Originally Posted by Amara05
I just got because HP put so much crap on it that I don't want. My question is, if I do reformat and just install Windows XP, do I have all the drivers I need or will I need to go and download some? All the buttons (quick play buttons, vol, etc.) should work right? Or will I need drivers for those in order to use them?
1: It's better to WIPE the (OS) partition clean, do a fresh install. You can "un-install" stuff, but there is always el-crap-ola left over. (Select the FULL format option in the XP installer, instead of "quick"...) Also a good idea to run any tests from the BIOS that check memory, and the hard drive for errors before you begin... 2: Before doing so you need to download the latest SP's from HP... and make a backup DVD of the C:\\SwSetup folder that contains SP's and other software pre-installed on the machine. Note that it's BEST to use the SP's downloaded from HP as they "may" be "newer"
than the SP's in the C:\\SwSetup folder (TIP... MAKE TWO of those C:SwSetup folder DVD's... and check them to make sure they burned correctly - Also a GOOD idea to make another copy or two of the HP Recovery Discs, and any "other" type of recovery discs you make (Arconis/Ghost and store them in a safe place) 3: You also need to make your HP "recovery" discs... In case you find for some reason you can't do the re-install. 4: Find a copy of Ghost, Arconis... Very useful programs to back up your hard drive to. Really with Arconis after confirming your FRESH install works, it's best to "nuke" the HP recovery partition... As Arconis can be used to make your own recovery partition. (Best to delete the recovery partition first, then install the OS, drivers, then use Arconis to create your "own" recovery partition... Or just backup to dvd, external hard drive... deleting the recovery partition to gain more disc space.) Good thing about Arconis /Ghost is you can make as MANY backups of your hd, you OS, your apps, your DATA as you want at ANY time.... Unlike the HP "recovery" disc tool that only allows (1) backup copy to be made.... Not to mention that "recovery" parttiton /disc(s) but the unit back to "as-shipped" condition... with NONE of YOUR apps or DATA.. 5: Tip 5, make a DATA partition... so when the OS goes DOWN you will be able to "restore" your OS, your apps without (as much) fear of your data being overwritten. 6: Make regular backups of your DATA...