Quote: Originally Posted by stormysch
when i turned on my laptop it said missing operating system took it in tech says might have been a virus if i do not care abut retrieving data i need to wipe the hard drive and reinstall windows how do i do this.
It could be a virus but no prove yet. Do you have a Windows 7 install dvd? Or or system repair disc?
"missing operating system" text is in MBR... a small piece of code which runs just after pc starts. It's sector 0 on physical disk. "missing operating system" means.... it can't find an ACTIVE partition. Maybe partition is not active anymore. Maybe partitions got corrupted. Maybe MBR got corrupted.
All can be fixed. But you need one of the dvd's I asked you.