Temporary use of XP installation



Geo Sully
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
I have a 3 year old Toshiba laptop that came with 3 recovery disks with XP
Pro included on them. The computer crawls. Reformatting using the recovery
disks seems to improve performance for a very short time and it is downhill
from there. It is a 1.1 GHZ Celeron II processor and I have upgraded it to
512 MB memory. I can find nothing wrong with hardware. I am convinced that
if I could do a clean install of XP without all the stuff that came on the
recovery disks it would run much better. I am thinking of installing Windows
XP on the laptop using my disk from my desk top installation. I understand
that I have 14 days to activate. If I buy a retail version of windows XP
within the 14 day period, will I have to reinstall or can I somehow register
using the new product code?

BAR
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
The difference between your Toshiba OEM version and the Full retail version
will have any effect on the performance of your hardware.

What may make a slight change would be the applications that are set to run
in the background immediately on startup, which can be managed by you anyway.

Check in the system tray are, next to the clock and see just what icons are
shown: eg. Anti-Virus, Sound ect.

Now you can stop any of these starting automatically [make sure that you do
not stop important items such thigs as anti virus] by clicking START> RUN -
type in MSCONFIG and press OK.

Now look under the STARTUP tab and uncheck these items that you do not need
running.

Your computer cannot run any faster - got the 'drift'.

A 1.1 Ghz CPU can only process at a given rate, what helps it do this work
better is of course more RAM and less background processes that are
unnecesary.

"Geo Sully" wrote:

> I have a 3 year old Toshiba laptop that came with 3 recovery disks with XP
> Pro included on them. The computer crawls. Reformatting using the recovery
> disks seems to improve performance for a very short time and it is downhill
> from there. It is a 1.1 GHZ Celeron II processor and I have upgraded it to
> 512 MB memory. I can find nothing wrong with hardware. I am convinced that
> if I could do a clean install of XP without all the stuff that came on the
> recovery disks it would run much better. I am thinking of installing Windows
> XP on the laptop using my disk from my desk top installation. I understand
> that I have 14 days to activate. If I buy a retail version of windows XP
> within the 14 day period, will I have to reinstall or can I somehow register
> using the new product code?

Raztax
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
You have 30 days to activate not 14, and if you buy a retail disk, then
you will need to do a repair install over the OEM install, then
activate.
Also a 1.1 Ghz Celeron is a pretty low end budget cpu, dont expect too
much performance out of it.

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
Hi,

> I am convinced that if I could do a clean install of XP without all the
> stuff that came on the recovery disks it would run much better.

Just do the recovery, then uninstall the unwanted software or disable it
from loading at boot. You started by stating that "Reformatting using the
recovery disks seems to improve performance for a very short time and it is
downhill from there", this implies that the problems are not with the
original installation, but rather with something that you are doing with it
afterwards, or with some program that you are installing after the fact (not
installing a Norton or Mcafee product are you?)

> I am thinking of installing Windows XP on the laptop using my disk from my
> desk top installation.

Well, that might work if you have a retail disk and do an in-place upgrade,
but if it was supplied with the desktop it likely will not install on other
hardware. Also, if it was OEM, then it cannot be used as an upgrade.
Further, you would not want to do a clean install, as a retail or generic
version will likely not contain needed drivers for the laptop.

> I understand that I have 14 days to activate.

30 days for retail disks.

> If I buy a retail version of windows XP within the 14 day period, will I
> have to reinstall or can I somehow register using the new product code?

You'd have to do another repair installation with the retail disk in order
to use that Product Key for activation.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"Geo Sully" <GeoSully@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:2E83346A-7CCC-4B6B-ADBB-5044834542A5@microsoft.com...
>I have a 3 year old Toshiba laptop that came with 3 recovery disks with XP
> Pro included on them. The computer crawls. Reformatting using the
> recovery
> disks seems to improve performance for a very short time and it is
> downhill
> from there. It is a 1.1 GHZ Celeron II processor and I have upgraded it
> to
> 512 MB memory. I can find nothing wrong with hardware. I am convinced
> that
> if I could do a clean install of XP without all the stuff that came on the
> recovery disks it would run much better. I am thinking of installing
> Windows
> XP on the laptop using my disk from my desk top installation. I
> understand
> that I have 14 days to activate. If I buy a retail version of windows XP
> within the 14 day period, will I have to reinstall or can I somehow
> register
> using the new product code?


Temporary use of XP installation