The screen says there is no operating system

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A laptop has two partitions in its hard drive and I was trying to fix it. The first part is totally shot, while the other one still have a 9Gb of free space. I used it as a place of recovery files, but I have to delete the recovery agent to leave a space for reinstallment.

I did this as a help for a college student who could not afford to buy a new computer. Now when I start up the computer, the screen says there is no operating system. I do have Windows Vista OEM, however, I could not get into the command prompt to run the setup. Please give me some advice. Thanks!

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The screen says there is no operating system

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If it is not detecting the operating system then most likely it gets corrupted. Did you get a BSOD message prior to that? BSOD usually appears if Windows encountered a problem that it needs to stop completely. It can be hardware, software of driver related. If you have installed new software or hardware then got the error, then that may what cause the problem. Try to do a system restore by logging into the safe mode and restore to a previous point prior to the installation. Also, computer may experience BSOD if your Windows partition does not met the minimum amount of free space needed to boot up the Operating System. 15% of a drive’s capacity should be free at all times for windows to load. You may also want to run a virus scan via the safe mode. Updating to available windows service packs and updates can also be of great assistance.

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