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    Computer Technician wainuitech's Avatar
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    Default Re: How to replace old Win XP with a new operating system on my laptop?

    Watching how its done is simple compared to reading: ( do a few of them and you can do it in your sleep)

    To install from fresh on the existing Laptop:

    Windows XP -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUtbVIBxcDY

    or

    Windows 7 --http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mME9VLT7-xw

    If you wanted to use linux its very similar, but there are more options / questions you may have to answer/decide.
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    Default Re: How to replace old Win XP with a new operating system on my laptop?

    Issue now resolved :-) thanks folks! I have re-installed Windows XP and got most or nearly all of my software going again. Was able to use backed up data from my USB flashdrive.

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    Default Re: How to replace old Win XP with a new operating system on my laptop?

    Seems to me that it is too hard to upgrade laptops.
    (Unless you really know what you are doing - or get a professional to do it)
    The problem is all the drivers and proprietary software.

    Better to buy a new one.
    They are not very dear these days.
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    Default Re: How to replace old Win XP with a new operating system on my laptop?

    Maybe Digby, certainly are some cheap ones around. However I just recently got my first ever laptop from a police auction. Never worked on one before, came with no hdd, no RAM, missing the hdd caddy & cable, and a faulty keyboard as it turns out.
    As long as you are reasonably good at figuring tech stuff out and take some care it's completely doable by us amateurs This one even has a fingerprint reader I now log in with.

    so my example;
    Laptop $100
    Keyboard $40
    hdd $115
    RAM $60
    Caddy $35 (took 3 attempts and 2 purchases to get the right one - largely my fault but $120 plus from hp so still a win)
    I had to find all the drivers and a copy of windows (key was on the laptop), fix the hardware, and install the software.

    For $350 all up I get a pretty nice laptop, have some fun and learn some stuff, and it's even good enough for some gaming which you can't do on most sub $1k laptops.
    It'll play WoW, Diablo 3, & Skyrim ok at it's native resolution but can't really handle them well on a 1080P external screen.
    Ryzen 2700X, 16Gb DDR4RAM, 512GB M.2 NVME SSD, MSI GTX1070

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    Default Re: How to replace old Win XP with a new operating system on my laptop?

    Dugimodo, you did well with that laptop :-) My laptop is still going well.

    Quote Originally Posted by dugimodo View Post
    Maybe Digby, certainly are some cheap ones around. However I just recently got my first ever laptop from a police auction. Never worked on one before, came with no hdd, no RAM, missing the hdd caddy & cable, and a faulty keyboard as it turns out.
    As long as you are reasonably good at figuring tech stuff out and take some care it's completely doable by us amateurs This one even has a fingerprint reader I now log in with.

    so my example;
    Laptop $100
    Keyboard $40
    hdd $115
    RAM $60
    Caddy $35 (took 3 attempts and 2 purchases to get the right one - largely my fault but $120 plus from hp so still a win)
    I had to find all the drivers and a copy of windows (key was on the laptop), fix the hardware, and install the software.

    For $350 all up I get a pretty nice laptop, have some fun and learn some stuff, and it's even good enough for some gaming which you can't do on most sub $1k laptops.
    It'll play WoW, Diablo 3, & Skyrim ok at it's native resolution but can't really handle them well on a 1080P external screen.

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