Reloading windows operating system on desktop Compaq computer
My dentist replaced his office computer and gave his old desktop to my 11 year old daughter to do her homework. The only problem is that he understandably wiped everything off the computer before he gave it to us.
How can i reload my windows operating sytem on that computer?
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Just because a computer slows down and or starts having errors does not mean it's ready for the trash.
I talk to several people a week who have problems out of a computer that is only a year or two old, and rather than getting it repaired they go out and spend another $500 to $600 to replace it. Many Computer Service companies now offer Computer Restoration Services where the computer operating system is reloaded, clean the dust from the inside of the computer, and load the most up to date drivers. Then the computer runs like when when it was new, or even faster. That service usually runs around $150. That is a savings of over $350. The service mentioned above does not include replacing bad hardware, I have found that most issues are caused by bad configuration or Operating System corruption not hardware. Computer Restoration service will take care of both of those issues. These days we all have to save money every where we can. So don't trash that year or two old computer! Restore it!
Windows 7 is a large operating system and would require your system to have the maximum of 1GB of memory installed. If there isn't sufficient memory for the system to load the Windows Pre Boot Environment then the install can not continue. This system is 9-10 years old and will not run Windows 7 very well, but if you install the maximum amount of memory it should install the operating system. You may also want to verify that the DVD drive works by trying to boot to another bootable disc such as a Windows XP installation disc or an Ultimate Boot CD that you can create yourself.
It sounds like your operating system quit seeing your dvd/cd writer/player.
to check this locate mycomputer icon, or goto start and locate computer and right click on it.
a window will open, click on properties, then left click on Device manager you will see all the devices on your computer, and you should see DVD/CD-ROM drives in the list of devices. if you right click on this you have a choice of scan for new devices or Properties, if you scan for new devices chances are it will not find you dvd/cd-rom device, windows operating system very seldom does. so click on properties,
You will see several choices like reload driver, update driver, uninstall drive depending on your operating system. If you have the DVD/CD-rom device cd with the software driver then and only then you may uninstall the driver, so you can reload it to make the operating system see the device after you reboot the computer, then install the driver again... If you do not know what I'm talking about...Take the computer back to the repair shop and have them to the repairs to make the Windows Operating system see the DVD/CD-rom device.
Any windows install disk will work, as long as you have a valid licence and the correct key. If you decide to reinstall and use not an Compaq disk you will have to install the corresponding drivers also.
But i think this is a little complicated for someone without any experience so i think it would be better for you to install a Linux Operating System - and you would be immune to viruses with it. Go to http://pclinuxos.com/ and download the disk. Burn it and boot from it - the OS will run from the disk (it's called a Live-CD). If you like it just launch the installer from the desktop.
If you take a hard drive for one computer to another the windows wil have to be reinstalled as windows looks at the hardware configuation and if it doesn not match, will not run. If the 20 gb hard is working , reinstall it then using backup software back it up to another hard drive.That will work. Personally I use" Acronis true home" software to change a hard drive but their are other wil also work. Some backup and transfer softwware even come with the replacment hard drives.