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Reinstalling Windows XP Home Edition on Gateway 500XL

First off, I have the reinstalling CD set that came with the computer. I have already cleared out my harddrive and formated with NTFS but then at about 23% of the setup, it said that " '' couldn't be found and to insert the correct cd" so inserted all of them (1 at a time) and nothing yet.

I was then told by my mom that she had the computer fixed by Gateway back in 2005; and their techs used different CDs to reboot & reinstall Windows XP Home Edition.

I am willing to start completely over since I got frustrated and pressed the escape button to skip part of the install; which I know is bad.


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  • OLDPLONKER Oct 26, 2008

    No windows disk supplied

  • OLDPLONKER Oct 27, 2008

    Have a windows disk now so will try it. Thanks for your help.

  • OLDPLONKER Nov 04, 2008

    Windows didn't load. Replaced the hard drive, reloaded windows now everything OK.

  • OLDPLONKER Nov 04, 2008

    If only you knew. The first windows disk didn't work (obviously). I bought a new one and, of course that didn't work either. Crushed my glasses by taking them off and leaving them under the processing unit. Tried an old hard drive that I had from an old computer.This worked, then I found the Windows disk supplied by Gateway in the front of my filing cabinet in the most obvious place. Wasted my pension plus the cost of some new varifocals. Old Age strkes again.


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It is all to do with the installation. You will need to install windows freshly. the disks you are using sound like they are recovery disks but if you have formatted your harddrive then they may not work.

if you have a windows disk and are trying to load it and are having problems doing this then let me know

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    Debs Oct 26, 2008

    without a windows disk there is not much else you can do, except purchase one or take the pc to a shop to get it repaired.

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    Debs Oct 27, 2008

    okay let me know how you get on or if you need any more help

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    Debs Nov 04, 2008

    I am glad that you have got it working again, it is a shame you had to replace your HDD but at least you have your computer back, I know how frustrating it can be without one.

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    Debs Nov 04, 2008

    I can't believe how much bad luck you had there, and hopefully things will take a turn now and you will receive some well deserved good luck.

    Take care OLDPLONKER and thanks for letting me know how you got on and for rating.


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