Originally Posted by tonysrep
I see your point but, from what I can see no one that attempted the option has yet been able to acheve the goal of a system that operates as well as it did before the format. I was of the opinion that with the duo chip there is enough power to allow the system to run without this 250 lbs. woman sitting on the keyboard. I was just able to be online while creating a dvd of one of my home movies. Sure could not do that without owning the centrino duo. I remember trying to burn a cd and telling my family not to touch the computer until it was done . Those days are gone forever. I did however create the backup dvd's as recommended so if I do need to reinstall the operating system it should be fairly easy. By the way how much faster is you computer after formatting the system ,removing hp's software compared to the stock config? I was also going to add the media center version of xp claims its xp pro in its config.
Don't have allot of time so I'll make this short.... As shipped there is allot of extra stuff installed on the machine... That translates into thousands of files, and pointers to those files. While some can be removed easily, some cannot... When an un-installer runs, allot of times there are references in the registry to programs and files that don't exist, pointers to incorrect locations. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...ws+XP+registry
The less of that on the PC, the faster, and more importantly the more stable the PC is going to be. Compare a PC with 50,000 files on it to one with 100,000 files on it... The one with 50,000 files is going to run faster.... and more importantly there's going to be less of a chance one (or more) of those files ends up getting corrupted... Or "misplaced" by the OS which becomes confused at some point, that can get confused by all those left over pointers left in the registry. I've lost the contents of two hard drives due to an OS, or a controler card bug... wasn't a good expericance. You can keep your 250lb woman, for me I prefer the 130lb one. You can also keep your "recovery" disc that puts the system back as it was shipped, setup as one large partition with the OS, the Apps, and DATA on (1) partition. I would prefer to keep my data seperate from the OS, with the OS on a very small partition that can be imaged, and then if needed (about once be year) re-installed within minutes.... My data remaining intact. To each his own. If you like your current setup I'm happy for you. * * * * * BTW: On those who have made their restore CD's
, has anyone tried to make a backup copy of them yet with success?
[/b] I burned the recovery discs (just to have them), maybe give them to the new owner when I sell the machine if they want them.. Burned the disc's then tried to copy disc #1 via Nero,
burning an image of the disc to the hd, so it could be archived.... Came back and noticed an "unrecoverable read error"
around 48 minutes into the read. In other words have you (Or anyone else) tried to copy, make a backup of the OEM restore disc's? I was wondering if this unrecoverable error may be a back-door way to keep people from making a back-up copy of the restore disc(s). Discs that should have shipped with the machine, instead of having to be made by the customer. :-( The HP program which makes the "restore" disc only allows (1) burn, one copy to be made so that means if you can't copy them your screwed if the disc turns out to be bad. (or it gets damaged-if you can't make a back-up copy of it) Compare that to using GHOST, or a program like it to "Image" the hd.... You can make as many as you want.... backing up the OS or your DATA as needed. Regardless on your postion on keeping the OEM install of windows anyone who's concerned with protecting their data, or wants to confiqure the OS and apps to their liking and be able to "restore" their PC within minutes should look into the programs I mentioned. Keep their data on a seperate partition (or hd)