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#1 Huntwi


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 08:55 PM

Recently my friend got a old computer and its hard drive was formatted, now that its up and running with all the cords I told him I would put an operating system in it. One problem it won't recognize the flash drive of my only copy of windows 7. And there is also no operating system in it too. What do I do?

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:00 PM

Head on over to DistroWatch and hook him up with a nice user-friendly Linux distro! Like LinuxMint. :busy:


Alternatively give a look at CloneZilla and see if you can clone a copy of Windows onto his computer. The issue with this is you will need to reactivate Windows on the new hardware - make sure you have all the Windows Keys and support numbers on hand if needed.

Edited by G4JC, 02 March 2013 - 09:04 PM.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:19 AM

And there is also no operating system in it too. What do I do?


You must first purchase a new, legal version of Windows unless you install a Linux Version -

Alternatively give a look at CloneZilla and see if you can clone a copy of Windows onto his computer.


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Edited by noknojon, 03 March 2013 - 05:24 AM.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:54 AM

In older computers the BIOS may or may not be capable of setting it up to boot from a flash drive.  You will need to look in the BIOS to determine if it can be enabled with this computer.


The point regarding the installation of a Windows operating system has been made.  But I wish to add that if this is a OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) like Dell, Gateway,etc., the copy of a Windows operating system is intended for one installation in one computer.  One of the things Microsoft looks at is a change in the motherboard to determine if this is the OEM computer the operating system was originally installed in.  When you go to active the operating system you are going to have to explain why the motherboard doesn't mesh with their information.


If this is a retail copy it is still intended for one installation in one computer, but it can be reinstalled in another as long as the copy is no longer being used in another computer.  The only way you can install a Windows operating system in two or more computers is if you have a license for multiple installations.

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