Last week a bought a new computer (Acer Inspire M5641), and it came preinstalled with Windows Vista Home Premium.
I really don't like the Vista, so I decided to buy Windows XP Pro, and now I'm about to wipe Vista out of existence, and replace it with the XP.
So here I am, at the XP Pro setup screen (blue background with white writing), and I'm presented with a list of partitions as follows:
J: Partition1 (PQSERVICE) (NTFS)
C: Partition2 (ACER) (NTFS)
H: Partition3 (DATA) (NTFS)
Since I want to wipe Vista out completely, ideally I would want to delete all of the above partitions, and repartition the hard drive again (FYI: the whole hard drive is 640 Gb, and for the new XP installation, I want to allocate 200 Gb for C drive, and 440 Gb for D).
And my questions are:
a. Is it safe to delete the PQSERVICE partition? I don't even know what it is, and I'm not sure if it's safe to delete.
I would appreciate if someone would tell me what it is and why it is/it is not safe to delete.
(I've been searching about this at Google and found no satisfying answer)
b. When I delete the existing partitions and install XP, will the hard drive be formatted automatically? If not, how do I make sure of this? I just want to make sure XP will be installed on a fresh, blank hard drive.