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Error loading operating system - XP

By dylan007 ยท 6 replies
Jun 3, 2011
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  1. Hello there i was wondering if anyone can help me...

    Yesterday i went to reinstall windows as i wanted to completely clear my computer.. everything was working perfectly before i done this..

    so i booted the xp disk and deleted partitions and cleared everything.. i went to install windows xp again.. after the steps were done my computer restarted

    Now it keeps coming up Press any key to boot from cd.......... Error loading operating system

    BIOS is detecting my hard drive SATA

    Attempts Made ----

    Fix Mbr

    I then tried to reinstall windows again but it keeps coming up the same error

    Thanks very much i hope you can help
  2. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Try deleting all partitions and reformatting your HDD using GParted

    then reinstall Windows
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Possibly still have the CD at the top of the boot order ?
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,518   +2,312

    Is it possible that there were SATA drivers installed in your old XP install. A SATA drive in the wrong mode would account for this error.

    Boot into the BIOS and set your HDDs to "run as IDE". then try again.

    A "drive scrubber" type utility such as "Darik's Boot and Nuke", will "zero out a HDD", getting rid of boot file remnants which can interfere with installing Windows.

    Get "DBAN" here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/

    Be aware that this file is an ".iso" file, and must be burned as an image.

    Also be aware that this program will wipe every trace of information from the HDD. So, make sure that's what you want to do before you use it.
  5. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 79

    You probably disabled the hard drive as one of the bootable devices from the BIOS. Try check your BIOS settings.
  6. Brad Dinte

    Brad Dinte TS Rookie

    What worked for me...

    BootitNG v1.81: look at partition properties, BootitNG says

    "Invalid Head and SPT values exist in the BPB. Fix it?"

    Click "Yes".

    Then write a MBR (eg FixMBR).

    Will this eliminate the need to zeroise the HDD?
  7. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Post over two years old.

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