Re installing XP on Sony

Jim Isbell, W5JAI jim.isbell at
Thu Mar 3 18:09:25 CST 2005

Thanks, that IS a helpful post.  I would love to set this up with
Linux like my main computer is but unfortunately Linux does not
support my Sprint tele-modem software that is written for MS

On Thu, 3 Mar 2005 18:10:12 -0500, Scott Stevens <chenmel at> wrote:
> On Thu, 3 Mar 2005 16:55:26 -0600
> "Jim Isbell, W5JAI" <jim.isbell at> wrote:
> > 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.
> >
> > 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.
> > --
> I would try 'clobbering' the hard drive entirely by installing NetBSD or
> a Linux OS on the machine.  Tell it to 'take the whole drive' and it'll
> probably clobber that Microsoft stuff rigorously.
> Then, at your option, you can install XP on it (wince).
> You'll probably have to install the Windows 98 to get the 'Upgrade' to
> work.
> But now I am talking about icky things.
> Why not install something on-topic?  It might be a nice Minix machine.
> Or 386BSD is old enough now.

Jim Isbell
"If you are not living on the edge, well then, 
you are just taking up too much space."
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