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Reformat and Start new

I would like to reformat my notebook, but I do not have any of my original disks (lost in a move), can I download the OS and drivers for this computer?

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Re: Reformat and Start new

Unfortunately, you cannot download the OS. You can, however, download the drivers directly from the Gateway website.

Gateway usually sells restore disks after asking you some basic questions. The disk should run you ~$20. Go to and click on "Chat with Technical Support" and tell them your situation and what you need.

Good luck!

Posted on Nov 23, 2007

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