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Windows 7: A REAL clanger - HELP!!

27 Jun 2011   #1
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
A REAL clanger - HELP!!

Have an old XP that I have been clearing out out a lot of the old downoaded games reg cleaning software through regedit. This was because I had annoying apps loading that I couldn't get rid of them via the usual Programs and Features, All programs and even tried Revo.

Doing this as safe place to try out new software etc.

Now I am not terribly savvy and have blundered big time in that now I have deleted something in the reg thinking it is another bloatware or a game but I have an awful feeling that it is needed for the machine to start up.

I switch on and the Dell sign comes up but very quickly goes to a black screen with Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05 at the top and other stuff ending with a message:-
Secondary drive A not found
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to to run set up utility.
Plus a flashing cursor.
Now I have tried pushing both keys several times while booting but nothing happens.

I have even turned on with the Dell reinsallation disk that came with the machine but it does nothing.

Now I have obviously done something really bad and I cannot see any way of getting the disk formatted and reinstall the XP.

Is there a way out of my predicament because the chance of me getting another hard drive to fit I am thinking will be slim if not impossible.

So am I looking at scrapping this machine??


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27 Jun 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

As far as I'm aware, if you boot from your Dell disc and tap the F12 key, that should get you into XP's repair option. You may need to try it two or three times.
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27 Jun 2011   #3
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
Ok

Thanks seavixen I'll give tis a burl :-)

Tried it five times now the little bar that creeps across when loading the Dell BIOS screen almost gets to the end and then that screen comes up.

If there were some way of formatting the drive it wouldn't be so bad.
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27 Jun 2011   #4
Heyyou

WIN7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Do you have a back up software? Did you make an image? Can you do a system restore?
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27 Jun 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you don't have any backup software it's not looking too good.

Can you borrow an XP disc to see if you can boot from it?
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27 Jun 2011   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
Ok

Have a system image on an external USB HDDbut how do I get past this screen?
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27 Jun 2011   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You might want to check this link: Install Windows from USB - MSFN Forum
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27 Jun 2011   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
Thanks Doc

Ok seavixen we'll give tis a burl.
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