Hmm, that sounds like a pretty good compromise. I'll add a password to mine too, then. Just that little bit more annoyance on top of everything else may make all but the most determined get bored.
Huzzah, btw! Completely successful install with no hitches or problems. I am now in Windows and all is running smoothly. The relief is unreal. Thanks so much for all your help so far makai - both you and Broni! After I finish with drivers and updates, I'm going to try the Hitachi drive diagnostic again. I wonder if it was the RAM getting in the way of that too. Regardless, I want to be sure the HD is fine.
That memory is going right back to Crucial on Monday.
The HD is a Hitachi HTS541616J9SA00. At least, that's what the Device Manager says.
Hmmm, Manufacturer's Hard Drive Utility? This isn't OEM, it's a retail copy of XP Pro. My system came with Vista, but I can't use that for work - everything there, including the VPN client, is all XP. And I like XP better - old fashioned I guess.
I was using the actual XP disk to re-partition, re-format and clean install. Don't really know if that's the same thing you're talking about or not, but maybe that will shed some light on it. That, and without me installing all my mobo & device drivers by hand, a lot of functionality is not available.
Man... Looking at the device manager is just sad. I think I may need to call it a night and tackle the drivers tomorrow. It's been a long time since I've had to do this on this machine...