install new hard drive now?

Hewlett-packard / Dv6500
December 21, 2009 at 11:43:28
Specs: Windows 7
I just replaced the hard drive in my daughter's laptop. That was easy, but now what? How do I get windows back on the computer. It had Vista, bought the upgrade for Windows 7, but hard drive died before I could upgrade. I thought I could just put the disk in and turn the computer on and it would walk me through, but it does not. Can you help me?

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December 21, 2009 at 11:49:45
I take it your daughter never burned the restore disks when the laptop was new?

Did you attempt to boot to the Windows 7 DVD? If so, what happened?

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December 21, 2009 at 12:04:22
no she did not. I put the windows dvd in turned off the computer and turned it back on, to boots to the black hp screen with the following across the bottom

ESC-startup message, f1 sys info, f2 startup check, f9 change boot order (dvd is first), f10 setup, f11 sys recovery.

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December 21, 2009 at 12:08:56
What happens when you press F10?


I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.


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December 21, 2009 at 12:16:24
It sounds like the DVD is not being read. Even if the upgrade disk required an older version of Windows to be present it should still come up.

I suggest that you double check the boot order. Sometimes the selection process is convoluted.

If the CD drive is located in a removable drive bay remove and re-insert it. Also look in the setup screens to verify the CD drive shows there.

My post crossed with the one above. Good point there.

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December 21, 2009 at 12:45:03
f10 brings up bios, under system configuration, the ed/dvd rom drive is first.

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December 21, 2009 at 12:56:28
Some bios' require a boot device not just be in the list but to be enabled as a boot device. In the boot order list usually that means a check mark appears by the drive. With most bios' you highlight the device in the boot list with the arrow keys and enable/disable with the space bar.

Bah, humbug

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