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How do you put the OS on an  HP Touchscreen 320 new hard drive

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If I replace the hard drive in the HP Touchscreen 320, can I boot from DVD and format it?  If not how do I get the OS on the drive?
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Is this a TouchSmart 320?

You should be able to install Windows 7 or 8 as you described.  You may have to change BIOS settings to allow booting from the DVD, though.

Are the old hard drive and Windows installation still functioning properly?  If so, I would try to copy it to the new drive and save a lot of work.

If you want a "clean" installation of Windows, I would still try to copy it and then reinstall from the recovery partition.
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if it is W8 - you may need to change the bios settings this way
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/open-advanced-startup-options-windows-8.htm
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First use the HP utility they provide to create factory recovery media (to a USB stick or DVD's). Check your PC's manual or online on the HP site for details on how that is done.

After that remove your old disk and replace it with the new one. Then boot from the recovery media you made and you should be able to restore the OS.
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Thanks.  both of these were helpful.
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