Install operating system on hard drive.

March 24, 2018 at 06:31:50
Specs: Windows 7
I have installed a clean new hard drive on my laptop. How do I load an operqting system on it? I want to load windows 7. It gives me an error message (3F). It says no operating system loaded on hard drive.

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March 24, 2018 at 06:40:23
Have you ever installed Windows before? Do you have a Win7 DVD & product key? Does your laptop have a DVD drive? You will have to boot off the Win7 disc & then go thru the setup process. If your laptop isn't configured to boot from the disc, you will have to enter the BIOS & change the boot order.

This guide will walk you thru the installation:

EDIT: after installing Windows, you will have to install all the device drivers (chipset, video, audio, network, etc). Drivers can be found at the laptop manufacturer's website. You should then install an anti-virus program - I recommend Bitdefender Free Edition - & then run Windows Update over & over again until it's fully up to date.

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March 24, 2018 at 06:42:48
Boot up and when the first dos style screen appears watch for the instruction re' which keys to press to enter "setup" or "bios". Do so and change the boot order of your computer to be dvd first, then hard drive. Save changes and exit. Do NOT change any other settings.

Then put a win-7 (full version, bootable) dvd into the cd/dvd drive, reboot the system and it will (barring unforeseen) boot from that DVD and walk you though the whole process.

If you need more detailed "how to etc." then post back wit make and model of your computer and pholks here will provide further help, guidance.

This is the M$-land how to - pretty well covers it - but presumes that the DVD is set as first boot item?

Incidentally I prefer to leave cd/dvd drive as first boot device; saves having to go pottering about in the bios at any time wish to boot from a CD/DVD. In the olde days it was often standard practice to go floppy first, then cd (when they arrived) and then hard drive; or simply floppy then hard drive if no cd/dvd drive present. Now that one can also boot from usb that's another option put ahead of the hard drive too?

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March 24, 2018 at 15:50:21
This makes installing W7 updates a lot easier once you have SP1 installed.

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