change from windows 7 to xp

May 8, 2011 at 15:44:49
Specs: Windows 7
was given a toshiba lapyop for christmas by a beau.. He fixes plcs, and knows how to write code. I am a novice, but curious.. I have found things that should not be.. hes got me monitored. tried to use the built-in restore from scratch funtion, but he's tampered with that too. my computer says "not a genuine windows system" I want to use my old xp cd, but dont know where to get the drivers... toshiba sattelite L505-S5990.

Checked a dell he "built for me from the ground up... unbelievable number of files with multiples.

what to do? would like some privacy!

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May 8, 2011 at 15:52:30
If you want to install XP on your laptop, just back up any files you want to save and insert the CD and boot the laptop (making sure that the boot sequence is set to boot from CD first). You can install XP this way but you will lose everything on your hard drive, which is why you need to back up.

A lot of the drivers you need will be included on the XP disk but you will still need some Toshiba drivers which you should be able to download from the Toshiba website.

Remember though that you will need a valid XP product key to install the XP disk legally.

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May 8, 2011 at 16:05:46
thank you ! I have a 2 terra expansion drive and have been saving stuff already. was worried I might not have the drivers I need. guess I do this, and whatever doesnt work, I look for a driver? for some reason, this model toshiba is hard to find drivers for.
again, thanks so much!

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May 8, 2011 at 16:08:12
ps... i used to have milliniem on my old desktop..bought the upgrade cd for xp home professional. do i have to load a 95 or 98 first then use my upgrade cd?

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May 8, 2011 at 16:15:37
......."f you're performing a clean installation of XP Home or Professional using an Upgrade CD, be sure to have your qualifying media handy. This can be a retail Windows 98, 98 SE, Millennium Edition (Me), NT 4.0 or 2000 CD-ROM or, in some cases, a Windows CD that was supplied with a new PC. Note that "restore" CDs will not work, however, and most Windows CDs that ship from PC makers are now restore CDs."

You don't have to load the original OS, you just need it handy to complete the installation.

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May 8, 2011 at 16:20:09
you are awesome! I have my old 98cd.. saving stuff like a fiend now.

just to show how paranoid I have become, nothing can be attached to anything I save that will allow a path back in is there? he has his own blasted server.

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May 8, 2011 at 16:29:24
It's likely that you will be safe with what you save but obviously the usual rules apply, if you don't recognize the file or app, don't install it :)

Without knowing what code he wrote etc... it's very hard to say if you will be saving anything you shouldn't but if it was just basic monitoring programs, you should be fine with a fresh install.

A lot (not all but a lot) of monitoring/key stroke software will be picked up by spyware and antivirus programs so do a scan in the first instance to see if it picks anything up and then it's pretty much just a case of having a look through your system for dodgy files etc...

You can also download and run HijackThis for free and see if it finds anything.

Hope it helps

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May 8, 2011 at 16:32:32
okay,thanks. will update on my outcome!

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