Install new operating system on laptop

Hello,
I know NOTHING...about installing harddrives...but my hubby bought a laptop without a harddrive for my daughter and gave me a project....(yea :(...anyway I did order the compatable hd for the Gateway Notebook 4046gz. Put in powered up...blank screen. It is black. Power is on. Is that because I need an operating system. I think it does...BUT it does have a sticker over a door on bottom that says Gateway XP edition....still I think he said he bought without operating system. Also, top left underside of laptop seems hot to me. ANY help for a NON, NON, NON techie??? I need real life talk. Thanks in advance!!! Any help appreciated. I don't get it I have NO screen how I can load anything!
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  1. Yes, typically when you buy just a hard drive, it is blank, hence no OS on it. When you buy a brand new computer, it comes with an OS. You'll need to order whichever version of Windows you prefer, insert the DVD, hit f2 or whatever it is, select boot from DVD/CD drive, and install the OS.
  2. OR if the computer came with a recovery CD try and boot from the CD and install windows that way
  3. Quote:
    Hello,
    I know NOTHING...about installing harddrives...but my hubby bought a laptop without a harddrive for my daughter and gave me a project....(yea :(...anyway I did order the compatable hd for the Gateway Notebook 4046gz. Put in powered up...blank screen. It is black. Power is on. Is that because I need an operating system. I think it does...BUT it does have a sticker over a door on bottom that says Gateway XP edition....still I think he said he bought without operating system. Also, top left underside of laptop seems hot to me. ANY help for a NON, NON, NON techie??? I need real life talk. Thanks in advance!!! Any help appreciated. I don't get it I have NO screen how I can load anything!



    Yes you will need to either load an OS or clone the old drive onto to new drive
  4. cba looking what ppl have put but the ram is it there if not it will do that!!
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    buwish said:
    Yes, typically when you buy just a hard drive, it is blank, hence no OS on it. When you buy a brand new computer, it comes with an OS. You'll need to order whichever version of Windows you prefer, insert the DVD, hit f2 or whatever it is, select boot from DVD/CD drive, and install the OS.



    Thank you so vary much

    My poor cummunication skills had me asking all
    The wrong questions though windows7 will cost me
    £199.00 I finally have the answer I was seeking.

    P.s. the bad news in a state of deprestion my lap-
    Top jumped into a dumpster.
    Jas22
  6. Pity;

    There are some free operating systems.
    They're not 'Windows' ... but they aren't bad options considering they're free.
    Ubuntu would be one option.
  7. WR2 said:
    Pity;

    There are some free operating systems.
    They're not 'Windows' ... but they aren't bad options considering they're free.
    Ubuntu would be one option.




    I do not no how to add the os to my cumputer as it has a blank screen
    And I have no disc , my only means of communicating in this form
    Is w/ my not so smart phone.

    Thank you wr2
    Sincerly Jas22

    Ps I am open to suggestions.
  8. Does the screen stay black?
    Nothing shows during power on?
    You should be able to see bootup progress even before windows loads.
    Or at least some type of company logo.
    If you're not - there is a LCD screen problem.
  9. There is a bootup,and a request to load disc
    But I do not know how to respond from there

    Thanks again wr2

    Jas22
  10. Thank you so much for all your help
    You are indeed a blessing, Iam greatfull for this site, as geek squad... well
    Need I say more?
    ?/will this work on a laptop
  11. Yes;
    Should work nicely even on older laptop hardware.
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