<<It gives me read errors, when I try recovery from CD..>>
"Recovery" is not the same thing as installing XP. Which do you want to do?
Some links you might want to peruse, http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls...mp;oq=&aqi=
Note that many of the comments are pure conjecture and nothing I would consider recommending for guidance.
Gateway info on repair/install methods built into that computer, http://support.gateway.com/s/SOFTWARE/Medi...MLXPH1asi.shtml
<<I could try pulling out my Desktop's HDD and installing the laptop 2.5inch hdd into my desktop and then use the cd-drive on my desktop PC. Will that work?>>
I don't know, but I suspect that it won't.
There's nothing that indicates that your files for recovery/restore would run on an optical drive which is on a different system. In fact, (IMO) it appears that the net result would be...overwriting the system files of the XP installed on the 2d system. It depends on how the restore/recovery CDs are configured to work. Perhaps you can call someone at Gateway and get a better answer.
Edited by hamluis, 16 June 2009 - 07:58 AM.