Originally Posted by jacksonian
So would you do a clean install, then load all of your drivers so it's working perfectly, then make the image?
That's an option.
What I technically do is a clean install - Windows only with maybe MS updates. This is my base image for playing around with stuff or when I want to have a fresh start. I'll maybe put software on here that's not likely to change from fresh install to fresh install e.g. Office. There aren't too many apps like that though. I'll also do all of the tweaks I mentioned before e.g. turning off disk indexing.
Then I'll probably install pretty much everything ekse I use on a regular basis e.g WinRAR, do the Dell updates (the reason I don't do this in my previous version is that they sometimes get upgraded and I'd want to add those upgrades later), etc. and go from there. This is my working system configuration. Before any major changes or if there's some software I want to try out but not sure I'll keep, I do an image so I can revert back to a "clean" pre-install state. I prefer this to uninstalling the program and having it leave registry entries, .dlls, etc. behind.
Every 6-8 months or so, I tend to do "spring cleaning" and go back to my original image. This is particularly true if there are several major software upgrades that I will now want to use e.g. Nero going from v6 to v7. While I may have upgraded over the previous few months, now I can do a fresh version install i.e. just installing 7 instead of updating 6 to 7.
|I've always been a little hesitant to do the clean install with all the horror stories of malfunctions if you overlook something.
I don't think it's a big deal.
Here's the beauty of Acronis though. By the way, it's a paid program. You can make an image of your computer when you get it. Format, do whatever you want, and decide you don't like it or you broke something and then restore that image and have your system as it was before you reformatted.
I think this may only be possible though if you don't mess with the partitions. Not 100% sure though.
I don't know how Acronis would like you making the image, then formatting and getting rid of the Media Direct partition and then trying to restore the old image once it's gone. Shouldn't be a problem though.