Hi my dad bought this laptop with no operating system but it came with the original system recovery dvd. We have a copy of windows 98 with keycode that we want to use for the windows operating system. Can this be done. If so can you give me directions. The main problem is that we have tried to use the recovery dvd but the laptop keeps shutting down about every 5 - 10 minutes we restart which the recovery says it is continuing. What am I doing wrong....please help!!!
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Re: how to use recovery dvd
If you could give the model number of the laptop, it would help better understand the problem.
If the laptops hardware is not build to support windows 98 you might not be able to install. The windows 98 cd that you are using , is it reatail copy,or did you get the cd with some old computer.
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I hope i am assumming that your emachine is an acer if so i think you can do this
in there it should give you a few options to :-
restore back to factory settings
re install applications
and burn a recovery disk normally about 3 dvd,s
also to burn an applications disk 1 dvd
this is really worth doing because sometimes ones hard drive will crash
losing you the ability to then restore your operating system onto a new hard drive
please if you have the option do this before you try the restore
also try to save anything that you may of put onto your laptop that you want or need to keep
either burn them to disk or copy onto a pendrive or spare usb hard drive
also i think there may be an option to get into the recovery consol by
pressing the power up key as well as F10
some laptops are power key+alt+F10
please let us know if this has helped you
so that we may be able to help others
You will need the original recovery CD/ DVD to install anything on the laptop. This is the CD or DVDs that either you would have got with the laptop or you would have created when you bought the laptop. The laptops come preinstalled with Windows Operating system. You can only upgrade to new Windows provided you have the original windows running on it.
Hope this helps. You can ask the local HP agent to help you provide a recovery disk for your model if you do not have one.
Acer says "Computers are sold with a particular language preinstalled and available on the recovery media. Additional languages are not available. If a language other than the original shipping language is desired, a copy of the operating system in that language
would need to be purchased. Restoration of the operating system with
recovery media will restore the computer to the original shipping language of the operating system."
I don't know when the last time that you have installed XP, but it certainly would not hurt to reinstall the operating system again along with SP1, SP2, and SP3. "Microsoft Updates" site offers all of these updates for free provided that you have a legitamite copy of windows installed. The manufacturer's wesite offers free downloads to your model specifically, which could help. If you still have the original factory install and recovery disks, reinstalling the original drivers would almost guarantee no hardware problems. Drivers become contaminated and can lose the necessary information to make hardware work. It is also possible that your hardware is going bad. There are tests from your manufacturers website that will help you decide. Good Luck.
Hello, Am Fabian
You did not mention which operating system. in any case, you need to backup you file(copy out our personal file) and reinstall the operating system. there are two ways you can do this;
1. running a system recovery if your system has a recovery partition or a recovery CDs/DVDs. then during the recovery process select the language you want and proceed.
2. if you don't have the operating system installation CD/DVD, buy from any software vendor near you, then use the CD/DVD to reinstall the operating system during which you then select the language you want.
note that the steps for installation is operating system dependent. you can find the steps for installing the operating system from the web site of its manufacturer its usually simple to follow.