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    New laptop blues

    I don't know which is worse, getting a new laptop because your old one bombed or getting a new laptop when your old one is still working.

    Sure, when your old one bombed you might have lost some critical data, but at least you don't have to torture yourself deciding what to take onto the new machine and what has become litter worthy of losing.

    Spring clean or just move the whole mess across?
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Spring clean Dave! Don't be lazy!

    I'd be happy to take your old one off your hands, I love playing around with laptops. Ha ha.

    You've just reminded me that my laptop is in desperate need of a Windows reinstall, which I am not very happy about!
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    My biggest problem with the new laptop I bought was getting rid of all the bloatware it comes with. The amount of crap that comes pre-installed is nothing short of ridiculous. I ended up having to wipe the main and hidden partition using a live linux disk and clean install from ground up. It was time well spent.

    Once that was sorted out I just moved the whole lot across. Spring cleaning is for wussies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyD View Post
    Once that was sorted out I just moved the whole lot across. Spring cleaning is for wussies.
    Thanks for inadvertently calling me a wussy, Andy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Atkinson View Post
    I'd be happy to take your old one off your hands
    That's been the other surprise. The vultures started circling almost immediately. It's a six year old machine
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Haha, don't worry, I've got far too much junk around here already (including my own laptop!)
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    Now be careful AndyD - playing on the railroad is dangerous to your health. It is okay to reinstall Windows if it your own machine, but when I work on clients machines with almost all software CD's and serials gone haywire spring cleaning is a very attractive option. Reloading Windows takes about 45 minutes, loading Windows Updates another 2 hours and reinstalling programs another two hours if you have the necessary. You shouldn't forget the three weeks it takes to customize the install to your liking and there is always some damn program or setting one tend to forget about.

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    What I normally do is I ghost everything, once the system is to my liking that is. Then I can always restore when need be.

    That said I do backups all the time so restoring everything takes “forever and a day” thanks to the supper fast speed of an outdated USB 1 external DVD ROM... I normally don’t use the laptop’s Rom for restoring as it “kill’s it” in the end of the day.

    Just keep it organized or the process will always be painful.
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