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Annoying booting problems.

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    Annoying booting problems.


    I have an Inspiron 1525 laptop. It was running Vista, which I really liked. However, after downloading some updates a while back, I kept getting 'NTLDR is missing'. A few times I was able to fix it but finally was unable to. My husband took it to a young fellow who said he could fix the problem. Instead of actually fixing it, he took the computer down to bare bones, losing all my files, and installed Win 8 Pro with Media Center. My husband has Win 8 and I never wanted it.

    However, all that said, I'm learning to use it, even though I hate it. Have found my way around fairly well except for a couple of problems. When booting up, that darned NTLDR still pops up. If I shut it down and then start by using the little home button, it goes away. But then I get the welcome sign, then it goes to Activate Windows and then to PC settings. From there I can get easily to my home page. I do wonder if I could go directly to my homepage, without going through all these others beforehand. Any ideas please? I really don't want to take it back to the same person who supposedly fixed it and can't afford to take it elsewhere.

    Thanks

    Moenna

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    Hi Moenna,
    It sounds like portions of a legacy OS have been left behind. If you do run (Windows Key + R; on your keyboard), and type "msconfig" with no quotes, press OK you should see a boot tab. Click that and list the contents in the box.
    Last edited by HeliosLeviatis; 13 Dec 2012 at 01:48.
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    Thank you for answering, Helios. However, I cannot find a Windows Key on my keyboard. Sorry to be so dim.

    Moenna
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    Hello,

    The windows key is on your keyboard as a flag. It should be near the bottom left and usually is the second key from the left. You use it to bring up the start menu - just hold that down and push R. Alternatively, bring up the "Run" menu if that's something more comfortable for you.
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    Ok. I did try that one but it brought up a box to type the name of a folder. Could you tell me what I should type in that please? Thanks

    Moenna
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    I left an edit in my post, I excluded something important! Sorry!
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    Never mind. Found the list. Nothing that I haven't put in there.

    Mo
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    You see just "Windows 8"? If you could list the contents, that might be helpful. If you are sure everything is in order, you may like to proceed to other measures. Just to be clear, what is this "home button" you're pressing to power on your computer successfully?
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    Found the correct one now.
    One line only.
    Windows 8 (C:\Windows) : Current OS Default OS

    Mo
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    It is the little button along the top of the keyboard, with the house on it.

    Mo
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