An operating system wasn't found?


  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #1

    An operating system wasn't found?


    So I was having trouble with my laptop (slow boot and restart etc) and decided to do a reset. I come back and see it's finished removing everything but it also says it couldn't remove some files (not sure which). I restart my laptop and come across a screen saying "An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain and operating system. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart." I haven't been able to access anything now (apart from the boot settings and setup). I plugged in a hard drive with Windows 10 on it but that had no effect either. My laptop is an Alienware 14 with Windows 10 installed. (Upgraded from Windows 8)
    Any help?
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  2. Posts : 35,403
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, I would suggest you get this bootable DVD/flash drive:
    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - - Windows 10 Forums

    That will give you a familiar Windows environment to work in.

    Boot your PC from it; download CrystalDiskinfo (free, portable) and run that to check your disk.

    Note: viewed from that, your Windows disk/partition may have a different drive letter.

    Your initial problems and current ones might be explained by that sort of problem - or could be sthg else. Best check first.

    Do you have full backups of your data?

    You are also likely to need a bootable Win 10 disk medium, build 1607. It could be a good opportunity to do a clean install if your disk checks out.
    Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    dalchina said:
    Hi, I would suggest you get this bootable DVD/flash drive:
    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - - Windows 10 Forums

    That will give you a familiar Windows environment to work in.

    Boot your PC from it; download CrystalDiskinfo (free, portable) and run that to check your disk.

    Note: viewed from that, your Windows disk/partition may have a different drive letter.

    Your initial problems and current ones might be explained by that sort of problem - or could be sthg else. Best check first.

    Do you have full backups of your data?

    You are also likely to need a bootable Win 10 disk medium, build 1607. It could be a good opportunity to do a clean install if your disk checks out.
    Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Thanks for the reply. I'll let you know if that works.
    Also, yes, all of my data has been backed up.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 35,403
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    If your disk is ok, you need to decide if you wish to clean install or attempt to fix it.

    The first approach would be to simply run Startup repair from you Win 10 bootable medium.

    Then if you search the forums for the error message, you will find a number of threads.
    E.g.
    No Operating System Found (Please Help) - - Windows 10 Forums
    No operating system - Solved - Windows 10 Forums

    Some have further details of how to attempt to reconstruct boot sectors etc.
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  5. Posts : 17,344
    Windows 11 Pro
       #5

    dalchina said:
    If your disk is ok, you need to decide if you wish to clean install or attempt to fix it.

    The first approach would be to simply run Startup repair from you Win 10 bootable medium.
    If he is going to boot into Kyhi's recovery tools anyway, a simpler solution would be to run Macrium Reflect included in Kyhi's tools and select the Fix Windows startup problems utility under the restore menu. That has also proven to be much more reliable at fixing Windows boot problems than repairing from a Windows 10 installation drive.
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