My Lenovo laptop which was working perfectly fine for quite some time is acting weird. Today, when I turned it on, I was shocked to see this error message- Error 1962: No operating system found. Press any key to repeat boot sequence.
I thought that maybe there is some issue with the OS but it looks like now it won’t let me even change or upgrade OS. What should I do?
You can try these steps!
- First of all, when you have been faced with Error 1962: No Operating System Found,
press and hold the key combination of Ctrl + Alt + Delete. This will reboot your system.
- In order to enter the BIOS setup, press the F12 several times in a row.
- A little box will appear on your screen and you will see the word Setup written in it. Hit
- At the top of the screen select the Startup tab.
- After this, go ahead and select CSM and hit Now select the Enabled option.
- Go down a little and locate Boot Priority, after which hit Enter. Now change the current option of Legacy First to UEFI First.
- Finally, press the F10 key and choose YES.
With this you will have completed the steps to resolving ERROR 1962: No Operating System Found and should no longer be present when you switch your computer on.
Once you’ve finished with the last step, your computer will reboot and load as usual, hopefully without displaying the above error message.
You may consider running Startup repair so as to fix the error 1962 problem. For that, you need to create a Windows bootable USB or DVD drive before you proceed with the startup repair. Follow these steps to carry our startup repair:
- Go to this link, to create a bootable device for Windows 10.
- Insert the bootable USB or DVD and boot Windows from it.
- In the “Windows Setup” window, select the “language to install”, “Time and Currency format”, and the “keyboard or input method”.
- Hence, click on “Repair your computer” and select “Troubleshoot”.
- Click on “Advanced options”, select “Automatic Repair”, and then select the Operating System.
- After the repair process, follow the prompts notification to boot up your Windows PC.
I just managed to fix it by ‘Disable UEFI and Enable Legacy’ Boot, my system is up and running. I just need to install the sound driver after the system is up and running!
I fixed it by installing Fedora(linux) from DVD in EUFI mode. You sholyd try creating an EUFI boot USB stick and boot from that, and then continue installing from the installation DVD.
I guess you can always inspect and look for the actual cause of the problem before sending it to Lenovo.
- Turn off your PC and unplug it from power source.
- Detach the harddrive and cable and pres and hold down power for 12 seconds to power drain.
- Place back the SATA cable and harddrive.
- Access BIOS via same F1 key
On the main tab, is the harddrive being detected? If yes then great or else try loading optimal defaults, save and exit. Even after this if the issue persists then try using a spare harddrive to test SATA detection.
Turn on your computer and keep pressing F11 or F12 at startup. Get into BIOS settings and then choose your hard drive as the boot device. Save settings and exit, then try to turn it back on. If that doesn’t work then maybe there is an issue with HDD or SATA cable!
If there is no hardware issue, then probably a change in BIOS settings is what causing trouble. Try getting into BIOS and Use Setup Defaults (F9) and see!
This error may come up due to the following issues.
- The Basic Input / Output System (BIOS) does not detect the hard disk.
- The hard disk is damaged.
- Sector 0 of the physical hard disk drive has an incorrect or malformed Master Boot Record (MBR)
You can try these steps before approaching Lenovo.
- Boot into the BIOS and make sure the primary boot sequence is set to HDD first.
- Install Windows 8 in legacy/BIOS mode as discussed here (this works in Windows 8)
- If the problem persists and you have another PC that you could use, try to run a diagnostic on the drive. Here’s how to do that.
a. Download the UBCD ISO
b. Burn the ISO using imgburn
c. Insert the CD that you just created into the defective computer and reboot
d. Upon reboot, continuously press F12 and boot from the ODD/CD-DVD
e. On the diagnostic options, navigate to HDD > Diagnosis > Choose the diagnostic software depending on the brand of your HDD.
See if there are any issues with the HDD or not. If your laptop doesn’t have an optical drive, you can put the diagnostic software on a flash drive as well by following this guide. If something’s wrong with the HDD, contact Lenovo Support.
Try these steps.
- Turn off the computer
- Turn it back on and keep pressing the F1 key to enter the BIOS.
- In the BIOS, go to the Startup sub-menu and configure it as follows
*** Startup ***
*Primary Boot Sequence
* CSM: [Enable]
* Boot Mode: [Auto]
* Boot Priority: [UEFI First]
* Quick Boot: [Enable]
* Boot up Num-lock Status: [On]