Solved can i install a new operating system in my lap top that needs activation Tags: Laptops Windows XP Gateway Last response: March 17, 2014 10:08 AM in Windows XP Share Zirps March 17, 2014 9:45:20 AM Purchased a gateway laptop from HSN network 5 years ago. It had XP installed. Its now asking me for an activation code which I don't have. S/n is Hsn's not gateway's. Can I install Windows 7 over it without losing all my data. Thanks for any help More about : install operating system lap top activation Reply to Zirps lonewolf7 a b D Laptop March 17, 2014 10:03:40 AM Actually you cant upgrade from XP to WIN 7. It can be done with VISTA. So back-up all your important stuffs to another HDD or flash drive, then install WIN 7. Good luck. Reply to lonewolf7 m 0 l Best solution burdenbound a b D Laptop March 17, 2014 10:08:50 AM yes you can, back up all important data first. You might want to look around for compatible drivers for your laptop though since it wasn't design with windows 7 in mind. You may need to get trackpad drivers etc... from the trackpad manufacturer website as opposed to the laptop manufacturer website. Reply to burdenbound Share Ask the community Post an answer Related resources Lap top wont start operating system. Forum missing operating system error in acer lap top Forum Operating system cannot find hard drive in lap top Forum SolvedHow can I install windows 8 on a new system with no operating system? Forum SolvedShould i install my games or my operating system on my new SSD? Forum Solvedi have a laptop and the cd drive does't work, can i install a new operating system? Forum SolvedUnable to install an Operating System on new build PC Forum delete old/install new operating system on a phone/tablet Forum SolvedNew Build Help – First power up and operating system install Forum SolvedI want to install six operating systems on one hard drive, need help Forum Solvedhow do i get my wifi working on my laptop after installing a new operating system? Forum SolvedTrying to budget in an operating system by using installing Vista 32 bit to new build. Forum to install new operating system i just format the system drive, then all the driver software gone.... then where can i find ag Forum SolvedIf I get a new Hard Drive do I need a new copy of operating system? Forum Brand new blank PC, wont install operating system HELP Forum Install new operating system on laptop Forum How to install an operating system on a new build computer Forum Install new operating system on laptop Forum New Mobo Install - Stuck on "loading operating system" Forum New Mobo install, Stuck on Loading Operating System screen Forum More resources Read discussions in other Windows XP categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security Video !