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Windows 7: Legacy boot disabled and I'm stuck

23 Jun 2013   #1
Hannlp

Windows 7 Home
 
 
Legacy boot disabled and I'm stuck

Help! Kids messing on laptop running Windows 7 and the Legacy was disabled (that's the only word they can remember) out of the system setup before windows actually loads (he presses
ESC). Now compaq laptop says the 'boot device is not found' and to 'please install an operating system on your hard drive'.

What do I do?

Help please!


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23 Jun 2013   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Welcome Hannlp,


Power On & start tapping the F2 key to see if you can get the enter Bios setup.
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23 Jun 2013   #3
Eblim

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

USB Legacy? Only thing I can think of. That only disables USB's without having an Operating system. Were you running an operating system on a USB drive?
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23 Jun 2013   #4
Hannlp

Windows 7 Home
 
 

When I do that and go into BIOS management it gives me the option to update or rollback the BIOS but will not actually do anything no matter what I select. It says the BIOS image is not available and that my current BIOS ID is F.25
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23 Jun 2013   #5
Hannlp

Windows 7 Home
 
 

No, it was the preloaded Windows 7 on the latop. I'm at a loss, I have no idea how to find my operating system. And when I put an XP Pro install disk in it will not even let me boot from disk to try and install that. Frustration!
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23 Jun 2013   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

The Manufacturers seem to like to lock the user out of the Bios setup on newer computers. Try Power ON & the F11 key to see if there is a recovery option.
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23 Jun 2013   #7
Hannlp

Windows 7 Home
 
 

No luck with F11 either. Figures. Anyone else have any ideas?
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23 Jun 2013   #8
Eblim

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm thinking that's not all that was disabled because USB legacy wouldn't erase an operating system or "disable" it.
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24 Jun 2013   #9
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Well here is my last idea for tonight, since I need to get some shut-eye.

Shut laptop off, remove laptop battery & regular AC power supply. Hold down power ON button for about 20 seconds. This may drain & reset BIOS to factory original. Wait 30 minutes before putting back in laptop battery & AC power supply. Then see if if powers back up nornally. If not, maybe some other members have some ideas.
Best of luck. We don't give up.
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24 Jun 2013   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Don`t go crazy trying to install xp or anything, let us help you figure out what`s wrong, you will only make it worse.

Will the bios let you set it to defaults ?
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