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Replaced bad installation of win 7 with Xp Pro but need ven and dev co

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Hello, I have replaced a totally messed up installation of Win 7 on a Toshiba Satellite with the only other operating system disc I had which is XP Pro, now when I go into Device Manager I get yellow question marks under -other devices- 


audio device on high def audio bus

Ethernet controller

Ethernet controller

Modem device on high def audio bus

SM bus controller

video controller

video controller (vga compatible)


Obviously I cannot get onto the Internet on that computer, I'm using another laptop, but the very first device I looked for I get the 'device cannot be found' message. I'm a little out of my depth here, any help would be gratefully appreciated.




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Go back to Windows 7.
If you do not have a Windows 7 installation DVD, or it's not up to the Service Pack level currently installed, you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here:

Windows 7 Direct Download Links

Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file. Just be careful during the install not to accidentally install some of the bundled junk that comes with it. Always take The Custom Install option.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

The one on the COA sticker on your computer will work.

If you are just using the Recovery Console you do not need a key.

You can also create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Windows 7 from.

  • Download and run Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3
  • Select Windows 7 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom
  • Select the downloaded Windows 7 iso file
  • Select your USB flash drive
  • Click Create

For techies or folks who work on computers:

Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.

This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.

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Good advice from Ztruker. The only other thing I can add is that you will need the motherboard, chipset and peripheral drivers that were on your computer. Using Windows7's generics may result in a slow computer and some things not working. Best get these for download from your manufacturer's website, unless you have a CD with all the needed drivers on it. Dump XP; it's now prehistoric, unfortunately, and gradually less software will run on it as time goes by and it is full of security holes that aren't going to be patched.

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