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July 9, 2009 at 08:13:17
Specs: Windows XP Media Center
Hard drive failed & have installed new hard drive. Old OS was XP Media Center 2005. Will be purchasing OS from New Egg as that is about the only place I can find the OS software. We are old fashioned & still use dial up as our means of connecting to the internet.

We also had to purchase a new modem. Part of the modem install instructions state that you must physically remove the modem prior to installing a new OS otherwise you will "fry" the modem.

During install I know you have to connect to the internet to complete install. Are we going to be able to complete the installation of the OS while we shut down the computer midway installation to reinstall the modem so that we can connect to the internet to complete install? Any advice is much appreciated! We've been dealing with issues (including a Home PC "professional" who really messed things up. No - we don't want to go out & buy a new computer because we are perfectly happy with what we have -- but we do need the new OS install to go smoothly & work properly! Thank you so very much in advance! Cris

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July 9, 2009 at 08:47:10
What you need to do is complete the installation and when it asks about activating or checking for network just ignore or choose to activate later. You have a 30 day grace period for activation process.

Once the installation is complete, then install the modem according to the instructions.

My suggestion here is to go to the computer manufacturer's website and check with them about obtaining the correct restoration CD's for your computer. They should be specifically for that computer and will cost a heck of a lot less money than purchasing the operating system from Newegg.

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July 9, 2009 at 09:55:59
Have contacted HP. Since our computer is greater than 2 years old, they no longer carry the recovery cds. And since our original hard drive failed and the "Home PC" professional screwed things up, the recovery cds we created when we bought the PC don't work. So purchasing the OS is our only option.

Thank you for your assistance. Are there any other pointers other than the disc progression of 1,2,1 that I should be aware of????

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July 9, 2009 at 10:25:02
Forget about telephoning HP. What the person told you is BS. I have ordered a CD set for a HP that was 4 years old. Just give me the model # and I may be able to provide you with a link where you can order the CD from HP.


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July 9, 2009 at 11:02:21
Will a recovery CD work with a brand new hard drive that doesn't have an operating system?

What we currently have is an HP Pavilion m1080n purchased in September 2005.

Thank You!

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