Solved Installing windows on a PC with no operating system Question

November 3, 2013 at 13:27:30
Specs: Windows 7
If a PC your buying doesn't have any operating system on it Is it possible to install one and if so could you go to a PC shop or that and get them to install it

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November 3, 2013 at 13:43:25
Yes, you can install your own operating system if you purchase the disk. You can also have a shop install it for you if you don't know how. You have to make sure the machine is compatible with the system you want to install. I.E. make sure the drivers are available for your hardware.

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November 3, 2013 at 15:43:30
It is fairly rare to be able to purchase a system without an operating system. Make sure you know the what you are purchasing and who you are purchasing it from. Make sure you have some type of warranty and/or make sure that it works (it will need to be able to boot from a Live Linux CD/DVD and do some basic things at least).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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November 3, 2013 at 20:40:39
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If your primary goal is to save money, then try installing the
operating system yourself, because it isn't difficult at all and
almost any PC shop will charge a relatively large amount to
install it on a machine they aren't selling to you-- especially
if they aren't selling you the OS, either. They will definitely
do it, though.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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November 4, 2013 at 16:54:32
Make sure the PC you are buying is not password protected.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

message edited by Derek

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November 5, 2013 at 15:57:51
echoing Derek to a degree…

What is usually downloaded as an OS is an ISO file; which is then burned to DVD (CD usually being too small a capacity these days?) Then the system to which the OS is to be installed is booted up with that DVD and the OS installed.

Once you have a bootable OS installation (full OS version) disk… it's very simple and straightforward to install the basic OS. Just pop the disk in and boot up… follow on screen prompts… You may have to power up initially in order to gain access to the DVD drive and pop the disk in; then restart the system (power down/up again) and the system will - all things being equal - start the whole process of installation…

But first you need to "know" that the blank (empty) system is compliant with whoever OS you wish to install… That means all the required drivers are available.. So what make/model is the blank system?

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