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Windows 7: What did my mom do to her desktop?

06 Jan 2015   #21
crashhat

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

I don't even think the still has her manual, so to answer your question, no I have not studied the port situation.


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06 Jan 2015   #22
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crashhat View Post
I don't even think the still has her manual, so to answer your question, no I have not studied the port situation.
The manual should be at the HP site.
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06 Jan 2015   #23
crashhat

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Since I've never done this before, would it just be better if she just got herself a laptop?
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06 Jan 2015   #24
whs
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Nah, it is really very easy. Unplug the power, open the box and just switch the 2 cables of the old HDD to the new HDD. You will need a screwdriver to get the old HDD out of the bay and put the new one in. But it really is a piece of cake.
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06 Jan 2015   #25
crashhat

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

That sounds easy enough. When I hook up the new hard drive what do I do next? do I just put in the system recovery disks?
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06 Jan 2015   #26
gregrocker

 

You can do that if you have the Recovery Disk set, then immediately after it starts go to Windows Updates to Check for Updates, install all Important and Optional to get the latest drivers and patches that makes your system run better.

However the factory install is the worst install of Win7 one can have. I'd do the much better Clean Reinstall Windows 7
so Win7 is not loaded down with all the bloatware.

Are there programs that came with the PC that your Mom uses? We can help you find these to include in the Clean Reinstall.
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06 Jan 2015   #27
crashhat

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

All she does is go on the internet, that's all she really knows how to do LOL.
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06 Jan 2015   #28
gregrocker

 

The Manual and Drivers are found on the HP Support Downloads website for your model PC here: HP Pavilion Slimline s5713w Desktop PC | HP® Support

The Manual is here showing how to replace HD on page 17: Upgrading and Servicing Guide

Your PC's reader should open the downloaded Manual but if not click on the download to open it.
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06 Jan 2015   #29
crashhat

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The Manual and Drivers are found on the HP Support Downloads website for your model PC here: HP Pavilion Slimline s5713w Desktop PC | HP® Support

The Manual is here showing how to replace HD on page 17: Upgrading and Servicing Guide

Your PC's reader should open the downloaded Manual but if not click on the download to open it.
Thanks for the info Greg. When I get the hard drive I saw on amazon I'll hook it up and let you know how it it went.
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06 Jan 2015   #30
whs
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In your case clean install as Greg recommends would be your best option. Getting the current OS off the defunct disk is probably not in the cards.

If you have problems installing Windows, post back and I give you another option that costs nothing.
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