The Error Loading Operating System error appears when an operating system fails to load properly. This error is localized to the Microsoft Windows XP operating system, so users of other operating systems should not face this problem. Essentially, the Error Loading Operating System error occurs at a point between the computer’s BIOS running checks on the system’s hardware and the actual launching of the operating system. This error is usually accompanied by a black screen and occurs directly after the installation of Windows XP.
What Causes this Error?
The Error Loading Operating System error occurs when there is an issue with the way the BIOS and the Windows XP operating system are communicating with each other. Most commonly, the BIOS has an issue where it does not support or has no way to correctly manage the capacity of the hard drive that Windows XP was installed to.
How to Resolve this Error
The Error Loading Operating System problem can be solved in a variety of ways. However, it is important to have some knowledge of computers before proceeding with any of the suggested solutions to this error message. Not knowing exactly what to do or failing to follow the directions on the computer screen could result in the computer being corrupted or destroyed. Changing or flashing the BIOS can have detrimental effects on the computer and should only be performed if the user is completely sure about what he/she getting into.
The first step to resolve the Error Loading Operating System issue is to update the computer’s BIOS. Check the computer’s manual for information on how to do this or call the computer manufacturer. Alternatively, someone who built their computer should consult the manual that came with the motherboard.
Once the user is sure that his/her BIOS has been upgraded to its most recent version, determine which type of BIOS is being used. Each BIOS is somewhat different and newer versions of popular BIOSs tend to change the locations of different functions and features. Therefore, users should consult their computer vendor, motherboard manual, or a tech support forum for the most up to date information on how to make sure that their hard drives are interfacing properly with their BIOS.