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"operating system not found" xp home

I got this message from a used computer that I got recently. I replaced the battery, and hard drive. It worked find until after I installed several microsoft updates and then just went blank (black screen with "operating system not found". I turned it off and the next day powered it on and it worked fine. After using it for approx. 15 minutes I tried to download an update and it rebooted again and said "operating system not fount". What gives?

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You either have

You either have a bad hard drive, malware damage, or a bad motherboard. Middle one's easy enough to test for if things are working. Most hard drive manufacturer's have a testing program on their websites, and if those both come out fine, you probably have a bad IDE or SATA controller on your motherboard. The first two are significantly more likely though.

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Operating system not found xp home

Ok, so the bios can identify the hard drive. Ergo the hard drive is functioning. How do I check for malware when I can't boot up?

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You just got this USED COMPUTER.

Why bother with a possibly damaged OS? Just start as if it was blank, install your OS and carry on.

Repairing Windows is never a sure thing and since this was just acquired, what better time to start fresh.
Bob

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