I just got my hands on a new Sony Vaio FW, and I'm really interested to know how you guys use the operating system on your laptop. My old one had XP installed, which I threw away, downloaded a fresh copy, and used my serial on that without any problems, and as long as I use the same OS version, I believe that this is completely legal.
However, my new laptop has Vista, of which I downloaded a copy, installed it, and found that my key doesn't work. While the label on my old laptop just says Windows XP, this one says Windows Vista Home Premium OEMact, so I guess this is the problem. The first question here is, does any of you know how to legally get a working version of Vista which is not full of unneeded things?
The second questions is, do you guys use the OS installs provided by the laptop maker? I find that there is a lot of 'everythingware" in these systems from tiny vendor specific utilities, to large pre-installed vendor stuff, trial apps like virus scanners, Office products, and just boatloads of stuff I will never-ever need. For basic users, or for people who just don't care this may be ok, what do you think, do you use your pre-installed OS?
Update: You can run a program like PC Decrapifier on newly bought laptops and PCs to remove much of the "garbage", that is trial versions, third party software and the like, from it in one go.
If you know you are not going to use any of the programs that the manufacturer has added to it, it is the best option to go about it. You can alternatively go ahead and uninstall all the software manually, but depending on the amount installed, this can take quite some time.
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