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OfflineFort Mushroom
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Harddrive reformatting question
    #11319794 - 10/25/09 07:14 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I have a laptop and a desktop computer, laptop is newer THey both run windows xp and i have the original discs for the desktop but not the laptop.

Could i reformat the laptop with the windows discs from the desktop?

To my knowledge you cant buy windows install discs and the laptop was bought from my girlfriend who may stil have the discs but has no idea what im talking about when i asked

Thanks for your help and sorry if these questions are retarded im new to this


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: Fort Mushroom]
    #11319802 - 10/25/09 07:15 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Yes you can.


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: MHbound]
    #11319839 - 10/25/09 07:23 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

you certainly can buy windows install discs, they just tend to be expensive.

if it is just a recovery cd for your desktop you can't use it to reformat your laptop, because the recovery cd are usually just for restoring an existing installation of windows on a specific hardware set.

but if you are not actually reformatting your hard drive and just want to repair the windows on the laptop, then you may be able to use the disc.

sometimes the discs are formatted for oem equipment only.

if you can't get it to work shoot me a pm

i think i have some windows xp fresh install discs laying around somewhere. cd-key and all

i also have vista if your interested


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: MHbound]
    #11319843 - 10/25/09 07:23 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

yes, but don't forget to click format


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: dkamp18]
    #11319847 - 10/25/09 07:24 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

and ive got win7 if youre interested.


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: MHbound]
    #11319853 - 10/25/09 07:25 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Thanks. And both computers should be able to run fine at the same time?


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: MHbound]
    #11319857 - 10/25/09 07:25 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Yeah, you can (and yes they do sell windows install discs, but they're atleast a couple hundred dollars).

before you reformat though, I would make sure I knew where to get the drivers for your laptop though. usually the manufacturer website will have the drivers for download. but you could also copy the drivers onto a seperate disc before you reformat, so it'll be easier to get it up and running again quicker. (you should be aware that when you reformat you probably wont have the drivers for your wireless and ethernet cards).

good luck


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: upinthetrees]
    #11319871 - 10/25/09 07:26 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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upinthetrees said:
and ive got win7 if youre interested.



do you like windows 7?

i haven't had a chance to try it yet, i had to give up my computer build for financial reasons and i haven't been able to check it out since the very early beta was out.

is it worth seeking out?


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: dkamp18]
    #11319997 - 10/25/09 07:47 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Thanks for your help everyone im going to start now, ill reprt back when i succeed, or come back bitching that i ruined my laptop:shrug:


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: Fort Mushroom]
    #11320031 - 10/25/09 07:50 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I like windows 7 more than vista..Which doesn't say much


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: Fort Mushroom]
    #11320041 - 10/25/09 07:51 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)
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Both PC's should beable to run fine at the same time.

Ive been doing misc pc work recently and all my XP codes are dead, but i found a great hack for XP.

Just follow the read me.

Ive used it on 5 different installs of XP pro SP2, no problems at all.




Win 7 is actually pretty nice, im running it on my HTPC.


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: dkamp18]
    #11323445 - 10/26/09 12:31 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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upinthetrees said:
and ive got win7 if youre interested.



do you like windows 7?

i haven't had a chance to try it yet, i had to give up my computer build for financial reasons and i haven't been able to check it out since the very early beta was out.

is it worth seeking out?




it is very worth seeking out. I got it when the first beta came out, 6 month ago..then the rc..and now I have the RTM (retail) version. It is much smoother than vista and incredibly usable especially with searching within the windows explorer. Highly recommended.


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Re: Harddrive reformatting question [Re: upinthetrees]
    #11323463 - 10/26/09 12:34 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

a friend gave me a copy of windows 7 but its just files on my HDD right now. how do you guys reformat from files? the files wont fit on a disc or flash drive but i've heard you can use some sort of drive emulator thingy to do it? wouldnt a drive emulator crash when the computer is reformatted?


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