Re installing XP on Sony

Jim Isbell, W5JAI jim.isbell at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 16:55:26 CST 2005


I have a Sony Vio laptop and it has one partition on it, one 4 gig and
 1 gig of unassigned space.  (was assigned as drive "D" but I
unassigned it thinking I could add it to "C"...of course, I couldnt)
Windows XP is installed on the 4 gig partition and the remaining 1 gig
is un assigned.

BUT...no mater what I do when it boots it has Sony Vio logos and if I
look at the directorys I find a bunch of crap that was left over from
the days when it was running a Sony derivitave of Win ME. Lots of ISP
advertisements desquised as optional ways to connect to the internet. 
(I use a Sprint cell phone and Sprint software to connect to the
internet and dont need ANY ISP or phone line methods of connection and
would love to get some more space by deleting them.   I cannot delete
the directorys because they are protected.  If I could just erase the
unused directorys I would be happy but also just cleaning the whole
thing off and installing XP would be fine to since there is nothing on
that drive that I need. I cannot delete IE and that takes up a bunch
of room.  I use Netscape and IE is an abomination I need to be rid of.

I want to clean that damned thing completely off and reinstall XP. 
The version of XP that I have is the Home edition UPGRADE.

I dont know what I need to put on there first to get the upgrade to
work but I have ME Upgrade and WIn 98 and WIn 3.1.  Usually just
starting from 3.1 and upgrading step by step works but I cant get this
damned Sony crap off the HD and it takes up over 2 gb of HD space.

Any help would be appreciated, even if it is to tell me that Sony
fixed it so their crap must stay, at least then I would quit trying to
recover the lost space.
-- 
Jim Isbell
"If you are not living on the edge, well then, 
you are just taking up too much space."
W5JAI
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