I go to fetch computer last night. Guy there informs me I’m going to law school. Computer comes home. Pop in the first of three Toshiba Original Installation disks, that will format the computer and restore the original, default settings of Windows XP and Toshiba software on the machine.
I wait for the prompt as to how I would like to partition my harddrive.
The short answer (after also consulting with one of the best Toshiba-certified technical service offices around) is that normally (aka. with every other Windows installation disk) you are certainly given the option to partition your disks however you’d like. Toshiba disks (and probably HP/Compaq/Sony..who knows… I’ve been Toshiba for a signficant many years now) offer no such option. It’s complete erase contents, format drive, and install default settings. Or nothing at all. My only option, he nicely (as possible) informs me, is to go out and get a new/separate Windows installation CD.
Happy Alicson? not so much.
*shrug* fine. bloody FINE.
how much do i LOVE being told how my software will behave and what will install itself and run contrary to my preferences, on my own computer. acceptable, it is not.
obnoxiousness and misleadingness and unnecessary pigheadedness when we could simply have a very happy Alicson if i would be:
- given the independent XP CD i paid for when i purchased the computer
- allowed to uninstall Windows/MSN Messenger and Media Player when i say so
- able to opt whether or not three separate processes of iTunes should be running in my computer’s background at all times
etc. etc. etc.
now, if you’ll excuse me, since this rant is temporarily complete i will return back to attending to the computer that is reformatting all over again, unnecessarily, because i have now realized i’m just going to be acquiring a new Windows CD (which i can’t get my hands on until late this evening) and doing through most of all of this all bloody over again.
p.s. happy day-after-Mommy’s-birthday, Mom