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    I just had to reinstall windows on a PC for a friend of mine. I'm working on hour 4 of doing this...... Not because anything has gone wrong... Quite the contrary... this is the least problematic XP install I have done in awhile.

    But lets review the process:

    1. Run the windows install

    2. Deactivate Themes, Messagers and other random automatically started worthless services.

    3. Install Norton Antivirus, reboot, update NAV, reboot, run update again, reboot, run update for third time.

    4. Run Windows Update... first run the updater update... reboot, then run update again get service pack 2, reboot, run it again to get WM9, reboot, run it again to update one more of the apps (i forget which one), reboot, run it again to update remaining drivers and apps, reboot.

    And now... Finally... we are ready to start installing actual software, oh yeah... I forgot... after I find and install the drivers for the ethernet, modem, audio, etc.

    Well.... there went my entire morning. Thank goodness I had my Powerbook with me to work on while I waited.
    "If you had a friend who was a tightrope walker, and you were walking down a sidewalk, and he fell, that would be completely unacceptable." -Mitch Hedberg

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    wow, I love my mac too. install process woulda went like this:
    boot from install disc 1, install, insert disc 2, install, restart, software update covers it all at once, restart for security and os updates, repair permissions, thats it, start installing softwares.

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    sounds like you two are looking for something for free from Apple j/k...
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    LOL... You betcha...I've got my fingers crossed that Steve Jobs just happens to browse across here today and decides to reward me.
    "If you had a friend who was a tightrope walker, and you were walking down a sidewalk, and he fell, that would be completely unacceptable." -Mitch Hedberg

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    ohhh the days of windows xp. glad they are over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahsboy18
    LOL... You betcha...I've got my fingers crossed that Steve Jobs just happens to browse across here today and decides to reward me.
    I'm with him. I personally don't miss windows in ANY way. most missable feature of windows was the solitaire, also the most stable feature.lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macman
    I'm with him. I personally don't miss windows in ANY way. most missable feature of windows was the solitaire, also the most stable feature.lol.
    I was a freecell guy myself... but I would go so far as to say that solitare was the ONLY stable feature. Hmm... I think my HP knows it is being made fun of... It's fans just started making really loud nioses as I am typing this... LOL
    "If you had a friend who was a tightrope walker, and you were walking down a sidewalk, and he fell, that would be completely unacceptable." -Mitch Hedberg

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahsboy18
    I was a freecell guy myself... but I would go so far as to say that solitare was the ONLY stable feature.
    Funny that, after I installed SP2 solitaire stopped working, freecell still works though so I didn't bother to try and fix it.

    Amen-Moses

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    I hate having to re-format my PC, it has dodgy ram so it needs it from time to time. It comes pre-loaded with loads of junk like AOL 7.0 which I have to remove before I can start doing anything. It takes the better part of a day to get it up and running properly.

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    Heck... I'm still working on this friggin laptop... I started at 8 this morning! US Central Time.
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    never owned a pc and from the sounds of it I never will Now my wife is another story, she has both. But she prefers Apple, I knew there was a reason I decided to marry
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    Ahh Windows reinstalls, no fun. You get used to the fact that everything intertwines itself all over the drive and so you'll have to reinstall and reconfigure all the apps from scratch. If you're lucky you can restore some settings, but you need the time, expertise and effort to pull things out of the registry (worst invention ever) or locate the data files.

    I was absolutely thrilled the first time I did Archive & Install on the Mac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahsboy18
    I just had to reinstall windows on a PC for a friend of mine. I'm working on hour 4 of doing this...... Not because anything has gone wrong... Quite the contrary... this is the least problematic XP install I have done in awhile.

    But lets review the process:

    1. Run the windows install

    2. Deactivate Themes, Messagers and other random automatically started worthless services.

    3. Install Norton Antivirus, reboot, update NAV, reboot, run update again, reboot, run update for third time.

    4. Run Windows Update... first run the updater update... reboot, then run update again get service pack 2, reboot, run it again to get WM9, reboot, run it again to update one more of the apps (i forget which one), reboot, run it again to update remaining drivers and apps, reboot.

    And now... Finally... we are ready to start installing actual software, oh yeah... I forgot... after I find and install the drivers for the ethernet, modem, audio, etc.

    Well.... there went my entire morning. Thank goodness I had my Powerbook with me to work on while I waited.
    You forgot a step; Defrag! Just by installing XP the disk becomes fragmented, don't believe me? Try it and see!

    Amen-Moses

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    Ey3 D
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    WOW! All that just to start using your computer! My family has a long line Mac users and most of my family members have never had a PC in their life. At my school they have PCs and when I was young we had to like play these educational games and I would come home crying because the game would always crash and stuff and i would get yelled at. From then onn I never used computers unless I had to.
    Then, one day, I used a Mac... :mac:

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    lmao, defrag, thats funny, TRUE, but funny. poor Ey3 D, that must have been terrible, my niece and nephews only use mac so far, I may buy them a pc just to teach them both, but they will stay mac users.

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