Originally Posted by da_man007
Still wondering if installing windows xp oem clean is still worth it.
I had recently started experiencing problems with my setup - everything seemed to slow down to a crawl at times, shutting down computer took ages. So I reinstalled everything from scratch from Win XP OEM CD that I made myself.
My advice while reinstalling do not turn on automatic updates, install updates manually, and skip KB890859 - it renders network inoperable and you can only boot to Safe mode without network. I spent about an hour trying to find which update broke it for me. The funny thing is that later on I've found my own records from the previous reinstall where I marked this same update as bad
For those who want to know how to make Win XP OEM CD for Acer that makes the Product Number on the bottom of laptop work, here's how.
Make a copy of regular Win XP Pro (if your OEM is also Pro) CD. Find i386 directory on the C: drive (original/factory contents of C: drive) on your Acer laptop, copy it over to the image of CD drive over i386 there. If there are no OEMBIOS.* (.bin, .cat, .dat, .sig) files in the resulting i386 directory image, search for them on your C: drive and copy to i386 on CD image. Finally, (very important) find oobeinfo.ini on your C: drive (it should contain another Product Key inside) and copy it to i386 in CD image, delete oobeinfo.in_ from the CD image so the two files would not collide. Use this http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=248
guide, for instance, to burn bootable Win XP CD. Or http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase...slipstream.asp
The resulting CD worked perfect for me. No activation required afterwards, of course.
By the way, my partitioning is 20/30/40 GB but I typically have 13-14 GB free on C: even after installing Cinema 4D, Office, a lot of other applications. If I do it anew, I would make C: about 13-15GB
Oh, and after clean reinstall and fully loaded with programs my lappie runs much, much faster.