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dustinetter

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i am working on a computer for a friend. it is a hewlett packard and has windows xp home edition on it. i am pretty good with computers but this has me stumped. when you go to start it up it comes up with a techinical error that says it could not start windows because it is missing a file. the file that it says its missing is a unremovable boot volume. it has a few options. it says you can start in safe mode, which doesnt actually work(it wont go to the safe mode of windows because of the error.) it says u can start up regularly, which doesnt work either because of the error. if i could get to the dos screen i could fix it, does anyone have an idea on how to fix it or at least to get to dos screen? any help would be greatly apreciated, this is making me pretty frustrated lol thanks
 

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Welcome to TSG! :D

You may want to remove your email addy from your post! :eek:

Try setting your BIOS to boot to CD and see if you can repair your install from the XP intall disk.
 
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Welcome aboard TSG dustinetter. You should like it here. Great bunch of folks... very savvy and kind and helpful.
Shamou
 

dustinetter

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ok, thanks. i will try to set my BIOS to boot from the cd. i hope that works. anyone else got any ideas? thanks
 

dustinetter

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i am still having problems. maybe i am not as smart as i thought i was lol. i cant reset the BIOS from the setup menu. i dont know what else to do lol
 
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Try this:
restart the computer.
While the display is blank, press the F10 key to enter the BIOS settings menu.(this is if older than 2002)
Use the right and left arrow keys to select the Advanced tab.
Use the up and down arrow keys to select Boot Order.
Follow the on-screen instructions to change the boot order.
 
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