how to get drivers to work?
Posted 29 July 2011 - 12:40 PM
Posted 29 July 2011 - 01:00 PM
If it is a name brand it may have a recovery partition already on it unless your friend blew away the partition. If so then your only options are to either borrow a Win7 of the same version that was installed. There should be a sticker somewhere on the system with the original version and reg key on it.
The other option would be to contact the manufacturer of the system if it is a name brand and purchase a set of original recovery disks which would be about 30 USD or less.
This would include the original OS, Drivers and all programs installed when it was brand new.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:16 PM
Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:17 PM
Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:37 PM
Using XP on a system that was originally designed around Win7 is trouble since most of the drivers probably will not work and\or not available for XP anyway.
Now if the reg key is unusable you could simply borrow a Win7 of the same version you had and install it and then call Microsoft.
The only other option is to purchase a Win7 with a reg key and install it. Then we would have to get all the drivers from Gateway's driver page for your system.
Can you get me the make and model of the Gateway and I can try to find all the drivers for you.
Again I doubt the system will have XP drivers and since your friend installed XP I'm not sure if it is even a legal installation at this point since I have no ideal if it is his XP and if it is installed on another system then it is illegal to be on your system at the same time.
Here is a Win7 OEM at TigerDirect that you can get which is about the going price.
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