How to Install the Gateway Recovery Center

by Garrett Genet

The Gateway Recover Center is a program that comes installed on Gateway computers to allow a user to reinstall applications that came preinstalled on the computer. It's particularly useful when a certain application becomes corrupted or has been otherwise removed from use. Given that it's all contained on a hard drive, the user doesn't need to resort to using installation disks, product keys or any of the hassles that come with using removable media. Best of all, it's significantly faster than using conventional methods of installation.

Step 1

Open your "Start" menu and click "Run." If you don't see "Run" then click in the search field at the bottom.

Step 2

Type "cmd" and click "OK." If you're using the search field, you should see "cmd.exe" as one of the results; click it to run the program.

Step 3

Type "d:" and press "Enter." Your recovery drive letter may differ, in which case use it in place of "d."

Step 4

Type "cd i386" and press "Enter."

Step 5

Type "dir gateway*.msi /s" and press "Enter." You'll see a list of all the directories that contain a .msi file that begin with the word "gateway." The one you're looking for will look something like this: Directory of D:\i386\Apps\App### 06/25/2010 13:04 368,660 Gateway Recovery Center Installer.msi 1 File(s) 368,660 bytes Take note of the "App###"; it will list a number. You want to copy this directory down for the following steps, as it contains the installer file for the Gateway Recovery Center.

Step 6

Type in "cd apps\app###" without quotes, replacing the "###" with the one you obtained in the previous steps.

Step 7

Type in "Gateway Recovery Center installer.msi" with quotes this time, and press "Enter." This will start the installer; follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

Access the program by opening your "Start" menu, selecting "Programs" or "All Programs" and then opening the "Gateway Recovery Center" folder.


  • You need to have the recovery partition Gateway made on your hard drive intact in order to do this. The program is not available to download from Gateway directly. If you do not have it, you would need to use the system recovery disk that came with your computer. However doing so would delete everything you have on your hard drive and restore it back to factory defaults.

About the Author

Hailing from upstate New York, Garrett Genet has been writing articles from tech to health to entertainment since 2001. He's been published in the "Worcester Telegram & Gazette" and websites like "" and "". Genet has a degree in network security & system administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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