You can boot XP on that computer, then insert your Windows 7 DVD and run its Setup program. It should start automatically, but if it doesn't, you can double-click Setup.exe on the disc and start it. That will copy the files you need then reboot and finish the Windows 7 install. Once you get it installed, you can download the drivers from the Gateway web site. If you want to stay with XP, you could buy a USB NIC and use that for getting on the net, however with XP about to lose support, I'd think you'd be much better off with Windows 7. One other thing to consider would be to download the Windows 7 ISO from Digital River, burn it to a disc, and use the COA key from the bottom of that laptop. The link is <span id="INSERTION_MARKER">http://www.mydigitallife.info/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-digital-river/ .<span>
<span> Good luck.
My son (who is mildly handicapped) had the hard drive fail in his Gateway M1631u laptop that did have Win 7.
I bought and installed a new drive which was very easy to do.
The problem is the system restore and our back-up discs are missing.
On another computer I downloaded to disk Ubuntu and installed it on the laptop.
Everything seems to work except the wireless. Using the lan I went online but could only find win Vista or win 7 drivers for our laptop. None would download or install as no Win system is detected.
So I put my Win 7 ultimate disc in. It will not boot to this disc for some reason.
So I booted to my Win XP disc with no service pacs and deleted Ubuntu. Now I can't get get online at all. No drivers for the lan or wireless. So I can't download anything.
My son misses his laptop very much. He used it to keep in touch with his few friends and for a few favorite games.
Can some one direct me to where I can get a restore disc for this model laptop. Gateway has no more support for this model, so they are out. I am at wits end.
I even got suckered into paying $$$$$ for what what was supposed to be a driver restore download (to a usb key) for this Gateway, but it was just a program to make a back-up of your system. It contained no drivers at all.
Thanks so much.