Splico -- am I allowed to whine & update this status? With a friend's help, we were able to replace the dead hard drive in the Compaq Presario CG5500F with that of an older model Dell. Of course, the hard drive on the Dell had Windows XP on it. If I could kick my own rear end for the numerous times the Compaq asked to make copies of the OS, I would - but it's a little late now to cry over spilled milk. The Compaq was loaded with a Windows 7 - home premium 64 bit (OEM version of course). I even tried downloading the OS from a file Bleeping Computers recommended since I do have an activation key (even though I know by switching out HD's, even that might not work). It took hours to download, but I couldn't get it to a disk - even with a burner. It said the disk wasn't large enough, so I bought a 8 gb thumb drive and it said that was too small??
Back to the switch. The old Dell HD is now in the newer Compaq. Everything boots up great, it's quick - but I have no access the internet. In fact, I don't even see a darn internet icon anywhere. I called my local ISP and he about chopped my head off telling me I needed network drivers. So, I assume I can look for the driver on the web on copy it onto a thumb drive, but am I seeking a XP driver or the original ones that came on the Compaq?
I do have a "not for retail" version of Windows 7 - Professional 32 bit, but I sure don't see an activation key anywhere. It was distributed through the Microsoft Partner Program to my husbands small business.
PS - not worried about recovering any files -- just getting a machine going for my husband to check his email, browse the web, etc. Basic needs.
Edited by Bamagirl15, 12 December 2014 - 05:35 PM.