Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Growing old... watching Windows XP install

Is it just me, or should there be a better way now? Wanted to give my Thinkpad R40 a clean start, so thought I'd get it back to factory settings using the Thinkpad restore CD (now a chargeable extra on Thinkpads BTW), then bang on Service Pack 2, the latest security patches, the bare essentials of security (Windows firewall), Firefox browser (rather than IE) and my VPN client etc...

However, here I am over 4 hours later, and it is still only at the installing SP2 stage! Now I know an R40 (P4M 2.2GHz, 1GB) isn't the latest greatest kit these days, and laptop hard disks and DVD-drives are notoriously slow, but four hours just to do a reinstall and patch seems ridiculous!

Especially when comparing it to my Macs (you knew that was coming didn't ya!) where a restore to factory settings takes 30 mins at most and the latest patch release (10.4.6) is only 60MB or so - a total of at most an hour.

Windoze really is bloatware these days!

Drat! That's what I should have done with that old PowerMac!