Will Gateway restore disk work on Compaq PC

Compaq / Presario 2011
December 28, 2010 at 18:38:00
Specs: Windows XP
I have a compaq desk top and need to restore it but all I have is a gateway restore disk. It worked for a e machine will it work for mine?

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December 29, 2010 at 01:57:51
Probably not. Acer bought Gateway which bought emachine. So they are more likely to have similar parts.

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December 29, 2010 at 08:16:04
My guess is it will. I purchased a DELL OEM recovery disc on eBay (Windows XP Pro SP3) and it works on my DELL Optiplex GX240 without activation, as well as on my Compaq Deskpro EN, using a hack file, which bypasses the activation procedure. The filename of the hack is antiwpa3.dll. I paid $40 for the OEM disc. The hack file might be detected as a trojan.agent by some anti-virus software, but is not flagged as such by Avast! 5 anti-virus. The Compaq is working fine, and I can now use it as a backup machine if needed. Using one install disc for both machines is a great convenience. I was using Linux on both machines previously.

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