Sunday, June 10, 2007
Springtime Fresh

I've spent the better part of my day so far tweaking my computer. I figured, before I go through the minor hell of reinstalling, I should go over all those routine little maintenance processes one more time, just to be sure. I'm good about defragging my disk and dumping temporary files on a regular basis, so I didn't think it would make a significant difference. But still, I uninstalled a lot of programs I've never used much, and then I decided to try a third-party registry-cleaning program (EasyCleaner, if you're curious.)

Goddamn, I had no idea I had so much crap floating around in my registry. I scrapped about 270 useless reg files -- no wonder it was taking so long for my system to start up! Then I spent some time backing up my data and profiles, archiving old email, re-organizing my filing system, and generally cleaning house. Everything is running much more tidily now.

So I don't know -- is there still sufficient reason to re-install? I mean, I'd still like to repartition and do the whole dual-boot thing, but I don't know if I'd like it enough to deal with the pain in the ass of getting everything set up the way I like it again. On the other hand, I've done so much work to prepare for it, maybe I might as well just go ahead for the sake of experience? Are there options I haven't considered that might make this a simpler decision?

It'll be a couple of weeks before I do anything, so it's not like I have to decide right now. Any thoughts?

PS: Hey, what about something like Partition Magic? I mean, I don't really want to go buy a program for something I'll probably only do once, but could something like that solve my dilemma? Does anyone know of a freeware program that performs a similar function?
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