Whenever I buy a new box or laptop, first thing I do is wipe off the drive and install my own copy of XP Pro -- and then go on a hunt for the drivers. All that junk manufacturers install and take up resources. Wiping off and starting fresh is the fastest solution I can think of.
But all the reinstalling I've done so far has been on machines with built-in CD drives. The new Toshiba mini nb200 I just got does not have one. I'm using a samsung Super Writemaster external USB dvd drive.
I'm wondering if Windows installation will work as before. I usally load from CD on restart, tell Windows to delete the C partition. Then create a couple of new partitions, format C partition and tell it install windows there. It copies files from CD and restarts to do the installation.
The last step: restart is what I'm worried about. Will Windows know how to work with a USB drive instead of a SATA or IDE drive.