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PLEASE Help! Vista Sucks!

by NoRFID / February 27, 2008 5:49 AM PST

Hi Everyone...

I'm new to this board and I must say I'm slightly challenged when it comes to computers/software/etc., so bear with me. LOL

I recently purchased a new HP Pavilion laptop that has Microsoft Vista OS, and I hate it! I've heard there's no way to switch to another OS at all. Is this true?? So I buy a computer that's not really mine to have whatever software on it what I so desire?

Please tell me there's a way to get Vista off and replace it with either XP or even Ubuntu. I've already put personal stuff onto the hard drive (files, pics, etc.), so I'm reluctant to return the computer... hence, I've heard how your information can still be retrieved even after reformatting, etc.

Please please can someone help me? Is there any way to remove Vista and then replace it? I'm desperate.

Thanks for any help.

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Yes, You Can Switch Operating Systems..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 27, 2008 6:53 AM PST
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PLEASE Help! Vista Sucks!
by NoRFID / February 27, 2008 7:27 AM PST

Thank you Grif!

Are these links to the drivers generic for a series of HP laptops, i.e. for the dv6000, is it for the series or just for that number? My laptop is a dv9727us. Would the link for the dv9000 help me or do I need more specific information? Like I said, I'm computer challenged, so I hope I'm making sense. lol.

I can't stand how proprietary and controlling Vista is. I've tried installing a couple things I have and it messed everything up and I've had to restore 3 times now. I feel like I'm being controlled, as though I were seeing a doctor who is telling me I cannot use alternative medicine... and if I don't use "their" conventional medicine, then I will pay the price! That's just one analogy that comes to mind. <sigh>

So are you telling me there is hope?

Thanks again!

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It Takes Work but There Is Hope
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 27, 2008 9:09 AM PST

The links for both DV6000 and DV9000 should both help you DEPENDING on the hardware that resides on your computer. They are specific for the hardware on the machine and the XP operating system but luckily, most of the HP machines use the same hardware from one version to the next. Still, before downgrading make sure to open the Device Manager of Vista and write down all the types of devices and their drivers.. Later, when you happen to be missing a driver, you can look at the Vista driver and search out the manufacturer for a driver..

Still, if you aren't experienced at installing operating systems and troubleshooting those installations, it can be daunting. Read ALL OF THE POSTS in the link I provided for some insight on problems and their fixes.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Thank you Grif
by NoRFID / February 28, 2008 5:11 AM PST

Thanks for all your help on this. You know what, I ended up clearing off the hard drive and restoring the system back to when I purchased it last week, and was able to return it. I can't take this Vista any more. Not only is it slow, but anything I tried to install on it (especially copies of games or other software), it would mess up my system, give me error messages on drivers, etc. I had to keep restoring the system just to get it to work again each time. One program I tried to install was Roxio for copying CD's and DVD's and it just wouldn't work. Even though that program would never install, every time I booted up the computer, it gave me a message about some kind of driver incompatibility, having to do with Roxio. The rest of the computer is cleaned up, but that message never did go away. Fortunately, I was able to return the laptop. I learned my lesson on this Vista. I never realized it was this bad. I purchased another one with Windows XP on it for a couple hundred dollars less, and I can now install a backup OS like Linux/Ubuntu, so I'm a happy camper. I like that... I feel in control. I heard everything is going to Vista from now on. Oh dear, what am I going to do in the future? One more thing... Have you or anyone else heard about the DoD and Microsoft Vista? http://www.infopackets.com/channels/en/windows/bills_links_and_more/2007/20070801_microsoft_the_dod_and_windows.htm Quite interesting to say the least.... and an invasion of our privacy and civil liberties. <sigh> OK... I got a little long winded here, but still... thanks for your help.

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