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My old gateway needs help! I tried to wipe it and reload ?????

SX2185-UD37 mfg 8/17/13 I was tring to load Windows 10 & got lost???????

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Hey man ~ been there, done that... Here is what I recommend:

From a DIFFERENT WORKING system find (and download) ALL of your drivers to a TEMP folder. Also fetch your favorite tools, Chrome and Firefox installers (small programs (and such))... Copy ALL of that to a new CD! BE SURE you include the latest NETWORK and WiFi Drivers you can find!

*** This is almost MANDATORY because there are SO many mfgs/models/and software (98-XP-Win7 etc etc) that we can't hope that WINDOWS will have ALL of them on your Windows Install disk!! ***

You will need a BOOKABLE CD Version of Windows. The bummer IS ~ sometimes MS DEMANDS that a older version of Windows is installed FIRST! NO fun... Find another "standalone" Windows installer. I am fairly sure YOU need a 64-Bit version!? Be sure you have the correct one!

Next TOTALLY REFORMAT your Laptop Drive and DO NOT be tempted to use the "Quick Format"! The SLOWER method CHECKS EACH SECTOR for quality as it Formats and IF any errors are found... they are marked BAD and formatting occurs around them!

NOW proceed to install Windows (7 is MY FAVORITE WORKHORSE). Use your DRIVER CD to satisfy/install missing drivers!

IF you have not experienced the unhappy/frustrating feelings of WINDOWS 10 ~ trust me ~ you won't have fun with it because it's another MS "PIG" like Millennium, VISTA, 8, 8.1 and SO many others! (By the way ~ what happened to Windows 9)?

Before EVERYTHING is back just as you like and UPDATED... YOU have a serious choice...

Your System was provided with a 500GB Drive... You can buy a NEW drive for VERY reasonable money! A NEW 500GB is $19.99 on eBay is VERY cheap insurance!
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Now CLONE your original drive to your NEW drive and SET THE ORIGINAL Laptop drive aside as your "VAULT"! Another day when things go bad, you can ALWAYS get back to where you are today!

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Reboot system in safe mode. It will ask to restore to previous restore point. Try to select restore point before you have installed windows media player 10. Reboot the pc and then try to install media player 10. It will be better if you run scandisk to fix file system errors. Or you can use any tools for fixing file system & windows system registery error like System Mechanic, Symantec Windoctor.



Posted on Oct 13, 2007

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SOURCE: Managed to wipe entire software

1st lets try updateing the firmware on your gps

Here are instructions for updateing the firmware

And then you can find the firmware itself from here (EUROPE)

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

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SOURCE: reloading windows operating system on desktop Compaq computer

There are several software you're going to need:

1. Licensed operating system such as MS Windows XP or MS Vista, depends on the speed of your computer.

2. For your daughter to have her homework done, you need to install MS Office applications such as MS Word, Power Point......

3. Antivirus program....

If your need more help, e-mail at

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

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SOURCE: wiped clean cannot reload windows

Are you using a floppy or a disc? Your CD rom or disk may be faulty. If you have another copy and/or another cd rom drive try that. Also reseat the memory sticks. Lastly it all of this fails your hard drive may be the culprit...

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

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SOURCE: How do I reload the drivers after reloading Windows

You insert your flash drive to your computer USB ports and then once recognize, open the flash drive and then browse to folder where you put the drivers and then run the setup.exe files.

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Ok if you are a complete novice like you say it may be a little hard to explain everything on here. Your heading say you need help loading windows xp. While the body says you need help cleaning it out and reloading it. It has been a while since I loaded windows xp on my computer but it came after losing a hard drive. I seems like I just put in the new hard drive and put the windows installation cd and when I started it, it just went through the steps of installation. However if you have a working computer and you want to clean it up, you may want to save some files off your computer before you just wipe it out. You should make a recovery cd, you can go through help menus to do this just type in "recovery cd". You can format your drive, go to programs, accessories, command prompt. If you open that up it looks like the old dos system, if you type in "format c:\" then enter it will wipe everything off of your hard drive. So my suggestion is this: find a friend/ neighbor that is a little computer savvy and ask for some help. It may be as simple as deleting your temporary internet files and cookies to get you running faster, which I think is what you are really after. Now that I've written a book I hope this helps. Please rate my answer so I get points for it.

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Need drivers, reloading xp. No disks available. Can't locate p/n to get the correct drivers from Gateway.

Hopefully you have not tried to reload XP yet.
Back up the current drivers with Driver magician lite.
CD/Floppy disk/Mem stick.
Then have at it. :)

Majority of the INF files are found under C:\Windows/INF
Even then installing OVER your existing XP the drivers should still be there. Unless you tell it to wipe and start from scratch.

Some viri and spyware programs can be so difficult to get rid of or cause so much damage. It is easier to wipe the system and start over.
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Ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure:
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ZoneAlarm Firewall
(Basically anything but the windows firewall)
Tip: Only run one firewall!!!!

AVG Free virus protection
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IObit360 (Highly recommened and fast!)

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