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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If you haven't upgraded to at least Win7 when the upgrade was offered from Gateway for just a few dollars, you really blew it. You need to call Gateway and if unavailable, try to locate a new Win7 operating system CD-Rom from a shop that HASn"T been used. Install the Genuine Microsoft Win7 CD-rom, after you back-up your harddrive into an external harddrive and install the upgrade to Win7. (We tekkies don't even bother with VISTA anymore... it was an unstable operating system that Microsoft lost a ton of money on.) If you need to figure out how to back your harddrive in a non-working PC or laptop, check my very thorough post (it's long) for Gateway that won't boot up.
1. Operating System's Disc 2. Drivers and Utilities Disc (you can also download the drivers from the website of gateway.) 3. Anti-virus 4. Programs that you want to add to your computer. It would be a very long post if I provide you with the complete reinstallation steps. You can find a good tutorial in youtube for that. Just search for how to reinstall windows ? . Where ? is the name of the operating system like 7, XP, Vista, or 8. After doing the clean installation. You would need to install the drivers into your computer. Next. Antivirus and the programs. You might also want to add some tech software like RadarSync. This software will make sure that all drivers in your computer are updated. Drivers are small software which can make your computer to work fine. If you have any questions, please drop me a line. David
if you are just putting a different operating system on your laptop then just install the new operating system with a clean install.when asked where you want to install it delete all partitions and make a new partition (size is up to you) and install.
there won't be any problem as far as Windows and Linux, but this is a fairly involved procedure.You'll first need to create a Windows partition on your hard disk in NTFS file system format. Otherwise,Windows might overwrite / erase your linux installation when Windows 7 installs.
make the windows partition the "Primary" or "Boot" partition.
When Windows 7 installs, it may ask if you want to delete the linux partition.Answer "NO" to this.
The next concern is which operating system will boot by default,Windows or Linux.
I had no problem doing this with Windows Vista, and whe Vista booted,it listed a choice of operating systems to boot,and I would select either Windows Vista or Ubuntu Linux.
Get an install disk for the operating system you wish to install (Make sure your computer is able to handle that operating system first), then put the disk in and boot to the disk. If your computer is not set up to boot to disk first then you will have to go into the BIOS, usually F2 of F12 on boot (whatever says press to enter setup), then change the boot settings from there.
Once you are inside the installer for that Operating System, it will give you an option to erase the hard drive you are wanting to install the operating system on, and restart new. Just so you are aware, this will reformat and ERASE EVERYTHING on that hard drive, so make sure that you have anything you want saved backed up somewhere else.
Once that is done, continue installing the operating system and then your hard drive will be erased, and the operating system will be reinstalled.
If you were just looking to erase a hard drive, then you can go to my computer, then right-click the hard drive you want to erase, then click format. THIS WILL ERASE EVERYTHING!
I think if you try to install vista you should be fine. just check the system requirements for vista to make sure your computer can handle it. If you have any special hardware devices then you might want to find any drivers for it and have them on hand just in case
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.
This is either an operating system failure or hard drive failure. Start by reloading a fresh operating system (Vista) with your recovery or operating system disc. If you have any problems during or after the install, then it's the hard drive and will need to be replaced.