There could be an issue with the HP supplied disk being used as a reference OS to the upgrade. Why not reinstall with the original disks and remove any unnecessary HP installed programs? A full XP cd may do better than an upgrade. I just bought an OEM XP Home for $81, full version.
My father-in-law's HP Pavallion laptop came with OEM XP Home and all the crap that comes with it. From day one it takes forever to boot because of all the crap that's on the machine. I've suggested that a fresh install of XP Home would cure the time it takes to load. All he uses this laptop for is occasional browsing, email and documents. All that other "stuff" is useless to him.
He's buying a copy of XP Home Upgrade and I'm going to install it. My question is will the upgrade work? I plan to back up all his emails, favorites, addresses, etc. and format the drive, then install XP. I'll do this at my home behind my router firewall, then get all the upgrades via my cable connection. He has dial-up and it would take days to get all the updates on his dial-up.
Besides installing AV, ZA, and the parasite suite, am I correct in assuming I can use the XP upgrade?