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How do I fix error code 0146?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

The 0146 error code is a Dell laptop error code that indicates a problem with the hard drive. This error code can be caused by a variety of things, including a corrupt hard drive, a bad connection between the hard drive and the motherboard, or a problem with the hard drive controller. This error code can be fixed by replacing the hard drive, repairing the connection between the hard drive and the motherboard, or updating the hard drive controller.

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1. Restart your computer and enter BIOS

  1. Power off your computer.
  2. Remove the battery if your computer has one.
  3. Press and hold the power button until the computer turns off.
  4. Wait a few seconds, then press the power button to turn on your computer.
  5. After the computer has booted up, press thedeletekey to enter the BIOS.
  6. In the BIOS, go to the boot order list and press the F8 key.
  7. Select your hard drive to boot from and press enter.
  8. Select your operating system and press enter.
  9. Press the ESC key to save and exit the BIOS.
  10. Remove the battery if your computer has one.
  11. Press the power button to turn off your computer.
  12. Wait a few seconds, then press the power button to turn on your computer.
  13. After your computer has booted up, you should be able to enter your operating system and fix 0146 error.

2. Change the boot order to make the computer boot from the CD/DVD drive first

To change the boot order on a Windows computer, open the Windows Start menu, select Settings, and then click the System Protection tab. Under Boot Options, click the Change Boot Order button. In the Boot Order list, select the CD/DVD drive and then click OK.

3. Insert the Windows installation disc into the CD/DVD drive, and then restart the computer

  1. Open the computer's CD/DVD drive.
  2. Place the Windows installation disc into the CD/DVD drive.
  3. Close the CD/DVD drive.
  4. Restart the computer.

4. When prompted, press any key to boot from the CD/DVD

1.Insert the CD/DVD into the computer. 2.Press any key to boot from the CD/DVD. 3.If prompted, press any key to continue. 4.If prompted, select your language and press any key. 5.Select "Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition" and press any key. 6.Select "Install from a CD/DVD" and press any key. 7.Select "CD-ROM" and press any key. 8.Select "Fix 0146" and press any key. 9.Select "Next" and press any key. 10.Select "Finish" and press any key.

Some users might also have success with the following opitons:

  1. On the "Install Windows" page, click Repair your computer.
  2. On the "System Recovery Options" page, click Command Prompt.
  3. In the Command Prompt window, type the following commands, and then press ENTER after each command:
  4. bootrec.exe /fixmbr
  5. bootrec.exe /fixboot
  6. bootrec.exe /scanos
  7. bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd
  8. Type exit, and then press ENTER.
  9. Remove the CD/DVD from the computer, and then restart the computer.