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I was given a laptop that does not have an ethernet driver. I am attempting to download one off my desktop from the internet onto a thumb drive, but am having trouble finding one that doesn't want to automatically install on the wrong computer. Once I get the laptop online I can update everything, but I can't get online. The OS has not even been registered, which complicates things.

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You dont mention the laptops make/model.
Are you choosing save or run when downloading the file, you need to choose save.
Before you bother to try, you need to sort out the activation/registering on the laptops OS. If you dont have a valid key you may need to re install the OS with one that you do have a key for or you can activate

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