I just bought a new Inspiron, with the $10 “Restore media” option. The system should be here in a couple of weeks.
I only need Windows for a couple of things - Checkpoint junk and Boson, mostly. I’ll be otherwise using Debian and/or Ubuntu on the thing, so I figure I can get away with 5 or 6GB for XP.
Having never dealt with a Dell for my own personal use before, I’ve got a few questions regarding the best way to approach the installation process.
Will the XP disc I get from Dell contain a regular XP installation, with the typical partitioning tools, etc? I’ve used some IBM restore discs that simply nuked any partitions you have in place and overwrote the entire disk.
Will the disc also install all the marketing cruft that Dell includes on the normal install to keep the price down? I’m talking about AOL installers, Wordperfect, &c.
I’m just trying to figure out whether I’d actually save any time by nuking the default installation from the get-go, or manually installing all the crap and using ntfsresize to shrink the default installation.