Vista is still broken.
You'll need a full copy of XP, the upgrade might work. You'll also need all the drivers for your video, audio, NIC, wireless card, modem, etc. You'll need to get these at the HP site as XP does not have them. You'll need to boot from the XP CD then format the drive and install XP. The laptop may have a recovery partition that will contain the recovery programs for Vista. You can leave it alone or delete it, your choice. If you leave it you can revert back to Vista.
It'll cost you a few bucks for the XP CD but it'll be worth it.
I just bought a Lap Top (HP Pavilion Dv6636nr)...Specs are:
Amd Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58 1.9GHz
Nvidia Geforce 7150M
Windows Vista Home Premium
And I am not too satisfied with the performance of Windows Vista, So I was wondering If I should Downgrade it to Windows XP....I'm pretty sure the performance would improve drastically with XP...but I was wondering, Should I..?...Does anyone recommend this, IF SO...WHAT WILL I NEED???
I appreciate your help...Thanx in advanced...