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No CD Part on Gateway 2000 and Internet Explorer Missing

Hi Everyone,
I found this old Gateway 2000 laptop at a church fair for $10. I don't want to pay a too much for a laptop, this should do. But it has no CD player, only a floppy drive and internet explorer is not there, I need to download internet explorer on it and go on the net and download windows xp. Can anyone please help in anyway? Thanks.

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  • annesourjian Mar 07, 2009

    yes but the laptop has only a floppy drive and not a cd drive :)



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You cant download win xp. You can buy that on a cd...But...The laptop has to have the specs to run it..

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