Ok my GF dropped her laptop on the floor and it wouldn't work, so i took a look and said its something internal and that if she wanted to i could open it up, i didn't have anything top open it up with me, (i have the tools at home) SO it was decided to let her"Certified" computer specialist cousin fix it. So her parents went to PA and took the Lappy to her Cousin who took the lappy apart and then installed the HDD into another laptop, and then installed a new OS (Vista Business Premium) on it to "help get her data back", I know it sounds asinine but that is what he did. Being a the dumb idiot he was he voided the warranty when he did that. Now her computer has no warranty. He did find out what the problem was and then quickly wrapped the laptop back together and said it was fine, her computer illiterate parents were happy and left. However, on the phone i told him that i would use a copy of XP i have so she can use it for college, she can't afford anything like a new OS for example. And well i told him that ide put that on, he immediately told me that it was illegal, which i knew that but then again i can afford to buy another license for it so it would be all fine and dandy. But he then insisted that it has to be windows Vista on the laptop and that XP will not work. To add fuel to the fire he told me the lappy requires Vista on it and needs a Business Key to work, and he said he doens't know why. I told him that he installed a copy of vista business and he was like i needed to to get her files and stuff, which i think is a total bull shit lie but nothing can be done about it now. SO now that the Lappy is back in her hands she gave me another look at it. It has no drivers at all, can't surf the web can't do anything actually, and so im thinking of ways to fix this problem. Option 1 1. I use my copy of Get DATA Back for NTFS and do a deep recovery. do you think its possible to revive the old OS and her files? 1a. And if so do you think it would make a function OS again? as in would it work? 2. Give her a copy of Puppy Linux and say this is the best that i can do. 3. clean the hard drive, and install XP on her lappy and try and find drivers for it. 4. try and get her to buy Vista Home Premium and try and find all of the drivers. Keep in mind that this is a HP store bought laptop. and its out of warranty(now because of idiotic cousin) and was bought in august of 08.