error loading operating system

By fryedman ยท 9 replies
Jul 5, 2006
  1. error loading operating system

    I checked F/A/Q and didnt find the answer.

    I have a latitude c840

    I cleared the password and reset it with the autoexec file in A/

    I just did 2 other laptops, same model and no problems

    the problem is winxp wont boot on start up, it just gives me that error message.

    any help would be great as i have done all I can.


  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    WHAT error message?
  3. fryedman

    fryedman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the error message on the screen

    thats all that is written on the black screen when i try to install winxp.


  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    what does it SAY? We're not mind readers!
  5. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    If you ment that as the error message, then you need to fix the mbr or reinstall windows..
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

  7. fryedman

    fryedman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    help needed installing xp on dell(getting error message)

    thats the message! that comes on the screen when I put the winxp CD in the pc,

    error loading operating system is the message on the screen.

    how else can I say it?

    it wont boot the cd ??

    this message is all i get on the screen (error loading operating system )

    is there some thing I can do?
    thanks N3051M for that info , maybe it is the MBR because I cant install winxp.


  8. Paragon33

    Paragon33 TS Rookie

    Try a drive cleaner(a CD Disc with a small attached brush) and also clean your Windows CD. Also check in BIOS setup and make sure your CD drive is enabled and ahead of the Harddrive in the Boot Order
  9. fryedman

    fryedman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks i will try

    I put in another optical drive from another pc of the same type and the same thing happened, I will clean the cd tonight and see what happens
    thanks for that.

  10. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    actualy, i was refering to if the hdd wasnt letting you boot into windows.. and yes, the mentioning of the cd could have cleared some confusion :)

    At what stage does it give you that message? after it goes through POST etc? Do you get the window's "scanning hardware" thing?

    If paragon's advice doesnt work, try using another winxp cd, or downloading a live OS cd like knoppix and see if it would let you boot something, and your winxp cd in another computer (any, as long as you know that pc works booting up etc) to verify the cd being the culprit..

    EDIT: Back to your first post. Is this cd a recovery cd from a laptop or a OEM machine? or a retail/full version windows xp cd?
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