Hey man ~ been there, done that... Here is what I recommend:
From a DIFFERENT WORKING system find (and download) ALL of your drivers to a TEMP folder. Also
fetch your favorite tools, Chrome and Firefox installers (small programs (and such))... Copy
ALL of that to a new CD! BE SURE you include the latest NETWORK and WiFi Drivers you can find!
*** This is almost MANDATORY because there are SO many mfgs/models/and software (98-XP-Win7 etc etc) that we can't hope that WINDOWS will have ALL of them on your Windows Install disk!! ***
You will need a BOOKABLE CD Version of Windows.
The bummer IS ~ sometimes MS DEMANDS
that a older version of Windows is installed FIRST! NO fun... Find another "standalone"
Windows installer. I am fairly sure YOU need a 64-Bit version!? Be sure you have the correct one!
Next TOTALLY REFORMAT
your Laptop Drive
and DO NOT
be tempted to use the "Quick Format"!
The SLOWER method CHECKS EACH SECTOR for quality as it Formats
and IF any errors are found... they are marked BAD and formatting occurs around them
NOW proceed to install Windows (7 is MY FAVORITE WORKHORSE)
. Use your DRIVER CD to satisfy/install missing drivers!
you have not experienced the unhappy/frustrating
feelings of WINDOWS 10
~ trust me ~ you won't have fun with it because it's another MS "PIG"
like Millennium, VISTA, 8, 8.1
and SO many others! (By the way ~ what happened to Windows 9)?
is back just as you like and UPDATED
... YOU have a serious choice...
Your System was provided with a 500GB Drive... You can buy a NEW
drive for VERY reasonable money! A NEW 500GB is $19.99 on eBay is VERY cheap insurance!
272981026722 A USA Seller.
your original drive
to your NEW drive
and SET THE ORIGINAL Laptop drive aside as your "VAULT"! Another day when things go bad, you can ALWAYS get back to where you are today!
ALSO IF you buy a 500GB you can use your ORIGINAL Drive a BACKUP DRIVE!
***Use CAUTION here! IF your ORIGINAL Drive is infected ~ your BACKUP DRIVE is now infected too! ***
FREE EASUS TODO makes a Bootable CD
~ and works great for this! A Link is provided below.
(please disregard the reference to a ENCLOSURE below)
$50 please ~ (just kidding)!
EaseUS Todo Backup Free
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