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GATEWAY DX4860 RESTORE

I inherited a gateway dx4860 without any disks or software.  it was running Windows 7 home ok, but i started to load Windows server 2003.   everythinhg went ok for a while, i deleted the original partition, then started installing the new operating system.  however, while it starts loading ok, it always ends up with a blue screen with error 0x0000007B.  

since the hard drive was wiped, and there is no restore disk, it won't boot from the hard drive any longer.   and it won't get all the way through the operating system installation.

i'm not sure what the options are ..
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find a windows 7 home disc and run the install.

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or contact gateway and purchase the recovery disc, i think they are around $40.

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i was able to restore the machine using the gateway restore option (Alt+F10).   but got the same result when trying to load the new OS.   i'm not getting to the screen where you can delete/add partitions.  i think the existing partition needs to be deleted, and a new one added.
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If the gateway restore option was working correctly the partitions would be created automatically. You destroyed any chance of using the restore when you installed a new OS and created a new MBR.

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i don't think that is what i did, although that is what i thought happened.   the computer appears to be completely restored, and i'm in the process of making the dVD restore disks.  once that is done, i will try again to install windows 2003 server.

do you have any ideas on the best way to proceed?

- delete all partitions, then install from CDs?
- don't change any partitions, just install from CDs - this is what has already been tried but it seems to have a problem when it's time to switch to the second CD.
-anything else?

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thanks for the help.   i did not phrase the problem correctly.

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if you want to install windows server 2k3 you will need to delete all partitions, which is done during the first phase of the setup. or.... you can use gparted, partition the hard drive while you are using win7, install ws2k3 on the new partition and dual boot. this may help:  http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/using-gparted-to-resize-your-windows-vista-partition/