Re: mysterious pile of Vista to push aside for Fedora, installation

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"D. Hugh Redelmeier" <hugh@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I just bought an inexpensive desktop computer: Acer Aspire E380.

- MS Vista Home Premium
- Athlon 64 x2 4200+
- 3G DDR2 (so it has AMD-V (virtualization hardware))
- 250G SATA drive...
Chances are you have Vista recovery images and a bunch of crapware. My suggestion is to book into Vista and let it install/initialize itself. Once you have a stable system, there should be a means of creating recovery DVD images. Create those and then do whatever you like. If you think you want any of the pre-installed stuff, make sure you either have an installation CD or it's part of the recovery image.

Chances are you will at least need Vista if there is anything like a BIOS update. Also, it's the only way support will talk to you if you have a hardware problem (boot to Vista, re-create the problem, call support, "When I do blah my system doesn't. Yes, I'm running Vista.").


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