I have a Gateway computer that runs ME. I tried to upgrade to XP and failed. I am now trying to revert back to ME and it is not working. I don't know how to remove the partition that XP put on my computer. When I tried to reinstall ME, it gave me a message that an operating system already exists on my computer. I basically can't do anything. Do I need to completely wipe out everything and start from new? How do I do that?
BTW, upgrading to XP from an ME system can be very tricky because of the incompatibilities between hardware. On the systems that I have upgraded, I've disconneced/removed all but the necessary hardware, including floppy drives, modems, sound cards, etc. And if you still have problems, consider a newer/replacement video card.
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If you bought a full retail version and not an upgrade, you may need to do a fresh installation of windows. You also need to make certain that your gateway model is able to upgrade to windows 7. Checking your computer's support page, there are no BIOS updates available. Your computer should be fully capable of upgrading to windows 7 from windows Vista. ALso looking at Gateway's support page for this model, there are no drivers offered for Windows 7. All drivers offered are for windows Vista. I have seen computers in the past that will not tolerate an operating system change from the system that was installed at the factory.
If you have a restore partition, you can back up your data, and do a clean install of windows after formatting your hard drive. You may also want to make recovery disks for your computer in case the Win 7 will take on your computer or you cannot get your hardware to work with Win 7 since Gateway offers no Win 7 drivers.
Good luck. Take precautions to back up data and be able to revert to your original factory settings if necessary.
have you tried the guide to trouble shoot the problem http://www.helpowl.com/manuals/Gateway/GT4010/83386
as you said that you are not able to start the computer it can only be solved by using a BOOT CD of a data recovery software, as this CD will help you boot your system and recover the lost data, It will also help you to recover the product key of the older version of the XP version installed
The only way you can upgrade your Operating System is by installing a new version. Windows XP would be your best option. You can get a genuine Windows XP from a computer store, online or from a friend who can give it to you for free.
You may have a failed motherboard then. Failure of motherboards is usually due to breaking capacitors. A few years ago a capacitor company stole the "recipe" for making capacitors from another company and tried to make their own, unfortunately they did not get the ingredients right and the capacitors started breaking after 2-3 years of use. They sold these capacitors at very cheap prices and a lot of computer companies and power supply makers bought them. This is easy to diagnose. Look for capacitors (caps) (they look like little tiny soda cans) on your motherboard (mobo). They should be perfectly flat on top and not bulged or swelling or leaking anything. The dead giveaway is the fact that you are not getting the same problem each time. There are a few companies that will repair broken capacitor issues. Also if you add a bunch of extra components without upgrading the power supply you can suffer underpowered situations and that can cause internal parts to fail. To eliminate some other stuff you could remove the memory and disconnect all the power plugs from the drives and then try to start it up. If it does not change the behavior at all (no beeps, no change in flashing lights) then you probably have motherboard issues. Make sure when disconnecting the memory chips (sticks) that you touch the metal on the inside of the case first to discharge static electricity. If it does change the behavior add 1 component or item back at a time to see what you can find out. Post back with what you find. If you have another power supply of the same or greater output watts as what is in there you could try that first.
Try with another media center copy & install . If you find the problem there will be another reason wherin your cd writer/ rom may not be reading the disc dueto which it fails to install...........hope this may help you