vista and my new old laptop

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help' started by Tim W, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Tim W

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    I bought an excellent hp pavillion from ebay. When it arrived I did the
    hp recovery thing to put it back to an as-new state with a clean install
    of vista. Then it needed windows update. The update process has been a
    total mess and has not completed. from the beginning there were updates
    which wouldn't download, updates which don't install, and this morning I
    find after 8hrs the screen still says 'Installing 1 of 38 do not power
    off' (yeah?).

    I have always used xp after one previous (not good) experience of vista.
    So I am thinking I have four options.

    1. Turn off updates and use the laptop. Do they matter?
    2. Restore to as-new again and try again.
    3. I am downloading a disk of Vista with SP2. Could wipe the HDD and try
    that.
    4. Downgrade to XP. I would love to do that but I don't know if I will
    find all the drivers.

    This is a HP pavillion dv9500
    http://gdgt.com/hp/pavilion/dv9500/specs/

    Any thoughts from the more experienced?

    Tim W
     
    Tim W, Feb 26, 2013
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    Tim W, Feb 26, 2013
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  3. Tim W

    Tim W Guest

    On 26/02/2013 08:26, Tim W wrote:
    > I bought an excellent hp pavillion from ebay. When it arrived I did the
    > hp recovery thing to put it back to an as-new state with a clean install
    > of vista. Then it needed windows update. The update process has been a
    > total mess and has not completed. from the beginning there were updates
    > which wouldn't download, updates which don't install, and this morning I
    > find after 8hrs the screen still says 'Installing 1 of 38 do not power
    > off' (yeah?).
    >
    > I have always used xp after one previous (not good) experience of vista.
    > So I am thinking I have four options.
    >
    > 1. Turn off updates and use the laptop. Do they matter?
    > 2. Restore to as-new again and try again.
    > 3. I am downloading a disk of Vista with SP2. Could wipe the HDD and try
    > that.
    > 4. Downgrade to XP. I would love to do that but I don't know if I will
    > find all the drivers.
    >
    > This is a HP pavillion dv9500
    > http://gdgt.com/hp/pavilion/dv9500/specs/
    >
    > Any thoughts from the more experienced?
    >
    > Tim W


    Never Mind. I took a deep breath and reformatted the Hard Drive.

    Tried XP first. A lot of missing drivers and very little info on the HP
    site. Getting even most of the hardware working ooked like a long quest
    with no certainty of success at the end. Reformatted again.

    Put in my pirate disk and used the product key on the underside of the
    laptop. Vista looked a lot more attractive without the vast amounts of
    junk that HP had included. Turned off updates, got AVG going fine, got
    the HP Scan-for-driver-updates thing off their site and it seemed to
    work fine. Turned on updates and to my great suprise it all worked
    without a hitch. Excellent. I might even get to like this OS.

    How did HP manage to balls it up so, you have to ask? and why do I need
    a pirated copy of Vista when I have a legitimate license? The world is a
    strange place.

    BTW does anybody read this group?

    Tim W
     
    Tim W, Feb 26, 2013
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  4. Tim W

    Tim W Guest

    On 26/02/2013 15:24, Tim W wrote:
    > On 26/02/2013 08:26, Tim W wrote:
    >
    > BTW does anybody read this group?
    >
    > Tim W


    I see.
     
    Tim W, Feb 27, 2013
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