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(NT) I need to Clean up my Laptop... How do I reinstall XP??

by bbaigorri / April 11, 2006 6:50 AM PDT

My laptop (1.8, 512MB, 60GB), is veeerrrryyyy slow, so I was thinking of wiping the slate clean and reinstalling everything... After I copy all my important files to my external (lacie 250GB), what should I do? I have the boot up discs, but I want to avoid all the crap bundled with Sony. I don't need AOl, Messenger, Sony VAOI bundles, or any of that other junk. I really just want Windows, with MSN Messenger, and Office 2003 (I have the discs for Office)...

HELP!!!

(Oh, I will be upgrading from 512MB to 1 GB RAM this summer... Should I wait until my new hardware is installed before doing the reinstallation?)

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Short list. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 11, 2006 6:57 AM PDT

If it was mine, I'd buy a fresh copy of XP, format the drive to remove all instances of "bloatware" and problems, and install XP fresh. Keep in mind that you'll need drivers for your other "stuff" such as audio, video, modems, NICs, etc.

Or, you can just run the restoral CDs and uninstall what you don't need.

XP will run fine with 512 of RAM, and in a laptop, a Gig or more is overkill.

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Reinstall with the Sony discs
by ramarc / April 11, 2006 9:48 AM PDT

and then start uninstalling the unwanted stuff. Sounds counterintuitive, but the Sony discs will have all the proper drivers for your hardware... a retail XP install may not and sometimes laptop drivers are hard to find (especially from Sony). (I put WinXP Pro on my Toshiba laptop and lost dual display capability. nVidia doesn't release drivers for older mobile GPUs so I had to find a 2 year old driver!)

Before you start whacking the crap programs, create a fixed page file about 700MB in size.

After you finish your pruning, get a spyware program and let it scrub your PC. Also consider getting Registry Mechanic (http://www.pctools.com/registry-mechanic/). I also recommend CCleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/) to get rid of the trash, and Cacheman (http://www.outertech.com/) to improve performance through memory optimization.

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