Ok, after 5 years of ever slowing start-ups and ever-slowing computing, I’ve decided it might be time to reinstall Windows XP (never, ever would I use Vista, though) on my desktop. I’ll also likely install some more RAM in the process as well, but otherwise its not a bad (but still old) computer (Pentium IV 2.8Ghz, ATI Radeon 9600, 1 Gb Ram, see why I want more?).
I really would like to do my research before doing this, especially as to how exactly I should back-up data and have it be accessible after the install. From what I’ve read so far it seems that a fresh (not a repair) install is the best choice and the one I’m most likely to go for. So any suggestions/links/guides/etc. that any of you can recommend before I start to do this?
I’ve got a couple of weeks to do this and may have to do it on multiple machines (I’ve got one computer that’s been crap/dead/life support since February, and I’ve been too lazy to get around to fixing it).
Oh, and before any Linux Fanboys come by and say install Ubuntu or something else. I’ve considered it, but right now I’m not ready to go that direction on that machine.