard layout, and then Click the Next button

7/ Next select your user Name and Enter your Password, then Click OK

8/ The recovery options should now appear

Windows Installation Disk NOTE

1/ make sure your PC can boot directly from the Vista DVD. Obviously, most modern PCs can. With older machines you may need to check the PC's BIOS

2/ Start the PC

3/ Immediately insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive

4/ A Black screen will appear with the words 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD'

5/ Press Any key to start the booting process

6/ A new screen will now appear with a progress bar. The legend say's 'Windows is loading files'

7/ After a few minutes the Microsoft copyright window ill appear and another small progress bar will be visible

8/ You will next see a Blue curtained screen

9/ After a short while the Language option screen will appear

10/ Select your language and keyboard language and the Click the Next button

11/ At the bottom left of the next screen - the Install screen, Click on the Repair Your Computer option

12/ The System recovery options will now search for your Windows Vista installation

13/ Once the Vista installation has been located, Highlight it and then Click the Next button

14/ You are now presented with the set of recovery options

15/ Click on the Option you require and follow the onscreen prompts

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liloldlady

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Hi, Thanks for your reply. I have turned the laptop back on and repeatedly pressed F8, this gives me nothing but the blank screen again. As I said I can press F2 or F10 and get those screens but not F8. The laptop is a Gateway. In the booklet it also tells me to press F8 to get to the repair option, however it just doesn't work?? It did come with the operating system on a disk which I think to my horror I have lost, but the booklet does tell me that a back-up copy of the operation system is already on the hard drive.

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liloldlady

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Hi, Thanks for your reply. I have turned the laptop back on and repeatedly pressed F8, this gives me nothing but the blank screen again. As I said I can press F2 or F10 and get those screens but not F8. The laptop is a Gateway. In the booklet it also tells me to press F8 to get to the repair option, however it just doesn't work?? It did come with the operating system on a disk which I think to my horror I have lost, but the booklet does tell me that a back-up copy of the operation system is already on the hard drive. I wonder that because I can only swich it on via the on/off button and not the restart option is why F8 isn;t working?..Thanks

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liloldlady

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Hi, Thanks for your reply. I have turned the laptop back on and repeatedly pressed F8, this gives me nothing but the blank screen again. As I said I can press F2 or F10 and get those screens but not F8. The laptop is a Gateway. In the booklet it also tells me to press F8 to get to the repair option, however it just doesn't work?? It did come with the operating system on a disk which I think to my horror I have lost, but the booklet does tell me that a back-up copy of the operation system is already on the hard drive.

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liloldlady

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Hi, Thanks for your reply. I have turned the laptop back on and repeatedly pressed F8, this gives me nothing but the blank screen again. As I said I can press F2 or F10 and get those screens but not F8. The laptop is a Gateway. In the booklet it also tells me to press F8 to get to the repair option, however it just doesn't work?? It did come with the operating system on a disk which I think to my horror I have lost, but the booklet does tell me that a back-up copy of the operation system is already on the hard drive. I wonder that because I can only swich it on via the on/off button and not the restart option is why F8 isn;t working?..Thanks

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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try tapping F5 as it boots.

Do you have a copy or can borrow a Vista DVD you can nstall from the DVD and use the number on the laptop base. you may have to find some drivers to complete the install.

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robinofloxley

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If you can burn a blank CD or DVD on your working laptop:

Burn Partition Wizard Boot CD .iso download. (link lower down the page)

Boot from the new disc.

You'll see if C and your Recovery Partitions are missing (unallocated space).

Try Partition Recovery option to see if they come back.

If you can see your partitions, try the Rebuild MBR option.

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