Posted 11 December 2010 - 11:34 PM
I have a Gateway 7510gx that was taken down by a virus. An attempt to reload the recovery software (saved on a separate partition) failed, and continues to fail, to complete. Lack of a recovery disk leaves the laptop pretty much useless. Gateway will not support this laptop because they are a terrible company, so OEM is apparently now my only option. Since i will be rebuilding from scratch and it is a 64-bit machine i was curious if i could rebuild it with Windows 7. I have never installed an OEM operating system before, and i'm not sure how it works. I know i need to get the drivers, but does that mean i just go to the gateway website and download them? If they don't have windows 7 drivers for that particular laptop (it was designed for windows xp), is it even possible to go the windows 7 route or should i just try and purchase another version of windows xp? Please somebody set me straight.