I have two operating systems installed on my Gateway computer but I only want one of them. When I try to use Vista, it says I am running low on disk space and that I need to erase some stuff. I'm guessing it's the XP operating system that's taking up all that space since I have saved virtually nothing on the computer. I have an option to use Vista or XP everytime I boot up the computer. How do I erase XP?
Hi, the best option might be to download Norton's Partition Magic (www.symantec.com) ($69.95) however, you can likely find previous versions for down load cheaper or free online. This will allow you to delete the partition that you have XP running on. One thing I will mention to you though, is that it is unlikely XP is causing your computer to slow down. In fact, quite the opposite. Your Vista load draws significantly more resources and memory so you might be better served to remove the Vista load. At any rate, whatever you decide. Make sure to back-up your important files prior to any deleting/re-formatting.
There are other ways to do this, but I have found NPM to be very clean and helpful in the past.
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At what stage of the installation process do you get the message ? Which operating system are you trying to load ? Is there an operating system on your hard drive ?
You have to format your hard drive using a third party disc to erase everything on your hard drive
Restart your computer during the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup usually the Delete or F2 key
Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS then using the arrow keys scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
Note this will erase you operating system you will have to have an operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system
Note after you have loaded the operating system you should go back and change the first boot device to failsafe or optimised defaults after windows has loaded
your computer will automatically restart it might restart 2 times one to finish the installation the next will be because the operating system is loaded and will boot from your cd
What you want is to format your hard drive. If you have multiple hard drives you have to erase all but the one with your operating system (windows), this can be done by right clicking on them, choosing format.. and following the instructions. Then you have to boot from a cd with an operating system (windows xp, vista, 7, linux!) and during the installation choose to format the hard drive with your previous operating system and install the new one over it. Personal advice: Make sure you have kept a copy of anything you don't want to loose!
Hello kelvinvu, according to the information that I gathered from this computer model, it has Windows Vista 32 bit home premium installed on it. Windows XP is an older operating system so you can't "upgrade" to it. You could however install a fresh copy (more likely completely erasing all your previous information on vista and data files) or you could upgrade to Windows 7. Since you are using "Windows Vista 32 bit home premium", you have to upgrade to "Windows 7 32 bit home premium" or better. So if you were trying to "upgrade" to Windows 7 Home Basic, it will not allow that since it considers that a downgrade in the Operating System. You should actually be able to pop in the Windows 7 Home Premium CD while vista is running and start the upgrade process pretty painlessly that way. Just access the CD and walk through the menus for upgrading Vista to Windows 7. As a reminder, you must use the 32 bit discs. If you try and use the 64 bit discs (a different operating system as far as windows is concerned) you will have to go through the same process of installing a new version of windows (not upgrade). I hope this has solved your specific problem kelvinvu, have a great day!
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.
You cannot uninstall an operating system once it's installed. The only way to remove it is to reformat the hard drive (meaning erasing everything) and then installing Vista (if you have the isntallation disk that came with the computer). Now some PC's have a restore button like Lenovo or IBM computers where all you need to do is press that button and then it will reload the operating system and therefore erasing the one that's installed in your computer. For all other computer brands, you would need the Installation disk.
If you have the installation disk, just put the disk inside then restart the computer. As the computer restarts, continuously tap F12 to pull up the boot options menu. Then select " boot to optical/CD/DVD drive" then press enter and from there, just follow the instructions and you're good to go.
Note: You should always ask for the Installation disks for the OS (operating system) whenever you
buy one that came pre-installed with an OS. Always.
if your operating system installed in your computer is vista then you want to change into win xp,,, just insert you os xp into cd roon drive then boot it..by preesing f12 in acer, dell,toshiba, and others..
then follow the instruction bellow..
format then install the os xp..
after that you uninstalld the vista then you install also the xp..
Only if it's not an HP labele operating system disc. Otherwise you will need an XP operating system disc, the HP recovery disc with XP will not work with your Gateway or any other manufacturer machine other than HP. The operating system on any manufacturer recovery disc is assigned to that specific manufacturer, so if you try to install from the HP disc it might install, but it will only give you thirty days, then shut down, or it won't install at all. It will be cheaper to purchase an XP operating system disc than all the software over again just for Viiiiiista!!! (I enjoy making fun of Vista) If you have anymore questions or need help feel free to ask.