laptop opens in msdos

September 18, 2010 at 09:22:12
Specs: Windows XP
Laptop opens in ms dos and wont let me type any commands. I have pushed alt/contr/del and it then takes me to an option where it scans system for recovery. I did that but when I rebooted it went straight back to ms dos.
I have tried removing the battery and power and then switching back on, also did not work.

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September 18, 2010 at 09:30:20
I don't know what the laptop is doing but if you are running Windows XP it is certainly not opening in MS-DOS as there is no MS-DOS in Windows XP.

What you are getting is either the Recovery Console or a Command Prompt. What you do next depends on which one it is.

Check there is no CD in the CD/DVD drive and that you are not booting from that.


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September 18, 2010 at 09:30:40
There is no DOS in WinXP.

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September 19, 2010 at 04:31:09
The laptop is an IBM touch pad. The black screen keeps on saying "missing operating system" and wont let me type any commands. what next?

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