Really does my head in when these 'techy' people decide to delete recovery partitions.
They always say something along the lines of 'loads of junk comes preinstalled and it's not needed.'
Fact is most people are screwed without it.
& most new machines have plenty of ram to cope with 100+ processes with LITTLE or no slow down.
Gone are the days where we had 256mb of ram and everything needed stopping in msconfig. In this day and age the only massive bonus of a clean startup is a faster boot time. Most people just put their machines to standby anyway so little benefit.
Things work better factory set than installing windows manually and then installing drivers from the drivers manufacture site. Manufacturers often customized things which then work best with their own customized driver.
Another thing that drives me mad. Pc world sell office license keys without a disk on PCs that come preinstalled with office.
BUT If you have insurance with pc world the tech guys. The first thing they do when you send a pc / laptop in for repair is wipe it using a windows disk. They don't re install the office trial and the user has no disk. It just causes a load of inconvenience. They're so quick to force the key card and insurance down users faces & are so quick to erase the office when the insurance is used by formatting their own way.
They don't even re install drivers for e.g. the touchpad so the user has no scroll etc.
This is why I honestly prefer MAC right now. Things are done right from the start.
Anyho the advice to install windows a fresh is all you need. Then get all the drivers from the manufacturers site and you'll be happy as larry
Edited by ukhardy07 (Mon 17-Sep-12 00:59:14)