Restoration from the Win-doze

After a quick conversation with my dad, learning that we had all the discs, I elected to try booting into the Gateway Recovery CD, that other disc the installer rejected. It seems to be working so far; the screen says “Restore in progress…” I only wish I had discovered the Recovery disc before wiping the system… Update in about 30 minutes, when the wizard completes the recovery operation.

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Windows Glitch Partially Solved

The clean Windows installation went pretty smoothly; the machine was back up by 1730. The only problem: No Gateway software or drivers. I have to solve that problem now. On first start-up, it asked for the Gateway Drivers and Applications CD, so I inserted the second disk from the case containing the Windows disk. It was rejected. Another time, perhaps the computer’s owners can locate other Gateway disks that might be the right one. For now, we have a blank laptop PC with no networking capabilities and no software. At least Windows boots now…

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Windows Glitch (What Else is New?)

My brother did something to his girlfriend’s computer that corrupted C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM, leaving the system unable to boot. When I arrived, on my way back home, they pounced on my technical skills and recruited me to fix the computer. I asked first for the same thing the Gateway did: The XP system disks. I Googled a few things before starting, trying to get more information on the error. The Recovery Console could be used to fix the problem, but the process was extremely risky on OEM-installed versions of Windows, which hers is. Reinstalling Windows was the next likely option. I dug…

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