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    Quote Originally Posted by Tical84 View Post
    Found out what the problem with the HDD is. The IDE cable that shipped with the motherboard doesn't work. I tried my old IDE and everything's fine.
    Now that I actually have a functioning computer, what do you guys think? Format XP or try 7?
    I would go with Windows 7. While I had no issues with XP...so far I am finding Windows 7 to be great and installs under 10GB. So why not install new O/S with your new system.
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    In addition...if you plan on using any bluetooth technologies, I also found these tasks to be smoother with Windows 7 over XP.

    You can get Windows 7 OEM at Tiger Direct. You may be able to find cheaper with some googling.
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    Which version do you recommend? I want the least bloated version out there but I hear Windows 7 Starter is a joke and doesn't really do anything. Should I get Home Premium or just go right for Ultimate and not worry about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tical84 View Post
    Which version do you recommend? I want the least bloated version out there but I hear Windows 7 Starter is a joke and doesn't really do anything. Should I get Home Premium or just go right for Ultimate and not worry about it?
    Personally I have Ultimate and have been very happy with it so far.
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    That's one of the things I don't like about Windows. Why not just make the one product then have the consumers choose what they want to during installation process, like what is done on LINUX. Then there would be no confusion..it could be as bloated as you want or as lightweight.

    In any case, regarding the topic at hand once again I have the Ultimate and from my understanding is suppose to have more to offer on the OS when compared to the other versions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hexxamillion View Post
    That's one of the things I don't like about Windows. Why not just make the one product then have the consumers choose what they want to during installation process, like what is done on LINUX. Then there would be no confusion..it could be as bloated as you want or as lightweight.
    Because then they'd have to charge the same (most likely, cheaper) price since there would only be one version. This way they can say "You don't want to pay a couple hundred dollars for an OS? Well, we have a cheaper version, it does nothing you want it to do, but we have it."

    I ended up getting Ultimate. Any tips on how to de-bloat it? I saw there was a good thread on speeding up XP but nothing on 7 yet. Right now with a fresh install, no software installed (even RR) it boots in 55 seconds on an old 7200RPM HDD. Haven't been through msconfig or services yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tical84 View Post
    Any tips on how to de-bloat it? I saw there was a good thread on speeding up XP but nothing on 7 yet. Right now with a fresh install, no software installed (even RR) it boots in 55 seconds on an old 7200RPM HDD. Haven't been through msconfig or services yet.
    We may have to wait until nLite is updated to cover Windows7. That may not be long -- that's a pretty good package, and the developers seem to pay attention.
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    I am not much on the whole Windows thing as I am linux but nLite I know was used for XP. I came across vLite which was used for Vista and recognizes Windows 7 as Vista, supposedly compatible. There is also a forum. Google around there are all kinds of forums out there.

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    Ya, I poked around Google a bit and found that theoretically VLite works but I also noticed 7 has only a fraction of the programs and bloatware that Vista and SP2+ XP have so it may be alright. What are the boot times for your Windows 7 systems?

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    That's a nice volume control and you're right, that coin holder is about useless!

    A questions about volumouse if i may, what "condition" did you set in the configuration to tell the mouse to act as a volume control instead of scrooling? I would hate to have to press a key on a key board first everytime i wanted to control the volume.

    BTW - maybe to late now, but i would go with XP, everything you through at it work. Seeing as though you already decided on win7, i hope volumouse work with it since it hasn't been tested on win7.

    Then again, you can be the guinea-pig for all of us j/k

    Good luck on the install. i also have a 2005 F-150 and will be watching.
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