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22 December 2006 @ 11:51 am
Jen may have hit on the right solution  
Step 1:  Make sure I have backups of everything vital.  Put all installation directories onto an external medium - like a DVD-R.
Step 2:  Disconnect all my hard drives but C.
Step 3:  Reformat C, reinstall Windows.
Step 4:  Install vital software, like Systemworks, McAffee, Spybot, etc
Step 5:  Install one hard drive
Step 6:  Run all the protective software
Step 7:  If more hard drives are yet-to-be-attached, goto Step 5.
Step 8:  Once I have a system with all hard drives attached, start the process of reinstalling other important software, like MS Office, Photoshop and uTorrent.  =)

It's unfortunate that this was suggested today, when I'm leaving in about three hours to spend XMas with Jen's family, and won't be back until Tuesday night.  But I think that it's probably the most doable, and also the most correct solution to all my computer woes of late.

Strangely, based on my system's performance lately, I think step 1 is going to be the most tedious.  Guess I'll get started on that....  If you don't hear from me in the next week or so, now you know why.
Fred 2.0lqc on December 23rd, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Gimme a yell before you hit it, I might suggest one or two helpful tips, including a cd bootable version of windows that might help with step 1 and if I can remember where a utility that can download most or all of the windows updates and put 'em on a dvd to be run offline.
Idtechnomonkey on December 27th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
That'd be great!
I have a CD Bootable Windows XP Installation disc, but an actual bootable disc that would make it so I don't have to redo all my settings might be nice too.... And the utility would DEFINITELY be a good thing! (Assuming I can tell it "That 'security update' that warns you that your version of Windows might not be genuine and you therefore may be 'at risk'? Yeah, don't bother with that one...")

I'm planning to hit the system hard tomorrowish, so any help you could lend would be greatly appreciated!
Fred 2.0lqc on December 27th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: That'd be great!
Unfortunately I'm stuck at work today so I can't be much help really unless you wanna stop by here and borrow things.

If you wanted to get the tools yourself, though I'm guessing downloading for you right now sucks, the two things I suggest are Offline Update 3.0 locate here and SuperWin PE 2004 (SwinPE2004.iso) which is usually a torrent download for size reason, found by searching online. I've got a copy here on cd.