Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:12 AM
Hello, all. Have browsed this site occasionally for years and have found help just lurking but finally have a question to post.
I am attempting to help a friend speed up his very slow desktop. It is a Compaq Presario sr1710nx, manufactured about 05' I think. I might add that I'm getting old and my memory and things I used to know, I don't remember or never really knew.
My question, or questions concern installing an OEM or Upgrade version of XP on this computer, and relating to the motherboard drivers. I am assuming that if i install the OEM version, that will over write the origional drivers and I would have to find and reinstall them.
Compaq does not support this computer any longer so that is not an option. I have seen restore disks advertised but want to use that option as a last resort, as in absolutely necessary.
So, if I am correct that installing the OEM will wipe out the motherboard drivers, is there any way to select and back them up prior to the OEM installation?
And I do know that I can increase RAM, uninstall programs and bloatware, run antivirus and antispyware, and those steps would probably help a lot, but I would still like to make a clean reinstall of XP.
Thanks for all suggestions and info!!!