Originally Posted by lhuser
I downloaded a 64-bit SP1 DVd, and used my Vista COA key from my Acer. I didn't like the bloatware that originally came with it. I used WAIK to do a deployment fun as well.
That's what I've done with both of my laptops, used a 'real' Windows disc to install with the product keys that came with the laptops rather than having the original factory install or recovery options. Runs a lot better that way as long as you can get hold of all the drivers like I was able to for mine.
They're usually in a folder in the original factory install, or they can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website in most cases.
Plus, I was able to set up multiple partitions which was what I wanted, some laptops (like my 2 year old HP) come with one big 'C' drive. I use Ghost for all my backup needs.