There's just one problem. The driver disk that came with it has mysteriously vanished. I can install windows XP but there are big problems with it with a new hard drive. For instance, the WiFi doesn't work, for instance when I go to shut down, instead of 3 choices, "stand by", "shut down" and "restart" being available, "stand by" is grayed out so it only lets me shut down and restart. If ONLY hp still had these drivers available that would be great. In addition, some other things are conspicuously different, though some of them may be windows settings that can be changed or things that I don't care about - like when I right click in my computer and go to the hardware tab under system properties, "device manager" is in the MIDDLE between drivers and hardware profiles instead of at the top. As it is, they directed me to hp.com/support and to click on drivers, but you know what? They don't friggin work! It's NOT the same as putting that disk in. The wifi doesn't work, nor does the stand by function, and device manager still reports none of the things that are unidentified as becoming identified, and on top of that, it installs a bunch of junk into specific folders it asks me for (It puts them in the root directory by default but I at least put them in program files), but the original disk on the original computer did no such thing, it just installed the drivers into system32 as it was supposed to.
I searched the internet for drivers to these devices - and SO many people have SOME of them and they all say "file not found" when you actually try to download them. Most of them were originally upped in 2002 and they all redirect to the manufacturer's site instead of hosting the friggin' 50 kilobyte files themselves. But they still CLAIM to have them.
Anyway, I'm including two pictures. One is of the device manager with the new hard drive, showing all the unrecognized things under "Other devices". The other one is the device manager in the failing hard drive.
My question is this: Is there any way to get the drivers off the old cruddy computer and install them on the new one? Sure, it tells me the ".sys" files in the system32 and system32/drivers directories that are being used as drivers when I click on drivers under device information in device manager, but I know there's junk in the "inf" directory as well as junk in the registry it is NOT telling me about. Is there some program out there for this purpose, that is taking some kind of image of the installed drivers for any device in hardware manager and turning it into some form which can be installed in another computer with the same devices which are not currently installed (or rather the same computer but with a different hard drive)? Or maybe every driver in the system32 and system32/drivers directory... There certainly should be such a program since surely I'm not the first one to want to transfer drivers from one HD to another.
Or maybe someone else has a less all-in-one-convenient solution for getting the drivers off the old and onto the new?
There's one thing I'd like to note though. Under network adaptors on the old one, there are 2 things that are disabled. Those are components of a virus. I couldn't get rid of all the components of the virus - but I came up with a novel solution, to let it be there but disabled. Kind of a vaccine, a weakened version of it to prevent from getting the real thing again. So actually I would rather not carry that over even if it is a vaccine because it would kind of make me uneasy a bit...
Edited by thesand4, 06 November 2009 - 12:48 PM.