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Posted 14 September 2007 - 08:32 AM
Posted 14 September 2007 - 11:51 AM
If not, once you get the OS somewhat operational, you can use Everest (found in my signature). It will tell you everything you need to know.
Posted 14 September 2007 - 01:26 PM
But if I were in your shoes I'd definitely check the XP key if it will work with the XP install CD before you actually do an install. You can do this using girlfriend's puter, just insert CD, click Install, choose the type (Upgrade or New), and then you will be asked to enter the key. Do it and you will see immediately whether your XP key works or doesn't. This can save a lot of time later when doing an install.
Posted 15 September 2007 - 02:05 AM
Basically, Everest will tell you everything that is in your computer. Once you've installed Windows, you'll just need to download all the latest drivers from the different manufacturer's websites - for example, if you have onboard video and audio, and Everest reports you have a Gigabyte xxxxx-model motherboard, you can find your make/model motherboard and download the drivers from Gigabyte's website. Then what you can do is download each driver (usually an .exe file) into it's own labelled folder, all in a master folder that you call "Drivers". Then you can burn the lot to a CD and you have yourself a driver CD, ready for next time...
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