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How to get Recovery Discs for refurbished Gateway MT3705

My dad bought me a Gateway Notebook MT3705 last summer, and I'm starting to get the famous "blue screen of death". It shuts down my computer, and then when I turn it back on, gives me two choices: System Repair, or Start Windows Normally. No matter which I pick, the computer "loads windows files" and then restarts. And so the circle continues. 
My brother suggested getting my recovery discs from Gateway, but I'm not sure what to do because it was bought refurbished from Tiger Direct, and didn't come with the discs. How do I go about this?

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  • tohoshinki Feb 14, 2009

    I have a XP disc that I could reformat with, but can you use them more than once, on more than one computer? I called the refurbished tech support, but they weren't open to help me right now. I guess I'll just have to wait and see if they can help me, then go from there.


    But thank you very much for your help!

  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    Well you can and you can't...you can load it and it will ask you for the registration number on each computer and it will be good for 30 days..then it has to be activated or it will shut down...so you alright...

  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    You can always ask, but I doubt Gateway would provide them to you. Some manufacturers don't provide them anymore. If you can get your computer up just one more time you could make a full backup so you don't lose any files. As for as the Windows Operating System you will have to either get it at one of the local computer stores or off of the web. TigerDirect and NewEgg websites have some good deals. XP is not as expensive anymore since it is being slowly downsized by Mircosoft. Unfortunately that's your only choices. You can't get a bootleg copy because Microsoft starting with WIndows 2000 makes everyone activate there accounts, and they have a database of the activation number and some part of your computer to match it up to..
    Hope this helps.


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If the computer has the same version of xp on it that the disk has,Just restart in safe mode,Select safe mode with command prompt,When it get to the command prompt,Put the xp disk in and type
SFC /scannow
This command will immediately initiate the Windows File Protection service to scan all protected files and verify their integrity, replacing any files with which it finds a problem.

Windows XP keeps a cache (copy) of these essential files at the following location:
C:WINDOWS\System32\Dllcache

But it still may ask for the disk.


Please rate this a fixya

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  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 14, 2009

    Also,If the xp # is on a label on the computer,you can reformat with the xp disk you have as long as the versions are the same.

    For example: The disk is xp home and the # on the label is for xp home.

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