Originally Posted by randomperson2
So, did everyone get a 5672 with crappy XP Home or something? I'm a little lost as to why you would reformat the computer as soon as you get it...
Indeed. I find Acer's aren't crammed with too much extra bloat. It's just a few tools to make the Acer specific hardware useable, drivers you'll have to install anyway and stuff like Arcade which you can uninstall if you don't want it.
XP Home isn't all that crappy either. I've always used XP Pro and thought I'd not like the Home version, but to be totally honest I cannot see much need for Pro at home and certainly not on my laptop. It has most stuff, it just lacks things like the ability to join a domain and encrypting file system (the latter I'd strongly recommend avoiding anyway).
I have XP Pro on my desktop as I do some development work that in particular needs IIS which I think isn't on Home, but I really don't need it on the laptop.
Home doesn't have Remote Desktop 'server' support so connecting from another machine is tricky but I believe you can still do it with the invitation method with Remote Assistance and possibly through Netmeeting's share desktop feature. On my laptop I never need to connect to it from another machine, and I just use it as a client to connect to my XP Pro desktop.
Originally Posted by funkfactorus
yeah - the main reasons for initial reformat re-format were FAT32 partitions (who the hell came up with the bright idea of shipping them with FAT32?) and XP Home - wanted XP Pro. Also nice not to have all that annoying bundled software.
You can convert FAT32 to NTFS. Some people argue that you may not end up with the desirable 4k cluster sizes if you convert but in my experience you do with current drive sizes. If you want to be sure you can use Partition Magic to convert to NTFS with 4k clusters.
The annoying bundled software you just uninstall.
Frankly I just see reformatting as a waste of time. In fact not just with bundled stuff but also the practise of reformatting frequently over time. It's something people used to do with Win9x but you just don't need to these days. My current XP Pro desktop is an upgrade from Win2k years ago and has undergone many hardware upgrades and it's still lightning fast without a single reformat.