matelot wrote:Win 7 64-bit iso downloaded from digitalriver and burned. C: shrunk to a manageable size with GParted - D: and extended partition deleted and all reformed.
Win 7 installed - all progs installed from copies of D:. Win 7 activated. The boot and hidden partition were left untouched.
So far all tickety-boo.
Sweet. As stated before, there shouldn't have been any reason you couldn't clean up the OEM install mess, but with the OEM's and M$'s proprietary nonsense and the "prove to us you're not a pirate" crap it's never a sure thing.