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Laptop with no OS

I have a new laptop without an OS and a hard drive from a crashed laptop in an external enclosure. Can I get the OS from the external on the new hard drive?

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But you didn't tell what OS. Windows is the worst of these when moving. Even if the same laptop was same make and model I see Windows crash when moved over.

My answer is no. For laptops use the restore media.

PS. If you don't have that media, order it. CHEAP!

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I have XP. Please explain restore media process?

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Restore explained.

The restore process varies with each make and model. Follow the maker's instructions.


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Finding OS media

On top of Robert's explanation of restore/recovery media, you DO NEED the exact restore/recovery media for your model#. While, you didn't get that with your new laptop, check with those vendors and see what's available. If none, then using a full/upgrade version of some windows OS(plus any required drivers for components/devices) after the install. Also understand under MS EULA rules, you can't use another laptop's OS in most cases. If some Linux version, then the same only install if it works for ya. I read your 1st post and it didn't mention what laptop model#, but if this is an off brand or some unique laptop, expect possible problems.

tada -----Willy Happy

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