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Old 12-03-2006, 09:40 PM   #1
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I have a gateway 702 ge and im building another computer. i want to know if i keep the harddrive do i have to buy another copy of windows xp for the harddrive to work with the new computer of can i just stick it in and the computer will automatically work. if i do have to buy windows again how will i go about setting it up and not getting that gay gatewway screen during startup.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:48 PM   #2
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The HDD from the Gateway will not work in another pc as the os disk it has all sorts of proprietry crap on it and will not recognise the m/board, you may be able to run a repair install though it will require a Windows disk.

If the disks that came with the Gateway pc are "Restore Disks" then you will have to buy another copy of windows.

If it is a genuine Windows disk (not restore) then when you have the new pc up and running boot from your rom drive, create a partition, format it and install windows.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:54 PM   #3
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For legal purposes, you're suppose to buy another copy of Windows XP but come on, who really does that? I don't. The only thing that I can think of is some things might not work. PC may not boot or it might. The original hard drive has installation files related to the hardware of your old PC which may create big time conflicts with your new setup. I would do a clean installation of Windows XP on the old drive. If your old PC came with an OS CD, just use that. The operating system itself may also be on the recovery DVD but I don't know how to extract that. You can probably try to find the OS by browsing in the DVD, but I don't know if it's slipstreamed or all bundled up everywhere.
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i still have a windows disk left over from an older computer i had will that work?
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:56 PM   #5
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Absolutely. If it's a Windows XP installation disc, it will work. Should you have to call Microsoft to get it activated, just tell them Windows crashed and you had to do a reinstall.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:59 PM   #6
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Also how do i boot from my rom drive.create a partition, format it? lol can you plz take some time and give a newb a step by step way to do this lol
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To boot off of the Windows disc first, you need to go into the system BIOS. Usually, that is done by pressing the "Del" key or F1 key right when the PC boots. It will usually tell you what key to press to "Enter Setup". Then change the boot order so that CD-ROM is the first boot device.

After that is done, save changes and restart PC. Be sure Windows XP disc is in the drive when you do that. It will detect it and go through the installation process. It will also give you a choice to reformat and partition it too so it's pretty easy. It's like a wizard.
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do i choose reformat or partition? also will any crap from my older computer including crap like gateway support be in there. I want it to be stait up custom lol
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If you reformat it, everything will be gone. The Gateway logo crap is from the BIOS ROM and not from the hard drive. I always like to give it good reformat first. You know, I actually like to use the FDISK utility to do that. This utility software is found from the Windows 98 CD. You can't get that anymore I think for XP. It works great if you can get that on a floppy. It reformats your hard drive and paritions it.

I would choose reformat and then parition it. Some partition it first and then reformat after the partition is created. Either way, you have to format each partition anyways so I don't think it really matter too much.
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lol iwish i new what partition meant lol
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I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just put everything on a single partition. Makes it easier. Parition means that you can logically assign different drive letter to your main hard drive. In a sense, it's like having multiple hard drives on a single hard drive. You can have one parition to store your multimedia files, another parition to store all your backup files, another one for you main primary boot parition, etc.

Right now, I'm running just off of a single parition. I use my external drive for all my backups anyways. Choose the reformat option.
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so bassically your saying stick with c lol
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Yeah, it's easier. If you know how to setup partitions, you can try. Personally, I think it's better to have multiple paritions. It can actually speed up file access time because your main system files won't be jumbled together with all your other data files. But a single partition is ok to have too.
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if i have he cd key for windows xp will i have to call Microsoft?
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No. But if you install that copy of Windows so many amount of time, you will be forced to call Microsoft directly to get Windows activated. If this is the second time you're installing Windows from that same CD, you can activate it over the Internet. The CD Key is separate from the activation procedure.
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so i cant get in trouble for using the same cd?
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I don't see how they can find out unless you tell them that you're installing it on a different PC. I've done it before.
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i should destroy the harddrive on the old computer so they cant find out hahahahaah
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Just backup whatever file you need from your old hard drive first before you reformat it.
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