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    Have been dealing with Vista, recently insalled Ubuntu 12.04 and have been having a ball with it.
    Kind of like going from a automatic transmission to a stick shift.
    Grew up on DOS but got lazy, rediscovering the potential of command line is a hoot

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    they should call windows a beta software i mean wtf there is so many updates my mint install and its updates took like 15 minutes im a few hours into the same process with windows

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    I bought my Mum a new Sony Viao last xmas. We needed to do a complete re-initialize from the partition. It took just over 8 hours to complete!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    i cant belive thse companys install so much bs.thats why i build my own pcs
    Unless you go with a boutique shop, the consumer/home machines will have the bloatware and the latest OS forced on you. Otoh, if you order from the small business section of Dell, not only are you NOT weighed down by excess bloatware(I seem to remember removing some from a small business machine, but not much), but due to the fact hat it was sold to a business, it had 7 Pro on it instead of 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    there is no product key sticker on the laptop
    Apparently some companies are starting to put the licence key inside the battery compartment. It seems to make sense to me, once you know to look there. The label stays MUCH more protected that way. Also, I believe some OEMs will stash a licence key in the BIOS/uEFI and the OEM installer media knows where to look for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    they should call windows a beta software i mean wtf there is so many updates my mint install and its updates took like 15 minutes im a few hours into the same process with windows
    This is why I use a tool called WSUS Offline update when I have to wipe/restore a machine. You can download the updates ONCE(and then update the collection periodically), and the program can apply them by itself. All you have to do is start the process and walk away(for both original download of updates and installing said updates).

    EDIT: I should note, you want to do this on ANOTHER computer or storage device, so you don't lose all that data(it downloads A LOT in order to be prepared for just about anything) when you wipe.
    Last edited by alaskanb3arcub; 01-04-14 at 11:44 PM. Reason: added info

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    i have the key cant find a iso
    Contact the company you bought it from. Dell sent me a couple XP install discs(I was restoring 2 computers at the time) for about $15 each after postage.

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