I had some spare time yesterday and after a full image backup I decided to re-install Windows 7 32bit. So many dread doing this and I can understand if you have Terabytes of programs and data to recover but data is the easy part is you backup regularly.
It took me 2 hours and that was to install Windows 7 and get back to normal. The updates for both Windows 7, Office and hardware were lots.
(FYI, I do have a fast ISP connection)
After Windows 7, MS Security Essentials and Office I then installed Media Center, Foxit, Ccleaner, Malwarebytes. Oh I forgot to mention that I also keep a copy of my desktop folder that has all my links to my data and stuff. That saves alot of time.
After this was completed I just copied my data folder from backup HD to C: and did a little tweakings. That was it.
I then made a full image of the new HD just for safety sake.
It was fun but I need to make sure I had my ducks in a row just in case I ever had a failure and had to do it under stressfull times.
1 SPECIAL NOTE that wasted some time.
When I did the initial install on C: Windows 7 installed a boot directory and made my backup drive an Active Partition instead of just a Primary Partition.
I resolved this by unplugging the HD and reinstalling Windows 7 on C:
After the install I had to go in and change the backup drive back as well as get rid of the boot directory and bootlog it created.
Actually the solution was to backup the whole backup drive to another location and reformat then reinstall my backup stuff on it.
I know Windows 7 didn't create a 10Meg partition on C: so it may have thought E: drive was a nice place to try it.
Anyhow. It is all done and it wasn't as hard as I suspected. Now how many remember the time it took for WinXP or Vista?
This was a piece of cake compared to them.
Have a great day!