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I need a system recovery disk for my Gateway Desktop

Hard drive crashed need windows xp home edition blue recovery disk to reload my operating system.The model number plate says ATXSTF PO4 Gateway 700 SE

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If the computer originally came with a backup software disk, you can try contacting gateway for a replacement. If the backup software was instead on a dedicated partition of the original drive you will need an XP home system disk, in which case you can probably get a better deal off the shelf at a retailer. Be sure you get the full version and not an upgrade, as you don't have any windows system currently installed for an upgrade to detect. If your Gateway has a Windows XP COA affixed and you can borrow a full XP Home installation disk from a friend you can install from that disk inputting your number from your COA when prompted. (don't use your friends COA) Microsoft will recognize this as a genuine restored installation so long as you have not changed any other major hardware in the system, and you input the same information for activation as you did originally. And you can get the service packs and other updates just as you always have.

Or: you could become a Linux user for free. For the Linux newbie I would have to recommend the Ubuntu or PCLinuxOS for their user-friendliness. Again that's FREE! if you try it and don't like it you're out exactly $0.00! My systems have been Linux exclusively for about 7 years, and am kinda partial to the Mandriva distributions, though I tried PCLinuxOS a while back and have had that on this system ever since, though it has it's quirks. But don't all systems?


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I switched to Linux 4 years ago when I had a similar problem. It's worked for me! I've learned a lot about computers since then, and had a good bit of fun being a part of beta testing and forums.
Another thing to consider is your XP system might become useless in a week or two, depending on how much you play on the internet. XP updates and maintainance have been cancelled by microsoft about a week ago. Guess they want everyone to move on to vistas now.
So give Linux a try, Ubuntu is free and has the widest hardware support, and unlike XP, will be updated and supported for the next year and more.

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Contact Gateway for a replacement CD (they may charge you for it). You could also use any XP Home CD as long as you have a valid product key.

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