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Windows 7: RE-install Best Practices? Moving drivers et al to fresh

07 Dec 2013   #1

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
RE-install Best Practices? Moving drivers et al to fresh

I've done a lot of reinstalls over the years but since now I'm doing my OWN daily driver I realize my practices/procedures could use some help. I'm wondering, for you who are really adept at this, what are your 'best practices' so that the new install is less work after its done, and looks/feels similar to the old....

* Docs & Media:
normally, I just copy folders [but not 'system' folders] in order to move documents & media intact.
* Mail:
For mail I used the backup/export tools for the email app.
* Drivers:
But what about drivers? In the past I've been prone to fresh install those but on this notebook the devices are many and the drivers are all goodness, so should I just copy the System 32 folder and replace the fresh one at first run? or is that going to cause corruption down the road?
* Licenses, Keys, Programs
I typically use Belarc to record all the licenses and save that profile so I can just read them off and install everything. Belarc also records all the important programs so I don't have to think through my 'favorites' list to reinstall.
* Windows7 Updates
I've learned the hard way to get absolutely everything I'm going to need from MS right up front before loading any useful programs. The dot.Net's in particular can be very problematic down the road so I get them all [we're up to 4.5x now...] upfront with other updates, along with IE [sheesh we have 11 troubles now] and others.

What's the better/best way??

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