I am about to upgrade to XP Home Edition to a clean bare Metal hard drive or that is my intention having read the Dux how to page?
Question Should I use fdisk or the feature in XP to go down to bare metal?
In the XP readme file the following text is included
3.1 Windows Product Activation (WPA)
Products: Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional only
If you are prompted to activate your installation of Windows XP, defer
activation until you have completed planned upgrades or changes to
your computer's FIXED hardware and their device drivers. Otherwise,
you may need to reactivate after making such changes. FIXED
hardware/drivers include the first instance of devices such as
video, network (excluding modems), SCSI, hard drives, CD-ROM/DVD, and
system memory. USB or other removable devices (such as cameras and
printers) do not affect activation.
I will have made any hardware changes prior to instillation
Question Should product activation be delayed?
I have collected all of the drivers for my hardware that are for XP and intend to install following set up so is it better to wait to activate or is it irrelevant?