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You already have a product key on the bottom of the laptop. Just use that with a clean copy of XP Home. Or use the recovery disc and delete all the junk yourself. Or use the nLite option suggested earlier.
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Just install XP Pro and get it over with. Won't hurt anything.


Then work to buy Vista for your sig rig so you can quit wasting a good chunk of your ram and the 64-bit goodness of your hardware.
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You already have a product key on the bottom of the laptop. Just use that with a clean copy of XP Home. Or use the recovery disc and delete all the junk yourself. Or use the nLite option suggested earlier.
Yeah, that would be nice, but I don't have a copy of XP Home. If I did, then I wouldn't be asking, and this thread wouldn't exist. And as for the recovery CD, it's beginning to look more and more like I'll probably just use it, and then uninstall everything she doesn't use. But, the only problem with that is the fact that it will definitely set the computer back to the way it came from the manufacturer, which means the 50GB hdd will have the most ignorant and stupid partition ever: C:\\ is significantly smaller than D:\\. Partition D: is about 95% of the HDD. In fact, C is so small that Defrag complains that there's not enough space to do its best job.
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Just install XP Pro and get it over with. Won't hurt anything.


Then work to buy Vista for your sig rig so you can quit wasting a good chunk of your ram and the 64-bit goodness of your hardware.
Ok, first: The copy of XP Pro SP2 Retail that I have is currently installed on my sig rig. I will be unable to legally activate it on my mom's laptop. And I am absolutely uninterested in breaking any laws just to get my copy to Activate on her laptop.

2nd, I absolutely, positively refuse to use Vista. I hope nobody else suggests it because that would just be a waste of time.

3rd: I purchased this memory KNOWING that I would only see up to 3.25GB of it (but I only see 2.75GB). I wasn't chasing after the increased capacity. I was after the performance and quality of it. I found it very hard to do better than this kit. Besides, I have a feeling I may be trying XP 64 bit in the future, but I dunno for sure. I hear that it can break some games and other things just because of incompatibility.

Thank you anyway.
Edited by TwoCables - 12/26/08 at 2:22pm
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You can always use Disk Management (or GParted; Windows Disk Management sucks) to remove the D: partition and expand the C: partition to fill all the available space.

As for the Vista hate, I can sympathize, but it really is quite a bit better than XP now that Vista SP1 is out.
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post #25 of 34
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You can always use Disk Management (or GParted; Windows Disk Management sucks) to remove the D: partition and expand the C: partition to fill all the available space
Hmm, that's a good idea. It sounds like then all I would have to do is go ahead with the Recovery CD (after backing up, ofc), then get rid of D so that it's just C: with all 50GB (or really, about 46GB).

Wow. So, to perform this simple task, in what ways is GParted superior to Disk Management?
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Hmm, that's a good idea. It sounds like then all I would have to do is go ahead with the Recovery CD (after backing up, ofc), then get rid of D so that it's just C: with all 50GB (or really, about 46GB).

Wow. So, to perform this simple task, in what ways is GParted superior to Disk Management?

Its because it is not made by microsoft... and according to him 99% of things microsoft makes is ****.
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Well, I personally believe he's not that far off. I mean, just look at how their Defrag compares to something like JkDefrag.
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post #28 of 34
Windows Disk Management (and Defrag) will refuse to move certain things, lilke the pagefile and the hibernation file. There's not really any good reason for this, since other utilities have had no problem moving them around. GParted will move them without issue or complaint.

And not EVERYTHING Microsoft does sucks. They make some decent keyboards and mice. But even Bill Gates said Vista sucked...
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post #29 of 34
Download a Windows XP Home OEM .iso file, make a disc and use the legal sticker on the bottom to activate it. That's how I got 64 bit "junk free" Vista on my laptop.
Edited by stanglx302 - 12/28/08 at 12:37pm
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Download a Windows XP Home OEM .iso file, make a disc and use the legal sticker on the bottom to activate it. That's how I got 64 bit "junk free" Vista on my laptop.
That's what I would do as well, download a clean iso of XP, burn it to a disc and install it, activate with your serial. Don't think there's anything illegal about it because you're just downloading a clean CD rip, and you already own the license.
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