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my laptop says No bootable device--insert boot disk, what is

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my laptop says No bootable device--insert boot disk, what is a boot disk?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  James replied 7 years ago.
Hi, the message refers to your operating system CD, such as Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 install CD.
You need to insert it and follow the prompts to recover the installation.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
His HP did not come with a windows cd just a microsoft office for students cd
Expert:  James replied 7 years ago.
Did you get any other CDs, recovery CD, etc?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Expert:  James replied 7 years ago.
Well, since the laptop can't access the hard drive at all, your only option is to get (buy or borrow) an operating system CD. You need to boot this CD in the computer to repair it.

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