Another disk for the Windows 7 user’s documents
I had to install an HP HDX18 laptop for a friend. It ships with Vista and two internal disks. The challenge was to get rid of Vista, install Windows 7 on it, keep system and programs on the first disk and user’s documents on the other disk. I found a really nice tutorial on some Win7 forum that explains how to do it. This will just sums up the directions to achieve it but one really should read the whole document.
Install Windows 7 from a USB stick
On my netbooks, I have to install (too often) Windows 7 from the USB port. I usually use the “Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool” but today it just didn’t want to build the USB stick properly. Here’s the manual way to prepare a USB stick that allows installing Windows 7. The directions worked from a Windows 7 virtual machine running on my Mac.