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error loading operating system after installing a new hard drive

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Chris Hensley

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i had to install a new hard drive when the computer boots up i get the dell logo then it goes to the error message(ERROR LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM) i have a dell deminsion 4100 computer.i have tried to reinstall windows from the CD but can't get it to load from CD drive what am I doing wrong and what can i do to get it running.
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You are getting the message because no OS is installed yet. To get the system to boot to the cdrom you need to change the boot sequence by following the below instructions.

To change Boot Sequence in your BIOS

Reboot the system and at the first post screen (where it is counting up memory) start tapping the DEL button
This will enter you into the Bios\Cmos area.
Find the Advanced area and click Enter
Look for Boot Sequence or Boot Options and highlight that click Enter
Now highlight the first drive and follow the directions on the bottom of the screen on how to modify it and change it to CDrom.
Change the second drive to the C or Main Drive
Once that is done then click F10 to Save and Exit
You will prompted to enter Y to verify Save and Exit. Click Y and the system will now reboot with the new settings.

Hopefully you have already put the XP cd in the drive before all this. If everything is setup correctly you will get a black screen with the following message in the upper left corner:

"Push Any Key To Boot To Cd". When you see this then push any key and the cd will take over. Then follow the prompts or if you need assistance we will help.
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Are you still having problems with your issue?
It has been 15 days since your last response and I was wondering if the issue has been resolved?
If so can you explain how it was resolved so others may be able to fix it if they have the same issue.
If not please let us know and we can continue with helping you to resolve the issue.
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