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  1. ZshlomiA4 New Member

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    my little brother have a laptop with a built-in operating system (windows vista 32-bit), the drivers are also "built-in". there are no OS discs that came with the computer.
    now, i needed to format my brothers computer and followed the instruction, problem is, it shut down for some reason in the middle of the formatting.
    problem is, that when i boot the computer, it says "no operating system", now, i tried to install a new OS (xp 32-bit) but it gave me an error.

    how on earth can i solve this problem!?

    please help, the warranty is over already...
  2. BarbaricSoul

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    So you did a format, now the harddrive is clean and you trying to reinstall windows from the back up partition on the hard drive, which you probably erased with the format?


    If this is what you did, sounds to me like you need a windows disk
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    A lot of times there is a seperate partion on the hard drive allocated to restore Windows - I think it F2 or F10 (models vary on input key) that starts the return to factory default configuration. Please specify make and model and maybe we can help figure out what the startup key is.
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    each laptop is slightly different (factory restore method). Why don't you ask in the brands own forum (if there is such a forum) or read the documentation?
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    HookeyStreet Eat, sleep, game!

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    This! Whilst returning the system to the stock settings (system restore on a partition I bet) you erased the Windows installation completely. Grab an XP/Vista/7 disc, make sure the laptops 1st boot device is the CD/DVD ROM (you can find this setting in the BIOS) and follow the instructions on screen ;)
  6. ZshlomiA4 New Member

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    thank you very much for all of your advises!

    thing is... ^^ i kinda solved it the moment i finished posting the questions
    i remembered that it's not really possible to "downgrade" the OS, so i "upgraded" it to windows 7 starter and it worked (yay!!) though i was very pessimistic, it worked

    i guess the thread can be locked...
  7. LDNL

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    After a full format you should be able to use any OS. But from personal experience some laptops are locked somehow and wont install or boot to XP. Even after installing in another rig and testing in a third I wasnt able to get 2 laptops from 2 different brands to boot to XP but windows 7 worked just fine.

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