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I was simply checking my email when the computer froze. So I turned it off and then when I turned it back on it said "Operating System not found." on a black screen. I have tried hitting all of the "f" keys to try to get to safe mode, but not even that pops up!!!
What do I do???????
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If the PC case has a power switch on the back, turn it off for a couple of minutes then turn it on and try to boot the PC

If no change

Boot the PC and keep tapping the delete key until it enters set up, look for BIOS defaults, load those, press F10 to save, type Y to confirm and press enter

Tapping F8 should give you the start up options
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Thanks for the quick response! I was able to get the defaults set up, but then just said "operating system not found" again. And pressing F8 just made another line of "operating system not found" pop up.
It's making a very loud clicking noise as well.
Any other thoughts?
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See if you can run this, though the clicking noise will need to be checked

You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to press the start button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter

You will need the XP product key to complete this

If you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair install


XP Repair Install

Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system

After running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows Updates

Microsoft Update
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