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Windows 7: Hard drive not recognized by laptop, No bootable device.

25 Jul 2018   #11
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
- Go to the Gateway site and see if they have the drivers for the laptop.


We don't know if it is a Gateway machine. Whoever the manufacturer is, they should have drivers for your daughter's machine on their site.

You can download them on your pc, copy to usb and install them on your daughter's machine


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27 Jul 2018   #12
Yardies

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit Microsoft sp1
 
 

Hi, SIW & Mega, i just wanted to follow up; i am still working on this laptop. I had got the Wi-Fi up last night & it worked good.
Then turned off LT.

But....This morning, i turned it on & Wi-Fi having issues again. I'll troubleshoot more by myself (so as not to bother you kind techs), and post later. Ethernet cable connected works well. I think something caused it to mess up. Did system restore, but no luck.
Anyways, I'll work on this more (googling for answers), before i come back.
My main/first priority now is getting the Wi-Fi working so that I can update install and do anything I need to finish this lt up.
Thx & hopefully i can get this going.

Note that I used the System info tool to get info on her LT for this forum.
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27 Jul 2018   #13
Yardies

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit Microsoft sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post


We don't know if it is a Gateway machine. Whoever the manufacturer is, they should have drivers for your daughter's machine on their site.

You can download them on your pc, copy to usb and install them on your daughter's machine
Indeed SIW, this is exactly what I did to at least get the Network controller updated, and also the VGA graphics. The graphics updating made the resolution really nice, & modern.

But as I said in my recent reply, I still have things to fix.I will keep at it. Thanks
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28 Jul 2018   #14
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

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28 Jul 2018   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I suggest you use dism++ to download and install updates. The roll up MS released a long time includes superseded, and there have been many more since then.

http://cdn.chuyu.me/Dism++10.1.1000....bdb23d2d22.zip

Dism++ | New Windows Utility

I might make something to create updated install media when I get the time.
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03 Aug 2018   #16
Yardies

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit Microsoft sp1
 
 
Update for where I am at...

Its been a while, so heres where I am at on my daughters LT.

On the "trial" 120gb HD, I got Windows 7 Home premium sp1 on this HD (Drivers and all were updated fine)..

I cloned that small drive to a working 500gb successfully. This will be the now "permanent" HD. The only thing pending is getting it to sp2...

Besides getting it updated to sp2, I have one concern as shown on attached screen shot'. The computer system shows the windows activation countdown....
Yesterday it said "21 days" etc. Today it says "20 days" which means to me that eventually it will get to 0 days.
What is going to happen then? As stated in my older post, I have the 25# product key that is under the LT on the windows sticker. Will that product key work when prompted to enter it on day "0'?
Should I start a new thread on either of these two topics?

Note that the reason I did not continue with updating to sp2 was because I was confused on how to
do it right. I Did some reading on the issues many have had doing the sp2 because it is bundled and causes others problems...Is it necessary to update to sp2?

Thank you kindly,
I truly appreciate your help in getting this far on her LT issues.


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04 Aug 2018   #17
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

I would install SP2 and then the security only updates.
When the count down reaches 0 it will begin to show a non genuine logo.
If everything is working as it should, why don't you insert the COA key to activate?

After the updates and activation and before adding software, my recommendation is to make a disk image on an external disk.
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04 Aug 2018   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You might as well activate now.

Then run dism++ to get the current updates. It is much better than that ancient roll up.

easy to do. It uses the Microsoft update catalog and the differ engine.
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04 Aug 2018   #19
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Click Updates

Hard drive not recognized by laptop,  No bootable device.-d1.jpg

Click Scan and it downloads the MS database , scans your system and gives you a list

Hard drive not recognized by laptop,  No bootable device.-d2.jpg

Hard drive not recognized by laptop,  No bootable device.-d3.jpg


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04 Aug 2018   #20
Yardies

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit Microsoft sp1
 
 
Windows (3) updates didn't convert to sp2-Win activation a success

Hi,
I have included 2 screenshots (BTW, I love that snipping tool).

1st= (3) Win Updates installed as of shortly ago.
I circled the (3) that Mega suggested. 3020369, 3125574, 3172605.

2nd= I went ahead and activated Windows, & all went fast and smoothly. I am very happy and thank you both Mega and SIW, for all your suggestions.

However, in the screenshot, it still shows SP1 even though those three updates shown above are
showing as installed in the other Screenshot. Laptop rebooted as instructed.

And I will definitely make a disk image on an external disk for safe keeping once all is finished.
Question:
Since it appears that it needs MANY updates more, I want to minimize updating the ones not necessary. I dont think daughter will ever update to Win 10 on this unit. So keeping this pc as simple is the goal.
If I can get sp2 installed can updating windows stop there?
And what is the step missing to get sp2? I must have missed something?

Thank you again


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