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Around 18:00 this evening I started backing up bits of my work laptop in preparation for a complete reinstall. Several weeks ago it started getting very flaky - higher ups decided to install McAfee AV, FW, etc, on all the PCs. That was fine. But then some people had trouble with it (not me) so they decided to *remove* it from all machines and get a refund on the license. Then install Kaspersky AV, which most people had used before - except that I had Norton AV before. So my box went from Norton to McAfee to Kaspersky, and went mad. I think it was most likely the FW install/removal, since the main problem was with network resources breaking. And I'd done development on the box, etc, and the SQL Server install I did a few weeks ago was wrong and I needed to remove it and redo it anyway, etc. Since the box was acting flaky I just plain didn't trust it anymore.

It is 02:25 and I'm still installing shit - I've installed WinXP, SP1, Office Pro Enterprise 2003, FrontPage 2003, Visio Pro 2003, OneNote 2003, IIS, all the windows update and office update patches... I still need to install SQL Server and Visual Studio, but I'm too tired so I'm knocking off. I'd probably screw up at this point anyway. Then, of course, will come Mozilla, SecureCRT, SecureFX, emacs, WinCVS, Semagic, Trillian, Palm conduits, and any other use space apps I'm forgetting. And, of course, the Cyphermint software. A lot of the installers for that stuff I have backed up on one of our servers, but I have to wait until our net admin joins this box to the domain in the morning to get at them.

I can't believe reinstalling one box could take a full workday's time... (Oh - I will say that if you have to install MS-ware having a full MSDN is kind of nice, the company bought one for me. Considering the discounts available on them, and the retail price of all the software, I'm not sure why you'd buy retail. I just requested every license key and printed them all.)

While that's been chugging away I've been working my way through my *entire* LJ, from the first post to the last post. I edited everything to hard code the image instead of 'default', and I also collected a TON of stuff into memories. I wish there was a way to rename the groupings, the 'Quizzes' group is more like 'Quizzes, Memes, and Q&A'. I basically culled my entire posting history for things I might want to have more readily at hand. So if you want to check them out, they're all right here.

I am: tired tired
Current Media: KLF - Last Train To Trancentral (Live From The Lost Continent)

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kviri From: kviri Date: January 21st, 2004 10:26 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Heh. Even if it took you a full 24 hours to get XP up and configured, you'd probably make up all of that time after about a dozen boot cycles. ;)

(The one thing I could never stand about Win2K, and NT before it, was how incredibly SLOW it was to boot. If XP offered nothing other than faster boot times, I'd still use it...)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 21st, 2004 10:37 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I use 2k and XP on a daily basis for work - I like XP better. It boots faster, the font sharpening they did makes things look a lot nicer... Overall I just find XP to be a nicer experience to work in than 2k, though 2k isn't too bad.
kviri From: kviri Date: January 21st, 2004 10:24 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Once you get it just the way you like it, find a copy of Norton Ghost and back up the drive. It makes this sort of thing so much easier, should you ever need to do it again.

(Sure, some software will need to be updated afterward, but at least it's functional right away, and all of your Windows personalizations and settings will be saved.)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 21st, 2004 10:35 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, that's the plan. I'm actually the one who introduced the magic of Ghost to Cyphermint. :-) I had an old Ghost image of this box, but it was so old I would've had to reinstall/upgrade almost all of the software - it was from before I had the MSDN.