While re-installing Windows XP MCE, I notice that HP have crammed a lot of hardware into a very small case (all the motherboard slots seem to be occupied).
To top it off, the location of the HDD is in a top-front corner of the case, with very little ventilation… I’m not surprised that the 160GB disk failed after just over 1 year. Very poor effort, HP.
Anyway, while installing XP MCE, it won’t accept the XP code on the side of the case… Grrr… oh well, a little “creativity” will fix that.
Once the install is complete, I do a full windows update, then I copy the customer’s data and applications (Program files) back into place, but I suspect many apps will not work unless they get re-installed.
Anyway, all I need to do now is take the PC back, setup the internet & email, and leave the customer to the tedious task of re-installing apps.